Afghanistan: Death toll from MOAB attack revised to 92
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 25, 2017,
Apr 25, 2017, 12:16
The U.S. military for the first time Thursday dropped one of its largest conventional weapons - a massive 21,000-pound bomb nicknamed the "Mother of All Bombs" - on an Islamic State tunnel complex in Afghanistan.
The militant group Islamic State has denied that it had suffered any casualties from the U.S. military's largest non-nuclear bomb which hit its mountain hideouts in Afghanistan on Thursday.
"This was the right weapon against the right target", Gen. John Nicholson, commander for U.S. forces in Afghanistan, said at a news conference.
Trump said he authorised the use of the MOAB - Massive Ordnance Air Blast - and called the mission "very, very successful". Multiple Afghan officials previously said they had no information about the bombing before it happened.
Afghan and United States forces were at the scene of the strike and reported that the "weapon achieved its intended objective", Nicholson said.
According to USA officials, most of the members of the local Islamic State branch are Pakistani and Uzbek militants. ISIS-K refers to ISIS-Khorasan, the terror group's branch in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
General Daulat Waziri, spokesman for the Afghanistan Ministry of Defense, said the death toll of ISIL fighters could rise. American heavy bombers are also positioned in Guam to attack North Korea should it be necessary, and earlier this week, the Pentagon announced that the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group was being diverted to the area.
On Saturday, former Afghan president Hamid Karzai criticised both the Afghan and USA governments for the attack. I will say this: "I think China has really been working very hard", he said.
Speaking to IANS, a top intelligence officer in Kasargode said that around midnight April 13 officials received information that said Mohammed was killed in the USA military assault.
An elderly man who lives close to the bombing site in Achin's Momand Dara area said the blast was so piercingly loud that his infant granddaughter was experiencing hearing loss.
The bombing left villagers terrified on both sides of the Afghan-Pakistani border. America has concentrated on fighting them while also supporting Afghan forces against the Taliban. It is unclear how many people remain in the district.
The strike targeted a network of fortified underground tunnels that ISIS had been using to stage attacks on government forces in Nangarhar province, near the Pakistan border.
Military officials said they hoped the MOAB would create such a huge blast that it would rattle Iraqi troops and pressure them into surrendering or not even fighting.