THE U.S. MILITARY DROPPED A MOAB ON AFGHANISTAN AROUND 7 P.M. LOCAL TIME ON THURSDAY. THE BLAST KILLED 36 ISLAMIC STATE MILITANTS, THE AFGHAN DEFENSE MINISTRY SAID. PHOTO COURTESY DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
By Mike Bambach
The blast destroyed three underground tunnels as well as weapons and ammunition, but no civilians were injured, said a Defense Ministry spokesman.
The largest non-nuclear weapon in the U.S. arsenal was used in conflict for the first time on Thursday.
The 21,000-pound bomb is known as the Massive Ordinance Air Blast bomb, or MOAB. In military circles, the acronym is known better as the “Mother of All Bombs.”
Thursday’s strike targeted an underground Islamic State complex in a desolate portion of eastern Afghanistan, military officials said.
A local resident living about 1.5 miles from the blast told CNN he heard an “extremely loud boom that smashed the windows of our house.”
Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai condemned the attack as “an inhuman and most brutal misuse of our country.”
The United States has not confirmed the results of the strike but President Donald Trump called it “another successful job.”
Aerial Footage of MOAB Bomb Striking Cave, Tunnel System