20 Apr '17, 1am

US troops still battling Islamic State near site of Afghan bomb strike

KABUL, Afghanistan — U.S. troops are still battling suspected Islamic State fighters near the site where a massive bomb was dropped in eastern Afghanistan last week, a U.S. military official said on Wednesday. Nicknamed "the mother of all bombs," the GBU-43 Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb was dropped last Thursday from an American MC-130 aircraft in the Achin district of Nangarhar province, bordering Pakistan. Since then questions have surrounded the decision to use the weapon, which is one of the largest conventional bombs ever used in combat by the U.S. military. Afghan estimates of heavy militant losses and no civilian casualties have been impossible to verify in the remote region, with access to the area where the bomb fell still blocked. The strike drew condemnation from some prominent figures, including former Afghan president Hamid Karzai and Afghanistan's ambassado...

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