The U.S. dropped a bomb containing 11 tons of explosives on an ISIS cave complex in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province on the border with Pakistan on Thursday. The news was confirmed by a Pentagon spokesman to CBS News’ David Martin.
The bomb is officially called a GBU-43 or Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) and is famously referred to “mother of all bombs.” The weapon is the largest non-nuclear bomb in the U.S. arsenal and has never been used in combat.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer said the strike targeted a “system of tunnels and caves that ISIS fighters used to move around freely.” He further reiterated that the U.S. “took all precautions necessary” to minimise civilian casualties as the action was trolled on Social Media.
Spicer declined to say whether President Trump personally approved the use of the bomb. General John Nicholson, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, was required to get permission to use the weapon. However no one as of now knows as to who has authorised the usage of this deadly bomb.