- U.S. Drops “Mother of All Bombs” on ISIS Caves in Afghanistan
- The United States dropped the largest non-nuclear device "the mother of all bombs," it has ever unleashed in combat, on a network of caves and tunnels used by Islamic State in eastern Afghanistan on April 13, 2017.
The 21,600 pound (9,797 kg) GBU-43 bomb, which has 11 tons of explosives, was dropped from a MC-130 aircraft in the Achin district of Nangarhar province, close to the border with Pakistan, Pentagon spokesman Adam Stump said. It did not say how many militants were killed.
The GBU-43 is known as the "mother of all bombs," is a GPS-guided munition and was first tested in March 2003. It is regarded as particularly effective against clusters of targets on or just underneath the ground. Other types of bombs can be more effective against deeper, hardened tunnels.
It was the first time the United States has used this size of conventional bomb in a conflict.
It was unclear whether any civilians were killed. The military insisted that it took every precaution to avoid such casualties.
- source : New York Times