No need for Trump's approval to use massive bomb

No need for Trump's approval to use massive bomb

Its Russian equivalent appeared four years later and turned out to be four times more powerful, acquiring a name no less spectacular - "The Father of All Bombs".

"They were Arabs, Pakistanis, Chinese and local insurgents coming to buy from shops in the bazaar", said Raz Mohammad.

The Taliban on Friday also issued a statement condemning the strike. He said there were no civilian casualties.

The bomb used in the strike is claimed to be the biggest non-nuclear bomb. "And with the maximum amount of caution so that we don't cause civilian casualties".

More than 1,900 IS militants, several Afghan security forces and two USA soldiers have been killed in Achin and neighboring districts since early 2015 when IS emerged there, according to Afghan military officials. "This is the right weapon for the right target", he said". Those figures were likely gleaned from a misreading of an Los Angeles Times article about a different bomb, and a questionable military asset website, TheDCNF reported Thursday.

The North Korean government warned that it is ready to go to war if the USA attacks, and said that it is now considering a first strike itself.

Gen. John Nicholson, commander of USA forces in Afghanistan, held a press conference Friday and said: "We have USA forces at the site and we see no evidence of civilian casualties nor have there been reports".

But former President Hamid Karzai accused the United States of using Afghanistan as "a testing ground for new and unsafe weapons".

The US hasn't provided any data on how many ISIS fighters were killed by the MOAB.

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Footage released by the United States shows the bomb's devastating power.

Trump said Thursday the bombing was "another successful job".

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - The number of militants killed in an attack by the largest non-nuclear weapon ever used in combat by the USA military has risen to 94, an Afghan official said Saturday. It's the first time it's ever been used in conflict.

Pakistani villagers living near the Afghan border said the explosion was so loud they thought a bomb had been dropped in their village by USA warplanes targeting terrorists in Pakistan.

He had that authority before Trump took office.

The most recent operation began in March and continued until troops hit Islamic State fighters entrenched in booby-trapped tunnels in a remote mountain region, leading commanders to call for the use of the GBU-43 bomb. U.S. and Afghan forces had been unable to advance because ISIS - which has expanded into Afghanistan in recent years - had mined the area with explosives.

"The Secretary General and I had a productive discussion about what more North Atlantic Treaty Organisation can do in the fight against terrorism", Trump said.

According to the latest United Nations estimate available for opium production in Achin, there were 1,090 hectares (ha), or about 4 square miles, under poppy cultivation there in 2015, making the area one of the top opium-producing districts in Nangarhar.

According to CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen, "the war in Afghanistan is at its lowest point for the Afghans and their American allies since the Taliban were overthrown in the months after 9/11".

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