MOAB Strike Kills At Least 36 ISIS fighters
The Defense Department released video footage of the MOAB strike in Nangahar Province in Afghanistan yesterday. The bomb flattened a cave/tunnel complex in the area, and reports say that there were no civilian casualties.
UPDATE: Afghan commander says that the death toll of ISIS fighters in the attack has risen to 94. No civilian casualties.
— U.S. Central Command (@CENTCOM) April 13, 2017
Afghan authorities stated that no civilian homes were near the drop zone, and there were no civilian casualties. Our local contact in Afghanistan said that 46 ISIS fighters were killed in the strike, while the Pentagon is saying 36.
“As ISIS-K’s losses have mounted, they are using IEDs, bunkers and tunnels to thicken their defense. This is the right munition to reduce these obstacles and maintain the momentum of our offensive against ISIS-K.” Gen John Nicholson, commander of the US forces in Afghanistan
ISIS-K is the acronym for ISIS in Afghanistan. They have been attempting to gain a foothold, particularly in Nangarhar Province, which is on the border of Pakistan. The Pentagon estimates there are 600-700 ISIS fighters in Afghanistan. Ok, minus those that were blown up yesterday.
The ISIS complex was in an isolated region of Afghanistan.
President Trump made a statement yesterday regarding the dropping of the MOAB:
He called the mission very, very successful and that he was proud of our military and the job they’ve been doing. He stated that he has given the military “total authorization” for striking the enemy.
“If you look at the last 8 weeks and compare it to the last 8 years you’ll see there is a huge difference.” President Trump
Which removes that fear voiced during the campaign that he would “micromanage” the military. When asked if it was meant to “send a message, ” the President responded with “I don’t know if it sent a message, and it doesn’t make any difference. North Korea is a problem and the problem will be taken care of.”
We believe it. No question about it.