“Mother of All Bombs” Kills 36 ISIS Fighters in Afghanistan

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Afghan defense officials announced Friday that 36 ISIS fighters were killed by a U.S. air strike on a tunnel and cave complex, with the possibility of a larger death toll. The strike was carried out on Thursday with a GBU-43 bomb, nicknamed the “Mother of All Bombs,” marking the first time the weapon has been used in combat operations.

The GBU-43, or “MOAB”—Massive Ordinance Air Blast bomb—is a 21,000 pound weapon and is the largest satellite-delivered, air-delivered weapon ever made, according to GlobalSecurity.org. It is an updated version of the infamous “Daisy Cutter” bombs used in the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan following the 9/11 attacks in 2001.  

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