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No word on Indian IS operatives in Afghanistan's Nangarhar after USA bombing

No word on Indian IS operatives in Afghanistan's Nangarhar after USA bombing

Afghan officials say the death toll is likely to increase as USA and Afghan Security Forces continue their damage assessment and clear the formerly held ISIS territory.

The "best case" from the Pentagon's perspective, the 36 killed all being ISIS, is a pretty dubious result for the deployment of an $18 million bomb.

Peters, who serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee, says he has not been briefed yet on this week's bombing in Afghanistan.

Also known as the Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) and the "mother of all bombs", the GBU-43 is a 9797kg GPS-guided munition and was first tested in March 2003, just days before the start of the Iraq war.

"We are very happy, and these kinds of bombs should be used in future as well, so Daesh is rooted out from here", he said, using the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group.

A colossal United States bomb dropped Thursday on ISIS tunnels in eastern Afghanistan killed 36 militants, according to the Afghan Ministry of Defense.

"This was the right weapon against this target", Gen. John Nicholson, commander of U.S. Forces - Afghanistan, said in a press conference in Kabul Friday.

The bomb's target was an Islamic State command center that was hard to destroy with conventional bombs.

Mr Trump said he gave the United States military, referring to them as "my military", "total authorisation".

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The president of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani threw his support behind the bombing, emphasising the Americans had worked closely with his government to prevent any civilian casualties.

A senior Afghan official confirmed the toll to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

It was a strong position and four times we had operations (attacking the site) and it was not possible to advance, he said, adding that the road leading to the complex was full of mines.

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

US and Afghan soldiers were at the cave complex Friday inspecting the damage.

According to Gen. Murad, the operation against the terrorist group still continues in the vicinity of Achin district.

The U.S. military has been conducting operations against ISIS in Afghanistan for the past year, specifically in southern Nangarhar since March, and has reduced the threat to a smaller area by roughly "two-thirds", Nicholson said. "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 said.

"I have witnessed a countless number of explosions and bombings in the last 30 years of war in Afghanistan, but this one was more powerful than any other bomb as far as I remember".

A group gathers around the 14th and final MOAB to be produced, which was officially put on display at the Air Force Armament Museum on Eglin Air Force Base in May 2004.