US Forces Afghanistan released video on Friday morning that showed Thursday’s bombing of the ISIS-K tunnel complex in Afghanistan.
The attack was planned by US CENTCOM, which is based at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa.
A GBU-43 bomb, which is nicknamed the “Mother of All Bombs” or MOAB, was dropped from a U.S. aircraft.
CENTCOM said that the strike was designed to minimize the risk to Afghan and U.S. Forces conducting clearing operations in the area, while maximizing the destruction of ISIS-K fighters and facilities.
U.S. Forces – Afghanistan conducted the strike on the tunnel complex in the Achin district, of the Nangarhar province, in Afghanistan, as part of ongoing efforts to defeat ISIS-K in Afghanistan in 2017.
“As ISIS-K’s losses have mounted, they are using IEDs, bunkers and tunnels to thicken their defense,” said General John W. Nicholson, Commander, U.S. Forces – Afghanistan.
“This is the right munition to reduce these obstacles and maintain the momentum of our offensive against ISIS-K.”