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U.S. Drops the Military's Biggest Non-Nuclear Bomb in Afghanistan

  • Largest non-nuclear weapon aimed at denying group’s movement
  • It was the first combat use of Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb
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U.S. Drops Largest Non-Nuclear Bomb on Islamic State

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The U.S. dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb it’s ever used in combat on Islamic State positions in Afghanistan Thursday night, a move the Trump administration said was aimed at denying the group’s freedom of movement.

The Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb was dropped to reach “a system of tunnels and caves” used by the terrorists, White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters Thursday. At least 36 militants were killed in the blast, Dawlat Waziri, a spokesman for Afghanistan’s Defense Ministry, said by phone on Friday.