by Susan Jones, CNSnews:
At a news conference in Afghanistan early Friday morning, Gen. John Nicholson, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, said the U.S. military coordinated yesterday’s historic bomb attack on ISIS with the government of Afghanistan.
“The enemy uses tunnels and minefields to move around the battlefield and protect themselves from attacks from Afghan and U.S. forces,” Nicholson said. “This was the right weapon against the right target.”
Nicholson assured the Afghan people that the United States takes “every possible precaution” to prevent civilian casualties: “We have persistent surveillance over the area before, during and after the operation, and now we have Afghan and U.S. forces on the site and see no evidence of civilian casualties — nor have there been any reports of civilian casualties.”
The Afghanistan Ministry of Defense said 36 ISIS fighters were killed when the 21,600-pound bomb — the largest non-nuclear weapon ever used in combat — landed on their remote network of caves and tunnels, all of which were destroyed.
The bomb fell at 7:30 p.m. local time Thursday in eastern Nangarhar province, near the Pakistan border.
People living in the area described an earsplitting blast, the Associated Press reported.
The bomb, known officially as a GBU-43B, or massive ordnance air blast weapon, unleashes 11 tons of explosives.
At the White House on Thursday, President Trump hailed “another successful job” by the U.S. military.
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