British Army to be sued for war crimes over its role in Fallujah attacks  

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The Independent reports that some Iraqis are trying to see justice done over the attack on Fallujah - Army to be sued for war crimes over its role in Fallujah attacks. If the lawsuit is successful you'd assume it would be even more applicable to American troops (and mercenaries like Blackwater / Xie) who were more deeply involved in the destruction.

Allegations that Britain was complicit in the use of chemical weapons linked to an upsurge in child deformity cases in Iraq, are being investigated by the Ministry of Defence.

The case raises serious questions about the UK's role in the American-led offensive against the city of Fallujah in the autumn of 2004 where hundreds of Iraqis died. After the battle, in which it is alleged that a range of illegal weaponry was used, evidence has emerged of large numbers of children being born with severe birth defects.

Iraqi families who believe their children's deformities are caused by the deployment of the weapons have now begun legal proceedings against the UK Government. They accuse the UK Government of breaching international law, war crimes and failing to intervene to prevent a war crime.

Lawyers for the Iraqis have sent a letter before action to the MoD asking the Government to disclose what it knows about the Army's role in the offensive, the presence of prohibited weapons and the legal advice given to Tony Blair, Prime Minister at the time.

Legal actions against America are blocked by US federal immunity laws and the US government's boycott of the International Criminal Court.

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In suing the Brits rather than the US, it seems like they're going for the target they can reach rather than the one they really want.

Not sure what chemical weapons they're alleging, I presume not nerve gas or something like that.

White phosphorous has in recent years been described as a chemical weapon, but I'm not aware of its being linked to birth defects.

Depleted uranium rounds seems much more likely, that stuff's nasty.

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