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Published On: Mon, Apr 17th, 2017

Air Force releases MOAB video of targeted attack in Afghanistan, NY Times and Business Insider offer up more fake news

The Pentagon has released video footage of MOAB — i.e. the “Mother of All Bombs” — as it was dropped by the U.S. military’s C-130 aircraft Thursday, targeting ISIS fortifications in Afghanistan.

The 20-second night-vision video shows the bomb’s detonation in real time – check out the clip below.

This is the world’s largest non-nuclear bomb, and reports indicate at least 90 ISIS fighters were killed in the blast.

No civilian casualties have been reported.

“A network of tunnels and caves was destroyed,” U.S. officials claimed.

“The enemy had created bunkers, tunnels and extensive mine fields, and this weapon was used to reduce those obstacles so that we could continue our offensive in southern Nangarhar,” said Gen John Nicholson, the most senior US military commander in Afghanistan.

Ismail Shinwary, the governor of Achin province within Nangarhar and the Chief Executive of Afghanistan, Abdullah Abdullah, said the attack had been carried out in co-ordination with his government and “great care had been taken to avoid civilian harm.”

Former president Hamid Karzai said it represented an “inhuman and most brutal misuse of our country as testing ground for new and dangerous weapons.”

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FAKE NEWS on the MOAB attack: The New York Times‘ writers Helene Cooper and Mujib Mashal appear to have added “prices” to the operation, citing the military.

“Thursday’s strike in Afghanistan — using a 20,000-pound bomb that cost $16 million, and more than $300 million to develop — hit a tunnel complex in the Achin district of Nangarhar Province, according to a statement from the United States military in Afghanistan.”

The U.S. military’s statement on the strike did not cite any cost figure.

MORE FAKE NEWS:

Business Insider, allegedly based on a discussion with an Air Force official.

The US’s Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb does not cost $314 million, or $16 million, but $170,000 a unit, the US Air Force told Business Insider on Friday.

The weapon, whose acronym inspired the nickname “Mother of All Bombs,” was produced by the Air Force, not by a third party like Lockheed or Boeing, “so we don’t have a standard procurement cost associated with them,” an Air Force official said.

The $170,000 figure makes sense considering a general-purpose 1,000-pound MK-83 costs about $12,000. The MOAB simply features more high explosives and larger fins to direct the GPS-guided munition.

Many outlets, including The New York Times and Business Insider, inaccurately stated the cost of the MOAB as being in the millions. Business Insider’s article has since been corrected to reflect this information.

One NY Times story had the TRUTH: The Air Force developed the MOAB in 2002 and 2003 as part of the Iraq War’s shock-and-awe strategy. It produced 14 of these bombs, two of which were shipped to the Persian Gulf. But by the time they arrived, officials decided they no longer needed to deploy such massive force.

Yep, whatever the price…it was paid around 15 years ago.

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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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