ISIS FEELS THE HEAT FROM TRUMP AS US FORCES DROP 'MOTHER OF ALL BOMBS' ON TERRORISTS COMPLEX
American bombers dropped one of the largest, non-nuclear munitions in the U.S. arsenal on ISIS tunnel complex in eastern Afghanistan for the first time, possibly indicating an uptick in operations against the terror group’s faction in the country.
An MC-130 Combat Talon assigned to U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command dropped a GBU-43, known as the “mother of all bombs,” Thursday on the tunnel complex in the Achin district in eastern Afghanistan’s Nangahar province, which is home to Afghan Islamic State faction, known as Islamic State in Iraq and Syria-Khorasan province, or ISIS-K.
“The strike was designed to minimize the risk to Afghan and U.S. Forces conducting clearing operations in the area while maximizing the destruction of ISIS-K fighters and facilities,” according to a statement from U.S. Forces-Afghanistan.
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The attack comes as President Trump announced Wednesday that National Security Adviser H.M. McMaster would be heading to Afghanistan, to assess the current state of U.S. operations in the country. Since his stunning election victory last November, Mr. Trump and his national security team have been quiet on the way ahead for the U.S. mission in Afghanistan.
The last visit was by former President Barack Obama national security adviser Jim Jones in 2009 shortly before announcing his surge strategy for the country. Washington officially ended combat operations there in 2014, taking on a train-and-advise mission shortly thereafter.