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U.S. Drops ‘Mother of All Bombs’ in Afghanistan
Posted on Apr 13, 2017
The U.S. military announced on Thursday that it dropped a 21,600-pound non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan. The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB), nicknamed the “mother of all bombs,” was developed in 2003 but never used on a battlefield. CNN reported:
According to the online news site Heavy, the Achin district has a population of around 95,000 people.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer said in a subsequent press conference that the U.S. “took all precautions necessary to prevent civilian casualties.”
“The United States takes the fight against ISIS very seriously and in order to defeat the group we must deny them operational space,” he added.
Pressed by reporters for more information on the use of MOAB, Spicer responded, “Please refer to Department of Defense for specifics.”
According to CNN, the military is still “assessing the damage” from MOAB.
A 2003 article in the Los Angeles Times explained the massive bomb’s effect:
According to The Fiscal Times, MOAB “took $314 million to develop and has a unit cost of $16 million.” Below, watch a video of a test drop of MOAB:
—Posted by Emma Niles.
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