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  • USAF  Getty Images News  Getty Images What Is The MOAB Bomb? The US Just Dropped It On Afghanistan By Keiko Zoll21 min agoShare

A separate non-nuclear weapon known as the Massive Ordnance Penetrator, or MOP, which is larger in its physical dimensions but carries a smaller load of conventional explosives, is created to take out deeply buried targets like reinforced bunkers.

It was first tested in 2003, but had not been deployed in combat before.

The clue is in the ungainly name - the MOAB or GBU-43/B massive ordnance air blast is the U.S. military's most destructive conventional (that is non-nuclear) bomb.

"We targeted a system of tunnels and caves that ISIS fighters used to move around freely, making it easier for them to target U.S. military advisers and Afghan forces in the area", White House press secretary Sean Spicer said about the bombing.

President Donald Trump called it "another successful job" later Thursday. I think China has really been working very hard. The bomb will also "maintain the momentum of our offensive against IS", he said. It is the third major military action his administration has taken in recent months, following a military raid in Yemen that left civilians and a US Marine dead, and last week's surprise strike on a Syrian airfield. It is pushed out the rear of the launching aircraft, guided to its target by Global Positioning System and slowed by a parachute. The weapon is carried on a special cradle inside the aircraft from which it is extracted by a parachute. He declined to comment on whether the USA would use the weapon again, in Afghanistan or elsewhere.

Military officials said they hoped the MOAB would create such a huge blast that it would rattle Iraqi troops and pressure them into surrendering or not even fighting.

IS announced the establishment of its Khorasan branch - an old name for Afghanistan and surrounding areas - in January 2015. Maybe Kansas. It's entirely unclear what the world will look like in a week's time.

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However, experts say it has struggled to build a wide political base and the indigenous support it expected. United States officials have said they believe the movement has only 700 fighters but Afghan officials estimate it has about 1,500.

"The strike was created to minimize the risk to Afghan and US Forces conducting clearing operations in the area while maximizing the destruction of the IS fighters and facilities", CENTCOM said in a statement.

Estimates of its strength in Afghanistan vary.

IS in Afghanistan: How successful has the group been?

It comes shortly after the USA military confessed that another Coalition air strike on Syria on April 11 - this one targeting IS - had resulted in the deaths of 18 Syrian soldiers.

The US military on Tuesday said an American special forces soldier had been killed while conducting operations against IS in Nangarhar, although it was not clear if Thursday's strike was connected.


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