The US Deploys Largest Non-Nuclear Bomb on ISIS

MOAB. The Mother of All Bombs. It's just as destructive as it sounds. The US has dropped MOAB, the largest non-nuclear bomb in the country’s arsenal, on an area of eastern Afghanistan known to be a hotspot for ISIS activity. The bomb, weighing in at 21,000lb, can be seen tested online at a Florida test site in 2003, but according to the Pentagon, has never been used in combat. Dropped by an MC-130 (pictured above), the GBU-43 bomb was deployed at 7 PM local time. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer confirmed that the US had deployed the “large, powerful and accurately-delivered weapon”. 

 A 'MOAB'

A 'MOAB'

 

The Pentagon also confirmed that the bomb hit its designated target, a cave complex utilized by ISIS fighter in the Achin district of Nangarhar, close to the border with Pakistan, claiming that the strategic attack had been planned for months. 

This is the right munition to reduce these obstacles and maintain the momentum of our offensive against ISIS.
— General John Nicholson, Head of US and International Forces in Afghanistan