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For all of my Game of Thrones fans out there, I thought the term "Mother of Dragons" was pretty badass, but even that title pales in comparison to "Mother of All Bombs." While the term non-nuclear somehow assured me this wasn't completely terrifying, the footage eliminated those feelings pretty quickly.
According to CNN:
"The US military has dropped an enormous bomb in Afghanistan, according to four US military officials with direct knowledge of the mission. A GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb (MOAB), nicknamed the "mother of all bombs," was dropped at 7:32 pm local time Thursday, the sources said. A MOAB is a 21,600-pound, GPS-guided munition that is America's most powerful non-nuclear bomb."
Footage of the test drop can be seen below:
The results of the attack are not yet known, but we would image that a bomb of that magnitude is cause for some serious damage. CNN reports:
"The military is currently assessing the damage. Gen. John Nicholson, commander of US forces in Afghanistan, signed off on the use of the bomb, according to the sources. The authority to deploy the weapon was granted to Nicholson by the commander of US Central Command, Gen. Joseph Votel, Stump said. This is the first time a MOAB has been used in the battlefield, according to the US officials. This munition was developed during the Iraq War."
The story is still developing and we're sure that there's more information to come. It's unclear as to weather weapons of this ilk are going to be continued in the name of combating ISIS. Despite the "cool" factor associated with a weapon of such sheer size and strength, it's a bit scary to acknowledge that we've dropped, and may be continuing, to drop them without a clear picture of the result.