US Military forces have dropped the non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan. This non-nuclear bomb is considered to be one of the biggest bombs by now. It is known as “mother of all bombs”. The bomb contains 11 tons of explosives. Formally the GBU-43 bomb is known as MOAB (Massive Ordnance Air Blast). The weight of the bomb was approximately 9,797 kg.
The bomb was dropped on Thursday from a MC-130 aircraft in the district Achin of Nangarhar, which is close to the border to Pakistan. The blast made an effect on the radius of 1.6 km on each side. With the blast, it killed 36 fighters and had destroyed a deep-rooted tunnel complex of ISIL.
John W. Nicholson, General, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan said, “As ISIS-K’s losses have mounted, they are using IED’s, bunkers and tunnels to thicken the defence. He further added, ‘this is the right munition to reduce these obstacles and maintain the momentum of our offensive against ISIS-K.”
The US Central Command speaks that the dropping of bomb was a plan well implemented to reduce the risk for Afghan and US forces.
One of the sources says that the bomb was striked down on the cave complex. This cave complex is known to be the place of Islamic state fighters.
Sean Spicer, White House spokesman cleared that cave complex have be chosen because ISIS fighters “move around freely”.
Donald Trump, US President heartily praised the U.S. military. He further called this step has a “very very successful mission.”
After the meeting with first responders, Trump said, “ everybody knows exactly what happened and what I do is I authorize my military. We have the greatest military in the world and they’ve done their job as usual. So we have given them total authorization.”
According to some sources, the main aim of MOAB was to act on the non-nuclear impediment against Saddam Hussein.
The bomb was made in-house at US’s Air Force Research Laboratory Munitions Directorate.