US Military Drop Non-Nuclear Bomb Giant in East Afghanistan
The US military has a non-nuclear bomb dropped their biggest ever used in combat, in eastern Afghanistan, according to US Department of Defense.
A Non-Nuclear Bomb GBU-43 / B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb (MOAB), also known as the “mother of all bombs,” was dropped at 19:32 local time Thursday, the Pentagon said.
Pentagon confirms that the attack was the first time a huge bomb has been used in combat.
The MOAB weighs about 22,000 pounds (10,000 kg) and a non-nuclear weapon most powerful ever designed. It was developed during the US war in Iraq and intended to target large areas beneath the surface.
The Pentagon claimed the bombs were dropped in the tunnels of the Islamic State (IS) in Achin district in Nangarhar province by MC-130 aircraft, operated by the Special Operations Command US Air Force.
Military experts said the blast would “feel like a nuclear weapon for anyone who was near the area.”
“The Air Force must have a good target … usually the smaller artillery could be used,” retired US Army General Mark Hertling told CNN.
“When losses (IS-Khurasani) has increased, they are using improvised explosive devices, bunkers and tunnels to strengthen their defense,” said Gen. John Nicholson, who heads the US forces in Afghanistan.
“This is the right munition to reduce those barriers and maintain the momentum of the offensive against the IS-K,” he added.
According to US intelligence, the affiliate group Islamic State, Velayat Khurasan, mostly active in Nangarhar and Kunar provinces neighbors. There are estimated to be between 700 and 1,500 members of the IS-K, which operates in the country. (st / ptv)