'Mother of all bombs' killed 36 IS militants in Afghanistan

The Department of Defense on Friday released video of the bomb dropped by the USA on Thursday, nicknamed the "Mother of All Bombs", on Afghanistan.

Mr Stump said the bomb was dropped on a group of caves and bunkers, believed to be used by Islamic State in Afghanistan, an affiliate group known by its USA military acronym of "ISIS-K". The U.S. has concentrated heavily on combatting them while also supporting Afghan forces battling the Taliban.

The 9.8-tonne guided bomb, the largest non-nuclear weapon in America's arsenal, is described by the US-based GlobalSecurity.org watchdog as "large, powerful and accurately delivered". Kabul authorities said precautionary measures were taken to avoid civilian casualties in the region. It was dropped in the Nangarhar province near the Pakistan border, CNN reported, adding that it was the first time the bomb had been used in conflict. Thirty-six ISIS militants died in that strike-a blip on the screen for most of us.

General Nicholson said the strike was created to minimise the risk to Afghan and United States forces conducting clearing operations in the Achin area while maximising the destruction of IS fighters and facilities.

"This is not the war on terror, but the inhuman and most brutal misuse of our country as testing ground for new and unsafe weapons", he said on social media network Twitter.

Achin district governor Esmail Shinwari said the bomb landed in the Momand Dara area of Achin district.

Last week he ordered a cruise missile strike on a Syrian air field after USA evidence suggested regime forces carried out a sarin gas attack in the province of Idlib.

The US military previously estimated ISIS had 600 to 800 fighters operating in the area.

The Pentagon said it had no early estimate of deaths or damage caused by its attack, which President Donald Trump called a "very, very successful mission".

In 2007, Russian Federation announced that it developed a thermobaric bomb known as FOAB - the father of all bombs - which is claimed to be four times larger than the MOAB.

"So, what I do is I authorize our military", Trump said. "Nor have there been any reports of civilian casualties".

Despite the huge power of the MOAB, it is a smart bomb with wings and grid fins for guidance, and usually explodes mere feet from the ground, an Eglin Air Force Base spokesman said after the test in 2003.

"We are escalating in an area I think we should be deescalating in", she told CNN's Wolf Blitzer.

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