- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 8, 2005


Documentary reports U.S. incendiary warfare

ROME — U.S. forces in Iraq have used incendiary white phosphorus against civilians and a firebomb similar to napalm against military targets, Italian state-run broadcaster RAI reported yesterday.

An RAI documentary showed images of bodies recovered after an offensive by U.S. troops on the town of Fallujah last November. It said the images proved the use of white phosphorus against men, women and children who were burned to the bone.

“I do know that white phosphorus was used,” Jeff Englehart said in the RAI documentary, which identified him as a former soldier in the U.S. 1st Infantry Division in Iraq. The U.S. military says white phosphorus is a conventional weapon, and that it does not use chemical arms.

A U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad, Lt. Col. Steven Boylan, said he does not recall white phosphorus being used in Fallujah. An incendiary device, white phosphorus is used in war to conceal troop movements with smoke, mark targets or illuminate combat areas. The Geneva Conventions has banned the use of incendiary weapons against civilians since 1980.


Al Qaeda video shows 2 U.S. dead

DUBAI — Al Qaeda in Iraq posted an Internet video yesterday apparently showing the bodies of two U.S. Marines killed in a military helicopter that the group reputedly downed.

Several men were shown gathering around the burning helicopter, pulling out two bodies in military fatigues and collecting communications equipment and other debris strewn around the twisted wreckage.

A statement posted with the video on an Islamic Web site said it showed the Super Cobra helicopter that al Qaeda said it shot down with a missile in Ramadi a week ago. The U.S. military has said it is investigating reports by residents that the helicopter was hit by a missile, caught fire and broke apart in the air before crashing.

Weekly notes …

Turkey is to learn today whether the European Union has granted it “market economy” status in an annual report on its progress barely a month after it started EU entry talks. This is a prerequisite for joining the 25-member European Union and would allow Ankara to begin harmonizing its laws with some of the 35 chapters of EU legislation it must adopt to join. … Jordan’s King Abdullah II is expected to visit the West Bank and Israel Monday for talks with the Palestinian leadership and to attend a ceremony in honor of his father, officials said. Abdullah is expected to attend a ceremony in Tel Aviv on the 10th anniversary of the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, and participate at the opening of a garden dedicated to his father at the Rabin Center.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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