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“The Mother of All Bombs”: Understanding the Massive Ordnance Air Blast Weapon - Just Security

The Massive Ordnance Air Blast Weapon (MOAB, known informally as the “Mother of All Bombs” and formally as the Guided Bomb Unit, or GBU, 43/B) has attracted a great deal of attention since it was dropped on ISIS fighters in eastern Afghanistan on 13 ...and more »

What Is the "Mother of All Bombs" That the US Just Dropped on Afghanistan? - Scientific American

A Massive Ordnance Air Blast—or more commonly known as the "Mother of All Bombs" (MOAB)—weapon is prepared for testing at the Eglin Air Force Armament Center on March 11, 2003. The MOAB is a precision-guided munition weighing 21,500 pounds and will ...and more »

Video Shows the Moment the 'Mother of All Bombs' Strikes ISIS in Afghanistan - NBCNews.com

The U.S. military released video Friday of the moment the largest non-nuclear bomb in its arsenal ever used was dropped to obliterate an ISIS tunnel complex in eastern Afghanistan. The 30-second clip is in grainy black and white. The 21,600-pound ...and more »

Here's what it looked like when the 'mother of all bombs' hit an ISIS hideout - Yahoo News

The US on Friday posted footage of its largest nonnuclear weapon's first combat use, against 36 ISIS fighters entrenched in caves and bunkers in northeastern Afghanistan on Thursday. "The strike was designed to minimize the risk to Afghan and US forces ...and more »

Here's why the 'mother of all bombs' exploded 6 feet above its target in Afghanistan - Yahoo News

The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast, sometimes grimly called the "Mother of All Bombs" because of its acronym, was loaded onto a pallet, flown in a C-130 cargo plane, then dragged out the back of the plane — pallet included — by a parachute. The ...and more »

Here's how a 21000-pound bomb like the one just dropped on ISIS in Afghanistan would affect your city - Yahoo News

The US has deployed the largest nonnuclear bomb in its inventory on an ISIS target in a remote part of far northeast Afghanistan, the Pentagon confirmed on Thursday. The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast, whose acronym has inspired the nickname ...and more »

US Drops 'Mother of All Bombs' on ISIS Caves in Afghanistan - New York Times

WASHINGTON — The United States dropped the “mother of all bombs” — the most powerful conventional bomb in the American arsenal — on an Islamic State cave complex in Afghanistan on Thursday, the Pentagon said, unleashing a weapon so massive that it ...and more »

US 'mother of all bombs' killed 92 Isis militants, say Afghan officials - The Guardian

More than 90 Islamic State militants were killed when the US military dropped an 11-ton bomb on eastern Afghanistan, according to the Afghan government. The US military has not released a casualty toll and declined to comment on the Afghan numbers. “We ...and more »

Video of 'mother of all bombs' hitting ISIS cave network in Afghanistan released - KATC Lafayette News

The U.S. Department of Defense released video Friday showing the deployment of a 22,000-pound bomb known as the "mother of all bombs" against a complex of ISIS-controlled caves in eastern Afghanistan. The Pentagon on Thursday announced the use of the ...and more »

MOAB, Biggest Non-nuclear Bomb, Dropped in Afghanistan. So How Big Is It? - Big Think

This U.S. Department of Defense shows the Massive Ordinance Air Blast (MOAB) weapon March 11, 2003 at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. The 21,000 pound bomb is the largest non-nuclear conventional weapon in existence. (Photo by DoD/Getty Images). The ...and more »