US Caught Using Banned Chemical Weapon In Iraq – Again

White phosphorus, a napalm-like chemical that causes severe burns and disfigurements, was used recently by the US in Iraq against enemy combatants and near the town of Gwer in Northern Iraq.
The public affairs website DVIDS, which is linked to the Pentagon, posted images which clearly show the US Army firing white phosphorus at a group of Islamic militants in Iraq in close proximity to the town of Gwer. White phosphorus, known for its volatility and the horrific injuries it causes, is banned for use in combat and in civilian areas and failure to comply with the ban is a war crime. Under international law, white phosphorus may only be used to make smoke screens or to give signals in areas where no civilians are present.
However, in the past, the US has admitted to using white phosphorus as a weapon of war despite it being illegal to do so. In 2005, a US Army publication (PDF) stated the following about its actions in Fallujah the year prior: “WP [White Phosphorus] proved to be an effective and versatile munition. We used it […] as a potent psychological weapon against the insurgents.” However, white phosphorus is neither effective nor versatile. When used, it forms a deadly chemical cloud that produces a horrific “skin-eating” sensation that kills everything within a tenth of a mile radius. Its use also explains thegrotesque birth defects that appeared following the 2004 battle for Fallujah. The US has also used white phosphorus during its ongoing “presence” in Afghanistan. It became an international issue once again in 2009 when US-led NATO forcesburned and disfigured an 8 year-old girl with white phosphorus munitions.
Amid controversy over its latest use of white phosphorus, Air Force Colonel John Dorrian, the spokesman for the US coalition in Iraq, said the images posted online show an operation where US forces supported Kurdish forces with artillery strikes. The operation, known as Evergreen II, aimed to reclaim a bridge in the northern Iraqi town of Gwer from militants. Dorrian claimed that the white phosphorus fired was used to obscure Kurdish forces moving on enemy positions, but he was unable to respond to questions regarding the use of the chemical munitions in or near the town of Gwer or on enemy positions.

U.S. Army soldiers execute a fire mission in northern Iraq on Aug.14, 2016. White Phosphorus smoke rounds can be seen in the right-hand corner. Credit – US Army

It remains unclear exactly how this napalm-like chemical is currently being used by the US military. However, based on the US and NATO’s previous illegal use and on the US Army’s own admission of its use as a weapon of war, white phosphorus will likely continue to be deployed in US combat operations abroad, endangering civilians.
The US has also been quick to supply the chemical weapon to its allies, who also show the same propensity for using the substance illegally. Just recently, the US admitted to supplying Saudi Arabia with white phosphorus, where it has been used in its atrocious war in Yemen. Saudi Arabia has already been accused of numerous war crimes in Yemen, making their use of US-supplied white phosphorus just another example of their egregious disregard for civilian populations. Equally concerning is the US’ continual negligence in adhering to international weapon laws and its ease in avoiding punishment for doing so, even when war crimes are committed. Yet, due to the enormous power of defense and weapon contractors in US politics, change is unlikely as war is part of the US status quo.
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Anonymous Assists the FBI

An investigation held by the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) had suddenly taken a strange turn that no one expected. The FBI is using information obtained from Anonymous to help track down those responsible for compromising the Centcom Twitter account, as well as their YouTube channel, after threatening US soldiers and leaving ISIS messages.
For those who are not clear on Centcom, Centcom is that of a “Theater-Level” unified combatant command that revolves around the United States Department of Defense. Centcom was set in motion in 1983, after the Rapid Deployment Joint Task Force, otherwise known as RDJTF, was overhauled.
The Centrom statement read “CENTCOM’s operational military networks were not compromised and there was no operational impact to U.S. Central Command. CENTCOM will restore service to its Twitter and YouTube accounts as quickly as possible. We are viewing this purely as a case of cyber vandalism,”confirming that the attacks were limited to the social media accounts only.
Originally the alleged hacktivists were that of the ISIS CyberCaliphate. However, as thehack progressed, hackers within Anonymous soon realized that these attacks were originating from within the United States – specifically from Maryland and not the Middle East as first suspected by government officials. Anonymous was able to trace the alleged hackers IP addresses, narrowing it down to 11 that were used in the supposed attacks.
According to the Hackers News Bulletin,@TheAnonMessage tweeted to the official FBI Twitter account, informing them of the IP information and adding “You’re welcome” to their tweets.
According to an FBI memo:
“On 12 January 2015, at 2:01PM CST, @TheAnonMessage, a Twitter account associated with the Anonymous hacking group, tweeted 11 IP addresses involved with the CENTCOM hack with the message. The FBI is providing a list of IP’s obtained from @TheAnonMessage Twitter Account, and encourages recipients to examine their networks for any activity related to these IP addresses.”
Sources: Twitter (Centcom)YouTube (Centcom)Twitter (TheAnonMessage)Hackers News BulletinFBI ,RAND Corporation


VIDEO: Militarized Police Turn Peaceful Native American Protest Into a War Zone

North Dakota — Following the activation of the North Dakota National Guard on September 8, peaceful Dakota Access Pipeline protests quickly became flooded with militarized law enforcement. Native American activists, or “water protectors,” have been standing in the way of the pipeline’s construction for months, successfully blocking it at the Sacred Stone camp near the Missouri River.
When the situation initially took a turn for the worse earlier this month, journalists on the ground who were broadcasting live video complained Facebook was blocking their streams. Now, videos and images from Wednesday are emerging that show an overwhelmingly militarized response to the peaceful prayer and protest.

In the video, law enforcement can be seen using armored vehicles (MRAPs), shotguns, assault rifles, riot gear, tear gas, and helicopters to disperse the protesters. The police have turned peaceful prayers and acts of civil disobedience into a what now resembles a war zone. The Morton County Sheriff’s department confirmed to Anti-Media that 21 water protectors were arrested Wednesday. Several water protectors at the scene said a plane was used to drop tear gas — or some other form of crowd dispersants — on the group, though the Morton County Sheriff’s department has deniedthese allegations.

The protests are rooted in the Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s concerns that the Dakota Access Pipeline would pollute the area’s water supply and violate tribal treaties. Hundreds of Native American tribes have joined the blockade in solidarity. Landowners also joined the ongoing demonstrations after their land was seized through eminent domain to build the pipeline.
The protests received mainstream news coverage after the Department of Justice ordered a halt to construction on land owned by the Army Corps of Engineers. However, construction continues outside that area, and protests are growing more frequent and direct. Check out Anti-Media‘s latest coverage of the Dakota Access Pipeline here.


BREAKING: State Police Use Tear Gas, Point Loaded Weapons At Peaceful DAPL Protestors

Despite the federal government’s temporary injunction on a section of the pipeline, tensions are again escalating as ND state police used crowd control weapons on nonviolent protestors.
Though news coverage of the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) has slowed to a trickle following Obama’stemporary halt of construction on a small fraction of the 1,134 mile pipeline, tensions over the project are again escalating. Since the injunction was put in effect, the leader of the Standing Rock Sioux testified before the UN Human Rights Council, pleading for international support to end the pipeline. Soon after, UN experts demanded a permanent end to Dakota Access due to the validity of the Sioux’s concerns. Meanwhile, construction continues on a majority of the pipeline and protestors have continued to push back relentlessly despite a total lack of mainstream media coverage.
Four days ago, the protests spread to other states as activists stopped construction at a DAPL site in Iowa by locking themselves to construction equipment. They were later detained by private security and twelve arrests were made. However, just a few hours ago, videos surfaced of police moving in on Standing Rock protestors in North Dakota, complete with machine-guns, shotguns, and tear gas as they attempted to arrest and subdue the nonviolent protestors.
Thomas H. Joseph II, one of the protestors at the scene, had the following to say:
We need everyone able to come join us at Standing Rock.
Today’s action where uncalled for, the police was a direct threat to woman and children.
We gathered in prayer unarmed, prayed, sang songs, and attempted to leave. No threats. No vandalism. No violence was taken on our part.
Flood the White House with phone calls and demand Obama to act and enforce his previous declaration of no construction. With state police protecting Dakota Access Pipeline, his words are meaningless.
White House Phone Number: 202-456-1111
Armored vehicles blocked all roads, boxing the protestors in, while helicopters circled overhead. Tear gas was deployed via aircraft and intimidation tactics were used on men, women, and children. Protestors were prevented from leaving the area and internet signals were blocked, preventing them from accessing social media and publicizing police actions. Snipers were deployed on top of nearby hills as police clad in full riot gear, attempted to arrest as many protestors as possible. Police drew and loaded their weapons as they approached protestors, causing chaos in the protest camp as many tried to flee from the police.
One video commentator noted that a military-grade sound weapon was deployed to the area, though it appears it was not used. Now that state police are assisting private security in protecting the pipeline project, even more police violence towards peaceful protestors is likely until enough people stand in solidarity with Standing Rock and demand an end to Dakota Access once and for all.
Watch the video footage of today’s dramatic police escalation for yourself :