According to a report in the New York Times, U.S. forces in Syria may be using white phosphorus weapons, which are banned in populated areas under international law.
Witnesses posted video clips and photos of what appears to be white phosphorus weapons over the sky in eastern Raqqa. The images show white puffs and trailing tentacles of smoke, which are signatures of the banned weapons. See below.
— Fazel Hawramy (@FazelHawramy) June 4, 2017
The images were gathered and distributed by the Aamaq News Agency. They have made similar claims in the past.
Militaries are allowed to use white phosphorus for purposes such as creating smokescreens, and incendiary weapons against military targets. However, as you can see in the videos, there are many civilian buildings nearby.
One official, under a condition of anonymity, claimed that the U.S. forces do have access to the material in Syria, but says it’s not being used to fight personnel. Another official, Col. Ryan Dillon, said that as a matter of policy he cannot discuss specific munitions usage. He did add “in accordance with the law of armed conflict, white phosphorus rounds are used for screening, obscuring and marking in a way that fully considers the possible incidental effects on civilians and civilian structures.”
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