Taleban using British white phosphorus (updated)

Updated: May 18, 2009

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Updated: May 15, 2009

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Dandelion Salad
13 May, 2009

1) Taleban using British white phosphorus
2) Girls targeted in ‘Taliban gas attack’
3) Protect women: a new mission for America
4) Afghanistan is a worthwhile mission
5) Af-Pak Is Obama’s War
6) IDF probe: White phosphorus use legal (April 2009)


excerpts from: Taleban using British white phosphorus (*)

by Michael Evans, Times, 12 May 2009

Taleban fighters have been using deadly white phosphorus munitions, some of them manufactured in Britain, to attack Western forces in Afghanistan, according to previously classified United States documents released yesterday. […]

Last night the US military in Kabul condemned the use of white phosphorus by the insurgents as “reprehensible”. […]

Major Jennifer Willis, a spokeswoman for the US Army at Bagram, near Kabul, said that markings on some of the white phosphorus munitions that had been recovered showed that they had been manufactured in a number of different countries, including Britain, China, Russia and Iran.


(*) title of the print edition



Girls targeted in ‘Taliban gas attack’

  • Militants blamed after 90 pupils poisoned in third attack on girls’ school in three weeks
  • Fears of renewed terror campaign to drive young women out of education

by Jerome Starkey, Independent, 13 May 2009



excerpt from: Protect women: a new mission for America

by Kim Sengupta, Independent, 13 May 2009

There would not appear to be an obvious connection between the mass poisoning of schoolgirls and the new US military commander in Afghanistan. However, the appointment this week of Lieutenant-General Stanley McChrystal is supposed to signal that America is getting serious about a new policy of “protecting the people” – in other words, combating just such outrages.

General McChrystal was the right-hand man of General David Petraeus, whose “surge” tactics … [won] plaudits in Iraq.



Afghanistan is a worthwhile mission

leading article, Independent, 16 May 2009



excerpt from: Af-Pak Is Obama’s War

by Margaret Kimberley, Black Agenda Report, 13 May 2009

President Obama, who campaigned behind a thin veil of peace, dragged two heads of client states into the White House to demand “that both Afghanistan and Pakistan allow their citizens to be murdered and or displaced in the thousands” – or else. Obama read Presidents Zardari and Karzai “the riot act” to let them know who is boss in the military theater called “AfPak.” Obama claims to “want to respect their sovereignty, but” – there’s always the imperial ‘but’ – America has “huge national security interests” in the region. Afghanistan’s Karzai later wondered, “How can you expect a people who keep losing their children to remain friendly?”


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excerpts from: IDF probe: White phosphorus use legal

by Yaakov Katz, Jerusalem Post, 22 April 2009

Following the 22-day offensive in January, [Israel’s] Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi appointed five colonels to lead investigations into a number of allegations made against the IDF [Israeli Defence Forces]. […]

Regarding the IDF’s use of white phosphorus during the operation, which drew international condemnation and accusations that Israel was committing war crimes, a probe discovered that in all cases it was used in accordance with international law. […]

The IDF said it would reconsider the use of white phosphorus in a future conflict with Hamas in Gaza.

Following the released of the findings, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said that the “investigations proved again that the IDF is among the most moral militaries in the world


from the archives:


NATO Genocide in Afghanistan (January 2008)


US Alliance Afghan Genocide – Six Million Excess Deaths? (November 2007)


The War in Afghanistan: Drugs, Money Laundering and the Banking System (October 2006)


Heroin is “Good for Your Health”: Occupation Forces support Afghan Narcotics Trade (April 2007)



Afghan schoolgirls poisoned

Becoming What We Seek to Destroy by Chris Hedges

General James Jones: Air Strikes in West Asia will continue

After US Strikes, Afghans Describe “Tractor Trailers Full of Pieces of Human Bodies” By Jeremy Scahill

Afghanistan on Dandelion Salad

chemical weapons-white phosphorus-DU

4 thoughts on “Taleban using British white phosphorus (updated)

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  3. Surely they meant that the IDF was one of the most morally corrupt militaries in the world!. It should also be added that the men and women fighting for it have been fed a totally false and disingenous historical perspective.

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