The U.S has now dropped the mother of all bombs on Afghanistan. The weapon, which is America’s largest non-nuclear bomb was allegedly used on ISIS targets found in Afghanistan.
Technically, the bomb has been deemed with the name GBU-43/B Massive Ordinance Air Blast Bomb (MOAB), however, it has been given the nickname Mother of All Bombs, for good reason. It is around 30-foot-long and weighs a whopping 21,600 pounds. The U.S used GPS navigation to guide the weapon to Afghanistan yesterday evening around 7:32 p.m.
The MOAB was developed back in 2003, not long before the Iraq war began. According to retired Lt. Col. Rick Francona, the blast emanating from the MOAB would “feel like a nuclear bomb to anyone in the area.”
While speaking with CNN, war veteran Mark Hertling explained that the “Air force must have had a good target….normally smaller artillery could have been used.”
The use of the weapon in Afghanistan yesterday would mark the first time that the bomb had been used.
“As ISIS-K’s losses have mounted, they are using IEDs, bunkers, and tunnels to thicken their defense,” General John W. Nicholson, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, said in a statement. “This is the right munition to reduce these obstacles and maintain the momentum of our offensive against ISIS-K.”
According to reports, the MOAB was dropped on top of a cave complex where the Associated Press said ISIS fighters were hiding. President Donald Trump seemed enthusiastic about the military operation, and stated,
“Everybody knows exactly what happened and what I do is I authorize my military. We have the greatest military in the world and they’ve done their job as usual. So, we have given them total authorization,” Trump said after meeting with first responders at the White House on Thursday.
And while the Pentagon has issued a statement explaining that the U.S military had exercised every avenue to prevent casualty deaths, it doesn’t appear likely to have been avoided. However, as this story continues to develop, it will become more clear as to whether or not civilians were impacted by the massive munition.