US Drops Non-Nuclear Mother of All Bombs, GBU-43 Bomb, for First Time Ever in Afghanistan

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US Drops Non-Nuclear Mother of All Bombs, GBU-43 Bomb, in Afghanistan [Photo Credit: Wikipedia]
The US military dropped the Mother of All Bombs (MOAB), a GBU-43 bomb, in Afghanistan’s Nangahar region to destroy a “series of ISIS caves,” a Defense Department spokesperson said.

The Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb, it is nicknamed the “Mother Of All Bombs,” has a blast radius of one mile. It replaced the Vietnam-era Daisy Cutter bomb in the 2000s.

Pentagon spokesman Adam Stump “says it was the first-ever combat use of the bomb, known as the GBU-43, which he said contains 11 tons of explosives,” the AP reports.

CNN’s Barbara Starr said reconnaissance missions were underway to assess the damage from the bomb. She also said that the strike would have had to be approved by the head of U.S. Central Command, Gen. Joseph Votel.

Donald Trump was asked if he authorized the bombing. Well, let’s just say, he’s not about to take the blame if something goes wrong, so he’s hedging big time:

It’s ironic that this strike comes as The Guardian is out with a bombshell story that British spies first alerted the U.S. to suspicious interactions between the Trump campaign and Russia.