The US forces in Afghanistan have dropped a 22,000-pound bomb (Mother of all bombs) on the ISIS targets in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday.
The Pentagon announced that this was the the largest non-nuclear bomb ever employed in combat.
The commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, General John Nicholson said that the bomb was the right munitions to use against the Islamic State because of the group’s use of roadside bombs, bunkers and tunnels.
The bomb, known as the GBU-43, is one of the largest airdropped munitions in the U.S. military’s inventory. Generally the US aircraft drop bombs that weigh 250 to 2,000 pounds.
The objective of dropping the GBU-43 bomb was not clear and results information is also awaited. This bomb is not designed to penetrate hardened targets such as bunkers or cave complexes.
The Pentagon said in its statement that “U.S. Forces took every precaution to avoid civilian casualties with this strike.”