MOAB Dropped on ISIS in Afghanistan
This 21,600-pound, GPS-guided munition is one of America’s most powerful bombs, and is more commonly known by its nickname, “The Mother of All Bombs” or MOAB for short.WASHINGTON, D.C. - A GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb (MOAB) was dropped on Islamic State tunnels in Afghanistan today. Congressman Kevin Brady issued the following statement:
President Trump just sent a strong message to the Islamic State that will be heard in Russia, North Korea, Iran and around the world. I applaud our brave men and women in uniform who put their lives on the line every day to keep our country safe.
BACKGROUND: This Thursday, The U.S. military dropped a GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb Thursday from an MC-130 on ISIS targets in Afghanistan. This 21,600-pound, GPS-guided munition is one of America’s most powerful bombs, and is more commonly known by its nickname, “The Mother of All Bombs” or MOAB for short. According to General John Nicholson, commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan, “As ISIS-K's losses have mounted, they are using IEDs, bunkers and tunnels to thicken their defense, this is the right munition to reduce these obstacles and maintain the momentum of our offensive against ISIS-K.