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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Crash Kills 25 SEAL Team Members

ABC News reports a helicopter crash in Afghanistan has killed 25 SEAL team members and six other unidentified American servicemembers.

President Karzai’s office released this statement:

President Hamid Karzai was grieved by the deaths of 31 American Special Force troops after a helicopter they were on board crashed in a province.

The chopper was reportedly crashed in Maidan Wardak province, killing 31 US Special Forces including its crew members.

Whiled saddened by the accident and loss of lives, President Karzai expresses his deep sympathies and condolences to President Barack Obama and the families and relatives of the victims.

Also on board this chopper were seven members of the Afghan Forces who too were all killed in the crash. The President extended condolences to the families of the victims.

The crash reportedly occurred in Maidan Wardak province, west of Kabul. The Taliban has claimed responsibility claiming a rocket attack on the helicopter. The Obama administration seems to be confirming that enemy action took down the helicopter.

The Jawa Report has more on the story.

Be in prayer for their families and friends.

Update 8/11/2011:

The U.S. Department of Defense has released the names of the servicemembers killed in the crash.

From DoD:

The following sailors assigned to an East Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit were killed:

  • Lt. Cmdr. (SEAL) Jonas B. Kelsall, 32, of Shreveport, La.,
  • Special Warfare Operator Master Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Louis J. Langlais, 44, of Santa Barbara, Calif.,
  • Special Warfare Operator Senior Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Thomas A. Ratzlaff, 34, of Green Forest, Ark.,
  • Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Senior Chief Petty Officer (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist/Freefall Parachutist) Kraig M. Vickers 36, of Kokomo, Hawaii,
  • Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Brian R. Bill, 31, of Stamford, Conn.,
  • Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) John W. Faas, 31, of Minneapolis, Minn.,
  • Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Kevin A. Houston, 35, of West Hyannisport, Mass.,
  • Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Matthew D. Mason, 37, of Kansas City, Mo.,
  • Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Stephen M. Mills, 35, of Fort Worth, Texas,
  • Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Chief Petty Officer (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist/Freefall Parachutist/Diver) Nicholas H. Null, 30, of Washington, W.Va.,
  • Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Robert J. Reeves, 32, of Shreveport, La.,
  • Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Heath M. Robinson, 34, of Detroit, Mich.,
  • Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL) Darrik C. Benson, 28, of Angwin, Calif.
  • Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL/Parachutist) Christopher G. Campbell, 36, of Jacksonville, N.C.,
  • Information Systems Technician Petty Officer 1st Class (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist/Freefall Parachutist) Jared W. Day, 28, of Taylorsville, Utah,
  • Master-at-Arms Petty Officer 1st Class (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist) John Douangdara, 26, of South Sioux City, Neb.,
  • Cryptologist Technician (Collection) Petty Officer 1st Class (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist) Michael J. Strange, 25, of Philadelphia, Pa.,
  • Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL/Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist) Jon T. Tumilson, 35, of Rockford, Iowa,
  • Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL) Aaron C. Vaughn, 30, of Stuart, Fla.,
  • Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL) Jason R. Workman, 32, of Blanding, Utah.

The following sailors assigned to a West Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit were killed:

  • Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL) Jesse D. Pittman, 27, of Ukiah, Calif.,
  • Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 2nd Class (SEAL) Nicholas P. Spehar, 24, ofSaint Paul, Minn.

The soldiers killed were:

  • Chief Warrant Officer David R. Carter, 47, of Centennial, Colo. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 135th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion), Aurora, Colo.;
  • Chief Warrant Officer Bryan J. Nichols, 31, of Hays, Kan. He was assigned to the 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion), New Century, Kan.;
  • Sgt. Patrick D. Hamburger, 30, of Lincoln, Neb. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 135th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion), Grand Island, Neb.;
  • Sgt. Alexander J. Bennett, 24, of Tacoma, Wash. He was assigned to the 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion), New Century, Kan.;
  • Spc. Spencer C. Duncan, 21, of Olathe, Kan. He was assigned to the 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion), New Century, Kan.

The airmen killed were:

  • Tech. Sgt. John W. Brown, 33, of Tallahassee, Fla.;
  • Staff Sgt. Andrew W. Harvell, 26, of Long Beach, Calif.;
  • Tech. Sgt. Daniel L. Zerbe, 28, of York, Pa.

All three airmen were assigned to the 24th Special Tactics Squadron, Pope Field, N.C.

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Afghan Translator Sounds Off For Lt. Col. Allen B. West

The Allen West campaign has released a letter written by an Afghan translator. The translator worked for West during his time in Afghanistan.

Message: I am Abdullah 22 from Kandahar Afghanistan; I was Mr. Allen West translator for two years here in Kandahar Afghanistan.

I remember a time, not long ago that I was standing in the class room next to the podium translating the subjects of the Military systems for more then 40 Afghan Army officers, audiences, while Mr. Allen West was teaching, the officer’s rules-responsibilities & operational materials in the key piece of land where it is a decisive peak for the Taliban approach or is a day to day confront spot for the Multi-National Allies and the enemies of the Afghans and today’s world harmony. I believe that Mr. Allen’s Tactical Tasks is ever the useful tools for the Afghanistan National Army and his compatriots; Mr.Al is an example to everyone of what a true professional officer leader should be! I believe that Mr. Allen West protected more lives of the Afghan soldiers who are running on the ground along with coalition forces.

As an Afghan I know that it is not painless to fight against these anonymous and strange enemies of the innocent people. I commit to memory that Mr. Allen West has suffered at great risk in southern Afghanistan; he survived form many rocket attacks during night time while he was in a deep sleep stroked closed to his living barrack in Kandahar Air Field. But the next morning he uses to stand in courageous character in front of all officers to show them how to deny such actions of the enemy.

Mr.Al left Kandahar for his Home with a great progress and superb accomplishment to the growth of the Afghanistan National Army and his assigned teams. As I was on the stage and translating the words of the 205th ANA Corps Commander on the last day of Mr. Allen’s mission here in Afghanistan, the Commander told to Mr.Al, that you are the Hero of the Afghan National Army Corps and you made an excellent history for the Afghan nations, your memories of excellent leadership and mentorship will stay with us while you leave Afghanistan, In fact, that was a life-size show and after Mr. Allen’s departure from Kandahar deserts I immediately take notice of hearing form the Afghanistan National Army high ranking officers, asking about Mr. Al’s effectiveness to the Corp’s training status and mentorship, most of the officers here extremely willing to time regret.

It is clear that Mr. Allen West has Courage to live each day with Integrity and has commitment to care about each member of the family and the struggles they face. He has conducted and planned too much good constructive missions against the tricky enemies of the Afghan Peoples. As I see Mr. Allen West is an invincible leader, he has fought the war against terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan, he is exactly the leader I would vote for, but unfortunately I am not the US citizen to have that privilege. He already went from beginning to end of terrorism family tree and realize what to do with.

Mr. Allen West spent his past two years with (Military Professional Resources Incorporation as a regional director) Kandahar Afghanistan it is the starting place of Taliban and other strange terrorists crossing form neighboring countries like Pakistan, Iran and as so. It is an infiltration rout for the enemy and has the closest border with extremists who are killing/slaughtering innocent people like a goat by one and other reasons. Mr.Al. has planed successful combat operation missions. He can always look back with pride at the great progress made by the 205th ANA corps and we will never forget that he was the only reason for their successes.

If you judge Mr.Al’s career against others, willing to get the position of his state congress chair than Mr. Allen West has a prosperous past and current line of business. In no doubt Mr. Allen can take care of his Florida populace as he use to while he was in uniform playing the role of an excellent Commander for his soldier.

To my knowledge he has the ability to protect his State borders, education, economy, and political competition with an adapted approach, because a hero thinks of others before they think of themselves that is what Mr.Al, is doing right now as a good and real leader fighting for his flag for his country for the better future lives of his people.

Since I know that he has already done this for the Afghanistan people in our won country, wouldn’t be much easy for him to put his experience in place and protect his homeland’s constitutional rights.

Dear brothers Lets select and support good leaders due to peace pervade every political terrain.

Soldiers fights for you, heroes die for you

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