U.S. drops largest non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan - Macleans.ca
 

U.S. drops largest non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan

The target was said to be a series of tunnels used by Islamic State militants


 
030311-D-9085M-007 Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (Mar. 11, 2003) -- A Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) weapon is prepared for testing at the Eglin Air Force Armament Center.  The MOAB is a precision-guided munition weighing 21,500 pounds and will be dropped from a C-130 Hercules aircraft for the test.  It will be the largest non-nuclear conventional weapon in existence.  The MOAB is an Air Force Research Laboratory technology project that began in fiscal year 2002 and is to be completed this year.  DoD photo.  (Released)

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Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (Mar. 11, 2003) — A Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) weapon is prepared for testing at the Eglin Air Force Armament Center. U.S. Department of Defense photo. (Released)

WASHINGTON – U.S. forces in Afghanistan on Thursday struck an Islamic State tunnel complex in eastern Afghanistan with “the mother of all bombs,” the largest non-nuclear weapon ever used in combat by the U.S. military, Pentagon officials said.

The bomb, known officially as a GBU-43B, or massive ordnance air blast weapon, unleashes 11 tons of explosives. When it was developed in the early 2000s the Pentagon did a formal review of legal justification for its combat use.

The U.S. military headquarters in Kabul said in a statement that the bomb was dropped at 7:32 p.m. local time Thursday on a tunnel complex in Achin district of Nangarhar province, where the Afghan affiliate of the Islamic State group has been operating.

The target was close to the Pakistani border.

Adam Stump, a Pentagon spokesman, said the bomb was dropped from a U.S. Air Force MC-130 transport, which he said had been brought to Afghanistan “some time ago” for potential use.

Army Gen. John W. Nicholson, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, said in a written statement that the strike was designed to minimize the risk to Afghan and U.S. forces conducting clearing operations in the Achin area “while maximizing the destruction” of IS fighters and facilities. He said IS has been using improvised explosive devices, bunkers and tunnels to strengthen its defences.

“This is the right munition to reduce these obstacles and maintain the momentum of our offensive against ISIS-K,” he added, using the U.S. military’s acronym for the IS affiliate.


 

U.S. drops largest non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan

  1. And that blew apart how many children?

    • Zero. 36 ISIS scumbags however have are now with their 72 virgins.

  2. Trump wants to play with more toys, does he? The attention garnered from the Tomahawks got him all fired up?