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US drops biggest non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan

It’s the second attack they’ve launched this week.

Image: Ford Williams/PA Images

THE PENTAGON HAS confirmed that US forces in Afghanistan dropped the military’s largest non-nuclear bomb on an Islamic State target in Afghanistan.

Adam Stump, a Pentagon spokesman, says it was the first-ever combat use of the bomb, known as the GBU-43, which he said contains 11 tonnes of explosives.

The Air Force calls it the Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb. Based on the acronym, it has been nicknamed the ‘Mother Of All Bombs’.

Stump says the bomb was dropped on a cave complex believed to be used by IS fighters in the Achin district of Nangarhar province, very close to the border with Pakistan.

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