Four Daesh Commanders Killed In US Bombing On Achin
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 16, 2017,
Apr 16, 2017, 1:33
Afghan officials say at least 90 Islamic State fighters were killed when the USA dropped the "mother of all bombs" in Afghanistan - although IS has denied suffering any casualties.
Meanwhile, Nangarhar provincial spokesman Attaullah Khogyani gave a figure of 90, far higher than the toll initially reported after the blast.
Deptula, Cancian and U.S. military officials said the United States has an even larger bomb in its inventory - the 30,000 pound (14,000 kg) GBU-57 Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP), which would be more effective against North Korea's nuclear test site, given its ability to penetrate reinforced concrete and anti-blast steel doors.
The US attack on the tunnel complex near the Pakistan border killed at least four ISIL leaders, Mr Khogyani said.
A GBU-43B, or massive ordnance air blast (MOAB) weapon.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer said the bomb had "targeted a system of caves that Isis fighters use to move freely around, making it easier for them to target U.S. military advisors and Afghan forces in the area".
A video grab from 2003 file footage courtesy the US Air Force (USAF) shows a GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb prototype moments before impact at a test site at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.
In the Afghan village of Achin, just a few miles from where the bomb hit, Palstar Khan said: "Last night's bomb was really huge, when it dropped, everywhere, it was shaking".
Shinwari said no civilian casualties were inflicted as civilians living in the area of the bombing had been evacuated by the Afghan military.
In addition, said an administration official who spoke on the condition of anonymity, the attack also reinforces the message that US President Donald Trump has given his military commanders freer rein than did his predecessor, Barack Obama.
Addressing the Afghan public, Nicholson said all precautions were taken to prevent civilian casualties.
A U.S. official who monitored the attack said it was impossible to determine how many ISIS fighters might be buried in the underground complex.
Hamid Karzai, former Afghan president, also condemned the United States military's deployment of MOAB, saying Afghanistan should not be used as a "testing ground" for weapons.
"This was the right weapon against the right target".
Such aircraft can carry as much as 70,000 pounds (32,000 kg) of bombs, missiles, or other weapons on each mission.
He made it clear there will be no sanctuary for ISIS in Afghanistan and said: "We are committed to Afghanistan in this fight".
Both the Afghan and USA forces based in Afghanistan are conducting regular operations to suppress the insurgency led by ISIS militants and other insurgent groups including Taliban.
But former president Hamid Karzai condemned the use of the weapon on Afghan soil.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's office said in a statement the attack was a part of a joint operation by Afghan and worldwide troops.