According to Pentagon officials on Thursday, the US dropped a bomb containing 11 tons of explosives on an ISIS cave complex in Afghanistan’s Nangahar province on the border with Pakistan. The bomb, officially called a GBU-43, also known as the “mother of all bombs,” is the largest non-nuclear bomb in the U.S. arsenal and has never before been used in combat. A Pentagon spokesman confirmed to CBS News’ David Martin that the weapon was brought into Afghanistan specifically for this mission, which had been planned for a number of months. General John Nicholson, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, was required to approve the use of this weapon, but it remains unclear how far up the chain of command the request was required to go.
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