When the U.S. military dropped the GBU-43, known as the MOAB — short for Massive Ordnance Air Blast, or it’s more grabby nickname, the mother of all bombs — on a network of tunnels belonging to Islamic State militants in Afghanistan, it made headlines the world over. Reports of the April 13 strike in Nangarhar province in Afghanistan ran on every major outlet — some set to the uber-patriotic song stylings of Toby Keith, underscoring the bomb’s role as both a tactical asset and a propaganda tool.

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Despite the hullabaloo over the U.S. Air Force’s decision to drop the GBU-43 Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) in Nangarhar province in Afghanistan, we still don’t really understand the scope of the destruction caused by the “mother of all bombs.”

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On Friday, the Department of Defense released footage of the U.S. Air Force dropping the MOAB, the second-largest non-nuclear bomb in the Pentagon’s arsenal, on ISIS targets in Achin district of Afghanistan’s Nangarhar Province.

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On Thursday, the U.S. Air Force used a GBU-43 Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) bomb in combat for the first time in history.

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