Footage shows Mother of All Bombs' devastating power

Footage shows Mother of All Bombs' devastating power

Footage shows Mother of All Bombs' devastating power

Between 600 and 800 Islamic State fighters were believed to be on the ground in Afghanistan when the US military dropped the MOAB on a network of fortified, underground tunnels that terrorist group had been using to stage attacks on USA -backed Afghan forces.

In another dramatic show of military force after the bombing of a Syrian airfield with 59 Tomahawk missiles, the USA military on Thursday dropped a GBU-43/B, colloquially known as the "Mother Of All Bombs" or MOAB, to target tunnels and bunkers built by Islamic State fighter in Nangarhar province.

"The bomb's reverberations wave frightened me so badly", he said as he headed back into the village to check the damage. He said a clearance operation to assess the site of the attack was continuing.

"We were unable to see each other at home because of the excessive dust inside the room", he said.

The office of President Ashraf Ghani said there was "close coordination" between the USA military and Afghan government over the operation in Achin.

Nangarhar's Achin district is the birthplace of Islamic State in Afghanistan. Some people claimed that civilians were killed in the strike, but this has been denied by United States and Afghan forces.

No group has claimed responsibility for the blast so far, but Taliban militants and Islamic State (IS) fighters have presence in the area.

"We had persistent surveillance over the area before, during and after the operation, and now we have Afghan and USA forces on the site, and see no evidence of civilian casualties", Nicholson said. "It was the right time to use it tactically against the right target on the battlefield", General John Nicholson, commander for U.S. forces in Afghanistan, said at a news conference.

On Tuesday, the US-led coalition in Syria killed 18 of its own allies from the Syrian Democratic Forces in what was described as a misdirected airstrike.

Another Achin resident, Mohammad Hakim, approved of the strike.

Pentagon spokesman Adam Stump said the warhead targeted a network of caves believed to be used by IS fighters in the Achin district of Nangarhar, close to the border with Pakistan.

U.S President Donald Trump's National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster is heading to Afghanistan to evaluate strategic options - including how much of a force to commit to what remains America's longest-running military conflict.

Trump called Thursday's operation a "very, very successful mission".

A district governor together with three other officials were injured in a bomb attack in Afghanistan's eastern province of Nangarhar on Saturday, the provincial government said in a statement.

Shinwari insisted there were "no military and civilian casualties at all".

The Site Intelligence Group, which tracks extremist organizations, reported Friday on a statement from the Afghan Taliban condemning the US for its "terrorist" attack.

The statement said it is the responsibility of Afghans, not the USA, to remove the Islamic State group from the country.

The U.S. maintains over 8,000 troops in Afghanistan, training local forces and conducting counterterrorism operations.

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