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When some reporters claimed that napalm was used in Iraq, the Pentagon insisted the reports were untrue: We completed destruction of our last batch of napalm on 4 April, 2001, they said. But now, according to, Marine pilots and their commanders have confirmed that they used an upgraded version of the weapon against dug-in positions. They said napalm, which has a distinctive smell, was used because of its psychological effect on an enemy.

Wonder what officials replied to that? The Pentagon said it had not tried to deceive. It drew a distinction between traditional napalm, first invented in 1942, and the weapons dropped in Iraq, which it calls Mark 77 firebombs. Yeah right, of course it wasn't napalm, it was its successor!

The use of napalm (a terrifying mixture of jet fuel and polystyrene that sticks to skin as it burns) against civilian targets was banned by a UN 1980 convention. Of course, the US didn't sign that convention. As usual.

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