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#WhitePhosphorus munitions
As an incendiary weapon, white phosphorus is pyrophoric (self-igniting), burns fiercely and can ignite cloth, skin, fuel, ammunition, and other combustibles.…
‘Tentacles’ of cloud, arcing slowly toward the ground in a loose cone shape, burning through any surface they encounter as they descend, often igniting secondary fires…
Turkish-backed forces using #WhitePhosphorus against Kurds
White phosphorus munitions, “used” by Turkish-backed forces in their operation in north-eastern Syria, allegedly causing horrific burns on the bodies of Syrian Kurds…
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OK, as it keeps coming up, a bit of a thread on the classification and status of White Phosphorus as a weapon. #WP #WhitePhosphorus
First, before someone jumps on me, I want to make it abundantly clear... I do not support the use of white phosphorus as a weapon. This thread is merely explaining definitions and treaties and such.
Practically every time white phosphorus (WP) is in the press, people start to call it a chemical weapon. It is not a chemical weapon. It is, depending on its usage, either a smoke("Battlefield obscurant" to be technical) or if used as a weapon, an "incendiary weapon"
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