US drops ‘Mother of All Bombs’ on ISIS Caves in Afghanistan

Apr 14, 2017 09:06 IST

US drops ‘Mother of All Bombs’ on ISIS Caves in AfghanistanThe United States on 13 April 2017 dropped its largest non-nuclear bomb ever deployed in combat on an Islamic State tunnel complex in eastern Afghanistan. The bomb was dropped at around 7 PM local time in Afghanistan.

Adam Stump, the spokesman of the Pentagon stated, “a GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb (MOAB), nicknamed Mother of All Bombs, was dropped on a tunnel complex of ISIS-Khorasan, a regional affiliate of the terror group, in Achin district of Afghanistan's Nanagarh province.”

The bomb was dropped by an MC-130 aircraft, operated by the Air Force Special Operations Command.

President Donald Trump praised the military for the bombing run and called it a successful mission.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer stated that the US took all precautions necessary to prevent civilian casualties and collateral damage as a result of the operation.

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What is Mother of All Bombs?

The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast is a large-yield conventional (non-nuclear) bomb.

It was developed for the United States military by Albert L. Weimorts, Jr. of the Air Force Research Laboratory.

At the time of development, it was touted as the most powerful non-nuclear weapon ever designed.

The bomb was designed to be delivered by a C-130 Hercules, primarily the MC-130E Combat Talon I or MC-130H Combat Talon II variants.

It is a 21600-pound, GPS-guided munition that is America's most powerful non-nuclear bomb.

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Why America used Mother of All Bombs?

Following the bombings on Afghanistan, US President Trump said that he does not know if this sends a message to North Korea. He said that North Korea is a problem and it will be taken care of.

Perhaps, the US signals the North Koreans and the Syrians that the US can deploy such weapons against their bunker systems.

Also, it is in American and Afghan interests for the US to stay in Afghanistan so that it does not transform into Iraq of 2014, when Taliban controlled much of the country while hosting a strong presence of ISIS.

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