US Drops MOAB Bomb on ISIS Forces in Afghanistan

U.S. forces deployed a GBU-43 (MOAB) bomb against an ISIS tunnel complex in Achin district, Nangahar province, Afghanistan, today. The bomb weighs over 21000 pounds. Within the blast’s red zone, dBP’s (peak decibels) measuring 140 would be experienced.

Bomb damage assessment (BDA) is unavailable at this time.

The US Defense Department has released what appears to be FLIR video of the GBU-43 bomb blast on an ISIS stronghold in Achin, Afghanistan:

This video shows a MOAB test from 2003. The bomb was rolled out the back of a C-130:

Video: courtesy of USAF

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US Navy Fires Cruise Missiles at Syrian Base

The US Navy says it fired 59 Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAMs) at various targets in Syria last night:

“A total of 59 TLAMs targeted aircraft, hardened aircraft shelters, petroleum and logistical storage, ammunition supply bunkers, air defense systems, and radars. As always, the U.S. took extraordinary measures to avoid civilian casualties and to comply with the Law of Armed Conflict. Every precaution was taken to execute this strike with minimal risk to personnel at the airfield.”

The attack was in response to a poison gas attack on Syrian civilians.

This video shows USS Porter firing its TLAMs at Syrian targets:

Video: Seaman Ford Williams

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China and Russia angered over THAAD

China and Russia are said to be angered over US deployment of its THAAD missile defense system to South Korea.  They are deeply concerned about the invasiveness of the system’s powerful radars.

When North Korea’s threat via nuclear capable delivery systems is removed, THAAD and its “prying” eyes goes home.

The problem is not THAAD; the problem is a North Korea armed with nuclear capable ballistic missiles.

China and Russia both know what has to be done.

China needs a strong, stable ally on the Korean peninsula—a non-nuclearized ally. When that is achieved, China, Russia, North Korea, and South Korea all win.

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