Giant U.S bomb kills 36 suspected IS militants
United states dropped the mother of all bombs in Afghanistan, which is one of the largest non-nuclear device ever unleashed in a combat battle. The bomb killed 36 suspected Islamic state militants.
The massive blast targeted a network of caves and tunnels and no civilian was harmed in the strike. The bomb targeted Islamic state militants in Afghanistan.
The strike came as the president dispatched his first high level delegation to Kabul.
Mother of all bombs:
- The 9,797-kg GBU-43 bomb, was dropped from an MC-130 aircraft
- Bomb is dropped from a high altitude and satellite guidance ensures accuracy
- The device, also known as the mother of all bombs, is a GPS-guided munition that had never been used in combat before
- The bomb's destructive power which is equivalent to 11 tons of TNT is relatively small compared to the atomic bomb that was dropped on Japan at the end of World War. The atomic bomb had a destructive power which is equivalent to 15,000 to 20,000 tons of TNT
Various reactions to the strike:
- Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai condemned the use of such a destructive weapon on Afghan soil. This according to him is not the war on terror, but an inhuman and brutal misuse of our country as a testing ground for new and dangerous weapons
- Taliban condemned the use of the bomb and stated that it will leave a material and psychological impact on the people of Afghanistan
- American officials said that the bomb is had been positioned for a possible use in Afghanistan
- The United Nations has raised concerns that the American air campaign is causing civilian causalities in Afghanistan. But in this strike, no civilian casualties were reported
Islamic state presence in Afghanistan:
- According to the most recent estimates, there are between 600 and 800 ISIS fighters in Afghanistan
- Most of these fighters are based in southern province of Nangarhar
- The weapon was used to target a system of tunnels and caves that the ISIS fighters used to move freely
- This provided them with an advantage and they could easily target US military advisers and Afghan forces in the area