US Releases Video Of "Mother Of All Bombs" Explosion Which Killed 36 ISIS Fighters

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One day after the Trump administration demonstratively used the GBU-43/B Massive Ordinance Air Blast bomb (MOAB, also known as Mother Of All Bombs) the most powerful non-nuclear bomb in the US arsenal in Afghanistan, in a clear show of force meant to send a signal to North Korea, it released a video of the explosion.

Afghan officials said 36 militants were killed in the strike in Nangarhar province, near the Pakistan border, where the US military previously estimated ISIS had 600 to 800 active fighters. There were no civilian casualties, according to the Ministry of Defense statement, which also said several ISIS caves and ammunition caches were destroyed. U.S. officials said precautions were taken to avoid civilian casualties. The ISIS commander in the area was among the dead, Afghanistan’s presidential palace said.

Hakim Khan, 50, a resident of Achin district where the attack took place, was quoted by CBS as saying he welcomed the attack on ISIS, saying, “I want 100 times more bombings on this group.”

But fierce opposition among Afghans also surfaced. Former President Hamid Karzai condemned the strike, saying it “is not the war on terror but inhuman, and (the) most brutal misuse of our country as (a) testing ground for new and dangeorus weapons. It is upon us,Afghans, to stop the USA.”

Karzi said, “I vehemently and in strongest words condemn the dropping of the latest weapon.”

Others were similarly stunned by the unexpected US show of force.

Since news of the strike broke, most social media users in Afghanistan criticized both the Afghan government and U.S. One user calleld it “our generation’s “Hiroshima,” adding, “I’m still in shock.”

In a 2003 review of the legality of using the MOAB, the Pentagon concluded that it could not be called an indiscriminate killer under the Law of Armed Conflict. “Although the MOAB weapon leaves a large footprint, it is discriminate and requires a deliberate launching toward the target,” the review said, adding, “It is expected that the weapon will have a substantial psychological effect on those who witness its use.”

Meanwhile, President Trump called the attack a “very, very successful mission.” The U.S. military headquarters in Kabul said in a statement that the bomb was dropped at 7:32 p.m. local time Thursday on a tunnel complex in Achin district of Nangarhar province, where the Afghan affiliate of ISIS has been operating. The target was close to the Pakistani border.

The U.S. estimates 600 to 800 IS fighters are present in Afghanistan, mostly in Nangarhar. The U.S. has concentrated heavily on combatting them while also supporting Afghan forces battling the Taliban. Just last week a U.S. Army Special Forces soldier, Staff Sgt. Mark R. De Alencar, 37, of Edgewood, Maryland, was killed in action in Nangarhar.

According to CBS, Adam Stump, a Pentagon spokesman, said the bomb was dropped from a U.S. MC-130 special operations transport. He said the bomb had been brought to Afghanistan “some time ago” for potential use. Army Gen. John W. Nicholson, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, said in a written statement that the strike was designed to minimize the risk to Afghan and U.S. forces conducting clearing operations in the Achin area “while maximizing the destruction” of ISIS fighters and facilities. He said ISIS has been using improvised explosive devices, bunkers and tunnels to strengthen its defenses.

“This is the right munition to reduce these obstacles and maintain the momentum of our offensive against ISIS-K,” he added, using the U.S. military’s acronym for the ISIS affiliate.

Ismail Shinwari, the governor of Achin district, said the U.S. attack was carried out in a remote mountainous area with no civilian homes nearby. He said there has been heavy fighting in the area in recent weeks between Afghan forces and ISIS militants.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said ISIS fighters had used the tunnels and caves in Achin to maneuver freely. “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,” Spicer said.

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With that we now turn our attention to North Korea, where many expect that an explosion of a similar magnitude is imminent over the next 48 hours.

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medium giraffe's picture

all 36 of them? the war must be over then, is it?

Truther's picture

With the cost of this bomb, each of the 36 probably cost $8.7M to kill.

War is a racket. And then some.

Cheka_Mate's picture


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Looney's picture


Trump: Our beautiful MOAB, loaded with 21,600 pounds of high-explosives, is incompatibly more humane than Assad’s terrible 50-gallon Fertilizer Barrel Bombs.

Looney   ;-)

Max Hunter's picture

This was no doubt a test.. First thing that came to my mind.. Because they are going to use it on NK and Syria.. They want to know exactly how to use it in a live situation.  It's going down.. Long weekend.. Markets off today..   

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J S Bach's picture

Hmmmm.  $314,000,000 per bomb... 36 dead... that means it cost $8,722,000 per death.  Sounds like a good "bang" for the buck to me.  That's almost as much as every Israeli citizen has received since we began gifting them our taxpayer dollars.  We have some smart representatives in aMurica... I'm flushed with pride.

pc_babe's picture

Did you count their goats?

MsCreant's picture

Is that roasted goat, pulverized goat, or dried goat powder to be reconstituted with water?

beemasters's picture

Out of those "terrorists" in the cave in Afghanistan, how many were direct threats or had done harm to Americans in American soil? How did they arrive at the figure of 36 terrorists? Were there non-terrorists killed? How many?
It's always heartbreaking to see any kind of violence. It always begets more violence...all for the benefits of the few.

BullyBearish's picture

they will do anything, and keep doing anything to keep the conflict going...a rational person expects them to be trying to stop the war...just the opposite, their goal is to ensure it continues and continues and continues...A$$HOLES

Took Red Pill's picture

US built those tunnels back when they were friends with Bin Laden. Now they blow them up. Like broken windows; bullish! They've had the MOAB for years and never used it until now? Makes me wonder why they really dropped it. Showing off? I have to say Putin is showing great restraint and patience. He could drop a  FOAB which is 4 times as powerful.

dizzyfingers's picture

Putin won't. It's beneath him to play someone else's game. I wish that were true of Trump.

Lore's picture

This is just the first that has been acknowledged / reported.  We've seen some suspect explosions in the past.

Say, whatever happened to all those Depleted Uranium (DU) Munitions we used to hear about?  They haven't actually been used anywhere, have they?

grizfish's picture

They were a direct threat to the CIA controlled Opium (Poppy growing) Operations.

gougeonit's picture

"Out of those "terrorists" in the cave in Afghanistan" These so called Terrorists, are in fact Taliban Fighters, Who are by their reasoning trying to repel invaders from their home land! Their is no isis in Afghanistan.

My God is Better than Your God because we have the bomb!

Stuck on Zero's picture

Does anyone else see absurdity in the number 36?  The MOAB turns a terrorist warren of tunnels in the mountain into rubble hundreds of feet deep. Above ground nothing but mounds of rubble. Someone sifted through the 500,000 tons of rubble and reassembled body parts to arrive at the number 36?

Giant Meteor's picture

When I was a kid, dad promised me and the neighborhood rat gang, "look kids, if you police the driveway, clean up all those rotten apples near, under and around the Chrysler, I'll give you 5 cents for each apple that you pick up.

Well obviously and extremely excited and eager in this new wet work, we amassed a fairly sizeable cache of "rotten apples" in no time at all, which, you know, contained mostly little pieces of foul smelling things that once resembled apples. By our count, dear old dad owed us a quite sizeable reward, a tidy sum which escapes me at the moment.

Needless to say, dad renegotiated the contract on the spot, and I believe we all ended up with enough to buy a popsickle, which in hind sight, seems fairly generous ...

Never trust government kill and body counts .. and mind the little pieces.

Seems we should have already learned that lesson.


Got The Wrong No's picture

They believe the more they push the Demonic in our face the more power is derived.  

beemasters's picture

Nothing to cheer about. Very sad when we know who have been funding/equipping these terrorists in the first place.

Jim in MN's picture

I am very sad to say this, but in response to recent events we have no choice but to deploy a new, powerful weapon of our own.

Mr. President it is with truly heavy heart that I dub thee:




And I pray to our Lord whose Grace is infinite (we are both Presbyterians you know) that you find your way past the Goldman Sachs web of deceit.

For nothing will come of any efforts if Tyranny and Corruption continue to hold sway in the United States of America.


in4mayshun's picture

While I hoped Trumps rhetoric was sincere, I always had a gut feeling that he had the capacity to become the next NeoCon President. Mark my words, this guy is capable of ANYTHING. All Trump needs is the right "reason" and I believe he could do truly evil things. The political system is dead. Next stop, civil war!

Giant Meteor's picture

" Next stop, civil war!" -- Or camp FEMA.

Sooner or later, probably sooner, something is going to pop off bigly.

Prepare for the major chilling of dissent offensive, bigly ..

Likely make "if you're not with us, you're with the terrorists" campaign look benign in comparision.

First they came for Wikileaks ..


Zorba's idea's picture

Jim, here's a quote from Lincoln circa 1837 (while employed as an attorney representing the Railroads)..."These capitalists generally act harmoniosly and in concert to fleece the people, and now that they have gotten into a quarrel with themselves, we are called upon to appropriate the peoples money to settle the quarrel."  Given the inexhaustible capacity our present day  global "capitalist" possess to quarrel, along with the scope and complexity of mankind's systems of governing, I have complete confidence that in the not too distant future we the people will have been completely exhausted by Gross Misappropriations by our soul less elites. Sadly, Trumps early reveals are a bitter reminder of how deep the corruption lies.

MsCreant's picture


What occurs to me is that he could end up betraying them, too!

This article gave me a little food for thought. A Huff-po thing written before the election. Claims he disrespects the military, easily slips in to Ponzi mode (see the bit about the veterans hot-line), and prides himself on a managerial style that is unpredictable because he gets bored and likes to "shake things up." That might be what we are looking at here, a "bored" narcissist.

Jim in MN's picture

I am all for him trashing the insides of the machine.  I just hope that patriots spill the guts of Truth as the chaos intensifies.

With information we can operate. 


Freedom...just around the corner for you

But with Truth so far off....what good would it do?


--Bob Dylan, 'Jokerman'   

HowdyDoody's picture

A 'bored' narcissist - with nukes. What could possibly go wrong?

Bastiat's picture

Or a beseiged narcissist who's found away to "blow away" the unwelcome noise.

Bastiat's picture

I wonder what the kill radius of that shockwave is? 

HowdyDoody's picture

I do believe it is sufficent to clear 10 acres of opium plants.

Hyjinx's picture

16 mil per bomb and ISIS bunkers and caches and bunkers destroyed. Fuck the 36 losers. Successful.

caconhma's picture

China and North Korea

  • Back during the 1st Korean war in the early 1950s, 1 million of Chinese "volunteers" joined N. Korea in the fight against the USA lead coalition
  • How many Chinese "volunteers" will join N. Korea this time in the 2nd Korean war?
  • I bet that neither orange-face pathalogical egomanic Trump nor these loser generals even thought about it!
pelican's picture

Doesn't matter. This one will go nuke.

HowdyDoody's picture

There is no ISIS in Afghanistan unless the CIA brought them in as reverse cargo on their outgoing opium runs.

Déjà view's picture

Chicom also did NOT give U.S. a PAYDAY LOAN of $2T and run $350B p.a. trade surplus with U.S.


Internet-is-Beast's picture

Wait till they drop one on Moscow. That will kill hundreds of millions.

Ballin D's picture

Those numbers are wrong.  Comes out to 440k/head if you trust the terrorist's kill count, 160k if you trust America's. Including r&d costs

sodbuster's picture

As usual some people get their facts wrong. It cost $316 mln to develop the bomb. EACH bomb has a unit cost of $16 mln. That's according to CNN, so I'm still not sure.

J S Bach's picture

Okay... so  it's $16,000,000 per bomb.  That means 16,000,000 divided by 36 = $444,444 per dead "terrorist".  Does this somehow make it a good deal?  Rather than destroying worthless property and mythical enemies abroad, those fiat dollars could be used to repair property and benefit citizens at home.  I know, that's a rather difficult concept to wrap your head around these days.

SubjectivObject's picture

JS Back is right and the ankebiters are wrong.

His cost is based on the current single/only use cost for the entire program.

Go anklebite some AgentOrange why doncha.

grizfish's picture

The MIC receives no benefit from building infrastructure here at home.  Nor do they gain from helping the poor and disabled.  

It's all about cock extensions for the globalists to wave in the faces of others.  

It takes a true sadist to exercise effective harassment and intimidation against the few remaining sovereign states.

Hitlery would also have excelled.  That's why the globalists presented us with those two to choose from.  We chose him, therefore we are culpable.

new game's picture

i would retire in an explosive nano-second with that kinda jing...(moar than enuf for my minmalistic lifestyle-id be stylen in a new set of thrift store threads). lol

sodbuster's picture

Bach- Did I say it was a good deal? I made no comment whether it was good or bad, I simply stated the cost. So stop chewing my ass!

TuPhat's picture

That actually means we have to use a lot more of them and kill lots of people to get the unit cost down.  If we only use one, then the R&D has to be accounted for on the one bomb.

1stepcloser's picture

Good thing the CIA told them there was a Jhadi meeting to discuss moving into Syria or they would of only killed 3..

HardAssets's picture

Did they hit bad Al Qaeda, good Al Qaeda, bad ISIS, or good ISIS ?

It all gets rather confusing