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November 18, 2005

More On New Man-Portable Thermobaric Weapon

LauraW. already linked to one article about this, but it's worth another go-round, I think.

A post-action report from Iraq describes the effect of the new weapon: "One unit disintegrated a large one-storey masonry type building with one round from 100 meters. They were extremely impressed." Elsewhere it is described by one Marine as "an awesome piece of ordnance."

It proved highly effective in the battle for Fallujah. This from the Marine Corps Gazette, July edition: "SMAW gunners became expert at determining which wall to shoot to cause the roof to collapse and crush the insurgents fortified inside interior rooms."

They're calling it an "NE" weapon, for "Novel Explosive." I do so enjoy these dry euphemisms the Pentagon employs. They used to call a-bombs "Special Weapons" or "Specials."

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