Friday, April 14, 2017

Islamic State has fewer than 1,000 fighters in Afghanistan. So why did Trump drop the 'mother of all bombs'? - LA Times

Islamic State has fewer than 1,000 fighters in Afghanistan. So why did Trump drop the 'mother of all bombs'? - LA Times

Afghan officials said several militants were killed, but there was no immediate information about civilian casualties as U.S. and Afghan forces continued operations in the mountainous area on Friday.

As a candidate, President Trump once vowed to “bomb the hell out of [Islamic State].” But the use of the Massive Ordnance Air Blast — known at the Pentagon as MOAB, or the “mother of all bombs” — came as a surprise because the group isn’t seen as a major international threat.

  

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