U.S. drops ‘MOAB,’ a ‘Mother of All Bombs,’ in Afghanistan

The U.S. Air Force has deployed a so-called GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb, known as the “Mother of All Bombs,” in Afghanistan, according to reports citing military personnel. The bombing was confirmed by White House spokesman Sean Spicer in his daily press briefing.

The more-than-21,000-pound bomb, referred to as a bunker buster, was dropped Thursday by an MC-130 aircraft, operated by an Air Force special unit, NBC reported.

Sources told the news organization that the mission targeted an ISIS tunnel network and personnel in the Achin district of Nangarhar Province, near the border with Pakistan.

MOAB is the largest nonnuclear bomb and is valued primarily for its ability to penetrate deep into Earth’s surface. According to an article from the Global Research Centre for Research on Globalization, such bombs are able to drill through 200 feet of reinforced concrete.



It is reportedly the first time MOAB has been used in an actual military operation. Below is a video from the testing of the bomb, which can deliver a blast with a radius of about a mile: