Massive US bomb death toll rises to 94

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The unprecedented attack triggered global shock waves, with some condemning the use of Afghanistan as what they called a testing ground for the weapon, and against a militant group that is not considered a threat as big as the resurgent Taliban.

The biggest non-nuclear bomb ever dropped in combat by the US military killed 36 militants in eastern Afghanistan, officials said Friday, and villagers in the remote, mountainous area described being terrified by the "earsplitting blast". According to him, the bombing was necessary because some of the tunnels were as deep as 40 meters and extremely hard to penetrate.

The top US commander in Afghanistan said recently that he needed several thousand more global troops in order to break a stalemate in the long war with Taliban insurgents.

Wali said dozens of other villagers also came out of homes and later he went near the border, where he met with other residents. He said he could see smoke in the sky. "When I came out of my house I saw a large fire and the whole area was burning".

Kean believes while the main reason the MOAB was used was to avoid US infantry casualties, the payoff is that it shows Russia, Syria, North Korea and the world President Trump will not hesitate to take action when needed. "Who's going to be out there fighting us in the future?"

"They killed our women, youths and elders, sitting them on mines", Hakim added.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said the bombing "targeted a system of tunnels and caves that ISIS fighters used to move around freely, making it easier for them to target US military advisers and Afghan forces in the area".

Trump has also considered changing the way the US targets terrorists in drone strikes.

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"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 Nangarhar", General John Nicholson, the top USA commander in Afghanistan, said on Friday.

"This is the first time we have encountered an extensive obstacle to our progress that was constituted by I.E.D.s, the presence of tunnels and caves, and therefore this was the appropriate weapon to use at this time", Nicholson said during a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan.

"It was the right time to use it tactically against the right target on the battlefield".

Nangarhar provincial spokesman Attaullah Khogiani told CNN about the latest report.

District Gov. Ismail Shinwari added that there was no civilian property near the location of the airstrike.

Haji Mohammad Sadeq, another tribal elder said civilians in the immediate area of the Islamic State hideout "left the area long ago", while others who remained were alerted by Afghan forces through mosques. The two militant movements are rivals.

Nicholson said the US conducted "persistent surveillance over the area before during and after the operation" and that there had been no evidence of civilians hit in the strike.

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