by Bill Dash
A nightmarish US super weapon reportedly
was employed by American ground forces during chaotic street
fighting in Baghdad.
The secret tank-mounted weapon was witnessed in
all its frightening power by Majid al-Ghazali, a seasoned
Iraqi infantryman who described the device and its gruesome effects
as unlike anything he had ever encountered in his lengthy military
The disturbing revelation is yet another
piece of cinematic evidence brought back from postwar Iraq by
intrepid filmmaker Patrick Dillon.
In the film, al-Ghazali, whose english is less than fluent,
describes the weapon as reminiscent of a flame thrower, only
immensely more powerful. It is unclear what principle the weapon is
based on. Searching for a description, al-Ghazali said it appeared
to be shooting concentrated lightning bolts rather than just
Drawing on his many years as a
professional engineer, al-Ghazali speculates that radiation of some
kind probably figures into the weapon's hideous capabilities. Like
all men in Saddam's Iraq, al-Ghazali was compelled to serve in the
Iraqi equivalent of the Army National Guard and fought in three wars
over the past thirty-odd years.
Via email, he told me he has seen
virtually every type of conventional weapon employed in battle, and
is well acquainted with their effects on people and machines, but
nothing in his extensive combat experience prepared him for the
shock of what he saw in Baghdad on April 12th.
On that date, al-Ghazali and his family sheltered in their house as
a fierce street battle erupted in his neighborhood. In the midst of
the fighting, he noticed that the Americans had called up an oddly
configured tank. Then to his amazement the tank suddenly let loose a
blinding stream of what seemed like fire and lightning, engulfing a
large passenger bus and three automobiles.
Within seconds the bus had become
semi-molten, sagging "like a wet rag" as he put it. He said the bus
rapidly melted under this withering blast, shrinking until it was a
twisted blob about the dimensions of a VW bug. As if that were not
bizarre enough, al-Ghazali explicitly describes seeing numerous
human bodies shriveled to the size of newborn babies.
By the time local street fighting ended
that day, he estimates between 500 and 600 soldiers and civilians
had been cooked alive as a result of the mysterious tank-mounted
In a city littered everywhere with burned-out civilian and military
vehicles, US forces were abnormally scrupulous about immediately
detailing bulldozers and shovel crews to the job of burying the grim
wreckage. Nevertheless, telltale remnants remained as Dillon found
when al-Ghazali later took him to the site. Dillon said they easily
uncovered large puddles of resolidified metal and mounds of weird
fibrous material that, al-Ghazali explained, were all that remained
of the vehicles' tires.
Dillon, who accumulated plenty of
battlefield experience as a medic in Viet-Nam, and has since covered
a number of wars from Somalia to Kosovo, told me that he has
witnessed every kind of conventional ordnance that can be used on
humans and vehicles.
"I've seen a freaking smorgasbord of
destruction in my life," he said, "flame-throwers, napalm, white
phosphorous, thermite, you name it. I know of nothing short of
an H-bomb that conceivably might cause a bus to instantly
liquefy or that can flash broil a human body down to the size of
an infant. God pity humanity if that thing is a preview of
what's in store for the 21st century."
For Majid al-Ghazali, images of
the terrifying weapon and its victims haunt his every day. In
addition to his work as an engineer, he is also a highly
accomplished classical violinist, occupying the first chair in the
Baghdad Symphony. He is widely acknowledged as one of the
preeminent violinists in the Middle East.
Besides his family, one of his greatest
joys is teaching at Baghdad's premier music conservatory.
Unfortunately, the conservatory was utterly destroyed. Yet somehow,
despite the war's horrors and its seemingly endless privations, he
manages to maintain a remarkably hopeful outlook.
He recently informed me that the
Baghdad Symphony continues to exist and has been invited to
perform in the United States in December.
Super-Secret Microwave Weapons May Be
Used In Iraq
by George Edmonson
Cox News Service
August 15, 2002
WASHINGTON - An army may still travel on its stomach, but a vital
point of attack these days is the brain - the electronic brain.
With modern warfare so dependent on computers and communications
devices, a weapon that renders them useless could be invaluable. And
after decades of research, U.S. scientists and engineers may be
close to fielding an effective technology known as high-powered
At least, that is the latest buzz. Recent articles have speculated
microwave weapons could be deployed if the United States invades
But some experts - including
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld - say considerable work
"It's been this elegant promise for
decades that never quite seems to happen," said
John Alexander, author of "Future
War: Non-Lethal Weapons in Twenty-First Century Warfare" and
a retired Army colonel who directed non-lethal weapons
development at Los Alamos National Laboratory. "The check's
always in the mail."
The concept behind high-powered
microwave weapons is simple. A burst of electromagnetic energy is
created and directed at an enemy's electronics. The force burns them
out much like a lightning strike can destroy home appliances.
Challenges, though, lie in a number of areas, according to several
For example, delivering the weapons would likely be done by cruise
missiles or unmanned aerial vehicles to help get close to the
target. That requires making the weapons not only high powered, but
also rugged and relatively small, which Air Force Col. Eileen
Walling labeled "extremely challenging and technically
difficult" in a paper she wrote in 2000 on the weapons.
Alexander explained another problem: unpredictability, even when
everything goes right.
"Electrical components are really
rather tricky," he said. "You can put the same amount of energy
into 10 identical targets and you can destroy two of them, upset
five of them and, in three of them, nothing happens."
High-powered microwave weapons
are one component of a broader category known as directed energy
weapons that includes lasers.
"When people are talking about
high-powered microwave weapons, they're not talking about a
single device like the stealth bomber," said John Pike,
Washington-area policy organization seeking to reduce reliance
on nuclear weapons. "Rather, they're talking about a physical
principle and an effect which can be generated a number of
different ways for a number of different purposes."
Most of the Defense Department's work on
high-powered microwave weapons takes place at Kirtland Air Force
Base in Albuquerque, N.M..
"We are looking at different sources
and devices that can produce that microwave energy and propel
it," said Rich Garcia, a spokesman for the project where
nearly all of the work is classified.
Researchers also are exploring ways to
block incoming high-powered microwave weapons. That will require
something of a super surge protector, experts point out, because the
blasts are so intense and brief they can escape detection.
The former Soviet Union once was deeply involved in exploring
high-powered microwave weapons, but it is now thought Russia is no
longer pursuing them. Other nations believed to be conducting
research are China, Great Britain and France.
Earlier this month, the widely respected magazine Aviation Week &
Space Technology printed an article stating that "an attack on Iraq
is expected to see the first use of high-power microwave weapons..."
The New York Post, citing unnamed U.S. military officials,
reported yesterday that a preliminary Iraq battle plan,
"outlined for President Bush last
week calls for the most extensive use of electronic and
psychological warfare in history - including secret new
electromagnetic pulse weapons to disable Saddam (Hussein)'s
entire command and control structure."
Military Secret Tesla Weapon in Irak?
This Video is from
The War In Iraq and shows what is perhaps
a Tesla based weapon which
reduced this person to about the size of an infant!
Star Wars In Iraq