Fox News has released photos of the aftermath of the U.S.’ Massive Ordinance Air Blast (MOAB) non-nuclear bombing that annihilated underground tunnels and ISIS fighters in eastern Afghanistan’s Achin district of Nangarhar in April.
“The war is still going on near the site,” Karim Amini, a local TOLO News journalist who visited the site, told Fox News. “[The destruction] was wide, but how deep the MOAB went was not clear as it dived into the earth and blew out the tunnels which you can’t see.”
The photos were taken by FOX less than two weeks after the explosion. Skeletons, remnants of cars and homes, cages used for torture, and burnt prayer mats are all that are left at the scene.
One of the homes toured still has graffiti written in Pashto on its walls, warning government soldiers to “surrender to us,” and calling them the “the enemy.” Also written was the phrase: “Long live Islamic State.”
“There were tunnels that were entirely destroyed, decimated guns of ISIS, about 20 dead bodies and trees ripped from the earth,” Amini said. “Scores of houses were also destroyed, and even parts of the mountain were, too.”
FOX reports that an Afghan special forces soldier claims the operation is ongoing and that they plan to “clean up right to the (Pakistan) borderline.”
“The people were happy, but only on one condition: that ISIS die and that they disappear from that site as well as their district. Otherwise, it is not of benefit to them,” Amini said. “Now, they want the ‘father of all bombs’ to be dropped and ISIS annihilated.”
Despite destroyed landscaping, uprooted trees, and the massive amount of dead bodies scattered throughout ground zero, there were several Afghan residents pleased with the drop explaining to FOX how ISIS fighters tortured their community. They, along with the Afghanistan military, agreed MOAB was the only way to stop the violence.
“This bomb was a good thing. It destroyed everything. ISIS can’t use that area anymore, so that is the success,” said Maj. Abdullah Karimi, spokesperson for the 202nd Shamshad Police Corps.
But, the area does have those who were opposed to the operation.
“This was truly inappropriate. The U.S. was just using Afghanistan as grounds to send a message to North Korea, Russia, trying to threaten them,” Mohamad Omer Safi, former provincial governor of Kunduz and head of the U.N. Security Office-Afghanistan, said.
However, it wasn’t so much the drop as the location of the drop with which Omer was dissatisfied. He said there were other areas with ISIS occupants that could have been targeted, including leadership headquarters. “Right near there is the ISIS capital. Why wasn’t that targeted?”
H/T: Fox News
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