At least 90 militants of the Islamic State were killed in Afghanistan after the US Army dropped its largest non-nuclear bomb GBU-43. The GBU-43 bomb known as “Mother Of All Bombs” was dropped in Afghanistan targeting an IS complex. According to reports, the attack was able to decimate a deep tunnel of ISIS group.
The US dropped the bomb in order to curb the rising threat of ISIS-K in Afghanistan. Afghan officials had earlier said the bombing had killed 36 IS fighters, adding that there there were “no military and civilian casualties at all”.
After ‘capturing’ Iraq and Syria, ISIS has made inroads into Afghanistan in recent years, attracting disaffected members of the Pakistani and Afghan Taliban as well as Uzbek Islamists.
Following the attack, US President Donald Trump said that it was a successful job and that he was very proud of his military. “Everybody knows exactly what happened, what I do is I authorise our military. We have the greatest military in the world, they’ve done a job, as usual, so we have given them total authorisation and that’s what they’re doing, and frankly, that’s why they’ve been so successful lately,” Trump reportedly said.
The MOAB is believed to be the deadliest non-nuclear weapon designed. It is designed to target places that are not easily reachable. It is GPS enabled and can target with smarter and improved accuracy. The massive bomb was dropped after fighting intensified over the past week and US-backed ground forces struggled to advance on the area.