The US Dropped A Huge Bomb On Afghanistan To Show ISIS “They’re Not Welcome”
Incredible By Angel Darude |
Rather than dropping multiple bombs on a suspected set of ISIS-controlled tunnels, the US for the first time used a weapon nicknamed the “Mother of All Bombs.”
WASHINGTON — The US military on Thursday for the first time used its largest non-nuclear weapon, aptly nicknamed the Mother of All Bombs, on a suspected ISIS tunnel complex in eastern Afghanistan.
US forces dropped the 30-foot long, 21,000-pound bomb at 7:32 pm local time, in the country’s Nangarhar province. The area is currently under the control of the local ISIS affiliate, known as ISIS-Khorsan (ISIS-K).
Two factors drove the decision to use the weapon, the largest conventional munition that the US has ever used in a combat theatre, the Pentagon said: that the target was underground tunnels and the enemy was ISIS.
“As ISIS-K’s losses have mounted, they are using [improvised explosives], bunkers and tunnels to thicken their defense,” Gen. John W. Nicholson, the top commander in Afghanistan, said in a statement soon after the bomb’s use. “This is the right munition to reduce these obstacles and maintain the momentum of our offensive against ISIS-K.”
The US military said it deployed the weapon to destroy the complex, made up of a set of tunnels and caves less than a mile long, because it was the best way to destroy bunkers, explosives and the like, particularly in such a remote location, where the risk to civilians was low. By using such a strong bomb, US and Afghan troops were in the least amount of danger, the Pentagon said. The MOAB hit the same province where Army Staff Sgt. Mark De Alencar, 37, of the 7th Special Forces Group, was killed Saturday by small arms fire while conducting anti-ISIS operations, according to a Pentagon spokesman.
US Forces Afghanistan released a video of the explosion on Friday morning.