The 21,000-pound (9,525 kg) bomb was dropped in the Achin district of the Nangarhar province in eastern Afghanistan.
The Pentagon has confirmed the use of the MOAB, and is currently assessing damage. General John Nicholson, commander of US forces in Afghanistan, signed off on its use, CNN reported. Authority was also sought from General Joseph Votel, commander of US Central Command (CENTCOM).
Mr Stump said every precaution was taken to avoid civilians casualties. (lol lol lol)
The bomb had to be “kicked” out the back of a US Air Force MC-130 cargo plane due to its colossal size, according to the military sources.
“We kicked it out the back door,” one U.S. official told Fox News.
The bomb is a precision-guided “smart bomb” designed to cause maximum damage to bunkers, tunnels and other areas that can typically withstand even large standard bombs or artillery strikes.
General John Nicholson, commander of US forces in Afghanistan, signed off on the use of the bomb, according to the sources.
“As [ISIS’] losses have mounted, they are using IEDs, bunkers and tunnels to thicken their defense,” General Nicholson said in a statement.
“This is the right munition to reduce these obstacles and maintain the momentum of our offensive against [ISIS].”
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer held his daily press briefing with Capitol Hill reporters hours after the strike, but did not touch on the matter.
It is believed to be the first time the bomb has been used in the battlefield and the military is currently assessing the damage.
The bomb was first developed during the Iraq War and is intended to target large below-surface areas.