Civilian Death Scandal

A human rights organization is investigating claims that the U.S. used white phosphorous in a battle with the Taliban last week in which hundreds of civilians have died. A doctor in a nearby village said that civilians were taken to the hospital after the battle with “highly unusual burns” on their hands and feet. “One of the women who came here told us that 22 members of her family were totally burned. She said a bomb distributed white power that caught fire and then set people's clothes alight,” the doctor said. U.S. forces claim they did not use the chemical and that the reports of 147 civilian deaths were exaggerated. But the forces do not deny dropping bombs after militants had left the battlefield, when civilians were more likely to get hurt.