US Drops Largest Non-Nuclear Bomb

CBS New York reports that the United States’ largest non-nuclear bomb was dropped on an “ISIS cave complex” in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan.  According to the report, Pentagon spokesman Adam Stump said this is the first time a GBU-43 was used in combat and was brought to Nangarhar Province just for this mission.

The GBU-43 Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) has a blast yield of 11 tons TNT. Nicknamed the “mother of all bombs”, the GBU-43 is designed to be delivered by MC-130E Combat Talon I or MC-130H Combat Talon II aircraft which are C-130 Hercules variants. The MC-130 aircraft are operated by the United States Air Force Special Operations Command.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer later said, “We targeted a system of tunnels and caves that ISIS fighters used to move around freely making it easier for them to target U.S. military advisers and Afghan forces in the area.”

CBS report found here.

Photograph by U.S. Department of Defense.

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