Published: Tue, April 18, 2017
Global | By Doris Richards

No need for Trump's approval to use massive bomb

No need for Trump's approval to use massive bomb

A USA airstrike with the military's largest non-nuclear bomb killed at least 36 militants in an attack on Islamic State positions in Afghanistan while also triggering a rift among some of the country's current and former officials.

The US has defended the use of the largest non-nuclear bomb ever used in combat, saying the decision was based on tactical considerations.

IS denied it had suffered any casualties, in a statement on its propaganda agency Amaq.

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

"The whole house was shaking", said Mufti Khan of Achin district in Nangarhar.

Nicholson said the bomb was meant to eliminate the militants' sanctuary in southern Nangarhar, "and this weapon was very effective in that use".

"This was the first time that we encountered an extensive obstacle to our progress", General Nicholson said of a joint Afghan-US operation that has been targeting IS fighters since March. "He had been looking at this target for months and decided it was time to mix things up".

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 blast, from the weapon dubbed the "mother of all bombs," destroyed three underground tunnels as well as weapons and ammunition, but no civilians were hurt, said an Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman.

No civilians were affected by the explosion, the ministry said.

Furthermore, that the ISIS-K tunnel complex might also have been a commandeered tunnel mine once used by locals to extract soapstone, should tell policymakers everything they need to know about insurgencies generally - they can only thrive in places where an accommodating environment - both infrastructural and cultural - for mounting a resistance already exists. Footage put out by the Pentagon showed the bomb slamming into a mountainside overlooking a river valley, causing a giant blast that overwhelms the landscape then sends up a massive column of black smoke.

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A GBU-43/B is the largest and most powerful non-nuclear satellite guided bomb in the arsenal of the United States and was developed at the start of the Iraq war in 2003.

"I thought there was a bombing just outside my home", he said.

The blast could reportedly be seen almost 20 miles away, but the blast radius is approximately one mile. "We also ask the Kabul government to use even stronger weapons against them".

Away from the area directly impacted by the blast, the reaction was more mixed. "If America wants to eliminate Daesh, it is very easy because they created this group".

Other residents said they were used to seeing militants climbing up and down the mountain every day, making occasional visits to the village. Mr Murtazawi said the IS fighters in the tunnels had "come from Pakistan and were persecuting people in the local area".

Yesterday, the village was swarming with Afghan and worldwide troops, as helicopters and other aircraft flew overhead.

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

"Afghan and foreign troops closely coordinated this operation and were extra cautious to avoid any civilian casualties", it said.

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.

U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said the use of this bomb was a sign that the United States was committed to Afghanistan.

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