Iraq Deploys TOS-1A Heavy Flamethrower vs ISIS

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"The Russian-made TOS-1A Heavy Flamethrower System has been spotted among the Iraqi Federal Police’s artillery units shelling ISIS units deployed in the Shura area near the ISIS-controlled city of Mosul."
https://southfront.org/iraqi-federal-po ... ear-mosul/
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Example of the TOS-1A in action:

Looks like a mean piece of equipment.
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Wed Oct 19, 2016 11:03 am

I thought flamethrowers were universally banned by the Geneva convention?

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SeekerOfTruth wrote:I thought flamethrowers were universally banned by the Geneva convention?
Flamethrower MLRS artillery. Not as in, a weapon that sprays out burning fuel, as seen in WW2.
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Wed Oct 19, 2016 1:00 pm

Navarro wrote:
SeekerOfTruth wrote:I thought flamethrowers were universally banned by the Geneva convention?
Flamethrower MLRS artillery. Not as in, a weapon that sprays out burning fuel, as seen in WW2.
The US used them on tunnels in Japan in WW2.
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Wed Oct 19, 2016 7:53 pm

Navarro wrote:
SeekerOfTruth wrote:I thought flamethrowers were universally banned by the Geneva convention?
Flamethrower MLRS artillery. Not as in, a weapon that sprays out burning fuel, as seen in WW2.
Aw man, I got excited, that looked like a cool toy if it was a legit flamethrower :D

For the record, the legal status of flamethrowers seems vague: http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/ ... -legal.htm

If they're not targeting civilians then it may be allowed. They're more legal than white phosphorous.

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Wed Oct 19, 2016 8:50 pm

hrng wrote:They're more legal than white phosphorous.
Don't get me started on that. White phosphorus is a terrible weapon.
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