U.S. 'mother of all bombs' kills dozens of ISIS militants

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"The number of Daesh fighters killed in the USA bomb in Achin district jumped to 94, including four commanders", CNN quoted Nangarhar provincial spokesman Attaullah Khogiani, as saying.

"Using "mother of all bombs" in Afghanistan to kill 36 militants - at $450,000 each - will not change its reputation as a white elephant", a Guardian op-ed argued.

USA forces in Afghanistan on Thursday struck an Islamic State tunnel complex in eastern Afghanistan with "the mother of all bombs", the largest non-nuclear weapon every used in combat by the us military, Pentagon officials said. USA forces in Afghanistan on Thursday struck an Islamic State tunnel complex in eastern Afghanistan with the largest non-nuclear weapon every used in combat by the US military, Pentagon officials said.

The GPS-guided bomb is capable of destroying an area equivalent to nine city blocks.

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Gen Nicholson defended the strike despite many in the war-ravaged country questioning as to why the America used this massive bomb in Afghanistan when it has never been used in Iraq and Syria. But not all of the US' allies agreed with the use of the MOAB.

"This is not the war on terror but the inhuman and most brutal misuse of our country as a testing ground for new and risky weapons".

President Ashraf Ghani threw his support behind the bombardment, saying it was "designed to support the efforts of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) and United States forces conducting clearance operations in the region".

Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai tweeted: "This is not the war on terror, but the inhuman and most brutal misuse of our country as testing ground for new and risky weapons".

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US General John Nicholson, Nato commander in Afghanistan, said: "This is the right weapon for the right target". It came a week after he authorized a U.S. missile strike against a Syrian government air base - the first USA strike against the Syrian government in the country's six-year civil war.

An Afghan resident living about a mile from where the bomb fell told CNN he heard an "extremely loud boom that smashed the windows of our house". "We thought it had happened right in front of our house", he said. Family of one of the missing youths said that he was killed in MOAB strike in Afghanistan, tweeted ANI.

The region butts up against the porous Pakistan border.

The Afghan Taliban also strongly condemned the U.S. attack which is apparently used also as a warning to the insurgent group ahead of its annual spring offensive.

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'No civilian has been hurt and only the base, which Daesh used to launch attacks in other parts of the province, was destroyed, ' Waziri said in a statement. According to Afghan officials, the attack was able to decimate a deep tunnel of ISIS group.

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