Officials say Trump's approval wasn't needed to drop massive bomb

Show Caption

Show Caption

The United States Air Force dropped a 21,600-pound Massive Ordnance Air Blast, or MOAB, bomb on what it said were ISIS militants in Afghanistan on Thursday.

Nangarhar officials on Saturday revised the death toll in Thursday night's bombing in Achin district in Nangarhar, stating at least 94 militants had been killed in the incident including four of their top commanders.

The bomb smashed their mountain hideouts, a tunnel-and-cave complex that had been mined against conventional ground attacks, engulfing the remote area in towering flames.

A statement on the IS-supporting Amaq news agency denied there were any IS casualties in the bomb strike.

The weapon, the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast, is referred to as the "mother of all bombs".

Citing the group's deadly attacks on shrines and peaceful demonstrators, and reports that it had beheaded civilians, Nicholson said USA forces were committed to eradicating the militants from Afghanistan in 2017.

Mr Shinwary had earlier confirmed to the BBC that Afghan special forces, with the help of American air support, had begun anti-IS operations in the area two weeks ago.

"This was the right weapon for the right target", said U.S. Gen. John W. Nicholson, NATO commander in Afghanistan, at a news conference.

"But the next morning we came to know that the USA had dropped a huge bomb on a militants' base in the bordering Achin district of Nangarhar that caused the tremors", said a tribal elder.

"Using "mother of all bombs" in Afghanistan to kill 36 militants - at $450,000 each - will not change its reputation as a white elephant", a Guardian op-ed argued.

This was the moment USA forces dropped the MOAB - the "Mother of All Bombs" - on an Islamic State (IS) target in Afghanistan.

Inamullah Meyakhil, spokesman for the central hospital in eastern Nangarhar province, said the facility had received no dead or wounded from the attack.

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

Karzai called President Ashraf Ghani's government an "accomplice" that allowed and welcomed the use of the bomb.

Trump said Thursday the bombing was "another successful job".

"I thought my house was being bombed". The U.S. has concentrated on fighting them while also supporting Afghan forces against the Taliban.

White House officials won't detail precisely when that visit will take place but say it will come "soon".

This comes as the Afghan forces conducted counter-terrorism operations in the restive districts of Nangarhar under the Hamza operations launched almost two weeks ago.

Recommended News

  • Donington Park: Monger suffers leg injuries after British F4 crash

    Donington Park: Monger suffers leg injuries after British F4 crash

    Monger was in the vehicle for 90 minutes before being airlifted to the nearby Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham. The British Formula 4 Championship is running as a support series for the BTCC this weekend.
    Church bids farewell to victims of terrorism

    Church bids farewell to victims of terrorism

    On Sunday, President Trump called Sisi from Air Force One to offer his condolences, a senior administration official told CNN . In a statement, the government said the state of emergency went into effect at 13:00 local time (11:00 GMT).

    Potential Big Plans For Braun Strowman?

    Braun cut a promo about whose yard it is now (Strowman said it was his yard, unsurprisingly) and then the unthinkable happened. It'll be interesting to see how WWE books that match, as they don't really want either man to lose, or at least lose clean.
  • Crosby & The Kids leave Blue Jackets frustrated

    In Friday's game, he stopped 39 of 40 shots for his 55th career playoff win, one short of the team record set by Tom Barrasso. After a few more big saves from Marc-Andre Fleury, the Penguins iced the game with an empty-net goal from Patric Hornqvist .
    United will no longer use police to remove passengers from overbooked flights

    United will no longer use police to remove passengers from overbooked flights

    But other passengers on the plane can be heard arguing with authorities over Dao's treatment as the horror unfolds. "What we saw the other night, unfortunately, is typical of the attitude of United Airlines", said Christie.
    Police say 9 shot early Sunday in Ohio club, 2 critical

    Police say 9 shot early Sunday in Ohio club, 2 critical

    The incident happened when a n argument erupted into gunfire at 3.20am in the J&R Party Hall in Columbus, the state capital. Police have interviewed victims, who either reported they didn't see anything or refused to cooperate.
  • Blue Jackets' Calvert suspended 1 game for hit on Kuhnhackl

    Those teams, the Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators are in adjustment mode going into Game 2 of their first-round series Saturday. When Brandon Saad was on the ice this season the Jackets scored 62.35% of the goals and had 56.39% of the scoring chances.
    Nitish Rana continues dream run, slams second IPL fifty for Mumbai Indians

    Nitish Rana continues dream run, slams second IPL fifty for Mumbai Indians

    "The way it came out today, it couldn't have been any better", Tye told the tournament website (www.iplt20.com). The second wicket pair added 64 in just over five overs, with both batsmen making near equal contributions.

    United Airlines makes policy change regarding passengers getting bumped from flights

    United Airlines has updated its policy to no longer allow crew members to displace passengers who are already seated on a plane. Delta's move comes as United Airlines struggles to recover from images of a passenger's forced removal from a sold-out flight.
  • North Korea 'attempts to launch missile but fails': USPACOM

    The timing of the test, coinciding with Pence's trip and a day after the military parade, would suggest deliberate defiance. North Korea's move comes amid simmering tensions between the USA and the rogue state over its nuclear weapons program.

    Putin, Erdogan discuss chemical weapons incident in Syria

    Russian Federation is an outlier internationally for not attributing the attack to the Assad regime. Still, Tillerson sought to stress the positives from his meetings.
    Veteran Panama soccer player shot dead leaving home

    Veteran Panama soccer player shot dead leaving home

    Henriquez, who was capped 75 times for Panama , recently rejoined his original club Arabe Unido in Panamanian football's top tier. Amilcar Henriquez , shown here in 2014, played against the likes of Neymar in his career with Panama .

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.