First reports were 35 dead ISIS supporters. Good news! It’s WAY more than that!
Not just their foot soldiers, either.
Even better — there are still no reports of civilians caught in the blast!
‘At least 4 leaders’ were caught in the blast, too.
They used it because it was the right tool for the job. Here’s why.
The strike using the Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb, or MOAB, was carried out Thursday against an Islamic State group tunnel complex carved into the mountains that Afghan forces had tried to assault repeatedly in recent weeks in fierce fighting in Nangarhar province.
The office of President Ashraf Ghani said Friday there was “close coordination” between the U.S. military and the Afghan government on the operation, and they were careful to prevent any civilian casualties.
The U.S. estimates 600-800 IS fighters are in Afghanistan, mostly in Nangarhar. The U.S. has concentrated on fighting them while also supporting Afghan forces against the Taliban. The U.S. has more than 8,000 US troops in Afghanistan, training local forces and conducting counterterrorism operations. —NewYorkPost
Their forces were dug in and well-defended against conventional attack. So our military adapted its strategy accordingly. Problem solved.
Let’s see. 94 dead ISIS (including 4 leaders). From a total of 600-800 troops? One blast took out somewhere between 1/6 and 1/8 of their entire operation.
If you missed the footage the Pentagon released of that glorious moment –and the reports of some locals in favor of our doing it even more — you can catch it here.