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Mon Sep 19, 2016, 11:05 AM

Saudi Arabia appears to be using U.S.-supplied white phosphorus in its war in Yemen

Source: Washington Post

Saudi Arabia appears to be using U.S.-supplied white phosphorous munitions in its war in Yemen, based on images and videos posted to social media, raising concerns among human rights groups that the highly incendiary material could be used against civilians.

Under U.S. regulations, white phosphorous sold to other countries is to be used only for signaling to other troops and creating smoke screens. When the munition explodes, it releases white phosphorous that automatically ignites in the air and creates a thick white smoke. When used against soldiers or civilians, it can maim and kill by burning to the bone.

It is unclear exactly how the Saudis are using the munitions, but the government has already received widespread condemnation for its indiscriminate bombing in civilian areas since its campaign against rebel forces in Yemen began in 2015.

U.S. officials confirmed that the American government has supplied the Saudis white phosphorous in the past but declined to say how much had been transferred or when. After reviewing a social media image taken from the battlefield that showed a white phosphorous mortar shell, a U.S. official said it appeared to be American in origin but could not trace it to a particular sale because some of the markings were obscured.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2016/09/19/saudi-arabia-appears-to-be-using-u-s-supplied-white-phosphorus-in-its-war-in-yemen/?tid=sm_fb



This is nasty stuff that should be banned in most cases.

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Reply Saudi Arabia appears to be using U.S.-supplied white phosphorus in its war in Yemen (Original post)
NWCorona Sep 2016 OP
Wellstone ruled Sep 2016 #1
cpwm17 Sep 2016 #2
Tempest Sep 2016 #6
Judi Lynn Sep 2016 #14
FairWinds Sep 2016 #3
Fast Walker 52 Sep 2016 #4
NWCorona Sep 2016 #7
burrowowl Sep 2016 #13
Tempest Sep 2016 #5
forest444 Sep 2016 #12
Iggo Sep 2016 #8
hack89 Sep 2016 #11
Sunlei Sep 2016 #9
hack89 Sep 2016 #10

Response to NWCorona (Original post)

Mon Sep 19, 2016, 11:59 AM

1. Oh oh,interesting.

 

Rest assured there will be more to come on this story. Wait till the photos hit the web.

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Response to NWCorona (Original post)

Mon Sep 19, 2016, 12:53 PM

2. The US really knows how to pick its friend$

 

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Response to cpwm17 (Reply #2)

Mon Sep 19, 2016, 01:43 PM

6. They're just like us. We used it in Fallujah. n/t

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Response to Tempest (Reply #6)

Mon Sep 19, 2016, 10:58 PM

14. Thank you for mentioning it. It's a living nightmare, pure hell. Only monsters would use it. n/t

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Response to NWCorona (Original post)

Mon Sep 19, 2016, 01:01 PM

3. White Phosphorus is already "banned in most cases," except for

 

the militaristic hair-splitters. May opprobrium fall upon them.

It was also used by the US in Fallujah - another war crime by the USAeans.

Here is a US plane committing a blatant war crime during the Vietnam War.

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Response to NWCorona (Original post)

Mon Sep 19, 2016, 01:16 PM

4. the sooner we dissociate from these assholes, the better

 

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Response to Fast Walker 52 (Reply #4)

Mon Sep 19, 2016, 01:50 PM

7. Exactly

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Response to Fast Walker 52 (Reply #4)

Mon Sep 19, 2016, 10:05 PM

13. I agree!

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Response to NWCorona (Original post)

Mon Sep 19, 2016, 01:43 PM

5. If it's good enough for the US in Iraq, it's good enough for them.

Pentagon Reverses Position and Admits U.S. Troops Used White Phosphorus Against Iraqis in Fallujah

http://www.democracynow.org/2005/11/17/pentagon_reverses_position_and_admits_u

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Response to NWCorona (Original post)

Mon Sep 19, 2016, 02:03 PM

8. How is "US-supplied white phosphorus" even a thing?

So if we tell them only to use it for nice things then it's not a war crime, right?

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Response to Iggo (Reply #8)

Mon Sep 19, 2016, 02:57 PM

11. You are actually right

white phosphorus is not banned for military use. And the OP makes no mention of war crimes.

Your logic could be applied to any military weapon if it use improperly.

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Response to NWCorona (Original post)

Mon Sep 19, 2016, 02:24 PM

9. white phosphorus supplied by USA, is that stuff even mined or made into munitions in USA?



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Response to Sunlei (Reply #9)

Mon Sep 19, 2016, 02:55 PM

10. White phosphorus is manufactured in America and is used widely by the military

it is not banned out right by international law - you just can't use it on people. It is how the military creates smoke screens.

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