The United States on Thursday dropped the “Mother of all Bombs” on Afghanistan in an attempt to cripple ISIS.
According to CNN, an American MC-130 airplane dropped the Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb, typically known as the “Mother of all Bombs.”
Conservative Tribune reports:
White House press secretary Sean Spicer stressed to reporters during the daily briefing that the military took all necessary precautions to minimize potential civilian casualties ahead of the targeted strike on a “system of tunnels and caves that ISIS fighters used to move around freely.”
According to the New York Daily News, the MOAB is officially designated as the GBU-43/B, and is a GPS-guided, 21,600-pound bomb that carries roughly 18,700 pounds worth of explosives.
The bomb is designed not to penetrate the ground, but rather to explode in the air just above the ground in a manner that creates a massive shock wave that literally crushes bunkers, caves and tunnels underground while vaporizing virtually everything in the blast zone above ground.
The bomb is considered to be the biggest bomb that isn’t a nuclear weapon and its blast radius is one mile.
“At 7:32 p.m. local time today, U.S. forces – Afghanistan conducted a strike on an ISIS-K tunnel complex in Achin district, Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, as part of ongoing efforts to defeat ISIS-K in Afghanistan in 2017,” read a statement from U.S. Central Command, according to Business Insider, which used the abbreviation of the Islamic State group branch in Afghanistan known as ISIS-Khorasan.
“The strike used a GBU-43 bomb dropped from a US aircraft,” the statement continued. “The strike was designed to minimize the risk to Afghan and U.S. forces conducting clearing operations in the area while maximizing the destruction of ISIS-K fighters and facilities.”
“As ISIS-K’s losses have mounted, they are using IEDs, bunkers and tunnels to thicken their defense,” stated Gen. John W. Nicholson, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. “This is the right munition to reduce these obstacles and maintain the momentum of our offensive against ISIS-K.”
See below, a video of the MOAB in action:
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