dglobalnews.com U.S. general reportedly viewed Afghan device as 'just another bomb'
Published: Tue, April 18, 2017
Global Media | By Cecelia Webb

U.S. general reportedly viewed Afghan device as 'just another bomb'

U.S. general reportedly viewed Afghan device as 'just another bomb'

The U.S. estimates 600 to 800 IS fighters are present in Afghanistan, mostly in Nangarhar. "The strike was created to minimize the risk to Afghan and U.S. Forces conducting clearing operations in the area while maximizing the destruction of ISIS-K fighters and facilities", said the US Force. It hasn't said how much it cost to develop the bomb or how many exist. "The strike has destroyed an IS headquarters, three IS hideouts along with several bunkers and deep tunnels as well as huge amount of weapons and ammunition", the Afghanistan Defence Ministry statement said.

The area where the bomb has been dropped is mostly mountainous and sparsely populated, therefore, one can not say for sure how much effective the attack has been in addressing the IS threat or what was the collateral damage.

"From his perspective, it was just another bomb", a senior defense official told The Washington Examiner for a report Friday.

President Donald Trump said this week he would be sending his new national security adviser, Lt. Gen. HR McMaster, to Afghanistan "to find out how we can make progress alongside our Afghan partners and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies".

US President Donald Trump said on Thursday the bombing was "another successful job".

"I want a hundred times more bombings on this group", said Hakim Khan, 50, a resident of Achin district, the site of the blast. Nangarhar provincial spokesman Attaullah Khogyani gave a toll of 90.

"This is the right weapon for the right target", said U.S. Gen. John W. Nicholson, NATO commander in Afghanistan, at a news conference.

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Mr. Shinwari insisted there were "no military and civilian casualties at all".

Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai accused the United States of using Afghanistan as a testing ground for the weapon, and called the bombing "an inhuman and most brutal misuse of our country". It said they were careful to prevent any civilian casualties.

The statement could not be independently verified, and on Friday Afghan and foreign troops in the vicinity were not allowing reporters or locals to approach the scene of the attack.

The statement said it is the responsibility of Afghans, not the US, to remove the Islamic State group from the country.

The bomb's use has attracted enormous attention, but its aim in Thursday's attack was relatively mundane by military standards: destroy a tunnel and cave complex used by Islamic State fighters in a remote mountainous area of eastern Afghanistan. The two militant movements are rivals of each other. The U.S. has more than 8,000 United States troops in Afghanistan, training local forces and conducting counterterrorism operations. "They kidnapped wives and daughters and forced them to marry fighters", he said.

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