|Published: April 2017|
Washington. The US Air Force has dropped its biggest non-nuclear bomb on ISIS terrorists in Afghanistan to demolish their network of tunnels and caves.
The US Central Command (Centcom), which operates from Pakistan to North Africa and Central Asia, issued a statement confirming the strike on the evening of April 13 while White House Press secretary Sean Spicer said it was used to destroy the network of tunnels and caves where the terrorists used to hide and from where they used to “freely attack” the US forces in Afghanistan.
A USAF Lockheed Martin MC 130 Talon aircraft dropped the GBU 43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) GPS-equipped precision-strike bomb in eastern Afghanistan, near the Pakistani border. There were no immediate reports from the terrorists.
The GBU 43 is also known as Mother of All Bombs
The GBU 43/B weighs 21,600 pounds and carries an explosive charge of 8,500 kg equal to 11 tons of TNT. It falls down slowly due to its massive parachute, and is designed to explode a little above the target area, sucking oxygen out of the air and spreading destruction over a wide area. The strike is sure to have inflicted heavy casualties among the ISIS terrorists as well as heavy damage to the mountainous hideouts.
This was the first stated attack by this massive non-nuclear bomb, first developed in 2003.
Centcom identified the target area as Achin district of Nangarhar province, and said the strike was designed to minimize the risk to US and Afghan forces regularly under attack from the terrorists.
“As ISIS-K’s losses have mounted, they are using IEDs, bunkers and tunnels to thicken their defence,” said Gen John W Nicholson, the top commander in Afghanistan, adding: “This is the right munition to reduce these obstacles and maintain the momentum of our offensive against ISIS-K.”
It was also stated that every precaution was taken to avoid collateral civilian casualties.