The Mother Of All Videos: Pentagon releases footage of MOAB obliterating mile-wide ISIS target


On Thursday the U.S. military dropped its largest non-nuclear bomb on an Islamic State target in Afghanistan, obliterating an underground ISIS complex.

The Pentagon has released footage of the massive explosion. Watch below.

The DOD has wasted no time in releasing the footage of the first ever MOAB strike conducted in battle. They released the footage with the following statement:

“A GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb strikes ISIS-K cave and tunnel systems in the Achin district of the Nangarhar Province in eastern Afghanistan at 7:32 p.m. local time Thursday. The strike was designed to minimize risk to Afghan and U.S. Forces conducting clearing operations in the area while maximizing the destruction of ISIS-K fighters and facilities and eliminate any perceived safe haven for ISIS-K in Afghanistan.”

The airstrike targeted a massive cave tunnel complex being used by the insurgents that allowed them to move freely without detection from the air and gave them the ability to attack coalition troops with minimal risk to themselves. The MOAB was used because it causes overpressure, resulting in the collapse of tunnels and caves. The DOD estimates that at least 36 Islamic State fighters were killed in the strike, and due to the remoteness or the site, no civilians were effected.

The footage is underwhelming if you don’t know what to look for or do not understand the mountainous topography presented in the video. There isn’t much there for scale, and the thermal imaging does little to clarify anything. You just have to accept that you are looking at the detonation of the largest non-nuclear bomb ever deployed in combat. Cross your fingers that witness videos will be hitting the internet shortly.

This strike is the second high profile US Military strike in a short period of time. Almost 60 Tomahawk missiles dominated a Syrian government airbase a week ago. Many are wondering why we would choose to use one of the few MOABs we have in order to kill just ~36 ISIS fighters. Was it retribution for the death of US Army Staff Sgt. Mark De Alencar of 7th Special Forces Group, who was killed fighting in the same area just a few days ago? Or was it a successful test run for the preemptive strike on North Korea’s nuclear assets and leadership?

That answer remains to be seen, but what is clear is that after eight years of the worst foreign policy in American history, the US military is again reasserting itself as the most dominant fighting force on the planet, and our message is clear. “Don’t mess with us.”

  • bekindandfair

    Now it might be a good place to prospect for precious gems and minerals if the enemy is gone.

  • hog611

    Yes, might even find a gold tooth !!!!

  • Strangerinastangeland

    Everyone that remains is an enemy to any stranger. This ain’t Nevada.

  • randy


  • mike

    I don’t think the enemy is gone ! I think there is probably more of Abdul, Amad, Husain, and Achmad, Parts scattered all over, than precious gems

  • Re

    Why don’t you show us the after math of this M O A B have seen the blast 50 times waiting for the destruction pictures let me decide how good it Was


    I can’t think of a more delightful surprise for sub human vermin than to eat and breathe sand, while getting crushed by its sheer weight!


    It’s unlikely anyone friendly to the US would be there to take any pics or vids, and you know they’d never give us that satisfaction or admit we kicked the $h1t outta them, LOL.

  • TPM

    The overpressure from this huge bomb doesn’t just destroy tunnels. It also causes barotrauma, which kills the bad guys hiding in the tunnels.

  • Brian Falls

    All I can say is it sucks to be them. Way to go for our side! After the last 8 years of having a leader that leads from the rear, it’s high time we have a leader that will take charge and bring it to the enemy.

  • Buck

    This should put the fear in some. Buck ??⚔?? 100% disabled Vietnam veteran Christian Right wing republican lifetime member NRA and friend to Israel

  • M40

    Gotta love a weapon that kills the enemy, and also buries the remains. Convenience at its finest.


    Also sucks the air out. So if the Baro don’t get you, having no O2 will!


    Nam 67-68 Northern I-CORP and right there with your comment.

  • Buck

    Welcome home my friend . May the LORD watch over you and yours. Buck ??⚔?? 100% disabled Vietnam veteran Christian Right wing republican lifetime member NRA and friend to Israel