The United States military dropped the “mother of all bombs,” the largest non-nuclear bomb the U.S. has ever utilized in combat, on an ISIS target in Afghanistan on Thursday.
According to the Pentagon, The GBU-43 bomb was dropped around 7:30 pm local time on caves and tunnels used by ISIS. Trump touted the strike as a more muscular move than those undertaken by the previous administration and a “very successful mission,” though the extent of the damage wasn’t made immediately clear to media outlets.
According to a senior administration official, the Trump “administration has moved further away” from personally authorizing military action and dictating military strategies, a change that both Trump and Secretary of Defense James Mattis desired, noting that the administration does not “approve every strike.”
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