US-Led Coalition Using Banned Weapons

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by Stephen Lendman
In earlier US wars, chemical, biological, radiological and other banned weapons were used, including cluster bombs and white phosphorous.
WP dates from WW II, later in Southeast Asia and subsequent US wars. It’s an incendiary terror weapon known as Willie Pete, self-igniting, burns quickly with devastating consequences.
It burns flesh to the bone, keeps burning until entirely consumed or deprived of oxygen. The Hague and Geneva Conventions categorically prohibit chemical warfare, including toxic terror agents like WP.
Yet America and its rogue allies use them repeatedly, including in Iraq and Syria, how often isn’t clear. Newly released videos show these weapons used in Mosul and northern Syria, individuals in targeted areas being slaughtered.
CENTCOM spokesman Col. Ryan Dillon refused to confirm or deny use of this weapon – except to say when used it’s in “accordance with the law of armed conflict,” adding:
WP rounds are “used for screening, obscuring, and marking in a way that fully considers the possible incidental effects on civilians and civilian structures.”
“The coalition takes all reasonable precautions to minimize the risk of incidental injury to non-combatants and damage to civilian structures.”
Facts on the ground from eyewitnesses and independent reports reveal otherwise. US aggression in Iraq and Syria is responsible for thousands of civilian deaths, how many from WP and other banned weapons unknown.
Video footage from the Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently activist group shows signature WP airbursts, likely from M825 series and 155mm artillery rounds – the safety and security of civilians in harm’s way ignored.
In March, Pentagon photographs of marine M777 howitzers in northern Syria showed WP munitions being used. Identical ones are used in Mosul.
If rounds explode high enough above ground, the fallout covers a great distance, igniting fires over a wide area.
If explode over populated areas like Mosul or Raqqa, they’re likely devastating to defenseless civilians. US-directed Iraqi forces claiming WP is used to protect civilians is a bald-faced lie.
They’re being massacred relentlessly on the phony pretext of combating ISIS America and its rogue allies support.
Using terror weapons like WP compound the high crimes being committed in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and elsewhere.
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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.