The U.S. military has been hitting ISIS targets in the Middle East since September 2014.
In addition to that, U.S. special forces have participated in raids, killing terrorists on the ground. Despite that, ISIS went from being a problem initially in Syria and Iraq to a huge network of jihadists spread around the world.
The group has gained followers all over the Middle East, which includes Afghanistan. In fact, Abdul Rauf, a Taliban member who was imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay, left the group after being released and became a recruiter for ISIS. While Rauf was killed in a drone strike, the issue of ISIS in Afghanistan still remains.
But the United States just sent a clear message to the jihadists trying to gain a foothold in the country and its one for the history books. The United States dropped a MOAB bomb (Mother of all Bombs) on the tunnels ISIS uses. The MOAB is a 21,000-pound bomb and is the most powerful non-nuclear bomb in the U.S. arsenal.
According to CNN:
A GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb, nicknamed MOAB, was dropped at 7 p.m. local time Thursday, the sources said.
The MOAB is also known as the “mother of all bombs.” A MOAB is a 21,600-pound, GPS-guided munition that is America’s most powerful non-nuclear bomb.
The bomb was dropped by an MC-130 aircraft, operated by Air Force Special Operations Command, according to the military sources.
They said the target was ISIS tunnels and personnel in the Achin district of the Nangarhar province.
While the MOAB doesn’t have the same yield as a nuclear bomb. It is still 11 tons. (Just for reference, the bomb the U.S. dropped on Hiroshima, Japan was 15.)
If ISIS hasn’t gotten the message before, they have certainly gotten it now.