Pentagon: US dropped largest non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 14, 2017,
Apr 14, 2017, 4:23
Al Weimorts (right), the creator of the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb, and Joseph Fellenz, lead model maker, look over the prototype before it was painted and tested.
An Afghan National Army (ANA) official, who did not want to be named, was quoted by TOLONews as saying that they were not aware of the size of the bomb but that the USA had been using different types of weapons against the IS and other militants for the past few months. He further reiterated that the U.S.
The Pentagon said it had no early estimate of deaths or damage caused by its attack, which President Donald Trump called a "very, very successful mission".
"As ISIS-K's losses have mounted, they are using IEDs, bunkers and tunnels to thicken their defence", said General John W Nicholson, Commander, US Forces - Afghanistan.
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In this May 2004 photo, a group gathers around a GBU-43B, or massive ordnance air blast (MOAB) weapon, on display at the Air Force Armament Museum on Eglin Air Force Base near Valparaiso, Fla.
Everybody knows exactly what happened, what I do is I authorize my military - we have the greatest military in the world and they've done a job as usual - we have given them total authorization and that's what they're doing.
A MC-130 aircraft stationed in Afghanistan and operated by Air Force Special Operations Command dropped the bomb, Pentagon spokesman Adam Stump told CNN. It had not been used in combat until now.
Trump has given military commanders broader latitude to act independently on several battlefields where USA forces are involved, which Trump touted as making a "tremendous difference" in the fight against ISIS.
U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said the use of this bomb was a sign that the United States was committed to Afghanistan.
The GBU-43 is a large, powerful and accurately delivered weapon. The province is located near the Afghanistan border with Pakistan.
The military is now assessing the damage.
IS, notorious for its reign of terror in Syria and Iraq, has been making inroads into Afghanistan in recent years. "The United States takes the fight against ISIS very seriously".