Afghanistan confirms 36 Islamic State fighters killed by massive U.S. bomb

The Pentagon says USA forces in Afghanistan dropped the military's largest non-nuclear bomb on an Islamic State target in Afghanistan.

The U.S. military headquarters in Kabul said the bomb was dropped at about 7:30 p.m. local time Thursday on a tunnel complex Nangarhar, where the Afghan affiliate of the Islamic State group has been operating.

The U.S. commander in Afghanistan who ordered use of the "mother of all bombs" to attack an Islamic State stronghold didn't need President Donald Trump's approval, Pentagon officials said Friday.

Pakistani villagers living near the Afghan border said the explosion was so loud they thought a bomb ad been dropped in their village by US warplanes targeting terrorists in Pakistan. He said a clearance operation was continuing. USA and Afghan forces had been unable to advance because ISIS - which has expanded into Afghanistan in recent years - had mined the area with explosives.

Although no civilians were hurt in Thursday's strike, civilian and ally casualties were reported in at least three other attacks launched by the United States in the Middle East, according to CNN.

A USA military strike with a weapon known as the "mother of all bombs" (MOAB) killed 36 IS militants and destroyed their base, the Afghan defense ministry says.

In the footage, the bomb can be seen streaking down from the sky and onto the valley of a mountain.

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"I want a hundred times more bombings on this group", said Hakim Khan, a 50-year-old a resident of Achin.

The bomb - known officially as a GBU-43B but nicknamed the "mother of all bombs" - unleashes 11 tons of explosives. The U.S. has more than 8,000 USA troops in Afghanistan, training local forces and conducting counterterrorism operations.

President Donald Trump said this week he would be sending his new national security adviser, Lt. Gen. HR McMaster, to Afghanistan "to find out how we can make progress alongside our Afghan partners and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies".

Achin district governor Esmail Shinwari said "at least 92 Daesh fighters were killed" - adding there were "no military and civilian casualties at all".

The statement said it is the responsibility of Afghans, not the USA, to remove the Islamic State group from the country.

Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai on Saturday criticized both the Afghan and USA governments for the attack in Nangarhar. The two militant movements are rivals of each other.

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