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Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

No need for Trump's approval to use massive bomb

No need for Trump's approval to use massive bomb

The US military said that the bomb, set off in the eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan on Thursday, was aimed to destroy a tunnel and cave complex used by ISIS militants in the region.

He said the USA had persistent surveillance over the area "before, during and after" the operation, and they see no evidence of civilian casualties.

Afghan officials say 36 ISIS fighters were killed in the strike.

The top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan, General John Nicholson, had said the decision to use the bomb was purely tactical, and made as part of the campaign against IS-linked fighters.

The GBU-43, or Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb, is also known as the "Mother of all Bombs" due to its acronym and contains 11 tons of explosives.

Achin is located in the foothills of the Spinghar mountain range that serves as a border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The mountain fortress, located in the Achin district of Afghanistan, was reportedly heavily fortified and extremely hard for ground forces to reach, according to Afghan Gen. Daulat Waziri, spokesman for the Afghanistan Ministry of Defense.

This bomb drop is said to have occurred in a remote mountainous area away from civilian homes.

"Afghan and foreign troops closely coordinated this operation and were extra cautious to avoid any civilian casualties", it said. It hasn't said how much it cost to develop the bomb or how many of them exist. He said he could see smoke in the sky.

Afghans have since resumed offensive operations against ISIS, Waziri said.

Fellow Achin district resident Hakim Khan, 50, said, "I want a hundred times more bombings on this group".

US military authorities in Afghanistan estimate that ISIS could have up to 800 fighters in the country, with most operating in the remote eastern Nangarhar province. Nangarhar provincial spokesman Attaullah Khogyani, however, said some 90 terrorists were killed.

"He's gotta come in and explain himself", Ms. Warren added in reference to Mr. Trump's strategy, Fox News reported Friday.

Thursday's strike came as US President Donald Trump dispatches his first high-level delegation to Kabul, amid uncertainty about his plans for the almost 9,000 American troops stationed in Afghanistan.

Others sharply criticized the move and condemned the U.S's actions, saying foreign forces should target insurgent strongholds outside Afghanistan. The U.S. has concentrated on fighting them while also supporting Afghan forces against the Taliban.

The attack occurred at 7:32PM on Thursday, and according to Afghan Defense Minister Mohammad Radmanesh, at least 37 IS militants died in the blast.

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