U.S. drops MOAB ‘Mother of All Bombs’ in Afghanistan

It’s obvious the USA is using the Middle East to test their weapons. CNN reports the first combat use of largest non-nuclear bomb MOAB targeting ISIS affiliates in Nangarhar province. — Afghanistan shouldn’t be a ‘testing ground for new and dangerous weapons’ Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai says after US drops mega-bomb.

The U.S. military has dropped its largest non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan, CNN reported Thursday, in an attack targeting Islamic State presence in the province of Nangarhar.

According to the report, this was the first combat use of the bomb, also known as the “Massive Ordnance Air Blast,” or the “Mother of All Bombs.”

The number of casualties was not immeidately clear and the U.S. military reportedly said it was assessing the damage.

According to CNN reporter David Wright, the bomb targeted ISIS’ tunnels and personnel in Nangarhar’s Achin district. He added that the bomb was dropped by an MC-130 aircraft, operated by the Air Force Special Operations Command.

Four U.S. Army officials with direct knowledge of the operation confirmed the report, CNN said.

The bomb can penetrate through 60 meters (200 feet) of enforced concrete and is therefore especially suitable for deployment in contained environments such as caves and bunkers. The bomb was made to increase its range of destruction upon explosion, the force of which can clear out trees in a 152-meter-diameter (500 feet).

(UPDATED 14 April:) Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai has condemned the US military’s deployment of the largest non-nuclear bomb ever used in combat: “This is not the war on terror but the inhuman and most brutal misuse of our country as testing ground for new and dangerous weapons.”