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Inside the ISIS base that was blown to bits by ‘mother of all bombs’

May 1, 2017

Charred mountain-side where 92 terrorists died after it was hit by biggest non-nuclear bomb ever

Noted:
* Iraqi forces retake the ancient city of Hatra from ISIS … but how many of its precious archaeological ruins will have survived?

 

Turfed: The 21,600-pound GBU-43 is billed as the US military’s most powerful non-nuclear bomb

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Incredible footage has emerged of the aftermath of the ‘mother of all bombs’ which was dropped on ISIS fighters by the US military earlier in April.

Since the GBU-43 Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb targeted a fortified tunnel complex used by suspected Islamic State fighters in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan access to the site has been controlled by US and Afghan troops. 

However an eye opening video from local police reveals the weapon’s effects on the mountainside and buildings in the immediate area, with large holes carved into the earth and houses reduced to rubble.

Ruined: The GBU-43 Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb targeted a fortified tunnel complex used by suspected Islamic State fighters

Inspecting: A man sifts through the remains of a building close to where the bomb was dropped

Insight: A damaged gun on the ground was found after the bomb was dropped

Images scan across the charred mountainside which is littered with burned trees, pulled up from there roots. 

Footage shows some ruined mud-brick structures with groups of people trying to navigate over the rocks. 

The video also shows a large hole smashed into the mountainside and then spans to a police officer picking up a damaged gun from the floor, testing it to see if it can still fire. 

The US military has said that ongoing fighting had prevented media or independent investigators from visiting the site, and Afghan soldiers said special forces from both countries were still engaging the enemy in the area.

A witness viewed the site from several hundred yards away, because of what troops he was accompanying said were continued threats in the area.

While the 21,600-pound GBU-43 is billed as the US military’s most powerful non-nuclear bomb, its destructive power, equivalent to 11 tonnes of TNT, pales in comparison with the relatively small atomic bombs dropped on Japan at the end of World War Two.

They had blasts equivalent to between 15,000 and 20,000 tonnes of TNT.

Within a few hundred feet of the apparent blast site, leaves remained intact on trees, belying initial expectations that the explosion may have sent a destructive blast wave for up to a mile.

Afghan officials have said nearly 100 militants and no civilians were killed, but the remoteness of the area, the presence of Islamic State fighters, and, more recently, American security forces, has left those claims unverified.

US commanders said the bomb was used to target a tunnel complex and destroy landmines and other booby traps laid by Islamic State militants holed up in the mountains.

Guard: Afghan troops have been patrolling the area since the blast

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