Breaking : United States ‘drops largest ever non-nuclear bomb’ in Afghanistan

The US has dropped the ‘largest ever non-nuclear bomb’ targeting ISIS tunnels in Afghanistan.

The Pentagon confirmed the strike was carried out using a 21,000lb weapon

The MOAB, 30 feet long, detonates about six feet off the ground, maximizing the range of its destructive power.

The target was ISIS tunnels and extremists in the Achin district of Nangarhar province.

It is believed to be the first time the bomb has been used in the battlefield.

The bomb was first developed during the Iraq War and is intended to target large below-surface areas.

Called “the mother of all bombs,” the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast is a large-yield conventional bomb.

It leaves a blast radius of a mile in each direction.

This is apparently the first time the bomb has been used in combat, though it has been tested in various places, including at Eglin Air Force Base, FL.

In 2003, the bomb was moved into the Persian Gulf area to an undisclosed forward base.

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