U.S. Drops a MOAB … ‘Mother of all Bombs’ … Largest non-Nuclear Bomb … on Afghanistan

Posted: April 13, 2017 in Afghanistan, Historic Event, ISIS, U.S. Military
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The U.S. military dropped one of its most powerful non-nuclear bombs — a massive 21,000-pound conventional bomb nicknamed the "Mother of All Bombs" — on an ISIS tunnel complex in eastern Afghanistan, the first time it has been used in combat.

The GBU-43B, a MOAB (Massive Ordinance Air Blast) weapon, was dropped from a U.S. Air Force C-130 cargo plane due to its massive size, where U.S.-backed Afghan forces are battling the Islamic State, also known as ISIS.

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A GBU-43B weighs a massive 21,000 pounds and costs $16 million each. The bomb, dropped from a C-130 cargo plane, explodes in the air, creating air pressure that can collapse tunnels and buildings.
It will not only destroy a tunnel complex … its blast, which can be heard and felt for miles, also projects a psychological impact because of the awesome sensation of massive destructive power that it casts.
By comparison, each Tomahawk cruise missile launched at a Syrian military air base last week weighed 1,000 pounds each. Each MOAB is like 21 cruise missiles hitting the same point all at once.

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The decision to drop the bomb was made because it was the best fit for the target: tunnel complexes in a rural area far enough from innocent civilians, and lethal enough to kill ISIS fighters.
The White House was told about the bomb’s use but that the use of the bomb did not require the president’s approval. The military had the authority to use the bomb under President Barack Obama as well as President Trump.

Fighting between ISIS and Afghan forces in the region has intensified recently. A U.S. Special Forces Green Beret soldier advising the Afghans was killed in the area Saturday, the first U.S. combat death this year.
The Islamic State has emerged over the past year as a threat in Afghanistan, though the organization is not nearly as large as the Taliban, which ruled the country until the U.S.-led invasion in 2001.

The U.S. estimates that between 600 to 800 ISIS fighters are present in Afghanistan, mostly in Nangarhar. The U.S. has concentrated heavily on combatting them while also supporting Afghan forces battling the Taliban.

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Comments
  1. atridim says:

    I think todays MOAB on Afghanistan was a test run for North Korea.

  2. Richard Forscutt says:

    I totally support it. ISIS wants to wipe out Christianity, capitalism, the western world, and the United States. We finally have a President who is willing to use force. The bad guys who threaten us now know that if they threaten the U.S. and our national security, we will deal with them. As far as North Korea goes, if they build a nuclear bomb that has the capability of hitting Los Angeles, why should we let Kim Jong Un kill hundreds of thousands of Americans? Wipe out Kim Jong Un’s arsenal so he is no longer a threat to our national security. That is why we have a military.

  3. Sigrid Egan says:

    Having lived in the Middle East (Denis for 17 years in 3 decades: Afghanistan, Iran, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia; I for 6 years in Saudi Arabia in 2 decades) I would like to remark that people of the Middle Eastern countries, Islamic States, Muslims and others DO UNDERSTAND AND APPRECIATE strength, power and the willingness to strike when necessary, but have NO respect for weakness like we experienced in the 8 years of Obama’s failed foreign and domestic politics.

  4. ahuelon says:

    Finally our military no longer has their hands tied behind their backs and are able to go after the enemy.

  5. atridim says:

    A colossal US MOAB bomb dropped on ISIS tunnels in eastern Afghanistan killed 36 militants, according to the Afghan Ministry of Defense. That means that it cost U.S. tax payers $444,444 to kill each militant, just to cover the cost of the $16 million dollar bomb. I am wondering how effective this bomb really was? What do you think?

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