The Associated Press reports today that the US military strike Thursday in the mountainous region of Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan killed 36 Islamic State fighters. The GBU-43 Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) bomb hit a tunnel complex and ammunition stores destroying them. At a news conference, US General John W. Nicholson, Commander of US forces in Afghanistan said, “This is the right weapon for the right target.”
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.
AP report found here.