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UN Concerned About U.S. Use Of White Phosphorus In Iraq

17 November 2005 -- The United Nations today expressed concern about the possible effects on the local civilian population of the use of white phosphorous bombs by U.S. forces against insurgents in Iraq.

UN spokeswoman Marie Okabe said the United Nations "welcomes the decision of the government of Iraq to launch an immediate investigation" into the matter.

The Pentagon has confirmed that U.S. troops have used the toxic agent in missions against Iraqi insurgents, but has also defended its use in such operations saying it does not target civilians.

The Pentagon has said it had no knowledge of any civilian victims of attacks with white phosphorus.

Italy's state television RAI claimed last week the highly flammable munitions were used against insurgents and civilians in the Iraqi Sunni town of Al-Fallujah in November last year.


Copyright (c) 2005. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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