The Ministry of Defence in London said that there was no evidence that British soldiers had been burnt by white phosphorus munitions in Helmand, but said that there would have to be an investigation into how British-manufactured munitions were in the hands of the Taleban.
Royal Ordnance factories owned by BAE Systems make 81mm mortars that the British fire with white phosphorus rounds for illumination in Afghanistan. But the MoD denied that the Taleban had somehow acquired British mortars sent to troops in Helmand.
Tuesday, 12 May 2009
A real scandal
The Times is on firmer ground with evidence that the Taleban, like Israel, is using white phosphorous. In this case, it seems to have been made in Britain, by BAE: