|RT | Apr 13, 2017|
The mega GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb (MOAB), dubbed the "Mother of all bombs”, is the largest non-nuclear bomb ever to be used in a combat setting. US forces dropped it in the Achin district of Nangarhar province in eastern Afghanistan at 7pm local time on Thursday.
.@USFOR_A#US Forces targets ISIS-K stronghold, drops GBU-43 #MOAB bomb on #ISISpic.twitter.com/GYjyMLiqUS— U.S. Central Command (@CENTCOM) April 13, 2017
.@thenib Those mujahedeen tunnel networks we're bombing in Afghanistan? We paid for them. #Blowbackhttps://t.co/xokL8VCQqk (via @GabiElenaDohm) pic.twitter.com/VDVsUYahiG— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) April 13, 2017
Footage from a 2003 test shows the enormous scale of the blast. According to the Air Force, the test produced an impact cloud that could be seen from 20 miles away.
The bombing drew floods of responses on social media, with many noting that the extremely expensive explosive could have paid for public services, such as Meals on Wheels, whose budgets are being cut by the Trump administration.
Meanwhile, many others expressed support for the move saying it would help defeat ISIS. Trump himself described it as "another successful job”.
The GPS-guided bomb was built for the Iraq war to pressure Saddam Hussein, but none had ever been used until Thursday.
"The goal is to have the pressure be so great that Saddam Hussein cooperates,” then Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said in an interview about the bomb in 2003. "Short of that… the goal is to have the capabilities of the coalition so clear and so obvious that there is an enormous disincentive for the Iraqi military to fight against the coalition.”