An estimated 36 ISIS militants were killed when the U.S. dropped the ‘Mother Of All Bombs’ on a tunnel complex in Afghanistan yesterday.
The Afghanistan Ministry of Defense also revealed that no civilians were harmed when the 21,000 lb., non-nuclear bomb was deployed.
Via Fox News:
Afghanistan officials said 36 Islamic State militants were killed when the U.S. dropped the “mother of all bombs” on a tunnel complex Thursday.
The Afghanistan Ministry of Defense added in a statement Friday that there were no civilian casualties and that several Islamic State caves and ammunition caches were destroyed.
The GBU-43B, a 21,000-pound conventional bomb, was deployed in Nangarhar Province close to the Afghanistan/Pakistan border. The MOAB — Massive Ordnance Air Blast — is also known as the “Mother Of All Bombs.” It was first tested in 2003, but hadn’t been used in combat before Thursday.
Gen. Jack Keane explained that the MOAB is the perfect weapon to use on ISIS terrorists hiding in caves and bunkers, because it not only generates a large explosion, but creates an “incendiary fuel” that permeates below-ground bunkers and tunnels.
“This is a nasty weapon,” Keane said. “The nature of the target was actually driving this more than anything else.”
He added that the commander responsible for ordering the attack is clearly focused “on killing [ISIS], and he’s selected the best weapon in his arsenal.”
President Trump praised the military mission, saying it was a “very, very successful” strike.
“We have incredible leaders in the military, we have an incredible military and we’re very proud of them, and this was another very, very successful mission,” he said.
Aside from the 36 ISIS militants taken out, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich claims the attack send a clear message to our enemies – American military might is back in style.
The successful attack is “a reminder both to the Russians and the North Koreans that we have enormous assets if we want to use them,” he said.
Former intelligence officer and U.S. Army veteran Michael Pregent agrees.
“The next four years will be different than the last eight,” he said.