The mother of all bomb craters: Burned trees and smashed ISIS outposts are all that remain where US forces dropped their largest non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan

Monday, April 24, 2017
By Paul Martin

The US unleashed an airstrike to flush out ISIS fighters using underground tunnels as bases for their attacks
There was an official insurgent death toll of 96 with no civilian casualties though some question the figure
It was the largest non-nuclear bomb ever deployed in combat equivalent to 11 tonnes of TNT
Images reveal the deadly aftermath of the titanic blast which left vast craters on the mountainside

24 April 2017

The remote site in eastern Afghanistan where the U.S. military dropped its largest non-nuclear bomb ever deployed in combat earlier this month bears signs of the weapon’s power, but little evidence of how much material and human damage it inflicted.

Images reveal a scarred mountainside, burned trees and some ruined mud-brick structures.

They did not offer any clues as to the number of casualties or their identities.

Since the GBU-43 Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb was dropped on a fortified tunnel complex used by suspected Islamic State fighters in Nangarhar province, access to the site has been controlled by U.S. forces who are battling the militant group alongside Afghan troops.

The U.S. 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.

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