Afghanistan: Massive US bomb kills 36 Islamic State fighters

The United States dropped a massive GBU-43 bomb also known as the

Afghanistan: Massive US bomb kills 36 Islamic State fighters

The most powerful non-nuclear bomb ever used by the USA in combat was dropped on IS tunnels in Nangarhar province. Footage put out by the Pentagon showed the bomb slamming into a mountainside overlooking a river valley, causing a giant blast and sending up a vast column of black smoke. Apart from its lethal impact, objective of use of the bomb seemed to be spreading terror for psychological reasons, which form part of the strategy during wars.

In a message distributed on the instant messaging app Viber, the Taliban said the United States had "no justification" for using such a powerful bomb during combat operations, calling it a "show" by USA forces to persuade the world it is battling the Islamic State.

"I find the use of the largest non-nuclear bomb, the so-called "mother of all bombs", on our soil reprehensible & counterproductive".

Despite endorsement of the bombing by President Ghani and CEO Dr Abdullah, former President Hamid Karzai and Kabul's top envoy to Pakistan Omar Zakhilwal condemned the American attack.

"This was the first time that we encountered an extensive obstacle to our progress", he said of a joint Afghan-U.S. operation that has been targeting Islamic State since March.

"Relations will not br affected by the propaganda launched by some individuals through the free press and media because the diplomatic organ is the main and principal entity of the Afghan government", the ministry said in a statement released Tuesday.

U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Washington is "working with the government of Afghanistan and our partners in the region in order to deny any terrorist organization - that includes Al Qaeda as well - a safe haven or any kind of material support on the ground".

"So we have incredible leaders in the military, and we have an incredible military, and we are very proud of them", Trump said, according to Business Insider.

US President Donald Trump has described the bombing of Islamic State in eastern Afghanistan as a

Its objective was relatively mundane by military standards: destroy a tunnel complex used by Islamic State fighters in a remote mountainous area of Afghanistan.

Coalition forces believe that the Daesh fighters often switch allegiances between armed groups, making it hard for them to operate.

With North Korea reportedly preparing to conduct a nuclear test this weekend, President Donald Trump was asked whether dropping the bomb sends a message to the eastern aggressor.

As many as 36 suspected Islamic State militants were killed in the strike on Thursday evening in the eastern province of Nangarhar, Afghan defense officials said, adding there were no civilian casualties.

The US estimates there are 600 to 800 Isis fighters in Afghanistan, mostly in Nangarhar. Just last week, a U.S. Special Forces member was killed in Nangarhar fighting Daesh.

A local resident living around two kilometers (1.5 miles) from the blast told CNN he heard an "extremely loud boom that smashed the windows of our house".

There were no civilian casualties, according to American officials. That is the official count, while Afghan provincial governor's office spokesman Attaullah Khogyani asserts that the blast killed up to 82 militants, The New York Times reports.

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