What is the rest of the story?
More than a year after the last battle for Fallujah, the US military has admitted using phosphorous weapons. There may be other nasty secrets yet to come out, including the use of poisonous gas.
At the end of the battle of Fallujah reports of the use of phosphorous, a weapon that is banned from use on humans, came out of the city. The US denied and denied and finally, this week admitted it had used this weapon. The US continued to insist that it had only used it line with international agreements, ie, not targeted at people, yet voices within the military suggested otherwise, backing up the stories on the ground, which had already been given weight by photographic evidence of apparent phosphorous victims — many of whom were civilians.
This is not the first time the US and the UK have been found out for using banned weapons in this war against Iraq’s non-existent banned weapons. Both countries first denied then admitted using cluster bombs. The US first denied and then admitted using a form of napalm.
At the end of last year’s battle, alongside the stories of phosphorous, there were stories of dead bodies that had no injuries on them. The strong suggestion here is that they were killed by some kind of gas. There were other stories of corpses that were undamaged but which showed signs of bleeding from the eyes.
The US admission of using phosphorous now has to give credibility to the other reports of the use of gas as a weapon.