Defence written question – answered on 6th December 2004.

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Photo of Mrs Alice Mahon Mrs Alice Mahon Labour, Halifax

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether napalm or a similar substance has been used by the Coalition in Iraq (a) during and (b) since the war.

Photo of Adam Ingram Adam Ingram Minister of State (Armed Forces), Ministry of Defence

No napalm has been used by Coalition forces in Iraq either during the war-fighting phase or since.

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Robbie G
Posted on 7 Dec 2004 5:12 pm (Report this annotation)

Methinks the honourable member is being economical with the truth?

According to the San Diego Tribune...

"During the war, Pentagon spokesmen disputed reports that napalm was being used, saying the Pentagon's stockpile had been destroyed two years ago.

Apparently the spokesmen were drawing a distinction between the terms "firebomb" and "napalm." If reporters had asked about firebombs, officials said yesterday they would have confirmed their use.

What the Marines dropped, the spokesmen said yesterday, were "Mark 77 firebombs." They acknowledged those are incendiary devices with a function "remarkably similar" to napalm weapons. "

Perhaps Mrs Mahon should ask whether coalition forces have been using Mk 77 firebombs in Iraq...