Afghanistan Confirms Death Of 36 IS Militants In US Bombing
Kabul: The US bombing in Afghanistan which made the whole world sit and notice destroyed key Daesh (IS) hideouts and deep tunnel complex. This news was confirmed by the Afghanistan defence ministry.
In the process of destroying the hideouts and tunnel complex, the US military’s non-nuclear bomb killed at least 36 militants hiding there, Afghan officials said on Friday. They ruled out any civilian casualties occurring in this operation. The Afghanistan president’s office said that precautions were taken to avoid civilian casualties.
The Massive Ordinance Air Blast bomb officially known as GBU- 43/B and called the ‘Mother of All Bombs’ hit the IS hideouts in Achin district in eastern Nangarhar province that borders Pakistan on Thursday.
The Afghan defense officials confirmed the destruction of key hideouts and deep tunnel complex while the US President Donald Trump called the mission ‘very very successful’.
The IS which was known for its infamous reign of terror in Syria and Iraq has eyed Afghanistan and making inroads into the country in recent years. While doing so, it attracted the dissatisfied members of the Pakistani and Afghan Taliban along with Uzbek Islamist’s. However, the group already was losing ground due to the US airstrikes and ground offensive by Afghan forces.
The massive bomb, delivered via an MC-130 transport plane was initially designed to intimidate foes as to clear broad areas.
The bomb landed in Momand Dara area of Achin district, said its Governor Esmail Shinwari.
He claimed that they don’t know anything about the casualties so far, but as it is a stronghold of IS, they think a lot of IS fighters might have got killed.
Being the hotbed of IS militancy, US forces conducted many air-strikes on Jihadist bases in the area since August last year.