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Iraq

White phosphorus allegedly used by military in western Mosul's embattled areas

By Rudaw 4/6/2017
A screen grab of  Rudaw video footage showing thick black smoke covering the skyline over the last four neighborhoods where ISIS is still present including Old Mosul, Zanjali, Shifa, and Bab al-Sinjar
A screen grab of Rudaw video footage showing thick black smoke covering the skyline over the last four neighborhoods where ISIS is still present including Old Mosul, Zanjali, Shifa, and Bab al-Sinjar

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Iraq is now investigating the use of white phosphorus munitions allegedly used by security forces in west Mosul during battles to retake the remaining four districts ISIS still partially controls.

 

Rudaw was streaming live on Saturday when military forces in west Mosul used what looked to be highly incendiary ammunition.

 

 

“We cannot deny nor confirm – we are investigating into the news and will come out with a statement to clear things up for the public,” Aljazeera quoted spokesman for the Iraq's Joint Operations Command , Brig. Gen. Yahiya Rasoul, on Sunday as saying.

 

Shortly after video clips of the attack emerged, Iraq also warned media outlets from broadcasting or publishing images that may show the possible use of white phosphorus.

Coalition forces have also been accused of using the substance in the past , even though it has been banned in civilian areas in recent months according to Antiwar.

 

The fight for  the last four district of Zanjali, Shifa, Bab al-Sinjar and Old Mosul, home to al-Nuri mosque where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared his caliphate nearly three years ago, is unfolding in a conflict that has already been marked by horrific civilian casualties.

ISIS has been forced into a small area of territory in the old centre of western Mosul, “less than 10 square kilometres,” coalition spokesperson Army Col. Ryan Dillon told reporters on Thursday. 

Iraq has instructed civilians still remaining in the area to evacuate, Dillon said. “Many civilians, though, cannot break away from ISIS safely.”

Comments

 
JamKurd | 4/6/2017
Use all weapon to burn, kill and evaporate this cancer called Daesh. They have done all kinds of unimaginable atrocities and methods of slaughtering targeting Ezidies, Muslims, and Christians. They have been brutalizing people of Mosul for 3 years. Don't make any excesses for using this weapon. It is a beautiful way to bring hell to them. No apologies!
ablestmage | 5/6/2017
From a brief research on the subject, it appears pretty ordinary to use white phosphorus for military purposes as long as the substance isn't used specifically harm with it; only for use as a smokescreen/etc. For instance it can be used in a tracer round to identify the path a bullet takes, even if the bullet does the killing, just as long as the smoke it generates itself isn't used as a weapon. So, the use of white phosphorus appears to be acceptable, but depending on why.
karin court | 6/6/2017
And meanwhile, cities burn, children die, the earth is damaged more, and the hate between humans of all colurs and beliefs gets stronger..... I can only keep believing in the universal law of everything has a beginning, and everything has an end.....
Peter Jones | 6/6/2017
Would ISIS really place a flag on top of the building advertising where they are? Nobody can be that stupid.

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