Footage from 2003 shows the GBU-43/B bomb being tested at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. Nicknamed the “mother of all bombs”, the GBU-43/B was used for the first time by the US military on Thursday to target a ‘tunnel complex’ used by the Islamic State’s Afghanistan affiliate. The US military later released video of the strike. It is the largest non-nuclear bomb the US has ever used in combat. Designed for destroying underground targets but not itself a deep-earth penetrator weapon, the GBU-43/B has the explosive yield of more than 11 tons of TNT.
The bomb developed for the United States military by Albert L. Weimorts, Jr. of the Air Force Research Laboratory, which was dropped for the first time in combat, against ISIS forces in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province and the blast radius of the 21,000-pound giant is believed to be more than 300 metres.
The MOAB is primarily intended for soft to medium surface targets covering extended areas and targets in a contained environment such as a deep canyon or within a cave system.
The bomb was deployed by an MC-130 aircraft to target ISIS and extremists, at 7pm local time (4pm UK time) today in Afghanistan, was operated by an Air Force Special Operations Command.
Trump praised the military for the bombing run and called it "another very, very successful mission."
Sean Spicer, President Trump’s spokesman, said the US was taking the threat from ISIS “very seriously”.
He said: “In order to defeat the group we must deny them operational space. Which we did.
“The United States took all precautions necessary to prevent civilian casualties and collateral damage as a result of the operation.”
AFTER the US dropped the “mother of all bombs” targeting an Islamic State complex in Afghanistan, many were left scratching their heads about the timing.
Tensions are escalating fast, with North Korea threatening nuclear action, China amassing troops at its border, and America accused of an “act of war” over a missile strike on Syria in retaliation to last week’s alleged chemical attack.
Yet Donald Trump has chosen this moment to drop and detonate the largest non-nuclear bomb ever deployed in combat. Is there more to this than meets the eye?
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