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Sofia News Agency November 16, 2005

US Used Flesh-Burning Phosphorus in Iraq

The Pentagon has confirmed that US troops used white phosphorus during last year's raids in the Iraqi city of Falluja, BBC reported. "It was used as an incendiary weapon against enemy combatants," spokesman Lt Col Barry Venable told the BBC. In his words the highly flammable substance was not used against civilians. "Phosphorus burns on the skin are deep and painful... These weapons are particularly nasty because white phosphorus continues to burn until it disappears... it could burn right down to the bone," according to Globalsecurity.org, a defence website.

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