New reports are now showing that United States-led forces used white phosphorous around the city of Raqqa in Syria. As entire nations creep toward a third world war, the continued uptick in tensions between countries is hardly comforting.
Images and reports from witnesses in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa suggest that the United States-led coalition battling the Islamic State there has used munitions loaded with white phosphorus, the use of which in populated areas is prohibited under international law. Photographs and video clips posted online showed blinding spots of light spreading outward on Thursday night over what residents said was eastern Raqqa. By day, the images showed low white puffs trailing tentacles of white smoke. Both are typical visual signatures of white phosphorus, which can be loaded into artillery shells.
White phosphorous is also said to ‘burn to the bone.’ Similar to Napalm, the chemical substance is used in shells and grenades. It ignites spontaneously at around 30 degrees Celcius to produce an intense heat and thick pillars of smoke. Weapons experts warn that when used as an incendiary, it can result in painful chemical burns. These injuries can often prove fatal. Further problems are then escalated because the substance can stick to clothing or on the skin and continues to burn unchecked as particles are exposed to air.
This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on JUNE 13, 2017.