Pentagon: US drops largest non-nuclear bomb on its target in Afghanistan

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US forces have dropped the military’s largest non-nuclear bomb on an Islamic State target in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said. Spokesman Adam Stump said it was the first ever combat use of the bomb, known as the GBU-43, which contains 11 tons 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.”

Mr Stump said 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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