BREAKING: US drops “mother of all bombs” on Afghanistan 

by Itunuoluwa Adebo
The US military has dropped an enormous bomb in Afghanistan, according to four US military officials with direct knowledge of the mission.
According to CNN, a GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb, nicknamed MOAB, was dropped at 7 p.m. local time Thursday.
The MOAB is also known as the “mother of all bombs.” It is a 21,600-pound, GPS-guided munition and is America’s most powerful non-nuclear bomb.
The bomb was dropped by an MC-130 aircraft, operated by Air Force Special Operations Command. The target is said to be an ISIS tunnel and cave complex as well as personnel in the Achin district of the Nangarhar province.
Gen. John Nicholson, commander of US forces in Afghanistan, signed off on the use of the bomb. Authority had to be sought from Gen. Joseph Votel, commander of US Central Command.
This is the first time a MOAB has been used in the battlefield, according to the US officials. The  ammunition was developed during the Iraq War. The military is currently assessing the damages.

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