US drops 'Mother Of All Bombs' in Afghanistan

2017-04-13 20:19
This photo provided by Eglin Air Force Base shows the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb nicknamed the "Mother Of All Bombs." (Eglin Air Force Base via AP)

This photo provided by Eglin Air Force Base shows the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb nicknamed the "Mother Of All Bombs." (Eglin Air Force Base via AP)

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Washington  -The US military on Thursday dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb ever deployed in combat, targeting an Islamic State complex in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said.

The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb hit a "tunnel complex" in Achin district in Nangarhar province, US Forces Afghanistan said in a statement.

The strike occurred at 19:32  (15:02 GMT).

"The GBU-43/B is the largest non-nuclear bomb ever deployed in combat," Air Force spokesperson Colonel Pat Ryder said.

Pentagon spokesperson Adam Stump said the bomb was delivered via an MC-130 transport plane.

"As (ISIS-Khorasan's) losses have mounted, they are using IEDs, bunkers and tunnels to thicken their defence," said General John Nicholson, who heads US Forces Afghanistan.

"This is the right munition to reduce these obstacles and maintain the momentum of our offensive against ISIS-K."

White House spokesperson Sean Spicer said: "We must deny them operational space, which we did."

The MOAB is better known by its nickname, the Mother of All Bombs, and was rapidly developed in 2002-2003 around the time of the US-led invasion of Iraq.

According to the Air Force, the last time the MOAB was tested in 2003, a huge mushroom cloud could be seen from 32 km away.

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