Marine Corps fighter pilots and commanders say they dropped firebombs similar to napalm on Iraqi troops earlier this year, according to a report published Tuesday.
The Marines say that in March, U.S. warplanes dropped dozens of incendiary bombs near bridges over the Saddam Canal and the Tigris River in central Iraq to clear the way for troops headed to Baghdad.
"We napalmed both those (bridge) approaches," said Col. Randolph Alles, commander of Marine Air Group 11, told the San Diego Union-Tribune. "Unfortunately, there were people there because you could see them in the (cockpit) video.
"They were Iraqi soldiers there. It's no great way to die," Alles added.
He could not provide estimates of Iraqi casualties.
"The generals love napalm," said Alles. "It has a big psychological effect."
The firebombs were used again in April against Iraqis near a key Tigris River bridge, north of Numaniyah, the Marines said....
--San Francisco Chronicle
(And here's the San Diego Union-Tribune story.)