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UPDATE: Video of MOAB Bombing

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UPDATE: 4/13/2017 9:33 am- Afghan officials report that a large tunnel complex was destroyed and 36 Islamic State Group fighters were killed, with no civilian casualties. Video of the bombing is at the bottom.


On Thursday evening;, Afghan Time, the U.S. Military dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb on the Province of Nangarhar, in eastern Afghanistan. 

"At 7:32 pm 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," US Central Command said in a statement.

"The strike used a GBU-43 bomb dropped from a U.S. aircraft," the statement said. "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."

The GBU-43B, is a 21,000-pound conventional bomb. The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB, commonly known as the Mother of All Bombs) is a large-yield conventional (non-nuclear) bomb, developed for the United States military by Albert L. Weimorts, Jr. of the Air Force Research Laboratory.

At the time of development, it was touted as the most powerful non-nuclear weapon ever designed. The bomb was designed to be delivered by a C-130 Hercules, primarily the MC-130E Combat Talon I or MC-130H Combat Talon II variants.

Since then, Russia has tested its "Father of All Bombs", which is claimed to be four times as powerful as the MOAB. 

In comparison, the Tomahawk Cruise missiles launched at Syria weigh about 1,000-pounds each. 

 

 

This story is still developing.

Photo courtesy of the United State Department of Defense


 

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