U.S. Military Strike On Islamic State In Afghanistan Utilizes Largest Non-Nuclear Bomb Ever Used In Combat

 In National Security and Military Operations   Last Updated: August 2, 2017

The U.S. military utilized the largest non-nuclear bomb ever used in combat in an attack on the Islamic State in Afghanistan on Thursday April 13, 2017.  “The bomb, known officially as a GBU-43B, or massive ordnance air blast (MOAB) weapon, unleashes 11 tons of explosives. Its nickname, based on the acronym, is the ‘mother of all bombs”.  

According to Afghan officials, 36 Islamic State fighters were killed with no civilian casualties.

In 2007 Russia claimed to have developed and tested a bomb that is 4 times as powerful as the MOAB and nicknamed it the Father of all Bombs.  This bomb has not been used in combat.




Afghanistan Says 36 Militants Killed after U.S. Drops ‘mother of All Bombs’ against Islamic State.” Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles Times, 14 Apr. 2017. Web. 14 Apr. 2017.
Harding, Luke. “Russia Unveils the ‘father of All Bombs’.” The Guardian. Guardian News and Media, 11 Sept. 2007. Web. 14 Apr. 2017.

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