‘Mother Of All Bombs’: US Drops Largest Non-Nuclear Bomb On ISIS Caves In Afghanistan

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World | Edited by Bhanu Priya Vyas | Updated: April 14, 2017 00:17 IST

'Mother Of All Bombs': US Drops Largest Non-Nuclear Bomb On ISIS Caves In Afghanistan
‘Mother Of All Bombs’: US Drops Largest Non-Nuclear Bomb On ISIS Caves In Afghanistan

HIGHLIGHTS

  • US drops bomb in Afghanistan against a progression of caverns utilized by ISIS
  • The bomb, known as GBU-43, contains 11 tons of explosives
  • It was initially tried in March 2003, days before begin of Iraq war

The United States dropped a gigantic GBU-43 bomb, the biggest non-atomic bomb it has ever utilized as a part of battle, in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday against a progression of holes utilized by ISIS, the military said. Otherwise called the “mother of all bombs,” the GBU-43 is a 21,600 pound (9,797 kg) GPS-guided ammo and was initially tried in March 2003, days before the begin of the Iraq war. The Air Force calls it the Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb. In view of the acronym, it has been nicknamed the “Mother Of All Bombs”. Stump, said it was the first-since forever battle utilization of the bomb, known as the GBU-43. This, he stated, contains 11 tons of explosives.

At around 7 pm nearby time in Afghanistan the previous evening US military utilized GBU 43 weapon. “We focused on passages and holes utilized by ISIS contenders to move around freely…Took all measures to anticipate inadvertent blow-back and regular citizen losses,” said White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.

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It was the first run through the United States has utilized this size of bomb in a contention. It was dropped from a MC-130 air ship in the Achin region of Nangarhar region, near the outskirt with Pakistan, Pentagon representative Adam Stump said.

General John Nicholson, the head of US and universal strengths in Afghanistan, said the bomb was utilized against caverns and shelters lodging contenders of the ISIS in Afghanistan, otherwise called ISIS-Khorasan.

“This is the correct ammo to diminish these hindrances and keep up the energy of our hostile against ISIS-K,” Nicholson said in an announcement. He included, “As (ISIS-Khorasan’s) misfortunes have mounted, they are utilizing IEDs, fortifications and passages to thicken their protection.”

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It was not instantly clear how much harm the bomb did.Last week, a US fighter was murdered in an indistinguishable area from the bomb was dropped while directing operations against ISIS.

As indicated by the Air Force, the last time the MOAB was tried in 2003, an immense mushroom cloud could be seen from 20 miles (32 kilometers) away.

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