The U.S. military releases video of the ‘mother of all bombs’ strike used in Afghanistan on ISIS targets, one of the largest non-nuclear devices ever unleashed in combat.
NANGARHAR PROVINCE, EASTERN AFGHANISTAN (APRIL 13, 2017) (DVIDS) – The U.S. military released video on Friday (April 13) of the ‘mother of all bombs’ strike used in Afghanistan on ISIS targets, one of the largest non-nuclear devices ever unleashed in combat.
The top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan said on Friday his decision to deploy the bomb was done in communication with officials in Washington and was a purely tactical decision.
The 21,600-pound (9,797-kg) GBU-43 bomb, was dropped from an MC-130 aircraft in the Achin district of the eastern province of Nangarhar bordering Pakistan against a network of tunnels that Afghan and U.S. officials said was being used by militants linked to Islamic State.
As many as 36 suspected Islamic State militants were killed in the strike, the Afghan defense ministry said.
Thursday’s strike came as U.S. President Donald Trump dispatches his first high-level delegation to Kabul, amid uncertainty about his plans for the nearly 9,000 American troops stationed in Afghanistan.