The U.S. military yesterday dropped its most powerful non-nuclear bomb in the Achin district of Afghanistan's Nangarhar province to target the Islamic State.
"As ISIS-K's losses have mounted, they are using IEDs, bunkers and tunnels to thicken their defence", said General John W Nicholson, Commander, US Forces - Afghanistan.
Adam Stump, a Pentagon spokesman, said the bomb was dropped from a U.S. MC-130 special operations transport.
They said the target was ISIS tunnels and personnel in the Achin district of the Nangarhar province.
Pregent explained that ISIS fighters in Afghanistan were starting to use the massive tunnel complex that Al Qaeda used starting back in 2001, when US forces were deployed the country. This ammunition was developed during the Iraq War. They say more than 100 ISIS members are killed. The US took all precautions necessary to prevent civilian casualties and collateral damage as a result of the operation, he said.
"The Secretary General and I had a productive discussion about what more North Atlantic Treaty Organisation can do in the fight against terrorism", Trump said.
Trump and the White House dodged questions from reporters on Thursday about whether Trump himself authorized dropping the bomb.
Last week, a US soldier was killed in the same district as where the bomb was dropped while he was conducting operations against Islamic State. Since his stunning electoral in last November, Mr. Trump and his national security team have been mum on the way ahead for the USA mission in Afghanistan.
He continued, "We have given them total authorization and that's what they're doing". Other types of bombs can be more effective against deeper, hardened tunnels.
The President has granted military commanders broader latitude to act independently on several battlefields where USA forces are involved, which Trump touted as making a "tremendous difference" in the fight against ISIS. Maybe North Korea. Maybe Iran. USA officials have said they believe the movement has only 700 fighters but Afghan officials estimate it has about 1,500.
The US has around 10,000 personnel in Afghanistan in advisory role and President Donald Trump's next move would be closely watched - if he would add to the numbers, keep them where they were or roll them back, withdrawing completely.