US Hits ISIS-K with a Massive Ordnance Air Blast
U.S. Bomb Destroys Khorasan Stronghold in Afghanistan
At 7:32 p.m. local time today, Thursday, U.S. Forces Afghanistan conducted a strike on an Islamic State of Iraq and Syria-Khorasan tunnel complex in Achin district, Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, as part of ongoing efforts to defeat ISIS-K in Afghanistan, according to a U.S. Forces Afghanistan news release
ISIS-K, also known as the Khorasan group, is based in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region and is composed primarily of former members of Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan and the Afghan Taliban.
The strike used a GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb dropped from a U.S. aircraft. The strike was designed to minimize the risk to Afghan and U.S. forces conducting clearing operations in the area while maximizing the destruction of ISIS-K fighters and facilities.
Mother of All Bombs
The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB, commonly known as the Mother of All Bombs) is a large-yield non-nuclear bomb. At the time of development, it was said to be the most powerful conventional weapon ever designed. It is typically deliverd by a C-130 Hercules.
US Army Gen. John W. Nicholson, commander of U.S. Forces Afghanistan, sai:
As ISIS-K’s losses have mounted, they are using [improvised bombs], bunkers and tunnels to thicken their defense. This is the right munition to reduce these obstacles and maintain the momentum of our offensive against ISIS-K.
U.S. forces took every precaution to avoid civilian casualties with this strike and will continue offensive operations until ISIS-K is destroyed in Afghanistan.
Source: US Department of Defense.
Photo: US GBU-43B Massive Ordnance Air Blast weapon at Eglin Air Force Armament Center, 11 March 2003 (US DOD).