US military drops largest non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan
At least 36 Islamic State (IS) militants were killed when the US military dropped a massive GBU-43 bomb, also known as the “mother of all bombs”, in eastern Afghanistan, Kabul’s Ministry of Defence announced on Friday.
Ministry spokesperson Muhammad Radmanish told Efe news that a large amount of ammunition and weapons were also destroyed in the bombing.
The GBU-43, a non-nuclear, 10-tonne missile powered by a wave of air pressure, was dropped on Thursday onto the caves used by the terror group in Achin district, Nangarhar province, on approval of US President Donald Trump.

US military drops largest non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan

The US military on Thursday dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb in its arsenal, the GBU-43, in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province.

The apparent target of the air strike was a network of caves used by the militant Islamic State (IS).

The bomb was dropped by an MC-130 aircraft, operated by Air Force Special Operations Command, according to the military sources, added CNN.

A GBU-43 Massive Ordinance Air Blast Bomb, nicknamed MOAB, was dropped at 7pm local time, reported CNN.

Also known as the “mother of all bombs”, a MOAB is a 21,600 pound GPS guided munition. It is America’s most powerful non-nuclear bomb.