The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb is the largest conventional bomb in the American arsenal. (File Photo)

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The United States has dropped the "mother of all bombs", the largest non-nuclear device on a network of caves and tunnels used by Islamic State militant group in eastern Afghanistan.

According to Pentagon spokesman Adam Stump, the 9,797 kilograms heavy, GBU-43 bomb, GPS-guided munition, which was first tested in March 2003, had eleven tons of explosives. It was dropped from a MC-130 aircraft in the Achin district of Nangarhar province. However, he did not give detail of the damages caused by the bombing.

In a statement, President Donald Trump touted the bombing as evidence of a more muscular US foreign policy since he took office in January.


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