Government: 36 Islamic State fighters killed by massive bomb

There were no civilian casualties, according to the Ministry of Defense statement, which also said that several IS caves and ammunition caches were destroyed. He told United States lawmakers the current troop level was insufficient and there was a "shortfall of a few thousand" advisers to train the Afghans. The target was close to the Pakistani border.

Pakistani villagers living near the Afghan border said the explosion was so loud they thought a bomb ad been dropped in their village by US warplanes targeting terrorists in Pakistan.

According to US officials, most of the members of the local Islamic State branch are Pakistani and Uzbek militants. Nicholson said the strike was created to minimize the risk to Afghan and USA forces conducting clearing operations in the Achin area "while maximizing the destruction" of IS fighters and facilities.

The GBU-43B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb, also known as MOAB and dubbed the "mother of all bombs", destroyed three underground tunnels but did not hurt any civilians, CNN reported. "So, what I do is I authorize our military", Trump said.

US President Donald Trump called the bombing "another successful job". USA forces have conducted a number of air strikes on jihadist bases in the area since August a year ago.

The US dropping its heaviest bomb+ ever on Afghanistan is "not (about) the war on terror", it's about using the mountainous country "as (a) testing ground for new and unsafe weapons", said former President Hamid Karzai. It is a large, powerful and accurately delivered weapon. The munition was developed during the Iraq war and is an air blast-type warhead that explodes before hitting the ground in order to project a massive blast to all sides.

"Although the MOAB weapon leaves a large footprint, it is discriminate and requires a deliberate launching toward the target", the review said, adding, "It is expected that the weapon will have a substantial psychological effect on those who witness its use". "US forces will continue offensive operations until ISIS-K (IS) is destroyed in Afghanistan", it said.

General John Nicholson, the head of USA and worldwide forces in Afghanistan, said the bomb was used against caves and bunkers housing fighters of the Islamic State in Afghanistan, also known as ISIS-K.

Guided by Global Positioning System, it is dropped from the cargo ramp of a C-130 transport plane with its descent slowed by parachute, meaning it can be deployed from a greater height - giving United States pilots more time to reach safety.

Achin district governor Esmail Shinwari said the bomb landed in the Momand Dara area of Achin district.

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