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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Cynthia Hodges holds a M.A. in Political Science from NEIU in Chicago, Illinois and a Post-Grad Professional Certificate in Disaster and Terrorism Management from University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill. In addition to a successful writing career, Cynthia is in the process of writing a book on the role of private security guards as first responders in the post 9/11 America. "My career has been a balance of security and education, and my passion for Homeland Security while protecting individual's Constitutional rights has grown as a result of the two."