An interesting topic.
The Sunday Times
June 22 2008
Army 'vacuum' missile hits Taliban
British forces in Afghanistan have used one of the world’s most deadly and controversial missiles to fight the Taliban.
Apache attack helicopters have fired the thermobaric weapons against fighters in buildings and caves to create a pressure wave which sucks the air out of victims shreds their internal organs and crushes their bodies....
The weapons are so controversial that MoD weapons and legal experts spent 18 months debating whether British troops could use them without breaking international law.
Eventually they decided to get round the ethical problems by redefining the weapons.
“We no longer accept the term thermobaric for the AGM-114N as there is no internationally agreed definition” said an MoD spokesman. “We call it an enhanced blast weapon.”
The redefinition has allowed British forces to use the weapons legally, but is undermined by the publicity of their manufacturer, Lockheed Martin, which markets them as thermobaric....more at link.