U.S. Drops 'Mother of All Bombs' on ISIS in Afghanistan; Largest-Ever Non-Nuclear Bomb

The United States dropped a massive GBU-43 bomb, also known as the "mother of all bombs," in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday against a series of caves used by Islamic State militants, the military said.

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The White House gives a press briefing on the dropping of the "mother of all bombs" in Afghanistan. |

It was the first time this type of bomb had been used in combat and was dropped from a MC-130 aircraft, Pentagon spokesman Adam Stump said.

In the aftermath of the news, the White House was preparing to give a press briefing to give more details. However, it was reported that the giant bomb created a huge mushroom cloud, and had a blast radius of 1 mile. The region the bomb was dropped on is a vastly rural, mountainous area, according to reports.

Reuters contributed to this article.

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