What the Use of the 'Mother of All Bombs' Means for the U.S.

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) - According to Afghan officials, 36 ISIS fighters were killed in Thursday's strike using the largest non-nuclear weapon in the U.S. military's arsenal, nicknamed "mother of all bombs". The target for the 21,000 pound was an ISIS tunnel complex in eastern Afghanistan. 

President Trump called it a "very successful mission". The U.S. military previously estimated ISIS had 600 to 800 fighters operating in the area.

"This is making news because this bomb specifically has not been used before although we've had it in the inventory for many years. This is just a very unique target," said Michael McGee, Assistant Professor at UTEP's National Security Studies Institute.

McGee adds, "There is no increased risk with the use of this bomb. I think it's just getting press right now because it's the largest one we've ever used in combat." 

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