No need for Trump's approval to use massive bomb

At least 94 Islamic State fighters were killed when the U.S. military dropped America's most powerful non-nuclear bomb on ISIS targets in Afghanistan, an Afghan official said Saturday.

As many as three dozen militants with the radical Islamic State group were killed when USA forces dropped a 22,000-pound bomb on their hideout in eastern Afghanistan, defense ministry officials said Friday. It was first tested in 2003, but the Nangarhar strike represented the first time the huge weapon has been used in combat.

The Examiner's source added Nicholson had mulled using the MOAB - informally known as the "Mother Of All Bombs" - in Afghanistan well before President Trump's inauguration in January.

Villagers who live in the vicinity to where the "mother of all bombs" was dropped in Afghanistan on Thursday believed the "end of the world" was near after the bomb was dropped.

Now, we've moved on to dropping the largest non-nuclear bomb on Afghanistan with the hopes of driving out ISIS.

It produces more energy than normal weapons but is harder to control. "It is on us, Afghans, to stop the United States of America".

Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani said the action was taken in coordination with his military and added that the bombing was "designed to support the efforts of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) and U.S. forces conducting clearance operations in the region".

The US attack on a tunnel complex in remote eastern Nangarhar province, near the Pakistan border, killed at least four IS group leaders, Khogyani said.

The U.S. estimates 600 to 800 IS fighters are present in Afghanistan, mostly in Nangarhar.

Afghan Defence Ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said no civilians were harmed in the massive blast that targeted the network of caves and tunnels, which had been heavily mined.

US and Afghan forces have been battling the Taliban insurgency for more than 15 years.

The massive bomb was dropped after fighting intensified over the past week and US-backed ground forces struggled to advance on the area.

In so doing, Trump has apparently made good on one of his key campaign promises, prioritising the fight against Isis. It was all but defeated.

"This is the right weapon against this target". The strategic value is even less. This May 2004 photo shows a GBU-43B, or massive ordnance air blast (MOAB) weapon, on display at the Air Force Armament Museum on Eglin Air Force Base near Valparaiso, Fla. It uses Afghanistan as the backdrop for a fiery message to Russia, North Korea and Syria.

"If big bombs were the solution we would be the most secure place on earth today", he tweeted.