Apr 15, 2017

Inert version of upgraded U.S. nuclear bomb passes first test

Scientists at Sandia National Laboratories are claiming success with the first in a new series of test flights involving an upgraded version of a nuclear bomb that has been part of the U.S. arsenal for decades. Work on the B61-12 has been ongoing for ...

U.S. 'mother of all bombs' owes origins to anti-Nazi weapons

Apr 15, 2017

U.S. 'mother of all bombs' owes origins to anti-Nazi weapons

The 11-ton “mother of all bombs” dropped by U.S. forces on Islamic State-linked fighters in Afghanistan is a highly specialized weapon with a heritage dating back to huge bombs developed for use against Nazi targets in World War II. The 21,600-pound (9,797-kg) GBU-43 (Guided ...

Apr 14, 2017

U.S. sanctions Iranian military chief's brother over prison abuses

The United States on Thursday added the brother of Iran’s most high-profile military chief, Qassem Soleimani, to its sanctions list, accusing him of overseeing torture and other abuses at Tehran’s Evin Prison. The measure from the U.S. Treasury Department targets both Sohrab Soleimani and ...