'Mother of all bombs' kills at least 90 IS militants in Afghanistan
An Islamic State (IS) activist from Kerala is believed to have been killed along with 36 IS militants when the U.S. unleashed a massive GBU-43 bomb, also known as the "mother of all bombs", on the terror group's position in a cave network in eastern Afghanistan.
An Afghan commando stands guard at Pandola village, near the site of the US forces' bombing in Achin district of Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, April 14, 2017.
Approximately 36 ISIS fighters were reportedly killed in the attack.
General John Nicholson, the top United States commander in Afghanistan, insisted during a press conference in Kabul Friday that the bomb was the "right weapon against the right target".
The Examiner's source added Nicholson had mulled using the MOAB - informally known as the "Mother Of All Bombs" - in Afghanistan well before President Trump's inauguration in January. The target was close to the Pakistani border.
The mountain fortress, located in the Achin district of Afghanistan, was reportedly heavily fortified and extremely hard for ground forces to reach, according to Afghan Gen. Daulat Waziri, spokesman for the Afghanistan Ministry of Defense.
Shinwari insisted there were "no military and civilian casualties at all". Afghan officials also said there were no civilians casualties in the bombing, which was coordinated with them.
Pakistani villagers living near the Afghan border said the explosion was so loud they thought a bomb ad been dropped in their village by USA warplanes targeting terrorists in Pakistan.
"If you look at what's happened over the last eight weeks and compare it to, really, what's happened over the last eight years, you'll see there's a tremendous difference, tremendous difference", Mr. Trump said.
The strike in Achin District was the first time that the bomb has been against an enemy combatant.
It's estimated 600 to 800 Islamic State fighters are in Afghanistan.
However, former Afghan president Hamiz Karzai condemned the attack, saying that the USA was using their soil to test weapons. Nangarhar provincial spokesman Attaullah Khogyani said the toll stood at 90.
But the administration of President Ashraf Ghani had said earlier on Friday that the Afghan military authorities were working closely with US military forces in the country to coordinate operations against ISIS militants based in the area. There are no reports of injured civilians. The U.S. has concentrated on fighting them while also supporting Afghan forces against the Taliban. The attack was launched on Thursday after Afghan forces had tried repeatedly to capture the tunnels in fierce and prolonged fighting with ISIS militants in the province. Addressing a gathering in capital Kabul, Karzai said that allowing the U.S.to carry out the bombing was "treason" and an insult to Afghanistan.