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    US Drops 'Mother of All Bombs' in Afghanistan (29)

    More than 80 militants were killed in Afghanistan as a result of the US Massive Ordinance Air Blast (MOAB) bomb drop, media report.

    MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) – On Thursday, US military aircraft dropped the 22,000-pound MOAB, nicknamed the "Mother of All Bombs" in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar Province. MOAB is the largest non-nuclear bomb in the US arsenal.

    At least 82 militants were killed as a result of the bomb strike, The New York Times reported on Friday citing Attaullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the Nangarhar provincial governor’s office.

    Earlier on Friday, an Afghan Defense Ministry spokesperson said that at least 36 militants of Daesh terrorist group, banned in Russia and a range of other countries, were killed in the US MOAB bomb attack.

    US President Donald Trump declined to say whether he personally authorized the weapon’s use on Thursday, but said that he had given US generals expanded authority to carry out attacks on the Islamic State as they see fit.

    According to Washington, the MOAB was dropped to destroy a system of underground tunnels and caves in Nangarhar, thought to be used by Daesh terrorists.

    The MOAB has been in service in the US military since 2003, but Thursday marked the first time the bomb was used in a combat action. The cost of a single MOAB is $16 million.

    US Drops 'Mother of All Bombs' in Afghanistan (29)


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