US forces dropped a huge GBU-43 bomb on a series of caves fighters loyal to Islamic State-Khorasan or ISIS-K group used in eastern Nangarhar province on Thursday.
The largest non-nuclear bomb with the US forces, was used in Achin district as part of ongoing efforts to defeat the ISIS-K in Afghanistan. The GBU-43 bomb, known as mother of all bombs, was dropped from a US aircraft to minimize the risk to Afghan and US forces conducting clearing operations in the area.
The government of Afghanistan has said 36 militants were killed in the strike. The blast, from the weapon dubbed the “mother of all bombs,” destroyed three underground tunnels as well as weapons and ammunition, but no civilians were hurt.
US President Donald Trump said Thursday the bombing was “another successful job.” It is the third major military action his administration has taken in recent months, following a military raid in Yemen that left civilians and a US Marine dead, and last week’s surprise strike on a Syrian airfield.
The Presidential Palace in a statement on Friday said Daesh rebels also known as Islamic State (IS) were inflicted heavy losses in the overnight bombing by the US/NATO forces in the Achin district of eastern Nangarhar province, adding Afghan security forces in close coordination with NATO Resolute Support (RS) mission have been fighting terrorist groups, including hardcore Daesh insurgents in Afghanistan.
The Islamic State (IS) — or so called Daesh — has chosen the Achin district of eastern Nangarhar province as its headquarters for a variety of reasons. The district’s proximity to the Durand Line, a contested borderline haunted by militants of all stripes, and easy weapons and logistical supply routes seem to have driven the rebel group’s choice of its HQ.
But the Afghan forces and their international partners have achieved eye-catching progress in war against the Taliban and Daesh, and such heavy setbacks to terrorist groupings would help raise public confidence on the capabilities of Afghanistan’s national security forces.
Today’s ANSF fight against the insurgents would definitely bear positive results, and the next generations would have peaceful and prosperous life because of their sacrifices and struggle and the history would be written with their sacrifices.
The Afghan government and security forces are the only ones fighting ISIS in Afghanistan to protect not only Afghanistan, but the whole region from the group’s threats. Therefor it is very necessary for the neighboring countries, international community, in particular that of NATO and US to help equip the Afghan forces, so that to further be capable enough to conduct independent operations against terrorists across the country.
It is hoped that the precious lives and blood of Afghan forces will not go in vain rather they will ensure peace and stability for the nation, if not now, in the future. Whenever negotiation is proved abortive, blood will be the only remedy to protect the rights and dignity of a nation.