In news that few were anticipating this evening, the U.S. has dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb in the world on Afghanistan.
The bomb, which has been described as ‘the mother of all bombs’, was dropped on Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province where there are a series of well-known Islamic State caves.
According to Sky News, a MC-130 aircraft released the weapon at 7pm local time.
It is the first time the GBU-43 bomb, which which weighs a mind-numbing 21,000lbs and contains 11 tonnes of explosives, has ever been dropped.
The gargantuan bomb is dropped from air force planes and detonates before reaching the ground, resulting in an enormous blast radius.
The weapon, which was developed during the Iraq War, was dropped immediately after its deployment was signed off by General John Nicholson, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
As Isis-K’s losses have mounted, they are using IEDs, bunkers and tunnels to thicken their defense. This is the right munition to reduce these obstacles and maintain the momentum of our offensive against Isis-K.
The U.S. is currently assessing the damage caused by the bomb.
Joseph Loftus is a Gold Standard NCTJ journalist with four years experience working for international and regional press.
As well as working for UNILAD and LADbible, Joseph has worked as Liverpool Correspondent for Unsigned & Independent Magazine, as well as stints with the Liverpool Echo and Warrington Guardian.