U.S. drops 'mother of all bombs' on Islamic State hideout

S military says it has dropped a GBU-43 bomb in Nangarhar province of Afghanistan on Thursday

The Pentagon says US forces in Afghanistan dropped the military's largest non-nuclear bomb on an Islamic State target in Afghanistan.

GBU-43 bomb, which has 11 tons of explosives, was dropped from a MC-130 aircraft in the Achin district of Nangarhar province, close to the border with Pakistan, Pentagon spokesman Adam Stump said.

The US has used "the mother of all bombs" to attack a tunnel complex in eastern Afghanistan, killing 36 Islamic State group fighters.

A separate non-nuclear weapon known as the Massive Ordnance Penetrator, or MOP, which is larger in its physical dimensions but carries a smaller load of conventional explosives, is created to take out deeply buried targets like reinforced bunkers.

"The GBU-43/B is the largest non-nuclear bomb ever deployed in combat", Air Force spokesman Colonel Pat Ryder said. "This was another very, very successful mission".

It was not immediately clear how much damage the device did. But the Pentagon has come under increasing criticism that as it has intensified the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the civilian death toll has risen sharply. He flexed USA military muscles last week by ordering a cruise missile attack on a Syrian government airbase in retaliation for a poison gas attack.

The use of the bomb comes as the US involvement in Afghanistan heads into its 16th year in the fall, and days after a US Special Forces operator was killed in the same region.

There are about 8,400 U.S. troops in Afghanistan and they regularly perform counterterrorism operations against ISIS in the Nangarhar Province. Just last week a U.S. Army Special Forces soldier, Staff Sgt. Mark R. De Alencar, 37, of Edgewood, Maryland, was killed in action in Nangarhar. The Air Force calls it the Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb.

More news: LeBron to miss Cavaliers' season finale
More news: Trump warns Chinese President about bombing Syria during dessert
More news: Louis sues NFL, teams over Rams relocation to LA

The strike occurred at about 7:32 pm local time (1502 GMT).

Ismail Shinwari, the governor of Achin district, said the US attack was carried out in a remote mountainous area with no civilian homes nearby and that there had been no reports of injured civilians.

Whitehouse spokesman Sean Spicer said that militants had been using the tunnels to target USA and Afghan forces.

While the war in Afghanistan has largely slipped from public consciousness in the U.S., replaced by the conflict in Syria and ongoing tensions over North Korea, there are still around 8,400 United States troops in the country engaged in counter terrorism operations. Gave military full authorisation.

The President has granted military commanders broader latitude to act independently on several battlefields where USA forces are involved, which Trump touted as making a "tremendous difference" in the fight against ISIS.

The top United States commander in Afghanistan said recently that he needed several thousand more global troops in order to break a stalemate in the long war with Taliban insurgents.

U.S. officials say intelligence suggests Islamic State is based overwhelmingly in Nangarhar and neighbouring Kunar province.

Estimates of its strength in Afghanistan vary. It has steadily lost territory and fighters to USA air strikes and an assault by Afghan forces on the ground.


  • United Nations strongly condemns North Korea's latest missile launch

    North Korea called that test a success, but some outside analysts said it might test the weapon again before deploying it. Washington, Seoul and others call the North's space program a cover for its long-range missile development program.
    Windows Vista Is Now Dead: Here's How To Upgrade To Windows 10

    Windows Vista Is Now Dead: Here's How To Upgrade To Windows 10

    This marks the end of an era for an operating system which arrived late in the market and welcomed with widespread criticisms. Microsoft has officially ended support for the much-malignant Windows Vista OS, which was launched in January 2007.

    Iran' Ahmadinejad submits candidacy for upcoming Presidential election

    Iranian media reported that Ahmadinejad's close aide Hamid Baghaei, a former vice-president, also registered to run in the vote. Their candidacies are subject to the approval of the Guardian Council , a powerful body in charge of vetting all applicants.
  • Scorpion Stings Man on United Flight to Calgary

    Scorpion Stings Man on United Flight to Calgary

    At City Hall Thursday, the Chicago City Council Aviation committee called on United executives to answer for the actions. On Wednesday, Dao's lawyers asked United and the city to preserve any video or audio files from Flight 3411.
    It's Not Too Late to Use These 5 Free Tax Filing Aids

    It's Not Too Late to Use These 5 Free Tax Filing Aids

    If you have a less traditional retirement plan and are not sure what qualifies, contact your plan administrator for advice. The state also distributed $381.2 million in sales tax funds to local governments, which is up $1 million from a year ago.
    What is Good Friday? Why is it called Good Friday?

    What is Good Friday? Why is it called Good Friday?

    If you want to look up this reference for yourself, you can find it in the Bible , the Gospel of John, Chapter 3 and verse 16. Churches usually do well in ministering to grieving families at the time of a death, but that ministry is not always lasting.
  • United Airlines, Aviation Department Grilled During City Council Hearing

    United Airlines, Aviation Department Grilled During City Council Hearing

    He said his client was in a "secure location" because he has been hounded by media, but that he would speak at a future date. According to airline officials, the sting was not life-threatening. "That is not who our family at United is", he said.
    Microsoft's May Event Could Focus on Windows 10 Cloud

    Microsoft's May Event Could Focus on Windows 10 Cloud

    But what may come as a shock is that we're hearing that we won't see a Surface Pro 5 at the event either. Sources tell The Verge that Microsoft, despite rumors, it will not announce a new Surface Pro device.
    Apple is developing in-house power management chips, German analyst reports

    Apple is developing in-house power management chips, German analyst reports

    It would mean Apple calling time on its existing arrangement with Dialog Semiconductor, which makes chips for existing iPhones. Apple hired several Imagination employees before news broke of the company's plans to sever ties with the firm.
  • Burger King's Whopper gets negative definitions in ad stunt

    Burger King's Whopper gets negative definitions in ad stunt

    Burger King did not immediately respond to a question asking whether the company had any concerns about angering consumers. It raises the grim prospect of more marketers abuse of the growing number of voice activated devices in people's homes.
    Wait, So Josh Brolin Is Going to Play ... TWO Marvel Superheroes?

    Wait, So Josh Brolin Is Going to Play ... TWO Marvel Superheroes?

    Ryan Reynolds will obviously be reprising his role as Deadpool , with Zazie Beetz ( Atlanta ) taking the role of Domino. He already plays Thanos throughout the MCU, and will be the center of the action finally in Avengers: Infinity War .
    Microsoft patches serious Word bug targeted by scammers

    Microsoft patches serious Word bug targeted by scammers

    Microsoft confirmed it is planning to fix the issue in a patch set to be released with its scheduled monthly update on Tuesday. Both McAfee and FireEye noted that the exploit can bypass most memory-based mitigations included in Windows.


Latest news

LeBron to miss regular-season finale, resting strained calf
James played 47 minutes in a stunning, epic collapse of a loss in a 126-125 decision in overtime to the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday. The Oklahoma City game went to halftime and Westbrook was just four assists shy of the record-breaking triple-double.

Sculptor of Wall Street's bull wants 'Fearless Girl' moved
He said a permit shouldn't have been issued and that the statue shouldn't have been installed without his permission. He called it copyright infringement, and said he's considering filing suit if the girl sculpture isn't moved.

Uber's PR head resigns amid tumultuous time for company
The company even has a special hashtag, #DeleteUber, dedicated to it on social media, consolidating anti-Uber sentiment. Every fortnight or so, a senior Uber official announces their departure from the company.

Sadio Mane tells Liverpool fans he'll return 'even better than before'
He will be out of action for two months after the operation, which means he will miss the remainder of the Reds' Premier League run-in.

Chase pays off as Mumbai beats Sunrisers in IPL by 4 wickets
Batting in first ten overs without any loss of a wicket, Warner and Dhawan put 81 runs for the opening-wicket partnership. The first signs of him getting his rhythm back were seen in his unbeaten 76 in the last match against Gujarat Lions.

Caitlyn Jenner Claims Robert Kardashian Knew OJ Simpson Was Guilty
Simpson, and of course, represented him during the trial for the 1994 murder of his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman . Caitlyn, who married Robert's ex-wife Kris Jenner , made the bombshell claims in her upcoming memoir Secrets of my Life .

Giraffe watch: April remains 'happy, big and beautiful'
"(April's) physical body condition remains the same, comfort level has not changed, behavior is on point", the park notes. For proof, they posted a picture of April's enlarged udders, which would only be that large if she were expecting a calf.

HUD Secretary Ben Carson gets stuck in elevator while visiting South Florida
Mourning is behind the development of the affordable housing project at 1699 NW Fourth Ave. that opened past year . At around 8:39 a.m., he found his way out of the elevator after the City of Miami Fire Rescue was able to assist.

Substitutes rescue Liverpool against Stoke City
The Brazil duo's introduction completely transformed the game, but Coutinho was keen to deflect the credit. "It was a big win". Keep the ball in your hands and don't push it away.' He is always there to have a joke, " added the goalkeeper.

IPhone 8 Delayed Due To 3D Sensor Tech Issues
Apple will be setting a competitive price range, so a $1,000 smartphone appears to be more improbable, the report details. The analyst says that there are three solutions that Apple could choose from.

BHP rises after activist investor urges reform
The company said in February that oil and copper are better placed in longer-term than materials including iron ore and coal. In a note to clients, Shore Capital analyst Yuen low said: "We find ourselves coming down on BHP's side of the argument".

Federal government to partially lift hiring freeze
Implementation of some agreed upon reforms may begin following the July meetings, while reforms continue to be assessed. White House officials are expected to finalize those reorganization plans by September.

Hungary should talk with Soros-founded school
Protesters filling Kossuth Square outside Parliament said they want President Janos Ader to veto the legislation. The protesters said they wanted to convince Ader to reject the bill and refer it for constitutional review.

Windows Vista is officially dead
So, if security issues weren't enough to get you to consider a newer version of Windows, the problem of incompatibility might be. For those who remember way back when, Vista was supposed to be the next great version of the Windows operating system.

New 'Thor: Ragnarok' Trailer - It's Thor vs. Hulk!
However, Bank's "stolen style" joke doesn't really make any sense because Hela's always had her dark green look in the comics. She then blows him to oblivion, showing the extent of her power as she overthrows Asgard with her sheer prowess.

Other news