America Drops Its Largest Non-Nuclear Bomb On ISIS In Afghanistan (First Time Used In Combat)

The United States has reportedly dropped its largest non-nuclear bomb in an area of Afghanistan filled with ISIS militants.

The Independent, citing the Pentagon, states that this is the first time the 21,000-pound weapon was used in combat.

Nicknamed the MOAB – “mother of all bombs” – the bomb was reportedly dropped after 7 pm local time.

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According to CNN, military sources say the target was “an ISIS tunnel and cave complex.”

“At 7:32 pm local time today, U.S. Forces – Afghanistan conducted a strike on an ISIS-K tunnel complex in Achin district, Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, as part of ongoing efforts to defeat ISIS-K in Afghanistan in 2017,” said US Central Command in a statement, according to Business Insider.

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“The strike was designed to minimize the risk to Afghan and U.S. Forces conducting clearing operations in the area while maximizing the destruction of ISIS-K fighters and facilities.”

U.S. officials reportedly did their best to avoid casualties. But given the scope of the MOAB, damage to the surrounding areas will be extensive.

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Al Masdar News, citing the Syrian Ministry of Defense, says hundreds of militants have died in the attack.

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