Monday, 24 April, 2017

No need for Trump's approval to use massive bomb

This image made from an April 13 video released by the U.S. Department of Defense shows a GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb strike on an Islamic State militant cave and tunnel systems in the Achin district of the Nangarhar Province in eastern Afgha 36 ISIS fighters killed by US 'mother of all bombs': Afghan official
Howard Terry | 19 April, 2017, 01:48

An Islamic State activist from Kerala is believed to have been among the 36 ISIS militants killed when the US dropped a massive GBU-43 bomb, also known as the "mother of all bombs", on the terror group's position in a cave network in eastern Afghanistan.

The Associated Press reports that Ataullah Khogyani, a spokesperson for the governor of Afghanistan's remote Nangarhar province, said in a statement released on Saturday that the number of ISIS militants who died in the "Mother Of All Bombs" attack launched on Thursday had risen from 36 reported on Friday to "at least 94".

Earlier on Friday, an Afghan Defense Ministry spokesperson said that at least 36 militants of Daesh terrorist group, banned in Russian Federation and a range of other countries, were killed in the US MOAB bomb attack.

There has been mixed reaction to the news that United States forces used the biggest available bomb in its arsenal to attack what has been described as a network of tunnels used by Islamic State fighters in Afghanistan.

The bomb, known officially as a GBU-43B, or massive ordnance air blast weapon (MOAB), unleashes 11 tonnes of explosives.

Nicholson said he was in constant communication with officials in Washington, but the decision to use the 21,600-pound (9,797-kg) GBU-43 bomb was based on his assessment of military needs and not broader political considerations.

The massive bomb was deployed after fighting intensified over the past week and US -backed ground forces struggled to advance on the area, where a USA special forces soldier was killed on April 8.

"This was the right weapon against the right target".

Indian agencies say that the Pakistan army and the ISI were nurturing these operatives.

But the militant group has been steadily losing ground in the face of heavy pressure both from US air strikes and a ground offensive conducted by the Afghan military.

"Still, from a strategic standpoint, there is an unsettling takeaway here: The US pulled off a huge shock and awe mission against an enemy that isn't even the top threat to the US in Afghanistan".

Speaking to IANS, a top intelligence officer in Kasargode said that around Thursday midnight they got information of Mohammed being killed in the United States military assault. The bomb used in the strike is claimed to be the biggest-ever non-nuclear bomb.

The bomb was dropped in the Achin district of the Nangarhar province where the Islamic State has a stronghold and terrorizes the local population.

"It's not the same as it was, you don't have to ask us before you drop a MOAB", a senior military official told TheWSJ, using the acronym for the large bomb.

Trump said Thursday the bombing was "another successful job". An American special forces soldier was killed last Saturday in Nangarhar. "We thought it had happened right in front of our house", he said.

The official also added that the use of the massive bomb had nothing to do with sending a message of the US' determination to any country, including North Korea.

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