The Pentagon confirmed the US military has dropped the ‘largest ever non-nuclear bomb’ targeting ISIS caves in Afghanistan, as they take the fight against terrorism to the next level.
The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb — nicknamed the “Mother of All Bombs” (MOAB) — was dropped in at 7pm local time today.
A crater left by the blast is believed to be more than 300 meters wide. Anyone at the blast site will have been vaporised.
Pentagon spokesman Adam Stump confirmed the strike was carried out by Air Force Special Operations Command using a 21,000lb weapon, packed with 11 tones of explosives.
Mr Stump said every precaution was taken to avoid civilians casualties.
“As [ISIS’] losses have mounted, they are using IEDs, bunkers and tunnels to thicken their defense,” General Nicholson said in a statement.
“This is the right munition to reduce these obstacles and maintain the momentum of our offensive against [ISIS].”
White House spokesman Sean Spicer said in a daily briefing on Thursday that ISIS fighters use the caves to “move around freely.” He explained that in order to defeat the terrorist group, the U.S. must deny it operational space.
The press secretary declined to comment further on the bomb, referring requests to the Department of Defense.
The Pentagon said in a statement, “U.S. forces took every precaution to avoid civilian casualties with this strike. U.S. forces will continue offensive operations until ISIS-K is destroyed in Afghanistan.”