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Government: 36 Islamic State fighters killed by massive bomb

Government: 36 Islamic State fighters killed by massive bomb

The GBU-43 is a GPS-guided munition that had never before been used in combat since its first test in 2003, when it produced a mushroom cloud visible from 32 kilometres away. "They could literally with these thousands of artillery strikes wipe out 20-million people - that's without even using their nuclear weapons". The MOAB is so large that it is carried in the cargo hold of the aircraft then rolled out the plane's rear door toward its target.

"Although the MOAB weapon leaves a large footprint, it is discriminate and requires a deliberate launching toward the target", the review said. "It is expected that the weapon will have a substantial psychological effect on those who witness its use".

US forces dropped the GBU-43 Massive Ordinance Air Blast, an nearly 30-foot giant weighing approximately 10 tons, on the Achin district of Nangarhar province Thursday night.

The bomb, the largest non-nuclear bomb in military arsenal, was said to strike a complex of tunnels believed to be used by ISIS.

Meanwhile, Achin district residents, who have in recent months fled their homes because of Daesh activity, on Friday welcomed the move and called on government to continue their clearance operations. USA and Afghan forces had been unable to advance because ISIS - which has expanded into Afghanistan in recent years - had mined the area with explosives. The MOAB struck the epicenter of ISIS operations.

As you can see in the following video, the MOAB delivers a massive blast, so you probably don't want to be anywhere near it. The cave complex used by ISIS was in a remote and rugged area of mountains and gorges. He ordered the first combat use of the bomb so Afghan troops and their American advisers wouldn't have to go in on the ground to clear out the caves.

Afghan and US forces were at the scene of the strike and reported that the "weapon achieved its intended goal,", Nicholson said.

"This was the right weapon against the right target", Nicholson said.

Afghan officials said that 36 Islamic State militants were killed in the bombing.

Pakistani villagers living near the frontier said the explosion was so loud they thought a bomb had been dropped in their village by USA warplanes targeting militants in Pakistan.

Some in Pakistan said the explosion was so loud they thought a bomb had been dropped in their village.

"This was the right weapon against the right target", Army General John Nicholson, the USA commander in Afghanistan, said. Just last week an American soldier was killed in the same area when ISIS fighters popped out of a cave and ambushed him.

"The fact is, the Taliban has no desire to negotiate, and [they] feel time is on their side and feel there's no opportunity for peace without a negotiated settlement with the Taliban", Coffman said.

According to one USA official speaking to CNN, there are between 600 and 800 fighters aligned to the offshoot of ISIS in Afghanistan - which some suspect may no longer be loyal to the wider ISIS movement.

The decision to deploy the first MOAB also revealed the Trump Administration's revised chain of command. "So we have incredible leaders in the military and we have incredible military, we are very proud of them and this was another very very successful mission". "I'm looking at tightening up what we call the War Powers Act of 1993 that kind of defines the relationship between the White House, the president as commander in chief, and Congress in terms of authorizing military action".

"The United States takes the fight against ISIS very seriously and in order to defeat the group, we must deny them operational space, which we did".

Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai shared a similar opinion on Twitter.

"Using such a heavy weapon in the name of IS is using our territory for experimentation", the statement said.

Success may also be short-term and relative in context of America's longest war.

Afghanistan's ambassador to the US, Hamdullah Mohib, said the colossal MOAB was dropped after fighting had intensified over the last week.


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