The biggest, non-nuclear bomb in America’s military arsenal was dropped on ISIS targets inside Afghanistan. The Trump Administration confirming this afternoon that the bomb — called MOAB for massive ordnance air blast — is also known as the “mother of all bombs.” Fox News correspondent, Lauren Blanchard, is in Washington tonight with the latest.
The U.S. drops what they’re calling the “mother of all bombs.”
Trump says: “So we have incredible leaders in the military and were very proud of them and this was another very successful mission.”
The United States dropped its most powerful conventional bomb in eastern Afghanistan early Thursday. The bomb — which has never before been used in combat — targeting a system of tunnels and caves believed to be used by ISIS as that terror group moves into territory once known to be occupied by Al Qaeda.
“The United States takes the fight against ISIS very seriously and in order to defeat the group, we must deny them operational space, which we did.”
Known as the “mother of all bombs”, the GBU-43 weapon was unveiled in 2003 and weighs 21,000 pounds. It’s the largest non-nuclear bomb in the United States’ arsenal with a blast radius of roughly a mile wide, designed to explode above ground, killing its targets through a concussive force.
“I can’t say this was an immediate outcome of any talks with the Afghan government. It was part of our ongoing effort to fight terrorists.”
President Trump — touting his administration’s amped up approach towards fighting ISIS — something he vowed to do throughout his presidential campaign.
Trump says: “If you look at what has happened over the last 8 weeks — and compare to what’s happened over last 8 years — you will see that there is a tremendous difference.”
As for how much one of these bombs cost? About sixteen million dollars each and the one just dropped was part of a group that cost three-hundred and fourteen million dollars to develop.
In Washington, Lauren Blanchard, Fox News.