US drops biggest non-nuclear bomb to hit ISIS in Afghanistan. The bomb called MOAB – Mother of All Bombs [GBU-43/BUS] is the biggest non-nuclear bomb of United States. The biggest non-nuclear bomb US has ever used in combat, in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday against a series of caves used by Islamic State (IS) militants, the military said. It was dropped from a MC-130 plane in the Achin district of Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, close to the border with Pakistan, Pentagon spokesman Adam Stump said.
Officials said the target was an ISIS cave and tunnel complex and personnel in the Achin district of the Nangarhar province, a remote area in the country’s east which borders Pakistan.]
“The United States takes the fight against ISIS very seriously and in order to defeat the group we must deny them operational space, which we did,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said later Thursday. The strike “targeted a system of tunnels and cave that ISIS fighters use to move around freely.”
Afghanistan’s ambassador to the US, Hamdullah Mohib, told CNN’s Brooke Baldwin that the bomb was dropped after fighting had intensified over the last week between US Special Forces and Afghan troops against ISIS.
The US and Afghan forces were unable to advance because ISIS had mined the area with explosives, so the bomb was dropped to clear the tunnels.