Summary: Hospital built under 20 metres of rock could only be destroyed with advanced bunker-buster
A school principal in eastern Aleppo, called Omar, said: "Only hearing the sound of the bunker-buster
bombs creates a state of terror and panic unlike anything else.
Since the announcement two days ago by the Syrian army of an offensive to capture eastern Aleppo, there have been repeated reports of air strikes involving the use of incendiary weapons and advanced munitions such as bunker-buster
bombs, it added.
In an op-ed in the Washington Post, two former Obama administration officials urged for Israel to be provided with bunker-buster
bombs, in order to be able to make a credible threat against Iran if that country gets too close to developing a nuclear device.
Israel, the US congressmen argued, could benefit from receiving "an appropriate number of GBU-57 30,000-pound bunker-buster
bombs, known as the Massive Ordnance Penetrator, or MOP," a weapon that would also require the delivery of bombers capable of carrying the weapon, such as the B-52 or the B-2.
Israel has not been provided the newest and largest bunker-buster
bomb in the US inventory, but it has been sold older bunker-busters
officials acknowledged some uncertainty over whether even the Pentagon's newest bunker-buster
weapon could pierce in a single blow the subterranean chambers where Iran is making enriched uranium.
US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta recently said even the most sophisticated US bunker-buster
bombs aren't powerful enough to penetrate all of Iran's defenses.
Also today in Tablet Magazine, expert Austin Long hypothesizes that Israel would take a route over northern Syria and Iraq, refueling midair, and strike all of Iran's known facilities with bunker-buster
bombs; and that it is plausible, if very far from certain, that the action would be a major success.
The jets also dropped nine bunker-buster
bombs on government military installations on the western outskirts of the capital.
Company products started from the anti-tank role with the Panzerfaust 3, improved to remain effective against armour and diversified in the bunker-buster
role with the Bunkerfaust.
Helicopter gunships are dropping bunker-buster
bombs to smoke out the militants, military intelligence said.