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U.S. Drops “Mother Of All Bombs” in Afghanistan

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The United States Air Force dropped a massive GBU-43 bomb, also known as the “mother of all bombs,” in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday against a series of caves used by Islamic State militants, the military said.

It was the first time this type of bomb had been used in combat and was dropped from an MC-130 aircraft, Pentagon spokesman Adam Stump said.

The 21,000-pound bomb, first tested in 2003, is known as the Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb, or MOAB. In military circles, the acronym is known better as the “Mother of All Bombs.”

CNN, which first reported the bomb’s use, said the MOAB bomb was selected because the area targeted was in an extremely remote portion of the country, meaning the risk to civilians was minimal.

The sheer power of the blast would also be more effective in destroying underground tunnels carved out of the rocky terrain that other conventional bombs might not penetrate.

The MOAB is so heavy it is carried over the target by a C-130 cargo plane, then essentially shoved out the back when it’s ready to be deployed.

The target was in Nangarhar province, which borders Pakistan’s tribal area, a porous border that extremists have exploited in eluding coalition forces.

A U.S. Marine was killed in that province last week amid ongoing counter-terrorism activities.

So far, the extent of damage is not known.

General John Nicholson, the head of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan, said: “This is the right munition to reduce these obstacles and maintain the momentum of our offensive against ISIS-K.”

It was not immediately clear how much damage the bomb did.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.

8 Comments

  1. o

    April 13, 2017 at 11:51 pm

    Wow!!!! I guess Trump is not playing.

  2. Seriously

    April 13, 2017 at 11:56 pm

    Ok, I see Trump plans to bomb every country at the end of his four years. North Korea is next. I think this guy is over being president, so he’s just doing whatever at this point. It’s up to Americans to continue to watch him.
    So he failed awfully to repeal Obamacare which was his number one rhetoric during campaign. Unemployment rate has gone up again. But he’s ready to spend energy, money bombing. His daughter is busy posting pics on Facebook of their vacation.
    It’s funny what white privilege does, if anyone denies it, the person is an idiot.

  3. Kai

    April 14, 2017 at 12:10 am

    Minimal…. As in some civilians may die but not a huge number so we have nothing to worry about abi?

    See, Dear USA every single person is important to those who love them…

  4. Anon

    April 14, 2017 at 12:24 am

    Do not let anyone deceive you that power is not sweet! Trump is enjoying this ultimate power.

  5. Lliki

    April 14, 2017 at 6:52 am

    Trump is following his predecessor’s steps! At least, he’s not focusing his bombing on African continent like Obama did.
    Most US president has either bombed one country or even more. War runs in their blood.
    They claimed to be fighting terrorism, whereas Americans are the worst terrorists.

  6. Sankawale

    April 14, 2017 at 7:04 am

    OH THEY COULD JUST CONCEIVE DEFEAT! RATHER THAN SUFFER THIS SLOW PAINFUL HUMILIATING ANNIHILATION.

  7. get your eye test done today

    April 14, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    This DRUMPF is dropping bombs allover, trying to distract his people from his gross incompetence and roguery!

  8. Busaki

    April 14, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    Funny how the US gets to bomb other countries with no repercussions, but will be the first country to condemn other countries form even making weapons. People, wake up. US is not our ally. They are the enemy. If they can bomb the Middle East, which was once part of Africa, and nobody speaks against it, they will bomb Africa too.

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