By Tyler Durden
Republished with permission / Zero Hedge
(ZHE) Perhaps in preparation for upcoming events on the Korean Peninsula, CNN reports the US military has dropped an enormous bomb in Afghanistan, according to four US military officials with direct knowledge of the mission.
The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb, nicknamed MOAB, was dropped at 7 p.m. local time Thursday, the sources said. The MOAB is also known as the “mother of all bombs.” A MOAB is a 21,600-pound, GPS-guided munition that is America’s most powerful non-nuclear bomb.
This is the first time a MOAB, which was developed during the Iraq War, has been used in the battlefield.
According to Barbara Starr, the bomb was dropped by an MC-130 aircraft, operated by Air Force Special Operations Command. They said the target was ISIS tunnels and personnel in the Achin district of the Nangarhar province.
The military is currently assessing the damage. Gen. John Nicholson, commander of US forces in Afghanistan, signed off on the use of the bomb, according to the sources.
We expect the Trump administration will promptly released a video of the bombing, which may serve a secondary purpose of hinting to North Korea’s Kim what may be coming.