U.S. forces in Afghanistan dropped a 22,000-pound bomb on Islamic State forces in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday, the Pentagon announced, using the largest non-nuclear bomb ever employed in combat.
Gen. John Nicholson, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, said the bomb was "the right munition" to use against the Islamic State because of the group's use of roadside bombs, bunkers and tunnels.
The bomb, which is known as the GBU-43, is one of the largest airdropped munitions in the U.S. military's inventory and was almost used during the opening salvos of the Iraq War in 2003.
By comparison, U.S. aircraft commonly drop bombs that weigh 250 to 2,000 pounds.
The U.S. military has targeted similar complexes and dropped tens of thousands of bombs in Afghanistan, raising the question of why a bomb of this size was used Thursday. It was unclear what the GBU-43 strike accomplished, as the bomb is not designed to penetrate hardened targets such as bunkers or cave complexes.
The Pentagon said in its statement that "U.S. Forces took every precaution to avoid civilian casualties with this strike."
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