Posted by: maboulette | April 27, 2017

Massive Ordinance Air Blast – MOAB


Just three days after 37 year old Green Beret Staff Sgt. Mark D. Alengar was killed fighting ISIS in Afghanistan, the United States took to the air with a cargo plane on a mission. Only, this cargo plane was on a different kind of mission than usual. It was on a mission to destroy one of the many tunnel networks that ISIS uses to get safely from one area to the other.

Wait… cargo plane?

Yes, you read that right. The bomb the U.S. dropped on ISIS tunnels in Afghanistan was so big — weighing in at 21,000 lb. — that only a cargo plane could carry it. One spokesperson told Fox News that they just “kicked it out the back door.”


The Massive Ordinance Air Blast (MOAB) as used in the hopes of hitting deep enough to destroy some of the tunnels that ISIS frequent. The attack was coordinated specifically to avoid any civilian casualties, if possible. Smaller bombs, like the 1,000 lb. Tomahawk cruiser missiles used against Syria last week, simply weren’t enough to get the job done.


If the bomb was as effective as the U.S. hopes, we can expect to see more of them targeting ISIS tunnel networks that are difficult to reach by any other means. The Mother of All Bombs,” as they are calling it, has been tested, but never before used in a combat situation.


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