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'Mother of all bombs' kills 36 in Afghanistan. One costs $16 million

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click to enlarge A MOAB: One costs $16 million. - DEFENSE DEPARTMENT
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  • A MOAB: One costs $16 million.

Afghanistan officials are saying the largest conventional bomb in the U.S. arsenal killed 36 when dropped on a mountainous area with tunnels that protected ISIS fighters.

A video of the bomb drop was released today, shown here on a Telegraph report. The initial reporting says no non-militants were harmed.

The massive ordnance air blast ( the MOAB acronym inspired the nickname Mother of All Bombs) explodes in air and creates a massive shock wave. It's 30 feet long, weighs 21,000 pounds and is dropped from a C-130 cargo plane. Military officials think the psychological impact of the massive blast is as important as its destructive capability.

According to Fiscal Times, the bomb cost more than $300 million to develop and each one costs $16 million.

The bomb drop:


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