Pentagon Confirms MOAB Bomb Dropped in Afghanistan

April 13, 2017 The United States military dropped a #MOAB bomb in Afghanistan on Thursday. It is the first-ever combat use of the bomb, known as the GBU-43, according to the Pentagon.

CNN reports that four military sources said the MOAB bomb was dropped by an MC-130 aircraft, operated by Air Force Special Operations Command. The massive bomb was dropped on a cave complex believed to be used by ISIS fighters in the Achin district of Nangarhar province, located near the border with Pakistan. It is the same district where a U.S. special forces solider was killed on Sunday.

The U.S. Department of Defense described the Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb (MOAB) as the largest non-nuclear conventional weapon in existence. The MOAB contains 11 tons of explosives and based on the acronym has been nicknamed the “Mother Of All Bombs.”


The GBU-43 MOAB bomb rivals that of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima during World War II in 1945. In a press release on Thursday afternoon, U.S. General John W. Nicholson, Commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan said:

“This is the right munition to reduce these obstacles and maintain the momentum of our offensive against ISIS-K.”

U.S. General Nicholson said U.S. Forces took every precaution to avoid civilian casualties with the strike, adding that U.S. Forces will continue offensive operations until ISIS-K is destroyed in Afghanistan.

White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, commented on the MOAB bomb dropped in Afghanistan during the White House Daily Briefing moments ago. Spicer said:

“The United States takes the fight against ISIS very seriously.”

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