The US Just Dropped Its Largest Non-Nuclear Bomb In Afghanistan

Submitted by: fancylad 4 months ago in News & Politics


According to four US military officials with direct knowledge of the mission, the US Military dropped a rather large bomb in Afghanistan today -- a $314 million bomb.

A GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb (MOAB) -- it's also nicknamed the "mother of all bombs" -- was dropped this morning, our time, 7:32 pm Afghanistan time, the sources said. At 21,600-pounds, a MOAB is America's most powerful non-nuclear bomb.

What's a MOAB bomb? It's a 21,600-pound, GPS-guided missile -- America's most powerful non-nuclear bomb.

Officials said the target was an ISIS cave and tunnel complex and personnel. The Pentagon official told The Daily Beast that this had nothing to do with the Trump administration expanding its campaign against ISIS, but was the commanders call.

The video up above shows you the kind of damage it can do...

There are 20 comments:
Male 15,063
Didn't you lot declare victory there a while back? 
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Male 1,509
The bomb was dropped on a ISIS strong hold with any where from 600 to 700 combatants. The area was saturated with tunnels and training areas. This would have collapsed the tunnels, a bad way to die but they cut off the heads of people and show it on Utube. Who things that the people that survived will think twice about going on in there fight? And talking about it in the same sentence as a nuclear bomb is a little propaganda the MOAB is the equivalent of 11 tons of TNT and the Hiroshima bomb was 15 thousand tons of TNT, so using them in the same sentence is a little misleading on destructive power.
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Male 440
casaledana uhm. No. I'm all for what he did. But learn to read, "ISIS has an estimated 600 to 800 fighters in Afghanistan" In Afghanistan, the entire country of afghanistan. And talking about it in the same sentence as a nuclear weapons isn't a load
  • Mk-54 (Davy Crockett) – 10 or 20 tons yield, Davy Crockett artillery warhead
  • Mk-54 (SADM) – approximate yield from 10 tons to 1 kiloton
It actually has a higher explosive yield than many of the smaller tactical nuclear devices that have been produced and tested. Facts though? Why bother.
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Male 1,509
thething911 Ok I admit that I made a small mistake in my narrative but there is a nicer way to say it you dick. And the other two artillery warheads you mentioned have never been used in anger. So most people would have know idea that they even exist and would be comparing the nuclear reverence to the two known bombs.
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Male 5,424
I thought It would be bigger (Yes That's what Melania said)
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Male 2,887
Yay!!! War!!!!
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Male 2,519
What are the odds that we managed to destroy 314 million bucks of ISIS equipment?

Do they even have 314 million bucks worth of equipment in the country?
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Male 1,509
daegog What are the odds that it will save lives which is why it was used.
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Male 7,574
daegog $314,000,000 to develop.  We dropped a 16,000,000 bomb

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Male 1,509
normalfreak2 What is your point that we should not develop new weapons that fit out needs? Now that it is developed the cost will drop dramatically.
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Male 7,574
casaledana I was simply stating fact, that's all.
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Male 755
I heard the "$314 million" is for 20 not 1, anyone else hear that?
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Male 7,574
mischeif954 $314,000,000 to develop.  16 million per bomb.
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Male 7,574
mischeif954 Heh 15 million per bomb go U.S.A  In either case a bit of overkill but hey it's ISIS so by all means necessary right?
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Male 755
normalfreak2 Oh ok thanks for the clarification, I mean I get it's expensive and it's definitely debatable if they were worth creating, I also don't think we need to go bombing everyone either, but this "money wasted" rhetoric... by the time that missile was made the money was already spent unless we planned on using it elsewhere, hopefully we don't go replenishing the inventory.
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Male 5,424
mischeif954 GWB wanted (In fact advertised) he wanted to use it in Iraq  against Saddam 
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Male 5,133
SOAB
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Male 3,806
The big brother of the Daisy Cutter, named from the shape of the blast/crater it made, BLU-82 I think was the designation. In Vietnam they used them to create large flat landing fields for choppers anywhere they wanted. About five football fields worth. They dropped one on Saddams “dug it” troops in the first gulf war. They thought they had been nuked. Also about destroyed Tora-Bora after 911. These new ones are really are badass.

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Female 3,902
because fuck ISIS
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Male 1,139
melcervini It was an upgrade for that neighborhood!
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