United States drops 'mother of all bombs' on IS in Afghanistan

Apr 14, 2017, 10:41

General John Nicholson, the head of USA and global forces in Afghanistan, said the bomb was used against caves and bunkers used by fighters of the Islamic State in Afghanistan, also known as ISIS-K.

The US military dropped America's most powerful non-nuclear bomb on ISIS targets in Afghanistan Thursday, the first time this type of weapon has been used in battle, according to US officials.

It's the first time the massive bomb has been used in conflict and President Trump hailed it as a successful military mission.

The bomb weighs 22,000 pounds, making it the second-largest non-nuclear bomb in the USA arsenal.

Inhofe applauded President Donald Trump's commitment to the fight against terror, giving his military commanders and the authorities the need to defeat USA enemies and sending a clear message to both enemies and allies of the US. "So, what I do is I authorize our military". "We have the greatest military in the world and they've done a job as usual", he said.

"We're very very proud of our military, just like we're proud of the folks in this room, we are so proud of our military it was another successful event".

Another theory comes from those who believe the surprise bombing was meant to send a political message about the United States government's willingness and ability to use extreme force as it attempts to intimidate North Korea, Russia and Syria. "The President's actions also send a clear message that we will no longer tolerate attacks on our troops and that those who do so can expect a swift and strong response", he said. "It doesn't make any difference if it does or not". Maybe North Korea. Maybe Iran. The problem will be taken care of.

He said IS targets had been bombed regularly but "last night's bombarding was very powerful. the biggest I have ever seen". It is pushed out the rear of the launching aircraft, guided to its target by Global Positioning System and slowed by a parachute.

At his daily news conference, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the bomb was dropped at around 7 PM local time in Afghanistan yesterday.

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US 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".

Asserting that the United States takes the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) very seriously, Spicer said that US has denied operational space to the terror group in order to defeat them.

US Navy Captain Bill Salvin, spokesman for US Forces Afghanistan, said in an email to AFP that a bomb damage assessment was being carried out.