US drops ‘Mother of All Bombs’ on Da’ish hideouts in Afghanistan

The United States dropped a massive GBU-43 bomb, the largest non-nuclear bomb it has ever used in combat, in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday against a series of caves used by Da’ish militants, the military said. It was the first time the United States has used this size of bomb in a conflict.

Also known as the ‘Mother of All Bombs’, the GBU-43 was dropped from a MC-130 aircraft in the Achin district of Nangarhar province, close to the border with Pakistan, Pentagon spokesman Adam Stump said.

General John Nicholson, the head of US and international forces in Afghanistan, said the bomb was used against caves and bunkers housing fighters of Da’ish in Afghanistan. It was not immediately clear how much damage the device did.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer opened his daily news briefing speaking about the use of the bomb and said, “We targeted a system of tunnels and caves that ISIS [Da’ish] fighters used to move around freely, making it easier for them to target US military advisers and Afghan forces in the area.”