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'U.S. Did Not Use Chemical Weapons in Fallujah'
U.S. Army major Tom urges to set the record straight for alleged "chemical weapons" used in Fallujah
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Published 2005-11-15 10:59 (KST)   
U.S. marines pictured last year roaming Fallujah
©2005 Gang E.J
As a major in the U.S. Army, let me set the record straight. White phosphorus--WP or "Willie Pete"--is nothing like napalm.

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Napalm is a jellied gasoline and the modern day version is made up of polystyrene (46 parts), gasoline (33 parts) and benzene (21 parts). White phosphorus is a colorless, white, or yellow waxy solid manufactured from phosphate rocks. Chemically, they are completely different.

Units in the U.S. Army and Marines keep inventories of white phosphorus. Technically, the chemical could be used to kill enemy combatants, but it would be very inefficient since WP burns with oxygen too fast. It's much easier and cleaner just to put a bullet through the bad guy.

The U.S. military uses WP to produce smoke screens, which are necessary in combat operations. The U.S. Army and Marines used the compound in Fallujah and will continue to use it in future operations. - Major Tom
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