07/17/2012

Syria: NATO will use chemical weapons

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NATO will use chemical weapons against Syria, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told the BBC on Monday.

Clinton warned that "If Assad does not retire, NATO will eradicate the entire Syrian people".

NATO has a large stock of chemical weapons and  a lot of independant countries are concerned about what will happen to them if they will resist NATO.

NATO uses also Depleted uranium (DU). It is one of the gifts that NATO left to the population of Kosovo following its war there in 1999. DU is radioactive and, when inhaled, remains in the lungs for years.

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NATO uses white phosphorous in the war against Taliban

International forces in Afghanistan are using the napalm-like substance white phosphorus in everything from grenades to flybomber in a war, usually fought in populated areas. Human Rights Organizations inculcates ISAF's duty to protect civilians

White phosphorus is a napalm like substance that ignite on contact with skin that sticks and stays on to burn as long as there is oxygen. The result is severe chemical burns, which very easily leads to death.

'Like napalm, white phosphorus, by nature, a weapon that is likely to cause superfluous injury or unnecessary suffering, "concludes the Red Cross in IHL and Denmark , used as a textbook in the Danish military. Still using Danish and foreign coalition forces in Afghanistan white phosphorus in large quantities and often in residential areas. It is clear from the leaked documents from Afghanistan that information in its possession.

A review of documents showing more than 1,100 cases where ISAF has used white phosphorus grenades, rockets and flybomber. Of these 59 documents that have never before been published.

Among the documents there are many reports which suggest that white phosphorus is not only used for legitimate purposes.

According to the conventions, including Denmark has signed, white phosphorus may only be used outside of densely populated areas. But the leaked documents war from Afghanistan indicate that phosphorus munitions are often used precisely in populated areas including Helmand's Green Zone, where Danish forces are deployed.

Worrisome weapons

The widespread use of white phosphorus cares more human rights organizations fear that Afghan civilians are paying the price for the coalition forces' use of napalm-like substance.

White phosphorus is not a banned weapon, but according Weapons Convention Protocol 3, by Denmark and most other NATO countries have signed, it is forbidden to use it against military targets located in heavily populated areas, "unless the military objective is clearly separated from civilians and civilian objects. "

"White phosphorus is not used against civilians or in areas where there are civilians," notes senior scientist Peter Vedel Kessing, Department of Human Rights.

Amnesty International considers the use of white phosphorus problem and believes that NATO forces use of the nasty substance should be examined.

"If you can talk about an inhuman weapon, white phosphorus belong to the category, because it leaves the victim in unimaginable pain," said Amnesty's press chief Ole Hoff Lund.

"Therefore it is important that the defense considers how and why ISAF using munitions with white phosphorus. "

A legitimate weapon

The leaked Afghanistan reports indicate that white phosphorus is used primarily in eastern Afghanistan along the border with Pakistan, where the war against the Taliban and other insurgent groups have been particularly intensive. But reports indicate that the substance also used in the Danish responsibility in Helmand. But it is not clear from logs on Danish troops are involved in the illegal use of the substance.

At the Army Operational Command, HOK , confirms military lawyer Rolf Verge that the Danish forces used white phosphorus, but he assures that only the case of legitimate purposes.

'The Danish forces in Af-Afghanistan use white phosphorus to throw smoke to obscure soldiers' movements on the battlefield but also in lysgranater and målmarkering, for example. where Danish forces attract flybomber, "says Rolf Verge and stresses that" white phosphorus would be used against objects, but not at people. "

"It will not be in accordance with the rules if Danish forces are using white phosphorous against people. And I doubt also that it would be consistent with the other coalition countries' regulations, "says Rolf Verge. "Do not generally use weapons that cause unnecessary suffering, and that makes white phosphorous."

Also ISAF confirms the use of white phosphorus. In a reply to Information underlines ISAF 's press spokesman Nicole R. Schwegman that there are "a legitimate weapon, used mainly for information, investigation missions and selecting bombemål.' It is also apparent from responds that white phosphorus into medium used as attack weapons.

"When white phosphorus is used as incendiary weapons, observe ISAF Weapons Convention Protocol Three, which places more emphasis on minimizing civilian damage. ISAF makes himself at all to great lengths to protect civilians in operations, "said Nicole R. Schwegman.

Information would have got a comment from Defense Gitte Lillelund Bech (V) to the ISAF 's use of phosphorus in Afghanistan. The minister believes that it is purely a military disciplinary matters, and she would not comment.


Fact: It goes Weapons Convention


The use of incendiary weapons as napalm and white phosphorus is regulated by the Convention on particularly inhumane weapons or simply Weapons Convention, Protocol Three.

The Convention was adopted by the UN in 1980 and acceded to by Denmark in 1997 - a total of 144 countries have acceded to it but not yet the United States .

Protocol 3:
Article 2, concerning the protection of civilians and civilian objects:

1. It is forbidden under all circumstances to make the civilian population as such, individual civilians or civilian objects the object of attack by incendiary weapons.

2. Prohibited under all circumstances to do something military objective located in a concentration of civilians the object of attack by air delivered incendiary weapons.

3. It is also forbidden to make any military objective located in a concentration of civilians the object of attack by other fire arms than air-delivered incendiary weapons, unless such military objective is clearly separated from the concentration of civilians and all feasible precautions are taken to reduce fire effects to military targets and avoid and in any case restrict it to a minimum or in any case minimize incidental loss of civilian life, maiming of civilians and damage to civilian objects.

4. It is prohibited to make forests or other driving force behind the object of attack by incendiary weapons except when such natural resources used to cover, conceal or camouflage combatants or other military objectives or are themselves military objectives.

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