Number Of Casualties From ‘Mother Of All Bombs’ Revealed – Get Ready (VIDEO)

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Afghan officials have revealed that, in addition to destroying Islamic State weapons caches and tunnel networks, the Thursday usage of the “Mother of All Bombs” in Afghanistan by U.S. Armed Forces left 36 IS fighters dead.

As the effects of the bombing continue to be assessed, that death toll could rise. There is no indication that civilians were killed in the attack, with Afghan officials reporting that there is no civilian property anywhere near the MOAB detonation site.

As the Associated Press reports:

‘The attack on a tunnel complex in remote eastern Afghanistan with the largest non-nuclear weapon ever used in combat by the U.S. military left 36 Islamic State group fighters dead and no civilian casualties, Afghanistan officials said Friday… The Ministry of Defense said in a statement that several IS caves and ammunition caches were destroyed by the giant bomb, which terrified villagers on both sides of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border with its “earsplitting blast.”‘

Thursday was the first time that the Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb (MOAB), otherwise known colloquially as the “Mother of All Bombs,” was used in a combat mission. It is the largest non-nuclear weapon in the arsenal of the United States, and as CNN reports, its size lends towards it being useful for “psychological operations.” It had never before been used in combat before Thursday over fear of civilian casualties.

The MOAB’s Thursday usage came after an American serviceman was killed in combat recently, as fighting between U.S. forces and ISIS has intensified in the region. U.S. defense officials say that the MOAB’s target was unapproachable on foot.

The blast from the bomb, which carries 11 tons of explosives, was easily heard many miles away from the detonation site, and that’s kind of the point. The weapon was designed to have an acute destructive effect and to be an effective show of force on the part of the United States.

Sure, there is the question of whether or not “shows of force” are worth the tens of millions of dollars that they cost these days, when at home Trump has proposed cutting funding for very basic social programming like Meals on Wheels, but the usage of the MOAB just goes to show you where the Trump Administration’s priorities lie. The Trump administration would rather kill off just a few dozen foreign terrorists than provide for untold numbers of poor Americans to have healthcare, food, or the like.

Go figure.

Drone footage from the MOAB detonation released by the Department of Defense is featured in the video below.

 

Featured Image via NOORULLAH SHIRZADA/AFP/Getty Images