After MOAB Strike, No Word on the Fate of Kidnapped Civilians

After MOAB Strike, No Word on the Fate of Kidnapped Civilians

Two weeks after U.S. forces dropped one of the most powerful non-nuclear bombs to target Islamic State fighters in Afghanistan, there has been no official word on the number of casualties.

A U.S. Air Force MC-130 dropped the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast, nicknamed “Mother Of All Bombs,” in the Achin district of Nangarhar province, a hotbed of Islamic State activities, on April 13, 2017. The attack marked a major shift in strategy on part of the United States in Afghanistan, which has already been fighting the Taliban, in what has become the longest conflict for its forces.

While Afghan officials have provided varying numbers of insurgents killed in the attack, between 93 and more than 100, the U.S. military has maintained a stoic silence on the tangible results the MOAB air strike achieved. An unverified list of names circulating on the internet names terrorists representing nationalities around the region including India and Pakistan.

However, one fact Afghan and U.S. officials agree on is that the 21,000-pound bomb hasn’t claimed any civilian casualties whatsoever.

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