No need for Pres. Trump's approval to use massive bomb

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In a message distributed on the instant messaging app Viber, the Taliban said the United States had "no justification" for using such a powerful bomb during combat operations, calling it a "show" by USA forces to persuade the world it is battling the Islamic State.

Following the attack, US President Donald Trump said that it was a successful job and that he was very proud of his military.

The official also added that the use of the massive bomb had nothing to do with sending a message of the US' determination to any country, including North Korea.

Rep. Eric Swalwell, a California Democrat, told CNN's Jake Tapper he was "all for going after ISIS". As for whether the United States should be bombing Afghanistan, that is another question altogether. According to the Russian military, the FOAB is equivalent to 44 tonnes of TNT compared to the USA device's 11 tonnes.

An Islamic State activist from Kerala is believed to have been among the 36 ISIS militants killed when the US dropped a massive GBU-43 bomb, also known as the "mother of all bombs," on the terror group's position in a cave network in eastern Afghanistan.

According to a previous statement by the US military, the MOAB attack was targeted at a tunnel complex in the remote eastern Nangarhar province near the border with Pakistan where ISIS militants are known to be based.

The initial toll given by Afghan officials for Thursday's strike was 36.

The Islamic State group has denied suffering any casualties, issuing a statement through its propaganda agency Amaq, saying: "Security source to Amaq agency denies any dead or wounded from yesterday's American strike in Nangarhar using a GBU-43/B".

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Aerial video of the MOAB munition striking a tunnel complex used by ISIS in Afghanistan.

Addressing a press conference in Kabul yesterday, he said the weapon used, the GBU-43, was created to destroy caves and tunnels and that this had been the "right weapons against the right target". It is regarded as particularly effective against clusters of targets on or just underneath the ground.

The 30-foot-long, GPS-guided bomb is capable of destroying an area equivalent to nine city blocks.

"This was the right weapon against the right target", Army General John Nicholson, the USA commander in Afghanistan, said.

General Nicholson said it was "the right weapon against the right target" and "it was the right time to use the GBU-43 tactically". "Precautions were taken to avoid civilian casualties with this airstrike".

Another Achin resident, Mohammad Hakim, approved of the strike. "It was an ear-splitting blast", said Shah Wali, 46, who lives in the village of Goor Gari, 15 km (9 miles) from the border with Nangarhar.

"We were all scared, and my children and my wife were crying". "You know, you go back to [retired] Gen. [Stanley] McChrystal about the importance of knowing who gets killed in these attacks because that's the real question about our future's safety".

Sher Nabi, a commander with the Afghan Local Police, told the LA Times that the bomb landed about a half mile outside the town of Shogal, near the border with Pakistan and that "many militants" were killed.

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