This is a few days old, but it’s important.
A March ’05 publication by the US Army confirms that US soldiers used white phosphorus offensively in the Battle of Fallujah. This directly contradicts statements made by the U.S. Department ofDefense and by the US State Department.
The white phosphorus hits and disperses into an indiscriminately lethal cloud with a kill zone approximately a quarter of a mile wide — over a tenth of a mile in all directions. Although white phosphorus often has no effect on clothes, when it makes contact with a person’s skin, it will burn it down to the bone. If the gas is inhaled, it will blister the throat and lungs, causing rapid suffocation, burning the body from the inside.
Here is the story on artillery use from the March/April edition of the US Army’s "Field Artillery Magazine"
However, the pdf has disappeared from the Army site, and I can’t find a version online. Anyone have it cached? (I did read it a few days back, it’s genuine.)
And despite pathetic justifications from the right saying, well, white phosporous is just for illumination (I guess they forgot it melts people from the inside), it’s also illegal.
In the Battle Book of the US Army Command and General Staff College, Section 5-11 (b4), it states:
(4) Burster Type White phosphorus (WP M110A2) rounds burn with intense heat and emit dense white smoke. They may be used as the initial rounds in the smokescreen to rapidly create smoke or against material targets, such as Class V sites or logistic sites. It is against the law of land warfare to employ WP against personnel targets.
Thanks to Radical Glascow for the nudge on Fallujah.