WASHINGTON – US military released aerial footage of the Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) strike on an Islamic State cave in the Achin district on Thursday.
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The footage shows the devastation of the 11-ton yield bomb which was dropped from a MC-130 aircraft. A large mushroom cloud of smoke can be seen over the region as soon as the bomb hit the target.
It may be mentioned here that the United States dropped a non-nuclear bomb believed to be the largest ever in the country’s arsenal on an area of eastern Afghanistan here on Thursday.
The apparent target of the air strike was a network of caves used by the militant Islamic State (IS). There has been no official confirmation of the President Trump’s involvement in the strike.
According to Pentagon spokesman Adam Stump, it was the first time this type of bomb had been used in combat and was dropped from a MC-130 aircraft.
Also known as the “mother of all bombs”, a MOAB is a 21,600 pound GPS-guided munition. It is America’s most powerful non-nuclear bomb.