(NBC News) U.S. forces dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb ever used in a strike against ISIS in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday, according to Pentagon officials.
The U.S. dropped a GBU-43 bomb, nicknamed the “mother of all bombs,” on ISIS fighters and tunnels and caves used by the terror group in the country’s Nangarhar province, officials said. It was dropped from an aircraft.
“Another successful job. We’re very, very proud of our military,” President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House. “We are so proud of our military.” The president did not answer directly when asked by a reporter if he had authorized the use of the massive bomb.
“Everybody knows exactly what happened,” Trump said. “We have the greatest military in the world…We have given them total authorization…If you look at what’s happened over the last eight weeks and compare that really with what’s happened over the last eight years, you’ll see there’s a tremendous difference. Tremendous difference.”
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer called the weapon “large, powerful” and accurate.