IS Death Toll Hits 90 From US Bombing in Afghanistan
- Author: Jack Replman Apr 21, 2017,
Apr 21, 2017, 0:21
Ninety-four Islamic State (IS) rebels also known as Daesh in its Arabic acronym have been killed in Thursday evening bombing of GBU-43/B by USA forces in the Achin district of eastern Nangarhar province, an official said on Saturday.
The toll of Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists who have been killed in the massive GBU-43 bomb attack by the USA has increased to 90, an Afghan official was quoted as saying. It is the largest non-nuclear weapon ever used in combat by the us military. It is also known as a Moab (Massive Ordinance Air Blast) which has earned it the nickname Mother of All Bombs.
Achin is located in the foothills of the Spinghar mountain range that serves as a border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman Gen. Dawlat Waziri has said that initial analysis estimates that the explosion killed 36 ISIS militants.
Spicer said the U.S. took "all precautions necessary" to prevent civilian casualties and collateral damage.
Pakistani villagers living near the frontier said the explosion was so loud they thought a bomb had been dropped in their village by US warplanes targeting militants in Pakistan.
"If you look at what's happened over the last eight weeks and compare it to, really, what's happened over the last eight years, you'll see there's a tremendous difference, tremendous difference", Mr. Trump said.
"The whole house was shaking", said Mufti Khan of Achin district in Nangarhar.
"They killed our women, youths and elders, sitting them on mines", Hakim added.
Maj. Sherin Aqa, head of public affairs for the 201st Corps in eastern Nangarhar province, where the GBU-43B was detonated, said ISIS commanders are among the dead.
The strike was part of a joint operation by Afghan and worldwide troops, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's office said in a statement.
The US military previously estimated ISIS had 600 to 800 active fighters in the area.
Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai posted scathing criticism of the US military on Twitter Thursday, calling the operation a "brutal misuse of our country as [a] testing ground for new and risky weapons" and calling on Afghans "to stop" the United States. The Kabul government immediately hailed the move and pronounced it useful in ensuring success for the Afghan and the US forces eliminating the IS militants.
"Daesh (ISIS) fighters are active in this area and have overrun our houses", said Achin resident Khair Mohammad, welcoming the bombardment. The U.S. has concentrated heavily on combatting them while also supporting Afghan forces battling the Taliban.
According to reports in the western media, the ISIS has denied any casualty in Thursday's MOAB attack on its base in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province.