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This Is What It Looks Like When the 'Mother of All Bombs' Explodes

Alex Hider - WXYZ
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April 14, 2017

World's Largest Non-Nuclear Bomb GBU-43 B Massive Ordnance Air Blast (Military Tech)

On Thursday, the United States military dropped its most powerful non-nuclear weapon on an ISIS cave complex in Afghanistan.

Nicknamed the "mother of all bombs," GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air-blast Bomb (MOAB) is a 30-foot-long, 21,600 pound missile-guided bomb. Some sources say the bomb can penetrate to depths of 100 feet before detonating, leaving behind a blast diameter of up to two miles.

According to a 2003 article in the National Review, the purpose of the bomb is primarily psychological — a weapon that leaves so much destruction in its wake that it inspires "shock and awe" in the enemy.

Related: Robert Reich: Was the Mother of All Bombs Dropped on Afghanistan Legally? (

Related: Officials: No Need for Trump’s Approval to Use Massive Bomb (The Associated Press)

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