The United States on April 13th, 2017 dropped the most powerful non-nuclear bomb in its military arsenal for the first time in history. That apparently reflects President Donald Trump's vow for a more aggressive campaign against the group. The GBU-43 bomb known as "Mother Of All Bombs" was dropped in Afghanistan targeting an Islamic State complex.
The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb is pictured in this undated handout photo. Agricultural terraces are visible in the footage, but no population centers.
The initial toll given by Afghan officials for Thursday's strike was 36.
While the attack was supported by the Afghan government, former president Hamid Karzai said it represented an "inhuman and most brutal misuse of our country as testing ground for new and unsafe weapons".
The Islamic State group's news agency Aamaq denied that the strike caused any deaths or wounded in a one-line statement put out on its social media channels, citing a "source" within the group.
Those in favor of the attack said the MOAB was the only way to dismantle the cave complex, landmines and tunnels.
"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.
The officials said that Gen. John Nicholson has standing authority to use the bomb, which is called the Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb (MOAB).
Mr Shinwary had earlier confirmed to the BBC that Afghan special forces, with the help of American air support, had begun anti-IS operations in the area two weeks ago.
But the massive blast still terrified villagers 20 miles away across the border in Pakistan.
One man, who did not want to give his name for fear of ISIS retaliation, said there were no civilians left in the area the group controlled.
"The explosion was the biggest I have ever seen".
Another Achin resident, Mohammad Hakim, approved of the strike.
When he was asked about the timing of the unprecedented strike, and whether it had been influenced by the White House, Nicholson said, "In regard to timing, it's when we encountered this target on the battlefield". They say more than 100 ISIS members are killed.
The Taliban condemned the use of the bomb, saying in a statement, "Using this massive bomb can not be justified and will leave a material and psychological impact on our people".
Since then, the number of ISIS fighters has dropped to between 600 and 700 from up to 3,000, according to US officials.
USA military authorities in Afghanistan estimate that ISIS could have up to 800 fighters in the country, with most operating in the remote eastern Nangarhar province.
The district governor of Achin, Ismail Shinwari, said security forces had recovered 92 bodies, none of them civilians.
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