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Afghan Officials Say Dozens killed In US Bombing Of IS Fighters

Afghan Officials Say Dozens killed In US Bombing Of IS Fighters

The US military strike with the 'mother of all bombs' (MOAB) has killed 36 IS militants, according the Afghan defence ministry.

The device is the largest non-nuclear bomb ever used by the US and was dropped a tunnel being used by Islamic State militants.

The Afghan Defence Ministry has reported that no civilians were killed.

IS commander, Siddiq Yar, was reportedly among those killed and a bunch of weapons were destroyed.

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The bomb weighed 9,800kg (21,600lbs) and measured nine metres in length.

A man known only as Mohammad was reportedly only one kilometre away from the blast and told the BBC: "We were eating dinner when we heard a big explosion, I came out of my room and saw a mountain of fire... the area was full of light with the fire of the bomb."

US President Donald Trump has called it 'another successful job' and Afghanistan's Chief Executive, Abdullah Abdullah, said the strike was carried out in coordination with his government.

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But former Afghan President Hamid Karzai has condemned the attack as 'an inhumane and most brutal misuse of our country'.

He posted three tweets expressing his anger at the strike.

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Mr Karzai said: "I vehemently and in strongest words condemn the dropping of the latest weapon, the largest non-nuclear #bomb, on Afghanistan by US.

"This is not the war on terror but the inhuman and most brutal misuse of our country as testing ground for new and dangerous weapons. It is upon us, Afghans, to stop the #USA."

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This is the latest provocation by the US in the Middle East which has escalated tensions with other countries.

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President Trump also ordered 59 missiles to attack a Syrian base believed to be responsible for carrying out the deadly chemical attack.

While some nations were quick to support President Trump, Syria and Russia were furious. Syrian's President Bashar al-Assad called the strikes an 'unjust and arrogant aggression'. The Kremlin announced it was pulling out of a pact with the US to share information about warplanes over Syria.

Just yesterday, Trump posted a tweet essentially telling Beijing that if it didn't step up its game against North Korea then the US would intervene.

Russia has already stated it is 'extremely' worried that America may act against Kim Jong-Un, while Pyongyang's state newspaper reported on Tuesday morning that their nation is ready.

"Our revolutionary strong army is keenly watching every move by enemy elements with our nuclear sight focused on the US invasionary bases not only in South Korea and the Pacific operation theatre but also in the US mainland," it said.

On Monday night, a spokesman forNorth Korea's foreign ministry said: "This goes to prove that the US' reckless moves for invading the DPRK have reached a serious phase. The DPRK is ready to react to any mode of war desired by the US. We will hold the US wholly accountable for the catastrophic consequences to be entailed by its outrageous actions."

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But is there need for concern? Aidan Foster-Carter, an honorary senior research fellow in sociology and modern Korea at Leeds University, told LADbible not to believe everything that comes out of the 'weird' country.

"If you go by what comes out of North Korea you'd think we were at war the whole time," he said. "We've got used to them feeling threatened, and being threatening.

"However, what is new is we've now got Trump. Previous presidents have tried to reign things in. He talks in riddles: 'we'll do something but we won't tell you what it is'.

"Obama was perhaps a disappointment. He took the 'strategic patience' approach. His advisers told him at the start what may be solvable, Cuba and Iran, and what won't. North Korea, he was told, will have no chance.

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north korea

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"North Korea have said they are 'unfazed'. This is a new one for them."

There are concerns that North Korea could be preparing for a sixth nuclear test. US intelligence officials have warned that Pyongyang could be less than two years away from its goal of striking the continental US.

Speculation of an imminent nuclear test is brewing as North Korea marks major anniversaries including the 105th birthday of its founding leader this weekend. This is something which is celebrated with a demonstration of military might.

Foster-Carter believes Trump could try and strike one of these rockets on their lunch but, again, the South Korean allies may not look favourably in it.

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Topics: afghanistan, Syria, China, Russia, North Korea, US, President Donald Trump

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.