The United States sent a very strong, and crystal clear message to ISIS and the world yesterday with the use of the world’s most powerful non-atomic weapon.
In Afghanistan, U.S. forces have been diligently working to root out radical Islamic terrorists from an intricate network of cave systems, not unlike the sprawling expanse in which we searched for Osama bin Laden for years. The weaving and winding of these caves make it far too easy for ISIS fighters to booby trap the narrow passages, creating an extremely dangerous environment for U.S. ground forces.
The depth at which these cave systems exist also makes for a tricky demolition. Traditional bunker-buster bombs are only so effective against natural stone fortresses, and the use of nuclear weaponry would be considered a massive overkill.
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Enter the MOAB, or, Mother of All Bombs. Well, really it stands for Massive Ordinance Air Blast, but Mother of All Bombs may be more appropriate.
The device, which is easily the most powerful explosive on the planet outside of the atomic catalog, packs an incredible punch. In its use yesterday, the enormously strong weapon penetrated a mountain, destroying the intricate cave system hidden inside, killing 36 ISIS fighters and zero civilians.
Now, here’s what you came for: Video of the blast taking out the bad guys who never saw it coming.
This is the first ever use of this weapon on a battlefield anywhere, and has certainly sent a message to those who wish to trifle with the United States, including Syria, Russia, and North Korea.