U.S. releases footage of 'mother of all bombs' being dropped
16 April, 2017, 02:10 | Author: Garry Little
The largest non-nuclear bomb ever used by the USA military killed dozens of ISIS militants in a strike on a network of tunnels in Afghanistan, according to the Afghan defense ministry.
Ninety-four Islamic State (IS) rebels also known as Daesh in its Arabic acronym have been killed in Thursday evening bombing of GBU-43/B by U.S. forces in the Achin district of eastern Nangarhar province, an official said on Saturday.
The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has released footage of the dropping of a GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb (MOAB) on an Islamic State group (ISIS) stronghold in Afghanistan.
According to a previous statement by the US military, the MOAB attack was targeted at a tunnel complex in the remote eastern Nangarhar province near the border with Pakistan where ISIS militants are known to be based.
USA military leaders say the bomb was dropped to destroy an extensive labyrinth of tunnels the terrorists use.
The increased death toll in Nangarhar was announced as officials in southern Helmand province reported at least 11 civilians were killed and one wounded in two roadside bomb blasts overnight. It did not provide any details on how many of these bombs exist.
He said a clearance operation was continuing.
While some Afghan residents are praising Trump and are even asking for more strikes, the former president of the country, Hamid Karzai, called the bombing "brutal" and "inhuman".
The massive bomb was deployed after fighting intensified over the past week and USA -backed ground forces struggled to advance on the area, where a US special forces soldier was killed on April 8.
No civilians were killed in the explosion, said an official.
The US estimates 600-800 IS fighters are in Afghanistan, mostly in Nangarhar.
But former President Hamid Karzai accused the United States of using Afghanistan as "a testing ground for new and risky weapons".
Nicholson said he was in constant communication with officials in Washington, but the decision to use the 9797kg GBU-43 bomb was based on his assessment of military needs and not broader political considerations.
ISIS established its branch in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region in January 2015, less than a month after former President Barack Obama declared an end to the us combat mission in Afghanistan.
No civilian was injured in the raid which took place in Mohmand Dara village, Asadkhil area of the district, the statement added.
The bomb was dropped after fighting intensified over the past week and US-backed ground forces struggled to advance on the area. Just last week an American soldier was killed in the same area when ISIS fighters popped out of a cave and ambushed him.
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