The United States has just dropped the world’s second-most deadly non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan. According to reports, the Pentagon confirmed that the US Air Force dropped the GBU-43 in Achin.
Officially called the Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) bomb, the acronym has resulted in the nickname “Mother Of All Bombs”.
The MOAB was dropped at around 7 pm local time on a cave complex inhabited by Islamic State barbarians. The location is very close to the Pakistan border.
This marks the first combat use of the 22,000-pound bomb, which is the largest non-nuclear weapon in the US military’s arsenal.
According to Pentagon spokesperson Adam Stump, the bomb containing 11 tons of explosives was dropped from the rear of an MC-130 aircraft.
The almost 30-feet-long bomb was simply rolled out of the cargo hold of the plane on the target.
Pentagon said that the use of a network of tunnels and caves made it necessary for the USAF to use the MOAB. Tunnels and caves are sometimes impenetrable by normal bombs.
The world’s deadliest non-nuclear bomb is Russia’s “Father Of All Bombs”, which is slightly smaller than the MOAB but is four times more powerful.