Update: Es scheint, dass die Bombe mehr Kämpfer getötet hat, als zunächst berichtet. (siehe unten)
While US officials have upped their death count from the Afghan MOAB drop to 94, Indian authorities are claiming that at least 500 Pakistani nationals (who had been protecting the ISIS operatives in this area) were killed in the US bombing in Nangarhar province.
One India reports that the area that was targetted was controlled by the Islamic State and protected by the Pakistan army, sources say.
The operation that was jointly coordinated by the 201 Selab Corps of the Afghanistan army targeted the caves and tunnels that were used as hiding places by the IS. It is now clear that the Pakistan army was backing these IS operatives in Afghanistan, official sources also confirmed.
Indian agencies who are coordinating withe counterparts in Afghanistan have learnt that there are no civilians living in the area. There were a large number of stooges of the Inter-Services intelligence who have been protecting the IS operatives in this area. The US action comes at a time when there was a huge build-up of IS forces in Afghanistan.
Indian agencies say that the Pakistan army and the ISI were nurturing these operatives. The entire area that was bombed was under the control of the ISI officials backing the IS, sources also said. The impact of the bomb was so huge that it blew up at least 500 Pakistanis and an equal number of IS operatives.
Show of Force der USA
Unnützer Abwurf der grössten nichtnuklearen Bombe in Afghanistan. 16 Mio Dollar, um ein paar Erdlöcher zu plätten?!? Die Bombe hat nur einen Nutzen, wenn sie auf dichtes, von Militär/Soldaten belegtes Gebiet z.B. eine Truppenbasis abgeworfen wird. Das ist in Afghanistan nirgends der Fall.
Ausserdem gibt es in Afghanistan keine ISIS, dort würden sich wenn schon al Qaida oder Taliban verstecken. ISIS = Islamic State in Iraq and Syria operiert per Namensdefinition nicht in Afghanistan. Allerdings hat die USA den Begriff ISIS ausgedehnt und bezeichnet damit alle Gegner, die irgendwie muslimisch und im Kampf gegen die USA oder deren Verbündete stehen. ISIS kämpft in Libyen, Isis kämpft in Afghanistan/Pakistan. Damit hat der Begriff scheinbar die früher gebrauchte Überbezeichnung Al Qaida ersetzt.
Eventuell war die Bombe wiederum ein Hinweis an Nordkorea, wo sie aber nicht eingesetzt werden kann, weil das Transportflugzeug ohne Probleme abgeschossen würde. Ebenso im Iran, Irak und in Syrien.
U.S. Drops ‘Mother of All Bombs’ in Afghanistan
Posted on Apr 13, 2017
The U.S. military Thursday announced it dropped a 21,600 pound non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan. The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) is nicknamed the “mother of all bombs,” and was developed in 2003 but never used in a battlefield. CNN reports:
[MOAB] was dropped at 7:32 pm local time Thursday, the sources said. A MOAB is a 21,600-pound, GPS-guided munition that is America’s most powerful non-nuclear bomb.
The bomb was dropped by an MC-130 aircraft, stationed in Afghanistan and operated by Air Force Special Operations Command, Pentagon spokesman Adam Stump told CNN.
Officials said the target was an ISIS cave and tunnel complex and personnel in the Achin district of the Nangarhar province. …
Gen. John Nicholson, commander of US forces in Afghanistan, signed off on the use of the bomb, according to the sources. The authority to deploy the weapon was granted to Nicholson by the commander of US Central Command, Gen. Joseph Votel, Stump said.
Presidential press secretary Sean Spicer said in a subsequent press conference that the U.S. “took all precautions necessary to prevent civilian casualties.”
“The United States takes the fight against ISIS very seriously and in order to defeat the group we must deny them operational space,” he added.
Pressed by reporters for more information on the use of MOAB, Spicer responded, “Please refer to Department of Defense for specifics.”
According to CNN, the military is still “assessing the damage” from MOAB.
A 2003 article in the Los Angeles Times explained the massive bomb’s effect:
Military analysts in the U.S. say that because the 21,000-pound massive ordnance air burst, or MOAB, is so huge, it can be dropped only from a military cargo plane that flies slowly and at relatively low altitudes, making the plane vulnerable to antiaircraft weapons. And because the bomb causes devastation across such a broad swath, it is unlikely to be used against anything but a large concentration of entrenched enemy troops—just the kind of target likely to be armed with antiaircraft weapons.
“It’s really quite improbable that it would be used,” said Loren Thompson, a military analyst at the Lexington Institute, a defense think tank in Arlington, Va.
“The Pentagon is committed to avoiding large concentrations of civilians, and it is committed to avoiding putting its pilots and its planes at unnecessary risk. The only real use for this kind of indiscriminate terror weapon is to scare the bejesus out of Saddam Hussein.”
MOAB reportedly “took $314 million to develop and has a unit cost of $16 million.” Watch video of a test drop of MOAB below: