CNN are reporting the US military has dropped (now confirmed by the Pentagon) an enormous eleven tonnes of TNT (9,800KG) aerial bomb on Afghanistan according to US military officials with direct knowledge of the mission.
The bomb is a GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb — nicknamed MOAB the "Mother of All Bombs" — and was dropped in at 7 p.m. local time Thursday, CNN sources said.
The MOAB was pushed out of the back of a huge heavy lift cargo plane a Special Operations C130 (US version of the Hercules) "as it's far too heavy to be carried, and dropped by a conventional bomber." This new development follows the killing of a special combat operations soldier by ISIS a few days ago.
Presidential spokesman Shah Hussain Murtazawi told the BBC that ISIS commander Siddiq Yar was among those killed. Mr Murtazawi said the ISIS fighters in the tunnels had "come from Pakistan and were persecuting people in the local area".
This is the very first time a MOAB has ever been used in the battlefield, according to the US officials. Military sources said the target was a network of deep ISIS caves and tunnels and personnel in the Achin district of the Nangarhar province, this region isn't far from the Pakistan border and known to be a major supply route for ISIS. The US military is currently assessing the damage.
War historians say the ultra heavy non-nuclear munition was developed during the Iraq War, but was never used in the battlefield, but an unknown number of them survive, stored and clearly are now being put to use.
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