Thursday, April 13, 2017

U.S. drops largest non-nuclear ‘Mother of All Bombs’ on ISIL target in Afghanistan

Robert Burns, The Associated Press
 This photo provided by Eglin Air Force Base shows the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb. Eglin Air Force Base via AP
U.S. forces in Afghanistan on Thursday struck an Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant tunnel complex in eastern Afghanistan with the “Mother of All Bombs,” the largest non-nuclear weapon ever used in combat by the U.S. military, Pentagon officials said.

The bomb, known officially as a GBU-43B, or massive ordnance air blast weapon, unleashes 11 tons of explosives. When it was developed in the early 2000s, the Pentagon did a formal review of legal justification for its combat use.

The Pentagon said it had no early estimate of deaths or damage caused by its attack, which President Donald Trump called a “very, very successful mission.”

The U.S. military headquarters in Kabul said in a statement that the bomb was dropped at 7:32 p.m. local time Thursday on a tunnel complex in Achin district of Nangarhar province, where the Afghan affiliate of the Islamic State group has been operating. The target was close to the Pakistani border...

The Gap Band performing "You Dropped A Bomb On Me."

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