US drops most powerful bomb on ISIS tunnel complex in Afghanistan

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The mother of all bombs known as the most powerful conventional bomb in the American arsenal was dropped by the US on a tunnel complex used by Islamic State of militants in Afghanistan on Thursday.

The bomb is officially called the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast — hence its moniker — hit a tunnel complex in the Achin district of Nangarhar Province, according to a statement from the United States military in Afghanistan.

The GBU-43—is a 22,600lbs weapon with 18,700lbs of H-6 explosive filler—is an inertially guided weapon that relies on GPS course corrections just like the JDAM series weapons. When the GBU-43/B was originally developed, it was the most powerful non-nuclear bomb ever built—but has been surpassed by other weapons.

Reports do not indicate how many militants were killed.

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