Time: 9:30 p.m. CEST
The United States forces in Afghanistan dropped a 22,000-pound bomb on Islamic State forces in eastern Afghanistan, the White House and the Pentagon announced on Thursday. “Around 7:00 p.m. local time in Afghanistan, the U.S. military used GBU-43 weapon in Afghanistan,” the White House press secretary Sean Spicer said during daily news briefing, explaining that the U.S. targeted system of tunnels and caves that Islamic State fighters use to move around freely, making easier to target U.S. and Afghanistan Forces in the area.
The commander of the U.S. forces in Afghanistan, Gen. John W. Nicholson explained the bomb was “the right munition” to use against the Islamic State. This is the first time, the U.S. used the bomb GBU-43 in combat. ” The Pentagon said the U.S. Forces “took every precaution to avoid civilian casualties with this strike.”
The Washington Post explains that, “Nangarhar’s Achin district is a stronghold of the local Islamic State branch in Afghanistan, which U.S. officials say is made up of mostly Pakistani and Uzbek militants. The group, which calls itself Khorasan Province, has struggled to expand beyond Achin and a handful of other districts in the east.”Achin is close to the border with Pakistan, troubled area for weapons smuggling between two countries.