'Mother of All Bombs' killed 36 ISIL militants

Afghan defense officials said after the operation that 36 suspected terrorists were killed. The strike in Achin District was the first time that the bomb has been against an enemy combatant. The bomb was developed specifically to attack cave complexes - and for its psychological effect on the enemy.

On Thursday, the 22,000-pound GBU-43, or MOAB bomb, nicknamed the "Mother of All Bombs", which is the largest non-nuclear bomb in the USA military arsenal, was dropped from a C-130 military airlift aircraft, targeting Daesh terrorists' underground complex and tunnels in Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province.

Graphic shows the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb (MOAB).

There were no immediate reports of civilian casualties, but local authorities said the fighting had prevented them from visiting the bomb site near the village of Shodal, perched above a valley of green fields and mud-brick houses in Nangarhar province, near the Pakistani border.

"We have the greatest military in the world, and they've done the job, as usual".

The US military previously estimated ISIS had 600 to 800 active fighters in the area but was unclear whether it had hoped to strike more.

The U.S. Department of Defense released video Friday showing the deployment of a 22,000-pound bomb known as the "mother of all bombs" against a complex of ISIS-controlled caves in eastern Afghanistan.

General John Nicholson, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, insisted during a press conference in Kabul Friday that the bomb was the "right weapon against the right target".

An Afghan militant source told AFP from an undisclosed location that locals had described the ground shaking "like an earthquake", with people being knocked unconscious by the blast. We are very proud of them.

After the recent missile attack by US forces in Syria following an alleged chemical attack by the Bashar al-Assad government against its own people, it is not unlikely that unleashing the earth-shattering bomb in Afghanistan is also meant to be an object lesson for the wider West Asia theatre in a classic case of the conveying of imperialist ambitions under a new US President.

"We are not doing much". "You know, you go back to [retired] Gen. [Stanley] McChrystal about the importance of knowing who gets killed in these attacks because that's the real question about our future's safety".

"I thought there was a bombing just outside my home", he said.

"This was the first time that we encountered an extensive obstacle to our progress", he said of a joint Afghan-U.S. operation that has been targeting Islamic State since March.

PJ Crowley, a former United States air force colonel, said civilians would've only been impacted by the blast - which he likened to "creating a minor quake in that particular area" - by the tremors that followed.

"I find the use of the largest non-nuclear bomb, the so called "mother of all bombs", on our soil reprehensible and counterproductive", Omar Zakhilwal, the Afghan envoy to Pakistan, said on Twitter. The MOB, which has never been employed in combat, was created to penetrate deep and hardened targets.

The general said that because the spring offensive against ISIS-K had been slowed by fighters using caves and tunnels, "It was the right time to use it tactically, against the right target on the battlefield".

  • Leroy Wright