U.S. Drops Biggest Non-Nuclear Bomb Ever Used In Combat

We targeted a system of tunnels and caves that ISIS fighters used to move around freely making it easy for them to target the USA military advisors and afghan forces in the area, ' Spicer said in a press briefing on Thursday. Instead, troops load it into the cargo compartment of a specialized transport, the MC-130 Combat Talon, which releases it over the target by opening its ramp in the same way it might for paratroopers or air-dropped supplies.

Spicer also confirmed that the US dropped the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb, also known as the "Mother of All Bombs" or "MOAB", over the Achin district of Afghanistan's Nangarhar province to destroy a tunnels and caves network of the Islamic State.

Its nickname is based on the acronym used by the US Air Force, which calls it the Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb.

President Donald Trump on Thursday refused to say whether he personally authorized dropping the "mother of all bombs" on an ISIS target in Afghanistan, but he said he was "very, very proud" of the military's "successful job".

It was dropped on an ISIS-Khorasan, or ISIS-K, camp in the Achin district of Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, which borders northwest Pakistan, U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the mission told CNN.

He said the bomb was used at around 7pm local time and described the device as "a large, powerful and accurately delivered weapon".

"We must deny them operational space, which we did", Spicer added.

The MOAB was developed rapidly leading up to the Iraq war in 2002. U.S. officials have said they believe the movement has only 700 fighters but Afghan officials estimate it has about 1500. "So we have incredible leaders in the military, and we have an incredible military, and we are very proud of them".

The statement by USFOR-A also added that the United States forces took every precaution to avoid civilian casualties with this strike.

The MOAB is an evolution of the unguided 15,000-pound BLU-82 bomb. The Pentagon says US forces in Afghanistan dropped the military's largest non-nuclear bomb on an Islamic State target in Afghanistan on Thursday.

Officials at the Afghan Defense Ministry said they were first alerted to Thursday's airstrike through news reports.

"I vehemently and in strongest words condemn the dropping of the latest weapon, the largest non-nuclear #bomb, on Afghanistan by U.S. military", Karzai said in a Twitter post.

There are 8500 United States troops in Afghanistan primarily split between counterterrorism operations and supporting the fledgling Afghan military.

  • Leroy Wright