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US decision to use 'mother of all bombs' in Afghanistan slammed as 'disproportionate'

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  1. Goldhedge

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    US decision to use 'mother of all bombs' in Afghanistan slammed as 'disproportionate'

    The United States has dropped its largest non-nuclear bomb on Afghanistan, killing dozens of ISIS militants - but as the dust settled, analysts have begun to question just how much the sound and fury of the strike signified.

    Some have suggested the decision to use the powerful munition may have been "disproportionate" and has done little to alter circumstances.

    "The Trump administration made a lot of noise with this bomb, but the general state of play on the ground remains the same: the Taliban continues to wage a formidable and ferocious insurgency. ISIS, by comparison, is a sideshow," Michael Kugelman of the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington told AFP.

    "Still, from a strategic standpoint, there is an unsettling takeaway here: the US pulled off a huge shock and awe mission against an enemy that isn't even the top threat to the US in Afghanistan. The Taliban continues to sit pretty," he said.

    Afghanistan's president Ashraf Ghani has thrown his support behind the bombardment, emphasising that "precautions were taken to avoid civilian casualties" - but other officials dissented.

    Omar Zakhilwal, the Afghan envoy to Pakistan, has slammed the strike as "reprehensible" and "counterproductive".

    "If big bombs were the solution we would be the most secure place on earth today," he tweeted.

    [​IMG]Aerial video of the MOAB munition striking a tunnel complex used by ISIS in Afghanistan. (US Department of Defense/Getty)

    The decision to drop the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb -- dubbed the "mother of all bombs" – marks a dramatic escalation.

    US President Donald Trump has termed the strike "very, very successful", and as many as 36 ISIS militants are believed to have been died in the strike. That number is yet to be independently verified.

    General John Nicholson, the top US commander in Afghanistan, insisted during a press conference in Kabul Friday that the bomb was the "right weapon against the right target".

    "The enemy had created bunkers, tunnels and extensive mine fields, and this weapon was used to reduce those obstacles so that we could continue our offensive in southern Nangarhar," he said, adding US and Afghan forces at the site had seen "no evidence of civilian casualties".

    More than 20 hours after the blast, ISIS issued a statement denying it had suffered any casualties whatsoever, however the organisation rarely admits its losses after such attacks.

    For its part, the Taliban quickly condemned what it called "America's heavy use of weapons on Afghanistan".

    With AFP.

    © Nine Digital Pty Ltd 2017

    Read more at http://www.9news.com.au/world/2017/...ammed-as-disproportionate#SPEIMPjLRiAoXcB4.99
  2. nickndfl

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    That's a good thing. Would not want to attack an enemy with underpowered bombs.

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