"Tactical Thermobaric Nuclear Weapons" is not a thing. A weapon is one or the other. Thermobaric weapons are weapons in which the air is used as the
oxidizer in a chemical explosion. A cloud of explosive material is dispersed into the air via a small explosion, and when that cloud mixes with oxygen
in the air it is detonated. Because no oxidizer is mixed with the explosive in the warhead, more explosives can be packed into a smaller area.
Thermobaric weapons work on the same principal as a grain mill explosion. In those cases, flour builds up in the air and is ignited by a spark,
creating a blast with a proportionally very powerful shock wave. Of course the weapons use more powerful explosives than flour, but the principal is
Anyways, the key element of a thermobaric weapon is that the explosive warhead is blown apart before
the actual offensive explosion is set off.
All of the power comes from the ignition of the dispersed explosive. A nuclear weapon would be destroyed by a thermobaric blast, not detonated by
Thermobaric weapons also produce a substantial amount of heat. It's the heat and shock wave that kill in a thermobaric explosion, compared to most
conventional anti-personnel weapons which rely on shrapnel for much of their killing power.
Look up a picture of the sheer size of some of the thermobaric bombs we have in our arsenal. Factor in the fact that thermobaric bombs are anywhere
from 30% to 100% more powerful (depending on which source you listen to) than conventional bombs of similar size, and it's not hard to imagine people
being vaporized by those blasts.
As for the Iraqi commander, I really can't say that's a reputable source. Is this one of the same Iraqi commanders who insisted there were "No
Americans in Baghdad?"
I knew a guy who went to Iraq who said he saw insurgent RPG's wrapped in duct tape because the Iraqis thought it would
"reflect the force fields on the American tanks."
Training videos show Iraqi troops having trouble with jumping jacks. You want to believe that those people have any idea what they're talking about,
you go right ahead. As for the American captain who "verified" the claims, I think you'd be amazed at the bull crap some people will say when
they're looking for attention.