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Apr 13, 2017 | 17:14 GMT

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Afghanistan: U.S. Debuts Massive Bomb Against Islamic State Targets

The U.S. military dropped its most powerful non-nuclear bomb, the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb (MOAB), on suspected Islamic State targets in Afghanistan on April 13, unnamed Pentagon officials said, CNN reported. The strike would mark the U.S. military's first-ever use of the bomb, a 21,600-pound, GPS-guided munition that was dropped by a MC-130 aircraft operated by U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command, the officials said. The strike targeted Islamic State tunnels and personnel in the Achin district of eastern Afghanistan's Nangarhar province. More than a decade and a half after the United States invaded Afghanistan the country continues to be plagued by violence and instability.

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