US Used Neutron Bomb to Take Baghdad

Apr 24 06:22 2007 Stephen Morgan Print This Article

"The biggest story of the war became a non-event when the truth of the matter was that it was simply too bloody an event to report." Captain Eric H. May,  former intelligence officer.

Ever more reports are emerging on the likelihood that the US experimented with tactical nuclear weapons against the Iraqi armed forces four years ago during the last days of the invasion.

In a recent interview with The Iconoclast  entitled "Battle of Baghdad Cover-up — Four Years Later," Captain Eric H. May,Guest Posting a former intelligence and public affairs officer in the military, stated "The truth is that the battle started April 5, the night that Baghdad Bob said that they had counterattacked us at the Baghdad Airport and there was a sustained fight that went on for several hours. The best evidence that I have from international sources, scientific sources, is that our position was becoming untenable at the Baghdad Airport and we used a neutron warhead, at least one. That is the big secret of Baghdad Airport."

On the eve of the 4th anniversary , April 8th , Al-Jazeera news also carried an interview with the former head of the Iraqi Republican Guard, Saifeddin al-Rawi, in which he claimed that the US used both neutron and phosphorous bombs to take Baghdad airport four years ago. The incredible claim may go some way to explaining the sudden and unexpected collapse of the Republican Guard Elite Corps, who now make up some of the most tenacious and dangerous elements of the insurgency.

In the interview al-Rawi recounted how the bombs dropped “annihilated soldiers, but left the buildings and the infrastructure of the airport intact.” Neutron bombs are thermonuclear weapons, which detonate with a minimal explosion, but release radiation that penetrates buildings and armour and is immediately deadly for human beings.

Al-Rawi’s accusation is not without credibility, since the US and Brits have certainly been using depleted uranium (DU) shells and chemical weapons such as napalm since the first Gulf War. DU is the by product of uranium which has been enriched in nuclear weapons or nuclear reactors. The US now fits it to the tips of missiles because its radioactive nature means it can burn through targets. On Znet, Simon Helweg- Larsen explained that “On March 28th 2003 a tank unit fired two 120mm DU rounds down the main road of urban Kifi, creating a vacuum effect that ‘literally sucked guerrillas from their hideaways into the streets, where they were shot down by small arms fire or run over by tanks.”Again the reports are highly plausible given that during the first Gulf War the US is known to have fired 14,000 depleted uranium shells and 940,000 rounds from airplanes targeting tanks. Helweg- Larsen calculates that a massive 564,000 pounds of depleted uranium vaporized or was left unexploded. “70% of the shell is vaporized into tiny particles and can be carried down wind for many miles……. “Iraqis have since extremely abnormal rates of cancer, birth defects, and miscarriages….particularly around Basra.”

Furthermore, despite claims by the US military that it has stopped using napalm and destroyed its stocks in 2001, there is good evidence that it has been used in Iraq. Embedded with the 7th Marines 1st Battalion near Basra reporters from CNN and the Sydney Morning Herald/Melbourne Age, reported its use against resistance fighters. Lyndsay Murdoch reported in Sydney Morning Herald/Melbourne Age that “ (Marine artillery) were supported by US Navy aircraft which dropped 40,000 pounds of explosives and napalm.” CNN reporter, Martin Savidge recounted one assault where “It is now estimated the hill was hit so badly by missiles, artillery and by the Air Force that they shaved a couple of feet off it. And anything that was up there was then hit napalm. And that pretty much put an end to any Iraqi operations on that hill.”

These suggestions would also fit in with the fact that the Bush Administration has a policy of pre-emptive nuclear strike. Given the fact that the US Armed Forces were led to believe that Saddam Hussein possessed chemical and biological weapons of mass destruction, Washington and the Pentagon probably gave the go-ahead to experiment with the neutron bomb and the use of chemical weapons against Saddam’s troops. After all it was the British who first used the Iraqi people to experiment on with mustard nerve gas in the 1920’s and 30’s. Why not try out the latest toys?

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Stephen Morgan
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Stephen J. Morgan is a former member of the British Labour Party Executive Committee. A political writer, his first book was "The Mind of a Terrorist Fundamentalist - the Cult of Al Qaeda." He is a journalist and columnist for magazine. His specific interests are political psychology and Chaos theory. He lives in Brussels (Old Europe) Contact

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