Syrian government using 'vacuum bombs,' opposition says
Destruction in the Suleiman al-Halabi nieghborhood in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo this week.
November 1st, 2012
07:17 AM ET

Syrian government using 'vacuum bombs,' opposition says

An array of explosives, from shells to barrel bombs, fell on Syrian cities in another day of bloodshed Thursday, according to activists fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad.

The Local Coordination Committees accused the government of using "vacuum bombs." CNN cannot independently confirm the claims because the Syrian government has limited access to international journalists. Damascus has not commented on the accusations.

Also known as thermobaric explosives, they are effective at spreading destruction through urban areas, according to military experts. The LCC also repeated claims that the government used cluster bombs.

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  1. Benn

    I've honestly never heard of a vacuum bomb before. They sure don't sound good. I may go to Wikiipedia and look it up.

    We hope everyone has a happy day. Maybe all the news will be better and people throughout the world will be nice.

    November 1, 2012 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      I know this is late, but maybe someone will find it interesting/horrifying. A "vacuum bomb" is also known as a thermobaric weapon. It is a 2 stage explosive, the first of which expels an aerosol to fill the area and mix with the oxygen, while a second ignites the mixture. This results in an explosion that is sustained longer than a conventional explosive (which originates from the fuel/oxidizer within the bomb), and also covers a larger area. This results in a vacuum, as the oxygen in the area is burned up, causing surrounding matter to collapse in on the area. Very effective in buildings, caves, etc. Commonly used in the post-9/11 war on terror because of their effectiveness in closed in areas (buildings, spaces, etc). I have read that these are a step down from nuclear weapons, but that may be misleading, as nuclear weapons do not necessarily have to be massive blasts. Si

      February 27, 2013 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Buildings and **Caves

      February 27, 2013 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
  2. MO

    Why are all other news media covering up the Benghazi incident? Nobody wants to cover this. We have 4 Americans that died and Washington refused to tell the truth. They never sent help. This after they were told that these consulates were attacked in April, June (other countries pulled out) and now on 9-11 we loose Americans! All new media outlets must report on this. Why are they covering this up?

    November 1, 2012 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  3. Scottish Mama

    @MO – I thought when you are in another country the hosting country gives the protection. Seeing that the deceased were in a hosting new country they really do not have much of an army or enough protection for our diplomats. For that matter I do not believe they even had an embassy, the building looked more like a home.

    November 1, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    Good morning @ mama! I finally got 2 talk 2 my daughter yea! As for the incident in Benghazi, its not much of a cover up if all the free nation knows about it & what they dont know they make up! & talking about it wont make em any less dead!

    November 1, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  5. Hide Behind

    When one loksupbarometric nombs theywill gind that the most effective use was by US in first gulf war.
    The use killed everything in a 5 mile circle.
    They wete also used inAfghanistan and smaller ones inIraq.
    That the deliberate blocking of Iraqs forces that were already following orders of UN mandate and miles away from Kuwait was just a test to prove weapons effectiveness.
    That in Iaq one there was no UN mandate allowing invasion of Iraq and Just the expulsion from Kuwats lands does not matter.
    US Military Science was advanced and the charred remains of men no different from our own who claim that only the orders of the Commander inchief were instantly cremated and their breaths sucked instantly away.
    The glory and history written by victors is often not reality.

    November 1, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    War isn't about who is right...but who is left.
    I'm tired of itm

    November 1, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patrick

      me too

      November 1, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. HardyMonster

    Vacuum bomb is just another term for thermobaric bomb.

    November 1, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ma & pa marble game at end of firsr? Men in Black. it hasta git betern tis.

    November 1, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. sad

    sad that this stuff goes on in the world. seems like seriously ill people that would do this kind of stuff.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
  10. ma & pa

    There's a saying that means one can't necessarily believe anything one is told nor half of what one witnesses in real time. Are our spy (oops, observation) eyes in the sky, that can read license plates, blocked from seeing Libya and what is really going on anywhere in Syria? Are we labeled and categorized by our responses to these seemingly senseless reported occurrences that boggle the mind of the most just of us? Why do groups use their strength to subjugate one-another rather than extend their hands to help one-another? Could it be that oppressers are not ill but really evil power-grabbers? Could they all go to isolation together until their dust settles and let the rest of us already struggling people live in peace? "....... is often not reality."

    November 2, 2012 at 2:45 am | Report abuse |