After initially denying any use of the substance in Iraq, then admitting to some use but only for illumination purposes the Pentagon admits that US forces used white phosphorus as a weapon.
Pentagon officials acknowledged Tuesday that U.S. troops had used white phosphorus as a weapon against insurgents during the battle for Fallouja last November. But they denied an Italian television news report that the spontaneously flammable material had been used against civilians.
Lt. Col. Barry Venable, a Pentagon spokesman, said that although white phosphorus is most frequently used to mark targets or obscure a position, it was used at times in Fallouja as an incendiary weapon against enemy combatants.
And now the Brits are admitting they used it, too, but only as a floor wax.