In a significant development, the United States of America (USA) dropped the GBU-43, otherwise known as "mother of all bombs" on an IS target at Afpak border, Afghanistan on Thursday.
Afghanistan officials say the attack on the tunnel complezx left 36 Islamic State group fighters dead. It is indeed a reflection of the fear that war tired ISIS fighters are seeking sanctuaries and attack bases in Afghanistan with U.S. and Russian forces playing active roles in Syria and Iraq. Mr Murtazawi said the IS fighters in the tunnels had "come from Pakistan and were persecuting people in the local area".
"This was the right weapon against the right target", Gen. John Nicholson, the top commander of US and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces in Afghanistan, said.
During Operation Desert Storm, the BLU-82/B "Daisycutter" was dropped 11 times, and while the GBU is precision-guided and designed only to produce blast effects, Lewis says the BLU is older technology, unguided and created to use fragments to cut down trees to make helicopter landing zones.More news: UK's Johnson cancels Moscow visit after Syria gas attack
"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. Everybody knows exactly what happened, what I do is I authorise our military. "We have the greatest military in the world, and they've done the job, as usual. And that's what they're doing".
"I vehemently and in strongest words condemn the dropping of the latest weapon, the largest non-nuclear #bomb, on Afghanistan by U.S.", he tweeted soon after reports of the bombing emerged. That raised questions about his plans for North Korea, which has conducted missile and nuclear tests in defiance of United Nations and unilateral sanctions. The U.S. has more than 8,000 USA troops in Afghanistan, training local forces and conducting counterterrorism operations. The sheer power of the blast would also be more effective in destroying underground tunnels carved out of the rocky terrain that other conventional bombs might not penetrate. The tremendous explosion. And you can actually see the blast wave radiating across the landscape.
U.S. Army General John Nicholson, Commander of Resolute Support forces and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, speaks during a news conference in Kabul, Afghanistan April 14, 2017.
The Daisy Cutter, which was first used to clear landing strips for helicopters in Vietnam, was employed partly for the psychological effect of its massive blast. "It's a really big bomb that's nothing like a nuclear weapon". He said there were no civilian casualties.
The 2008 Air Force account quoted one of the MOAB project leaders, Robert Hammack, as saying numerous bomb parts were engineered and made in-house, and that the project drew so much interest that experts came out of retirement to work on it. It was so massive it had to be dropped from the rear of a cargo plane, said the Pentagon.