The U.S. military has dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb in eastern Afghanistan in an area that is known to be populated with ISIS militants, CNN reported.
The GBU-43B, a 21,000-pound conventional bomb, nicknamed “Mother Of All Bombs,” was dropped at 7 p.m. local time in Nangarhar Province.
The bomb was first tested in 2003 but has never been used before in combat.
The bomb was dropped by an MC-130 aircraft on Isis tunnels and fighters in the Achin district.
“As [ISIS’] losses have mounted, they are using IEDs, bunkers and tunnels to thicken their defense,” Gen. John Nicholson, Commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan, said in a statement, Fox News reported. “This is the right munition to reduce these obstacles and maintain the momentum of our offensive against [ISIS].”