U.S. Used Chemical Weapons in Fallujah Battle

March 13, 2005

An Iraqi health ministry official has accused the U.S. of using prohibited chemical weapons during its military attack against the city of Fallujah.

In November 2004, the U.S. launched a massive invasion of Fallujah, using tens of thousands of troops. Since then, many independent and non-governmental agencies have spoken out against the U.S. attack, condemning the U.S. for carrying out numerous atrocities and war crimes.

In a recent press conference, Dr. Khalid Ash Shaykhli said that the results of a medical study of the city reveal strong evidence that chemical weapons were used extensively. "I absolutely do not exclude their use of nuclear and chemical substances, since all forms of life were wiped out in that city," he said. "I can even say that we found dozens, not to say hundreds, of stray dogs, cats, and birds that had perished as a result of those gasses....During the offensive, residents of Fallujah reported seeing corpses that had melted, which suggests that U.S. troops used napalm gas, a poisonous compound of polystyrene and aircraft fuel which melts bodies" he added.

Two years ago, U.S. officials justified their invasion of Iraq by claiming Saddam Hussein "was a monster who had used, and was stockpiling, chemical weapons."