US drops ‘mother of all bombs’ on ISIS in Afghanistan
April 14, 20176:20am
The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb is nicknamed the Mother Of All Bombs. Picture: Eglin air force Base via AP
VIDEO: Spicer Comments on Afghanistan Bombing
Sarah Blake and staff writers News Corp Australia Network
THE US military has dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb ever deployed in combat, targeting an Islamic State complex in Afghanistan.
US Forces Afghanistan said the “mother of all bombs” hit a “tunnel complex” in Achin district in Nangarhar province, near the Pakistan border, at 7.32pm Thursday (1.02am Friday AEST).
“As (ISIS-Khorasan’s) losses have mounted, they are using IEDs, bunkers and tunnels to thicken their defence,” said General John Nicholson, who heads US Forces Afghanistan.
“This is the right munition to reduce these obstacles and maintain the momentum of our offensive against ISIS-K.”
The air force calls the GBU-43, which contains 11 tonnes of explosives, the Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb. Based on the acronym, it has been nicknamed the “Mother Of All Bombs.”
The bomb was delivered via an MC-130 transport plane, according to the Pentagon.
“The GBU-43/B is the largest non-nuclear bomb ever deployed in combat,” air force spokesman Colonel Pat Ryder said.
The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb prototype moments before impact in an undisclosed location. Picture: AFP/US Air Force - Source:AFP
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