The United States dropped a massive GBU-43 bomb, also known as the “mother of all bombs,” in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday against a series of caves used by Islamic State militants. Havovi Cooper reports.
(REUTERS, U.S. Air Force) – The US military dropping the biggest non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan, Thursday.
As seen here in a test – the explosive- nicknamed the “Mother of All Bombs” – was dropped at 7 p.m. local time from a MC-130 aircraft in the Achin district of Nangarhar province, close to the border with Pakistan.
SEAN SPICER, U.S. PRESS SECRETARY SAYING: “The U.S. military used a GBU-43 weapon in Aghanistan. The GBU-43 is a large, powerful and accurately delivered weapon. We targeted a system of tunnels and caves that ISIS fighters used to move around freely, making it easier for them to target U.S. military advisers and Afghan forces in the area.”
This bomb was allegedly developed during the Iraq War but was used for the very FIRST time on Thursday.
Elsewhere in the fight against Islamic State –the Pentagon revealing that a U.S.-led air strike in Syria mistakenly killed 18 members of a local militia group, backed by Washington.
The strike was the third time in a month that American-led forces may have inadvertently killed allies or civilians…including a strike on a building in Mosul, Iraq that may have killed as many as 200 civilians.