US drops the biggest bomb on IS in Afghanistan


KABUL: The United States (US) military dropped the world’s most powerful non-nuclear bomb on Islamic State (IS) hideouts in Afghanistan on Thursday, according to US officials.

The 21,600 lb (9,800 kg) GBU-43 Massive Ordnance Air Blast, or MOAB was dropped by an Air Force MC-130 special operations aircraft on a tunnel complex used by Islamic State militants in Afghanistan.

It is the first time this type of weapon has been used in a battle.

The Pentagon confirmed it was dropped from a US aircraft in Nangarhar province.

President Donald Trump called it “another successful job.”

During the campaign, Trump vowed to eradicate IS, saying he would “bomb the s**t” out of the terror group.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said

“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,” The strike “targeted a system of tunnels and cave that ISIS fighters use to move around freely.”

The strike took place after last week’s death of a US special forces soldier fighting IS in Nangarhar.

The governor of Achin district, Esmail Shinwari, told the AFP news agency that the explosion was the biggest he had ever seen and that huge flames “engulfed the area”.

Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai condemned the bombing as usual claiming that the military operations in Afghanistan will not deliver results unless terror sanctuaries in Pakistan are targeted.