Video of 'mother of all bombs' hitting ISIS cave network in Afghanistan released
15 Abril, 2017, 09:04
The US military on Friday defended its decision to drop the its most powerful non-nuclear bomb on ISIS positions in Afghanistan, describing it as a "tactical" move.
Conservative commentator and radio programme host Laura Ingraham showed her support for the decision to drop the Massive Ordinance Air Blast (MOAB) weapon on Isis members' caves and tunnels near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border - calling it an "excellent" development.
The Pentagon has confirmed that the 21,600lb-bomb, worth $300 million, killed 36 ISIS fighters and destroyed several tunnels and ammunition caches in the area.
"Security source to Amaq agency denies any dead or wounded from yesterday s American strike in Nangarhar using a GBU-43/B", the group s self-styled news agency said on social media accounts.
The bomb - known officially as a GBU-43B but nicknamed the "mother of all bombs" - unleashes 11 tons of explosives.
The GPS-guided bomb is capable of destroying an area equivalent to nine city blocks.
"[The] chain of command allowed me the latitude to make assessments on the ground", Nicholson said in a briefing as quoted by the Washington Post. "Nor have there been any reports of civilian casualties".
The official said use of the weapon had nothing to do with sending a message to any other country, including North Korea.
The office of President Ashraf Ghani said there was "close coordination" between the USA military and Afghan government over the operation in Achin.
"We have incredible leaders in the military".
Afghan officials said there were no civilians casualties.
Trump called Thursday's operation a "very, very successful mission".
"If big bombs were the solution we would be the most secure place on earth today", he tweeted.
He once said the invasion of Afghanistan was a mistake, though he later walked back that statement, saying that he "always supported" USA involvement in the country.
"I was sleeping when we heard a loud explosion".
"We were all scared and my children and my wife were crying".
"We are very happy, and these kinds of bombs should be used in future as well, so Daesh is rooted out from here", he said, using the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group.
Afghanistan has been in a state of war off and on from way before Russian Federation attempted to invade in 1979.
"I was feeling that boom till the morning". We have a president that thinks ISIS has been contained.
A member of an anti-IS group in the area who gave his name only as Mohammad told the BBC all civilians had left the area since the start of the anti-IS operations. The target was close to the Pakistani border.
Officials said ISIS, which has expanded into Afghanistan in recent years, was using a complex of caves and tunnels that were mined and fortified against conventional attack.
The U.S. maintains over 8,000 troops in Afghanistan, training local forces and conducting counterterrorism operations.
Those troops are separate to a wider NATO-led effort to train, advise and assist the Afghan army and police force.
Testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee in February, General Nicholson warned of a stalemate in the country.
He told a Senate committee in February that the worldwide coalition faced "a shortfall of a few thousand" troops to break the "stalemate".
Piers Morgan, a vocal supporter of Mr Trump throughout the 2016 election, said the president reminded followers that the United States has the world's largest and best-armed military.
It marked the second time in recent days that the USA has shown its firepower.
Its principal effect is a massive blast over a huge area.
The president praised the deployment of the MOAB as a successful mission for the US military.
Regarding the MOAB strike, Shinwary said the blast was "the biggest I have ever seen".