Merchants of Death War Crimes Tribunal: The Destruction of Mosul

The Merchants of Death War Crimes Tribunal is holding accountable – through video testimony of witnesses – U.S. weapons manufacturers who produce and sell products which attack and kill not only combatants but non-combatants as well. Each week the Tribunal issues a new video segment offering evidence of guilt for the commission of War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity.

In this video episode, the War Crimes Tribunal examines the bloody destruction of Mosul by U.S. led coalition forces, with particular emphasis on the complicity of U.S. weapons manufacturers. War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity are revealed by the evidence gathered in this installment of the Tribunal.

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Brad Wolf, a former lawyer, professor, and community college dean, is co-founder of Peace Action Network of Lancaster and writes for World BEYOND War. He is the author of the upcoming book on Philip Berrigan entitled A Ministry of Risk.

4 thoughts on “Merchants of Death War Crimes Tribunal: The Destruction of Mosul”

    1. The use of white phosphorous is not inherently a war crime. It depends on what it’s being used for, and who’s underneath it. In the case of Fallujah, the US forces spent a good deal of time “encouraging” civilians to leave before the assault, and up to 90% are thought to have done so.

      1. A Tale of Two Cities: US Operations in Fallujah (2004)

        The US launched ‘Operation Vigilant Resolve’ on 5 April 2004. In contrast to UK actions in Basra, a far more restrictive cordon was set up around the city. All roads into Fallujah were closed, with a strict curfew imposed from 7pm to 6am. Women, children and elderly men were not allowed to leave the city until 9 April 2004, by which time there had already been heavy fighting in the city, including the bombing of a mosque compound in the city centre on 7 April.

        U.S. Won’t Let Men Flee Fallujah

        FALLUJAH, Iraq – Hundreds of men trying to flee the assault on Fallujah have been turned back by U.S. troops following orders to allow only women, children and the elderly to leave.

        The military says it has received reports warning that insurgents will drop their weapons and mingle with refugees to avoid being killed or captured by advancing American troops.

        As it believes many of Fallujah’s men are guerrilla fighters, it has instructed U.S. troops to turn back all males aged 15 to 55.

        The fog of war: white phosphorus, Fallujah and some burning questions

        The use of incendiary weapons such as WP and napalm against civilian targets – though not military targets – is banned by international treaty. Article two, protocol III of the 1980 UN Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons states: “It is prohibited in all circumstances to make the civilian population as such, individual civilians or civilian objects, the object of attack by incendiary weapons.”

        US criticised for use of phosphorous in Fallujah raids

        A leading campaign group has demanded an urgent inquiry into a report that US troops indiscriminately used a controversial incendiary weapon during the battle for Fallujah. Photographic evidence gathered from the aftermath of the battle suggests that women and children were killed by horrific burns caused by the white phosphorus shells dropped by US forces.

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