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A white phosphorus round detonates in desert.


A white phosphorus or “Willie Pete” round detonates during a Green Flag West 21-02 exercise, at Fort Irwin Army Base, California, Nov. 13, 2020. During the exercise, the white phosphorus tracer ammunition was used to signaled an enemy location to A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft, which provided close-air support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dwane R. Young)

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