United States military releases video of the "mother of all bombs"
14 April, 2017, 19:14 | Author: Valerie Burke
The Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb - known as the "mother of all bombs" in the defense community - was dropped as part of a coordinated effort to target a network of ISIS tunnels in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province.
The "mother of all bombs", officially known as GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) bomb was dropped through an MC-130 aircraft.
The strike hit a system of tunnels and caves that IS fighters had used to "move around freely, making it easier for them to target United States military advisers and Afghan forces" nearby, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said.
Afghanistan based U.S. forces hit Islamic State forces in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday with a 22,000-pound bomb, the Pentagon said.
"As a result of the bombing, key Daesh (IS) hideouts were destroyed and 36 IS fighters were killed", the Afghan defence ministry said, adding that the bombing was carried out in coordination with local military forces. "This is the first time we've head about it from his administration", said Moulton.
The strike came as U.S. President Donald Trump dispatches his first high-level delegation to Kabul, amid uncertainty about his plans for the almost 9,000 American troops stationed in Afghanistan.
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But the group has been steadily losing ground in the face of heavy pressure both from USA air strikes and a ground offensive led by Afghan forces.
Over 20 people from Kerala who were induced in the ISIS are killed in US's MOAB attack on Afghanistan's Nangarhar late on Thursday.
No. It is an "air-blast" bomb, meaning that the bomb explodes in the air and the blast from the weapon does the damage. It is a large, powerful and accurately delivered weapon.
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"Drop one of these and you can take out one large amount of target, in one big boom".
The bomb will also "maintain the momentum of our offensive against IS", he said.
U.S. Army Gen. John Nicholson, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, ordered the bomb dropped, according to reports.
Thursday's strike was not the first time Islamic State fighters have been targeted by heavy American bombardment in Nangarhar, where a US special forces soldier was killed battling militants a week ago.
Officials said ISIS, which has expanded into Afghanistan in recent years, was using a complex of caves and tunnels that were mined and fortified against conventional attack.
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