The “Mother of All Bombs” or MOAB has definitely earned its title.
According to a report in Sunday’s Wall Street Journal, Afghan military officials said that nearly 100 bodies had been pulled from the complex of tunnels hit by the largest non-nuclear bomb in America’s arsenal in last week’s attack.
CNN reported the death toll at 94 as of Saturday. However, Afghan officials said that the death toll was likely to rise.
According to Fox News, at 21,000 pounds, this bomb has earned its nickname; it was so large that it had to be kicked out of the back of the C-130 that dropped it on the Achin district of Nangarhar Province, an area of Afghanistan on the Pakistani border.
The bomb was made to penetrate bunkers and tunnels – important since the Islamic State group leadership in Afghanistan retreated to a tunnel complex that was difficult for troops to penetrate.
The “Mother of All Bombs” explodes not when it hits the ground, but six feet above it. That means that the blast goes downwards instead of radiating from the site of the blast, collapsing tunnels and caves below the surface.
“This was the first time that we encountered an extensive obstacle to our progress,” Gen. John Nicholson, the top military general in Afghanistan, said on Friday. “It was the right time to use it tactically against the right target on the battlefield.”
There is some controversy over the use of the MOAB, but Nicholson was right about the fact that it was the correct weapon for the circumstance. One can only hope that ISIS gets the message.