US drops LARGEST non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan
He added: “This is the right munition to reduce these obstacles and maintain the momentum of our offensive against ISIS-K.”
The statement confirmed America is determined to continue military operations in the area until ISIS is destroyed.
The US just dropped a powerful MOAB bomb on top of ISIS tunnels in Afghanistan
This is the right munition to reduce these obstacles and maintain the momentum of our offensive against ISIS-K
What is the Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb?
The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb is a large non-nuclear explosive in the hands of the American military.
The MOAB weighs in at around 10,300 kg (22,600 lb) and is just over 9 m long in length. It has been lovingly dubbed the Mother Of All Bombs by the US military.
The explosive’s main purpose is to clear out swathes of land and targets hidden in canyons or caves.
Only 15 of these terrifying weapons have been created since the war in Iraq and today is the first time one has been detonated since at least 2007.
The bomb was dropped in Nangarhar in Afghanistan
None of these bombs have been detonated since at least 2007
How destructive, is it?
At the time of its creation, the bomb was touted as the most powerful explosive in the army’s arsenal, bar none but the atomic bomb.
Even more terrifyingly, Russia has claimed to have created an even more powerful non-nuclear device – ‘The Mother of All Bombs’.
The bomb is loaded with a Tritonal explosive – a mixture of 80 per cent TNT and 20 per cent aluminum powder.
The bomb contains Tritonal – a mixture of TNT and Aluminium powder
Adam Stump, a Pentagon spokesperson, confirmed the bomb dropped on ISIS today was delivered by a Lockheed MC-130 military plane.