That’s quite a bomb. C.E. Dyer reports that After the U.S. military deployed the “mother of all bombs” (MOAB) — the most powerful non-nuclear weapon the U.S. has at its disposal — last week against ISIS in Afghanistan, reports have come to the fore about the “side effects” of the enormous explosion.
MOAB side effects. The Daily Caller reported:
Villagers complained to Dawn, a newspaper in Pakistan, that the bomb cracked numerous houses and a mosque in Malana village located in the foothills of the White Mountain, which serves as a border between the two countries.
The MOAB hit an ISIS base last Thursday in the foothills of the White Mountain on exactly the other side of the border in the Afghan province of Nangarhar, leaving 90 dead, though initial death tolls placed the number at only 36. Green Beret Staff Sgt. Mark De Alencar died of small arms fire in early April in the same province.
“We felt light shocks, but did not realise it was because of a bomb,” Muhammad Hassan, one of the Malana villagers, told Dawn.
He went on to say that the bomb caused several buildings to crack, including houses and a mosque.
Goal of MOAB explosion in Afghanistan. “The enemy had created bunkers, tunnels and extensive mine fields, and this weapon was used to reduce those obstacles so that we could continue our offensive in southern Nangarhar,” Army Gen. John Nicholson explained.
Message sent. The DC reported: “Nicholson, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, had authorization to use the bomb even before President Donald Trump even took office. The Air Force estimates that the bomb, developed by the Air Force Research Laboratory, costs approximately $170,000 to build.”
On condition of anonymity, an official told NBC News that this strike was not just about destroying ISIS infrastructure but also to send a message about Nicholson’s intention to destroy them altogether.
MOAB killed pieces of ISIS filth. The BBC reported on April 15 that 90 ISIS jihadists were taken out by the MOAB and that no civilian casualties had been reported — but a resident near to the site noted that some homes were destroyed by it.