The US Just Dropped the ‘Mother of All Bombs’ on Afghanistan

In this U.S. Air Force handout, a GBU-43/B bomb, or Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb, is launched Nov. 21, 2003, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (USAF via Getty Images)

As if America didn’t have enough problems to worry about, the U.S. military has just dropped the largest nonnuclear bomb on Afghanistan.

Four U.S. military officials with direct knowledge of the mission told told Fox 6 Now that around 7 p.m. local time Thursday, the military dropped a GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb, nicknamed MOAB, known as the “mother of all bombs.”


The MOAB, developed during the Iraq War, is a 21,600-pound, GPS-guided bomb that is America’s most powerful nonnuclear munition and was reportedly dropped by an MC-130 aircraft, the news station reports.

According to several news sources, the target was reportedly tunnels and Islamic State group, or ISIS, personnel in the Achin district of the Nangarhar province.

Gen. John Nicholson, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, reportedly signed off on the bomb’s use. This is the first time that a MOAB has ever been used on a battlefield.

The military is currently assessing the damage.

Read more at Fox 6 Now.

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