Afghan officials say 36 ISIL militants killed in Mother of all Bombs strikeAfghan officials say dozens of ISIL fighters were killed by the Pentagon's massive bombing.
The provincial government in a statement said at least four key leaders of the group were also among those killed.
"The strike has destroyed an ISIS headquarters, three ISIS hideouts along with several bunkers and deep tunnels as well as huge amount of weapons and ammunition", the Afghanistan Defense Ministry statement said.
The 30-foot-long GPS-guided "smart bomb", developed during the second Gulf War in 2003, has enough destructive force to wipe out an area roughly the size of nine city blocks.
The most powerful non-nuclear bomb ever used by the U.S. in combat was dropped on IS tunnels in Nangarhar province. But not all of the US' allies agreed with the use of the MOAB.
"This was the right weapon against the right target", Gen. John W. Nicholson, Jr., commander for US forces in Afghanistan, said Friday at a news conference.
Afghan and United States forces were at the scene of the strike and reported that the 'weapon achieved its intended goal, ' Nicholson said.
President Donald Trump has indicated disengagement from conflicts but attack in Syria, tension with South Korea and dropping of deadliest bombs in Afghanistan shows that previous policy would continue and this does not augur well for regional/global peace and stability.
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But some analysts called the action "disproportionate" and said the use of the bomb was likely a technical decision of matching the most effective ordnance to a specific target - tunnels and caves in an unpopulated area. "We thought it had happened right in front of our house", he said.
"What I do is I authorize my military", Trump told reporters on Thursday in response to a question about the use of the bomb.
Rob O'Neill, the man who killed Usama bin Laden, said those who are questioning the use of the 21,000-pound ordnance are missing the bigger point.
After the recent missile attack by US forces in Syria following an alleged chemical attack by the Bashar al-Assad government against its own people, it is not unlikely that unleashing the earth-shattering bomb in Afghanistan is also meant to be an object lesson for the wider West Asia theatre in a classic case of the conveying of imperialist ambitions under a new US President.
Locals told CNN that more than 3,000 families had fled the district in the past year or so since the militant group established its presence.
The region butts up against the porous Pakistan border.
In Achin village, about 5 kilometres from the remote, mountainous area where the bomb was dropped, witnesses said the ground shook, but homes and shops appeared unaffected. The rocky landscape is dotted with caves and defensive tunnels, making it easy to hold and hard to attack, according to Nic Robertson, CNN's global diplomatic editor, who has reported from the Afghan mountains.