According to four United States military officials, the bomb was dropped with direct knowledge of the mission.
The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB pronounced /ˈmoʊ.æb/, commonly known as the Mother of All Bombs) is a large-yield conventional (non-nuclear) bomb, developed for the United States military by Albert L. Weimorts, Jr. of the Air Force Research Laboratory. At the time of development, it was touted as the most powerful non-nuclear weapon ever designed. The bomb was designed to be delivered by a C-130 Hercules, primarily the MC-130E Combat Talon I or MC-130H Combat Talon II variants. Since then, Russia has tested its “Father of All Bombs”, which is claimed to be four times as powerful as the MOAB.
BREAKING: US for first time drops its largest non-nuclear bomb in combat, on an ISIS tunnel in Afghanistan: CNN – @barbarastarrcnn
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“A GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb — nicknamed the “Mother of All Bombs” (MOAB)” — was dropped in at 7 p.m. local time Thursday, sources said.
The U.S has been working on completing the MOAB bomb for over a decade, finally finishing and releasing the first MOAB in the battlefield, according to the US officials.
Military sources have shared that the actual target which was destroyed were ISIS tunnels, personnel and area in the Achin district of the Nangarhar province.
The military is currently assessing the damage. and waiting to come out with a damage report.
The magnitude of impact this bomb will have had on the ISIS network will have to be determined in later stages if shared by U.S. intelligence.