The US just dropped the 'mother of all bombs' on ISIS in Afghanistan — here's what the blast looks like

Alex Lockie
MOAB bomb

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The Massive Ordnance Air Blast, the weapon whose acronym inspired the nickname "Mother of All Bombs," is the US's largest nonnuclear bomb, weighing in at over 21,000 pounds.

The bomb was used in combat for the first time Thursday, when it was dropped on an ISIS camp in a rural area of northeast Afghanistan.

The bomb is so big that it has to be dropped by a C-130 transport plane. Its incredible destructive power makes it ideal for hardened targets like ISIS' network of tunnels and bunkers in Afghanistan.

Video of the US Air Force testing the MOAB being tested in 2003 can be viewed below. For perspective, the MOAB's impact stretches a mile in each direction.

 

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