The U.S. military dropped the mother of all bombs, the GBU-43B, on an ISIS tunnel complex in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday.
The 21,000-pound conventional bomb was deployed in Nangarhar Province close to the Afghanistan/Pakistan border.
By comparison, each Tomahawk cruise missile launched at a Syrian military air base last week weighed 1,000 pounds each.
In the attack, almost 36 suspected Islamic State militants were killed, the Afghan defence ministry said on Friday.
To target what the military described as a “tunnel complex” used by the Isis’s Afghanistan affiliate, the US for the first time used what the military colloquially calls the “mother of all bombs”, the GBU-43/B.
About the Mother of all Bombs:
The GBU-43/B Massive Ordinance Air Blast bomb (MOAB) is capable of destroying an area equivalent to nine city blocks.
Designed for destroying underground targets but not itself a deep-earth penetrator weapon, the GBU-43/B has the explosive yield of more than 11 tons of TNT.
The MOAB had to be dropped out of the back of a U.S. Air Force C-130 cargo plane due to its massive size.
US President Donald Trump said the Afghanistan bombing was “another successful job.”