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  • Pentagon Asking Congress To Sell Israel 1,725 Bunker Busters

    12/12/2012 7:53:18 AM PST · by Fennie · 27 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | December 11, 2012 | By Yori Yanover
    The Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified Congress that it intends to sell Israel some 6,900 tail kits which can turn "dumb" bombs into satellite-guided "smart bombs," including bombs capable of penetrating hardened targets, Bloomberg Business Week reported. Some of the hardened targets one would immediately think about are those underground nuclear plants the Iranian government has been so chatty about this past decade or so. According to BBW, the sale will includes 1,725 all-weather satellite-guided Joint Direct Attack Munition, or JDAM tail kits with BLU-109 bombs, which are 2,000-pound, hard-target penetrators. Bombs delivered this way are among the most...
  • Bombs vs Bunkers in a Potential Iran Attack

    03/15/2012 4:38:06 PM PDT · by lbryce · 15 replies · 2+ views
    Popular Mechanics ^ | March 4, 2012 | Sharon Weinberger
    The United States and Iran have engaged in a war of words over their military capabilities in the last few weeks. But if an actual war breaks out, it will not be a war of U.S. bombs versus Iranian bombs, but of U.S. bombs versus Iran's bunkers. Iran's network of nuclear facilities, some of which are underground, would be the primary target of an Israeli or U.S. attack intended to destroy Iran's suspected clandestine weapons program. As the rhetoric has heated up, the United States has been talking up its military capabilities. Whether American or Israeli bombs indeed could penetrate...
  • US giant bunker-buster bomb project rushed since Iran's Qom site discovered

    09/30/2009 4:20:25 AM PDT · by SpaceBar · 71 replies · 3,138+ views
    DEBKAfile ^ | September 28, 2009 | DEBKAfile Special Report
    The Pentagon has brought forward to December 2009 the target-date for producing the first 15-ton super bunker-buster bomb (GBU-57A/B) Massive Ordinance Penetrator, which can reach a depth of 60.09 meters underground before exploding. DEBKAfile's military sources report that top defense agencies and air force units were also working against the clock to adapt the bay of a B2a Stealth bomber for carrying and delivering the bomb. The Pentagon has ordered the number of bombs rolling off the production line increased from four to ten - a rush job triggered in May by the discovery that Iran was hiding a second...
  • Obama Punished Israel by Diverting Anti-Iran Bunker Bombs

    03/21/2010 12:21:26 AM PDT · by Nachum · 44 replies · 1,234+ views
    INN ^ | 3/21/10 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    (IsraelNN.com) Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s visit to the United States this week will include a demand that U.S. President Barack Obama release previously-promised bunker-busting bombs, the Times of London reported Sunday. The bombs could be used in an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities, which are buried deep underground. The Iranian Fars news agency has quoted Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin that the Busheur nuclear facility will be online by the summer.
  • Pentagon Delays New 'Bunker Buster' Bomb

    12/20/2009 10:40:31 AM PST · by Strategy · 63 replies · 2,342+ views
    Kuwait Times ^ | December 20, 2009
    WASHINGTON: A "bunker buster" bomb with more than 10 times the explosive power of its predecessor is to be put into service by the United States next December, six months later than previously scheduled, the Defense Department said. The deployment's timing may help shape new calculations in long standoffs with Iran and North Korea over their nuclear programs, much of which are believed to be underground to avoid detection and enhance their chances of surviving an attack.
  • Pentagon Delays New "Bunker Buster" Bomb

    12/20/2009 4:36:49 AM PST · by Fennie · 23 replies · 1,443+ views
    Reuters ^ | December 18, 2009 | Jim Wolf
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A "bunker buster" bomb with more than 10 times the explosive power of its predecessor is to be put into service by the United States next December, six months later than previously scheduled, the Defense Department told Reuters on Friday. The deployment's timing may help shape new calculations in long standoffs with Iran and North Korea over their nuclear programs, much of which are believed to be underground to avoid detection and enhance their chances of surviving an attack. "Funding delays and enhancements to the planned test schedule have pushed the capability availability date to December 2010,"...
  • 'Bunker buster' ready soon (MOP: within months)

    10/11/2009 10:55:13 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 27 replies · 1,716+ views
    Strait Times ^ | 10/08/09
    'Bunker buster' ready soon WASHINGTON - THE Pentagon said on Wednesday a giant 'bunker buster' bomb will be ready within months, adding a powerful weapon to the US arsenal amid tensions over Iran's nuclear programme. The 30,000-pound (13,607kg) massive ordnance penetrator (MOP) is designed to knock out fortified sites buried deep underground, like those used by Iran and North Korea to protect its nuclear work. 'It is under development right now and should be deployable in the coming months,' press secretary Geoff Morrell told reporters. The Defence Department had said in August it wanted to speed up production plans for...
  • Iran threatened by U.S. buster bomb

    10/12/2009 12:21:02 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 41 replies · 3,187+ views
    Space War ^ | 10/08/2009 | Staff Writers
    The Pentagon has acknowledged that it is speeding up plans to deploy a massive bomb capable of knocking out deeply buried enemy facilities. The giant "bunker buster" is believed to add fighting power to the U.S. arsenal against Iran's nuclear program, defense experts argue. U.S. officials, however, have refused to confirm the connection. The 30,000-pound massive ordnance penetrator is capable of penetrating up to 60 meters of earth, or a thick layer of concrete, before exploding. It weighs more than 13 metric tons, allowing just one such bunker buster to be carried by U.S. bomber aircraft. "It is under development...
  • MOP + UON Spells Trouble For Iran

    10/08/2009 5:40:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies · 1,228+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | October 8, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Security: After Iran admits building a second enrichment facility inside a mountain, the Pentagon shifts money from other programs to urgently fund the mother of all bunker-buster bombs. Why the need for speed? At the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh last month, President Obama announced, "The Islamic Republic of Iran has been building a covert uranium enrichment facility near Qom for several years." U.S. officials said they knew for some time that the facility existed. The announcement was made after U.S. officials learned Iran had told the International Atomic Energy Agency of Qom's existence. Our knowledge of the facility built in...
  • MOP + UON Spell Trouble For Iran (Will U.S. Bomb, Bomb Iran?)

    10/08/2009 5:37:37 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 16 replies · 1,886+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | October 8, 2009 | IBD editorial staff
    Security: After Iran admits building a second enrichment facility inside a mountain, the Pentagon shifts money from other programs to urgently fund the mother of all bunker-buster bombs. Why the need for speed? At the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh last month, President Obama announced, "The Islamic Republic of Iran has been building a covert uranium enrichment facility near Qom for several years." U.S. officials said they knew for some time that the facility existed. The announcement was made after U.S. officials learned Iran had told the International Atomic Energy Agency of Qom's existence. Our knowledge of the facility built in...
  • Real hope: U.S. accelerates monster bunker busting bombs project

    09/29/2009 5:03:25 PM PDT · by honestabe010 · 63 replies · 2,781+ views
    Debka.com ^ | September 28, 2009
    The Pentagon has brought forward to December 2009 the target-date for producing the first 15-ton super bunker-buster bomb (GBU-57A/B) Massive Ordinance Penetrator, which can reach a depth of 60.09 meters underground before exploding. DEBKAfile's military sources report that top defense agencies and air force units were also working against the clock to adapt the bay of a B2a Stealth bomber for carrying and delivering the bomb. The Pentagon has ordered the number of bombs rolling off the production line increased from four to ten - a rush job triggered in May by the discovery that Iran was hiding a second...
  • Bust Iran's Bunkers

    08/03/2009 5:15:29 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 1,355+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 3, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Defense: As the failure of engagement with Iran grows more apparent, the administration that has talked very softly may be getting the mother of all sticks ready. Guess we need high-tech Cold War weapons after all.Western intelligence sources have told London's Times that Iran has perfected the means to develop and detonate a nuclear bomb and is merely awaiting word from its supreme leader to produce its first one. Should the order be given, it would take just six months to enrich enough uranium and another six months to assemble the warhead. Time's up. Recently, and perhaps not coincidentally, Defense...
  • Pentagon Plans Speeding Up 'Bunker Buster' Bomb

    08/03/2009 11:17:32 AM PDT · by Strategy · 5 replies · 781+ views
    AFP ^ | August 3, 2009
    The US Defense Department on Monday said it wants to speed up production plans for an enormous "bunker buster" bomb amid concern over underground nuclear sites in Iran and North Korea.
  • US to sell 'bunker-buster' bombs to SKorea: official

    06/03/2009 12:52:15 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 410+ views
    Space War ^ | 6/02/2009 | AFP
    The United States has agreed to sell "bunker-buster" bombs to South Korea that are capable of destroying underground facilities in North Korea, a military official said Tuesday. W ashington recently approved the sale of GBU-28 bombs, which were used during the 1990-91 Gulf War to destroy underground command centres in Iraq, a defence ministry official told AFP on condition of anonymity. The laser-guided bombs, which could be used to hit North Korean missiles and aircraft stored underground, will be delivered to South Korea between 2010 and 2014, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported. It said that in the event of...
  • US to sell bunker-buster bombs to South Korea

    06/03/2009 12:03:23 AM PDT · by DTAD · 13 replies · 557+ views
    The United States has agreed to sell "bunker-buster" bombs to South Korea that are capable of destroying underground facilities in North Korea, a military official said Tuesday. Washington recently approved the sale of GBU-28 bombs, which were used during the 1990-91 Gulf War to destroy underground command centres in Iraq, a defence ministry official told AFP on condition of anonymity. The laser-guided bombs, which could be used to hit North Korean missiles and aircraft stored underground, will be delivered to South Korea between 2010 and 2014, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported.
  • TAUSCHER TO BE US ARMS NEGOTIATOR

    03/20/2009 11:35:28 PM PDT · by Impy · 26 replies · 795+ views
    Politics1 ^ | 3-20-09 | Vin Gopal
    CALIFORNIA. Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher (D) was tapped this week to serve in the Obama Administration as US Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security -- the Administration's top arms control negotiator. The centrist Tauscher -- who represents the CD-10 district which includes the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory nuclear weapons/WMD research and development facility --- has been recognized as an expert on nuclear weapons issues during her seven-terms in Congress. "Keeping nuclear weapons out of the hands of terrorists, making sure other countries do not obtain them and, one day, I hope, ridding the world of these terrible weapons,...
  • Israel asks U.S. for arms, air corridor to attack Iran

    09/11/2008 8:48:49 AM PDT · by mojito · 31 replies · 135+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 9/11/2008 | Amos Harel and Aluf Benn
    The security aid package the United States has refused to give Israel for the past few months out of concern that Israel would use it to attack nuclear facilities in Iran included a large number of "bunker-buster" bombs, permission to use an air corridor to Iran, an advanced technological system and refueling planes. Officials from both countries have been discussing the Israeli requests over the past few months. Their rejection would make it very difficult for Israel to attack Iran, if such a decision is made. About a month ago, Haaretz reported that the Bush administration had turned down an...
  • Bunker-buster could affect U.S.-Iran relations

    11/09/2007 12:23:18 PM PST · by Wuli · 90 replies · 139+ views
    Kansas.com ^ | 11/6/2007 | SCOTT CANON
    Longer than a Humvee and weighing more than two elephants, the latest and largest bunker-busting bomb is an attention-getter. The $88 million request last month to speed up the operational ability of the MOP, or Massive Ordnance Penetrator, was noticed by some in Congress who saw a signal that Washington was on track for a war with Iran. Presumably, its listing as an “urgent operational need from theater commanders” was noticed, as well, by Iran’s leadership. The 15-ton weapon would be most tailored to blast away at deeply buried nuclear facilities. Defense analysts have predicted any attack on Iran would...
  • Bomb Iran

    10/28/2007 3:59:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies · 292+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | November 19, 2006 | Joshua Muravchik
    Diplomacy is doing nothing to stop the Iranian nuclear threat; a show of force is the only answer. WE MUST bomb Iran. It has been four years since that country's secret nuclear program was brought to light, and the path of diplomacy and sanctions has led nowhere. First, we agreed to our allies' requests that we offer Tehran a string of concessions, which it spurned. Then, Britain, France and Germany wanted to impose a batch of extremely weak sanctions. For instance, Iranians known to be involved in nuclear activities would have been barred from foreign travel — except for humanitarian...
  • U.S. Outfitting B-2's with Monster Bunker Buster Bombs - Iran May Be Target

    07/28/2007 8:13:26 AM PDT · by Weeedley · 28 replies · 1,316+ views
    NewsMax ^ | Friday, July 27, 2007 | NewsMax.com Wires
    The U.S. is retrofitting its B-2 Stealth bombers with massive bunker-buster bombs - a move that could be a prelude to an attack on Iran and its nuclear facilities. Iran has refused to comply with international demands that it stop its nuclear weapons programs. Experts have noted that a U.S. or Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear program could be difficult due to the large number of installations - some of which are buried deep underground in hardened bunkers.
  • U.S., Israel Ponder How to Slow Iranian Nuclear Weapons Development

    09/11/2006 5:10:01 PM PDT · by Paul Ross · 44 replies · 1,148+ views
    Aviation Week & Space Technology ^ | 9/10/2006 | David A. Fulghum & Douglas Barrie
    U.S., Israel Ponder How to Slow Iranian Nuclear Weapons Development By David A. Fulghum and Douglas Barrie 09/10/2006 04:47:58 PM BUSTING THE BOMB The fighting in southern Lebanon revealed Iran's willingness to supply sophisticated weaponry to Hezbollah, and one of its ships was intercepted trying to do just that for Hamas in the Palestinian territories. A continuing series of tests has demonstrated Iran's growing arsenal of ballistic, tactical and sea-based weapons, and Western intelligence officials anticipate its fielding of locally built versions of fighter-launched, long-range, air-to-surface missiles. But the real fear is Iran's development of nuclear weapons. Once built, they...
  • Iran's Mix-and-Match Air Force Still May Have Bite

    09/11/2006 4:58:10 PM PDT · by Paul Ross · 56 replies · 2,162+ views
    Aviation Week & Space Technology ^ | 9/11/2006 | Doug Barrie & Andy Nativi
    Iran's Mix-and-Match Air Force Still May Have Bite Aviation Week & Space Technology 09/11/2006 Authors: Douglas Barrie and Andy Nativi Israel's 1981 strike against Iraq's Osirak nuclear site was achieved without loss of any aircraft. But it is far from guaranteed that an attack intended to degrade any Iranian nuclear weapons program would have the same outcome. The Iranian air force inventory is a mix of Western, Russian and Chinese combat aircraft--most of them obsolescent. Any spares for Western aircraft will have to be bought surreptitiously, or be work-arounds found using local technology because an arms embargo remains in place....
  • Bunker Busters

    04/08/2006 10:50:29 AM PDT · by OregonRancher · 45 replies · 1,555+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 14 July 2005 | David Hambling
    "Traditional "bunker busters" are streamlined bombs that rely on sheer weight to force their way through soil, rock or concrete. But the new design has a blunt nose that forces the earth ahead of it out to the sides, creating a cavity the bomb can easily slide through, allowing it to reach much deeper buried structures than conventional bunker busters."
  • Iran nuke plant 'would survive attack'

    02/21/2006 2:22:02 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 68 replies · 1,422+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 22 February 2006
    IRAN'S uranium enrichment facilities, built in underground bunkers, would survive any military strikes, the Islamic republic's nuclear program director said today. "The enrichment facilities, particularly Natanz, are located underground and no offensive could damage them," said Gholamreza Aghazadeh, the head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation, quoted by the student ISNA news agency. Mr Aghazadeh also boasted about the fortress like nature of its Isfahan plant, which is located in a network of subterranean tunnels, and touted Iran's uranium supplies. "Our reserves are extremely developed. We can extract uranium from mines in Bandar Abbas, Saghand and Yazd," he said. Israeli officials...
  • Direct Strike Hard Target Weapon/Big BLU MOAB

    08/18/2005 9:45:40 AM PDT · by standing united · 10 replies · 1,321+ views
    Tonyrogers.com ^ | August 17, 2005 | Tony Rogers
    Direct Strike Hard Target Weapon / Big BLU MOAB Although the Direct Strike Hard Target Weapon concept was unfunded as of 1997, in early 2002 it was reported that Northrop-Grumman and Lockheed Martin were working on a 30,000-lb. earth penetrating guided conventional weapon, said to be known as "Big BLU" or "Big Blue" [which is also the nickname of the 15,000-lb surface burst BLU-82]. Big BLU will be GPS guided and feature cobalt-alloy penetrator bomb body that enables it to penetrate to depths of up to 100 feet below the surface before detonating. The bombs are so large that a...
  • US still pursuing nuclear options 60 years after first bomb

    07/13/2005 10:49:00 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 586+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 7/13/05 | AFP
    WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) - Sixty years after the first atomic bomb was tested in the New Mexico desert, the United States still has some 2,000 nuclear weapons on hair trigger alert and is considering new weapons such as earth-penetrating bunker busters. The US administration has agreed to pare back its nuclear arsenal from about 10,000 warheads today to about 6,000 in 2012 under the Moscow Treaty reached with Russia in 2001. But even as it moves to retire much of its Cold War arsenal, it has pressed a reluctant Congress for funds for nuclear bunker-buster studies, refurbished nuclear testing...
  • Israel seeks to acquire 'bunker busters'

    04/27/2005 4:01:20 AM PDT · by IAF ThunderPilot · 6 replies · 292+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Apr. 27, 2005 | JPOST STAFF AND AP
    The Pentagon has informed the US congress that Israel has requested to purchase 100 laser-guided smart bombs, which could potentially be used to target and destroy underground bunkers, Israel Radio reported. The cost of the deal would reach $30 million. Pentagon officials said that the deal would not effect the balance of power in the Middle East, although American military experts suggested that Israel could use the bombs to attack Iranian nuclear facilities. The laser-guided bombs, manufactured by the Lockheed Martin Corporation, can be carried by F-15 fighter jets. Congress has a 30-day deadline to decide on whether or not...
  • Defense Secretary Aims to Revive Bunker-Buster Nuke Study

    02/01/2005 8:12:27 PM PST · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 13 replies · 457+ views
    NTI Global Security Newswire ^ | 2/1/2005 | NTI staff
    U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is pressing for funding to restart the study of the Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator, the Washington Post reported today (see GSN, Dec. 16, 2004). “I think we should request funds in FY06 and FY07 to complete the study,” Rumsfeld wrote in a Jan. 10 memo to then-Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham. “Our staffs have spoken about funding the Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator study to support its completion by April 2007.” A Defense Department spokesman yesterday confirmed the contents of the memo, saying the Pentagon “supports completion of the study” of the bunker-buster nuclear weapon. The Bush...
  • Senate rejects ban on nuclear tests, "bunker-busters"

    09/16/2003 6:20:09 PM PDT · by Brian S · 12 replies · 213+ views
    AFP ^ | 09-16-03
    WASHINGTON (AFP) Sep 17, 2003 The US Senate on Tuesday rejected a measure that would have halted the development of "bunker buster" bombs -- small nuclear weapons created for battefield use -- while also allowing the resumption of underground nuclear tests. By a 53-41 vote, the Republican-controlled Senate rejected legislation sponsored by Democrats Dianne Feinstein of California and Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts. "At the very time when we are urging other nations to halt their own nuclear weapons programs, the administration is rushing forward to develop our own new nuclear weapons," said Kennedy, who warned that a new "nuclear arms...
  • Protesters march on Livermore lab to oppose "bunker busters"

    08/11/2003 9:44:04 AM PDT · by hoosierskypilot · 20 replies · 216+ views
    modesto bee ^ | toshi maeda
    <p>LIVERMORE, Calif. (AP) - About 1,000 people rallied outside a federal weapons laboratory Sunday to protest the Bush administration's plan to design so-called nuclear "bunker buster" bombs that could burrow into the ground and destroy buried targets. Protesters came from as far as Washington D.C. to march on Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, about 35 miles east of San Francisco. Protest organizers and a lab spokesman agreed that the crowd numbered about 1,000 people.</p>
  • US Senate committee agrees to lift ban on development of small-scale nukes

    05/10/2003 4:00:56 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 165+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 5/10/03 | AFP - Washington
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - The US Senate Armed Services Committee (news - web sites) has voted to lift a ban on research and development of low-yield nuclear weapons in the United States. A provision repealing the 10-year-old ban was included in the 2004 national defense authorization bill, which the Senate committee passed Friday. The bill must still pass through the US House Armed Services Committee, the full House and the Senate and can be amended at each stage. US President George W. Bush (news - web sites), whose administration had requested the repeal, would then have to sign the bill to...
  • US developing superfast missile to deny escape to future Saddams (Fasthawk to fly at Mach 12)

    04/27/2003 1:42:45 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 47 replies · 418+ views
    Agence France-Presse | April 27, 2003
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - US scientists are trying to develop a new superfast missile that would be able to strike distant targets with lightning speed, all but denying future enemies of Washington a chance to escape, according to people familiar with the project. The highly-classified program, whose origins go back to the early 1980s, has taken on added importance in the wake of two daring, albeit inconclusive, recent attempts by the US military to kill Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. On March 20 and April 7, US forces used cruise missiles and bunker-busting bombs against two locations in Baghdad where intelligence...
  • Saddam took refuge in bodyguard's home

    04/20/2003 10:59:04 PM PDT · by kattracks · 2 replies · 174+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 4/21/03 | Ellen Knickmeyer, AP
    <p>BAGHDAD — Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's entourage hid out in the home of a former family bodyguard for much of the U.S.-led air war, fleeing only when a bunker-bursting bomb meant for Saddam struck a block away, neighborhood residents said yesterday.</p>
  • Crew Took Minutes to Hit Saddam Hideout

    04/08/2003 11:40:03 AM PDT · by kattracks · 19 replies · 811+ views
    AP | 4/08/03 | PAULINE JELINEK
    Crew Took Minutes to Hit Saddam Hideout By PAULINE JELINEK .c The Associated Press WASHINTGON (AP) - ``This is the big one'' was the message relayed to a B-1 bomber as it prepared for a mission in western Iraq. Crew members didn't know exactly what that meant. But 12 minutes later, they had diverted from their original plan, sped some 200 miles to Baghdad and dropped four huge bombs on a suspected hiding place of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, his sons and other regime leaders, said bombardier Lt. Col. Fred Swan. ``When we got the word that it was a...
  • U.S. Strike Targets Saddam, Sons; Citizen Uprisings Reported in Baghdad and Basra

    04/07/2003 7:36:54 PM PDT · by Happy2BMe · 16 replies · 229+ views
    Fox ^ | 7 April, 2003
    <p>The U.S. military has targeted a sight believed to be where Saddam Hussein, his sons and other senior Iraqi officials were said to be meeting, senior U.S. officials confirmed to Fox News on Monday.</p> <p>Sources said there is huge hole at the home where the meeting allegedly took place.</p>
  • U.S. Strikes on Word of Saddam Meeting

    04/07/2003 7:41:31 PM PDT · by kattracks · 37 replies · 257+ views
    AP | 4/07/03 | MATT KELLEY
    U.S. Strikes on Word of Saddam Meeting By MATT KELLEY .c The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) - An American bomber struck a residential complex in Baghdad on Monday after U.S. intelligence received information that Saddam Hussein, his sons and other top Iraqi leaders might be meeting there, U.S. officials said. There was no immediate word on who might have been killed, but U.S. officials said they had evidence the target had been destroyed. ``There is a big hole where that target used to be,'' one U.S. official said, speaking only on condition of anonymity. The attack was carried out by...
  • The U.S. may have gotten Saddam and his sons! (MSNBC)

    04/07/2003 6:19:36 PM PDT · by areafiftyone · 1,246 replies · 626+ views
    MSNBC | 4/7/03
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  • IRAQ: It may take atomic hit to breach Saddam bunker

    04/06/2003 1:43:12 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 100 replies · 431+ views
    The Orange County Register ^ | Sunday, April 6, 2003 | TONY CZUCZKA The Associated Press
    <p>German who helped design Iraqi leader's shelter says conventional bombs inadequate.</p> <p>A German trained as a civil-defense engineer said Sunday that he helped a company design a bunker under Saddam Hussein's Baghdad palace in the early 1980s that is likely to withstand even the newest non-nuclear bombs.</p>
  • Elite Athlete

    04/02/2003 4:01:27 PM PST · by The Shrew · 35 replies · 496+ views
    Bikesport - Michigan ^ | April 2, 2003 | Tom Demerly
    It is dark and Mike Smith's clothing is wet. Mike Smith is an athlete, an elite athlete in fact. He is a triathlete, has done Ironman several times, a couple adventure races and even run the Marathon Des Sables in Morocco- a 152 mile running race through the Sahara done in stages. Mike has some college, is gifted in foreign languages, reads a lot and has an amazing memory for details. He enjoys travel. He is a quiet guy but a very good athlete. Mike's friends say he has a natural toughness. He can't spend as much time training for...
  • Image: Bunker Buster Missle GBU-28/B

    03/29/2003 6:11:54 PM PST · by jern · 5 replies · 352+ views
    Reuters Graphic ^ | March 28, 2003
    A radar-avoiding U.S. B-2 bomber dropped two earth-shattering 4,600-pound 'bunker-buster' bombs on Friday on a major link in Iraq (news - web sites)'s communications network in downtown Baghdad, defense officials said. It was believed to be the first use of the big bombs on Baghdad. Allied jets have pounded targets in the Iraqi capital with hundreds of bombs and missiles in the week-old war to depose President Saddam Hussein (news - web sites). (Reuters Graphic)
  • Bombs Can't Bust Saddam Bunker, Builder Says

    03/29/2003 12:32:53 PM PST · by vannrox · 121 replies · 337+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Fri Mar 28,10:49 AM ET | By David Crossland
    A radar-avoiding U.S. B-2 bomber dropped two earth-shattering 4,600-pound 'bunker-buster' bombs on Friday on a major link in Iraq's communications network in downtown Baghdad, defense officials said. It was believed to be the first use of the big bombs on Baghdad. Allied jets have pounded targets in the Iraqi capital with hundreds of bombs and missiles in the week-old war to depose President Saddam Hussein. (Reuters Graphic) Bombs Can't Bust Saddam Bunker, Builder SaysFri Mar 28,10:49 AM ETBy David Crossland BERLIN (Reuters) - The German architect of one of Saddam Hussein (news - web sites)'s main bunkers in Baghdad said...
  • BA'ATH PARTY OVER IN BAGHDAD

    03/29/2003 2:08:15 AM PST · by kattracks · 7 replies · 245+ views
    New York Post ^ | 3/29/03 | NILES LATHEM and DAREH GREGORIAN
    <p>March 29, 2003 -- U.S. warplanes continued their assault on the Iraqi leadership yesterday, blowing away the Baghdad headquarters of Saddam Hussein's Ba'ath Party with Tomahawk missiles.</p> <p>The precision strike took place shortly after the United States unleashed two monster 4,700-pound bunker-buster bombs on a communications site inside the Iraqi capital.</p>
  • Two 4,700-Pound Bombs Hit Baghdad Tower

    03/28/2003 11:22:52 AM PST · by kattracks · 19 replies · 333+ views
    AP | 3/28/03 | DAVID CRARY
    Two 4,700-Pound Bombs Hit Baghdad Tower By DAVID CRARY .c The Associated Press The biggest bombs dropped on Baghdad so far - two 4,700-pound ``bunker busters'' - struck a communications tower Friday in an intense U.S. bombardment. Four U.S. Marines were missing after fierce fighting in Nasiriyah. U.S. and Iraqi forces traded tank and artillery fire throughout the day in Nasiriyah, a strategic southern city that has been the scene of some of the toughest fighting of the war. Several buildings, including a power plant, were ablaze. Nasiriyah, a city of about 500,000 on the Euphrates River near a junction...
  • Bombs Can't Bust Saddam Bunker, Builder Says

    03/28/2003 12:35:36 PM PST · by Willie Green · 102 replies · 322+ views
    Reuters ^ | Friday, March 28, 2003 | David Crossland
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. BERLIN (Reuters) - The German architect of one of Saddam Hussein's main bunkers in Baghdad said on Friday the Iraqi leader can survive anything short of a direct hit with a nuclear bomb if he stays within its four-feet-thick walls. "It could withstand the shock wave of a nuclear bomb the size of the Hiroshima one detonating 250 meters away," said Karl Esser, a security consultant who designed the bunker underneath Saddam's main presidential palace in Baghdad. U.S.-led troops will also find it hard to fight their way in through its...
  • 'Bunker Busters' Strike Baghdad Tower

    03/28/2003 8:53:53 AM PST · by kattracks · 4 replies · 260+ views
    AP | 3/28/03 | DAVID CRARY
    'Bunker Busters' Strike Baghdad Tower By DAVID CRARY .c The Associated Press The biggest bombs dropped on Baghdad so far - two 4,700-pound ``bunker busters'' - struck a communications tower Friday in an intense U.S. bombardment. In the south, British officers said Iraqi fighters defending the besieged city of Basra fired on hundreds of civilians trying to flee. U.S. Marines and Iraqi forces traded tank and artillery fire throughout the day in the strategic southern city of An Nasiriyah, one of the areas where resistance has been unexpectedly tough. Several buildings, including the power plant, were ablaze. An Nasiriyah, a...
  • U.S. intensifies bombing

    03/27/2003 11:16:29 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 1 replies · 150+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Friday, March 28, 2003 | By Rowan Scarborough
    <p>The allies accelerated the bombing of Baghdad last night by striking the city's telecommunications building, while the Pentagon said it has pinpointed a site outside Baghdad that may hold prohibited chemical weapons.</p> <p>The Defense Department said more than 100,000 additional ground troops are headed to the Persian Gulf to bolster an American ground presence of fewer than 100,000 now inside Iraq and poised to fight major tank battles.</p>
  • Biggest Bombs of War Dropped on Baghdad

    03/28/2003 2:44:31 AM PST · by kattracks · 3 replies · 255+ views
    AP | DAVID CRARY
    Biggest Bombs of War Dropped on Baghdad By DAVID CRARY .c The Associated Press The biggest bombs dropped on Baghdad so far - two 4,700-pound ``bunker busters'' - struck a communications tower Friday in an intense U.S. bombardment aimed at cutting off Saddam Hussein's command from his forces. Iraqi officials said allied forces would suffer if they assault the capital; U.S. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld suggested a siege might be preferable to an all-out assault. U.S. and British troops continued to battle Iraqi regulars and paramilitary units in the south. A U.S. Marine was killed in one battle, at...
  • UK drops secret bunker busters on Iraq

    03/23/2003 11:32:16 AM PST · by knighthawk · 18 replies · 214+ views
    Hindustan Times ^ | March 23 2003
    British Tornado warplanes have dropped new bunker busting missiles named Storm Shadow on key targets in Iraq, senior officers said. The airborne long-range cruise missile was rushed into service early in a classified operation and first indications suggest it worked, piercing reinforced installations used by Iraq's high command and exploding inside. Tornado GR4 aircrews based at Ali Al Salem, close to the Iraqi border in northern Kuwait, were handed the mission on the 60th anniversary of their squadron's formation to deliver bouncing bombs -- Dambusters -- to breach dams on the Ruhr during World War II. "It was an historic...
  • FREEP THIS POLL on possible use of nuclear munitions in Iraq

    01/25/2003 12:02:35 PM PST · by Petronski · 8 replies · 205+ views
    Global Free Press ^ | 1-25-3 | me
    There have been discussions on FR about an LATimes report that the US might make use specialized bunker buster weapons which employ a nuclear payload to vaporize even the hardest bunkers. The lefties and ANSWER types have been wetting themselves all morning about the report. Vote here. Vote however you want, but of course there is no need to vote more than once.
  • **US MAY USE TATICAL NUKES IN IRAQ**

    01/25/2003 6:43:36 AM PST · by ewing · 154 replies · 584+ views
    LA Times and Times of India ^ | January 25, 2003 | William Arkin
    The United States is quietly preparing for the use of tatical nuclear weapons in a war against Iraq and military planners have been actively studying lists of potential targets, the media reported Saturday.The preparations include possible use of so called 'bunker buster' nuclear weapons against deeply buried military targets the Los Angeles Times reported on Saturday morning quoting William M. Arkin.Defence officials have been focusing their plans on the use of tatical nuclear arms in retaliation for a strike by the Iraqis with chemical or biological weapons, or to preempt one, the daily said.US Administration officials believe that in some...