US forces use white phosphorus munitions in Iraq: Report

Pictures and videos posted online by the Pentagon shows US forces in Iraq have used white phosphorus munitions, a chemical weapon that can cause severe burn wounds to civilians.

Based on images posted on Pentagon-managed public affairs website, Dvids, The Washington Post reported on Friday that a US Army artillery unit was using the controversial chemical weapon in Iraq.

The weapon, which was identified by the post as M825A1 155mm rounds, are generally used to make smoke screens or signals for advancing troops.

But when used in civilian-populated areas, the munitions can cause horrific injuries that can even be dangerous for medics treating the wounds, according to the report.

Pentagon-managed public affairs website, Dvids,released this picture of its forces in northern Iraq.

The US forces are purportedly fighting the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in Iraq and Syria.

When asked if the forces had used the munitions for anything other than screening,…

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