MOAB Death Toll Rises

On Thursday the US Air Force dropped a M.O.A.B on an underground ISIS facility in a remote part of Afghanistan at the request of US Special Forces attempting to root the troglodytes out.  The cost to our brave soldiers would have been horrific via conventional combat.  To that end, a M.O.A.B was requested and the request was granted and the bomb was deployed.  What resulted was a 2 mile wide crater.  Initially 36 jihadis were reported dead.  Now the death toll is 94 and climbing including 4 head ISIS commanders.  It will never be possible to know the full extent of the damage wrought on the troglodytes since the underground mountainside complex is collapsed plus anyone on the ground would have been evaporated.

Here’s the story from Stars & Stripes:

Afghan official: Death toll from massive US bomb rises to 94, including 4 ISIS commanders

KABUL, Afghanistan — At least 94 Islamic State militants were killed by the largest non-nuclear bomb ever used in combat, an Afghan army spokesman said Saturday.

Maj. Sherin Aqa, head of public affairs for the 201st Corps in eastern Nangarhar province, where the GBU-43B was detonated, said ISIS commanders are among the dead.

“Our latest reports indicate that four main commanders are among the 94 people killed,” Aqa told Stars and Stripes.

He said there are still no signs of civilian casualties. An initial assessment said 36 militants had been killed.

The GBU-43B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb, referred to as the “mother of all bombs,” targeted an ISIS tunnel complex in Nangarhar’s Achin district, where the group has been operating for about two years.

Gen. John Nicholson, commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, speaks at a news conference in Kabul on Friday, April 14, 2017. Nicholson said the GBU-43B bomb was the “right weapon” to use against Islamic State militants.

“This was the right weapon against the right target,” Gen. John Nicholson, commander of U.S. Forces-Afghanistan, told a news conference Friday.

For four weeks prior to the bombing, Afghan special forces tried to penetrate the area, but they were unsuccessful due to the difficult terrain and a belt of improvised explosive devises planted by ISIS fighters, Gen. Dawlat Waziri, spokesman for Afghanistan’s Defense Ministry said.

Afghans have since resumed offensive operations against ISIS, Waziri said.

The United States, as part of its counterterrorism mission in Afghanistan, has been helping Afghan forces battle the local ISIS branch known as Islamic State-Khorasan Province since last year.

Since then, the number of ISIS fighters has dropped to between 600 and 700 from up to 3,000, according to U.S. officials.

The militants have claimed responsibility for a number of high-profile attacks across Afghanistan, including the storming of a military hospital in Kabul last month that killed 50 people. The latest attack claimed by the group occurred on Wednesday when a suicide bomber blew himself up near the Afghan Defense Ministry killing five people.

On April 8, U.S. Special Forces soldier Staff Sgt. Mark R. De Alencar was killed in Nangarhar as part of American efforts to combat the group.

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12 Responses to MOAB Death Toll Rises

  1. SafeSpace says:

    About time we used this device. No better way to clean the fire ants out of the hills. As effective as a small nuke but without the contamination and the social outrage nukes create.

  2. Popular Front says:

    In the immortal words of Chip Dillon: “Thank you Sir, may I have another? (MOAB)”.

  3. malenurseken says:

    LOL Yes theres still some ISIS left. Another MOAB would be great! And nest time I hope OBUMMA is in area it gets dropped!

  4. malenurseken,
    If you think about it you don’t want OBUMMA in the area because then you have to deal with soil contamination issues! 🙂 But it is nice to know there is support from the top for field commanders!

  5. clyde says:

    Too bad they didn’t drop a few THOUSAND of them. Wipe the slate clean, and let Allah sort them out.

  6. I.R. Wayright says:

    I’d like to know why it costs $16 million a copy. That means it cost us $160,000.00 each to kill those ISIS. Isn’t there a cheaper way? And why bother painting it?
    Still, it’s very cool to think it went: “Look, up in the sky, it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s DA BOMB!!
    If I could predict the future it would be that we are developing a miniature drone as small as a hummingbird, that would seek out an enemy and blow up next to his ear.

    • SafeSpace says:

      Obama’s Kenyan countrymen have such a weapon: It’s called a blow gun. Apply strong poison to the sharp tip of a dart, and silently puff it on its way. Now make a similar version a bit more bigly, with compressed air and a longer tube so that it has a range of a coupe hundred yards. Poof! What was that, Abdul, a bee sting? Hey, you’re looking kinda pale ……

  7. captbogus2 says:

    Here’s the real eye opener. Iran must be having loose bowels thinking about all those underground nuke manufacturing complexes they have thought were invulnerable to attack…

  8. Terry says:

    This is how you win.
    God Bless You and Keep You Staff Sgt. Mark R. De Alencar.

  9. malenurseken says:

    I have 2 blowguns and darts @safespace! One about 5 feet long tube. You can blow a dart a long way!

  10. vonMesser says:

    Coming soon
    MILOAB – Mother-in-law of all bombs
    EWOAB – ExWife of all bombs
    More to follow.