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US Drops 'Mother Of All Bombs'

According to the military, on Thursday, the United States dropped 'the mother of all bombs' on a network of caves and tunnels used by Islamic State in eastern Afghanistan. It is the largest non-nuclear device.

 

 

Pentagon spokesman Adam Stump said that the 9,797 kg GBU-43 bomb, which has 11 tons of explosives, was dropped from a MC-130 aircraft in the Achin district of Nangarhar province, close to the border with Pakistan.

 

First tested in March 2003, the GBU-43, also known as the "mother of all bombs," is a GPS-guided munition. It is regarded as particularly effective against clusters of targets on or just underneath the ground. 

 

US President Donald Trump touted the bombings as evidence of a more muscular US foreign policy. This is the first time that US has used this size of a bomb in a conflict.

 

Trump described the bombing as a "very successful mission.” It was not immediately clear how much damage the device did.