MOAB: Mother of All Bombs Dropped on ISIS Tunnel in Afghanistan
Today the United States dropped a MOAB – a Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb on an ISIS tunnel in Afghanistan.
— Stephen Losey (@StephenLosey) April 13, 2017
The bomb was dropped on a tunnel in that Achin District of Nangarhar Province, the same province where Green Beret Sgt Mark De Alencar was killed in a fire fight last weekend.
The Air Force Times reported,
The fact that the U.S. dropped the MOAB in the same province where De Alencar was killed is probably not a coincidence, said Bill Roggio, of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.
“There might have been a degree of payback here as well,” Roggio told Military Times. “There’s certainly nothing wrong with that, especially if you’re killing your enemy.”
ISIS has had a strong province in Nangarhar and three other Afghan provinces for years, said Roggio, also editor of the Long War Journal. The fact that the U.S. dropped the MOAB indicates that ISIS remains a threat in the area, he said. The weapon is also effective against enemy fighters who hide in caves.
“What it does is basically suck out all of the oxygen and lights the air on fire,” Roggio said. “It’s a way to get into areas where conventional bombs can’t reach.”
The bomb is the largest non-nuclear weapon in the US arsenal, and produces a blast radius of a mile in all directions. The behemoth is 21,500 pounds of pure destruction with a GPS guidance system. It’s over 30 feet long.
This is the first time the bomb has been used on the battlefield, even though it was first tested on March 11, 2003. It’s made of a thin aluminum skin that allows the blast to consume an area such as tunnels.
US officials denied that it was a message sent to Syria or North Korea.
We received a reaction to the bomb blast from a local citizen: “Afghan and USA army Used big bombing on evils Daesh in our province. It occurred 7:30 p.m…It was like an earthquake. I Wish More Evils Been Killed.”
We’re working on it.