World Middle East 18 Apr 2017 US and the big bang

US and the big bang

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Apr 18, 2017, 1:55 am IST
Updated Apr 18, 2017, 6:57 am IST
The GBU-43 (top) has a blast yield of 11 tonnes of TNT. (Above) A file photo of the aftermath of the bomb trial in 2013. 	— Via web
 The GBU-43 (top) has a blast yield of 11 tonnes of TNT. (Above) A file photo of the aftermath of the bomb trial in 2013. — Via web

The top US military commander in Afghanistan had said that the decision to deploy one of the largest conventional bombs ever used in combat — the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb, or MOAB — was purely tactical, and made as part of the campaign against ISIS-linked fighters. As many as 94 suspected ISIS militants were killed in the strike on Thursday evening in the eastern province of Nangarhar, Afghan defence officials said, adding there were no civilian casualties.

The strike came as US President Donald Trump prepares to dispatch his first high-level delegation to Kabul, amid uncertainty about his plans for the 9,000 American troops stationed in Afghanistan. Nicknamed “the mother of all bombs”, the weapon was dropped in Nangarhar, bordering Pakistan.

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