US Bombing in Afghanistan Kills 36 ISIS Men, Including Man from Kerala

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The number of militants killed after the largest non-nuclear weapon ever used in combat by the United States military was dropped in Afghanistan has risen to 94.

Ataullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor in Nangarhar, said Saturday the number of Islamic State group dead was up from the 36 reported a day earlier.

The Afghan Ministry of Defense said in a statement that several IS caves and ammunition caches were destroyed by the bomb. He said the bombing was an insult to Afghanistan and that the U.S. was just using ISIS as an excuse.

The officials said that Gen. John Nicholson has standing authority to use the bomb, which is called the Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb (MOAB).

At least 90 militants from the Islamic State (IS) group were killed by a huge bomb dropped by the U.S. in Afghanistan, a regional governor says. "We also ask the Kabul government to use even stronger weapons against them".

The Air Force estimates each MOAB costs about $170,000 to build.

The bomb's use attracted enormous attention, but the aim of the attack was relatively mundane by military standards - to destroy a tunnel and cave complex used by IS fighters in a remote mountainous area of eastern Afghanistan.

Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai posted scathing criticism of the USA military on Twitter Thursday, calling the operation a "brutal misuse of our country as [a] testing ground for new and risky weapons" and calling on Afghans "to stop" the United States.

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"Afghan and foreign troops closely coordinated this operation and were extra cautious to avoid any civilian casualties", it said.

The US army used the 9,800kg bomb, which weighs nearly as much as a double-decker bus, to target a tunnel complex used by the insurgents who are battling both the Afghan army and the Taliban in Afghanistan.

He said the bombing was necessary because the complex was extremely hard to penetrate, with some tunnels as deep as 40 meters (43 yards).

In reality, the blast was around three miles away, its massive impact bigger than any before seen in the region.

Trump called Thursday's operation a "very, very successful mission". He said a clearance operation to assess the site of the attack was continuing. It is unclear how many people remain in the district.

The strike is part of a broader offensive, which Nicholson said is a sign of Afghanistan's commitment "to defeat Daesh in Afghanistan this year".

The Air Force conducted and released video footage of the bomb's final test detonation on March 11, 2003, just days before the USA launched its invasion, which successfully removed Saddam from power but led to an unanticipated Sunni Arab insurgency that created a military quagmire and has yet to return Iraq to normalcy.

Others, including the former President Hamid Karzai, the Taliban, and the Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan Hazrat Ummer Zakhilwal, have denounced this massive display of power.