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Gigantic U.S. bomb killed 36 ISIS monsters in Afghanistan
Good. Too bad it wasn't more.
In followup to yesterday's very brief piece about the dropping of the CGU-43 bomb, with its 11 tons of explosives, in Afghanistan: We got ISIS tunnels all right, but as hoped, we got quite a bit of ISIS too. It looks like as many as 36 of these evil sadistic monsters will never perpetrate their evil on this Earth again:
As many as 36 suspected Islamic State militants were killed in Afghanistan when the United States dropped "the mother of all bombs," its largest non-nuclear device ever unleashed in combat, the Afghan defense ministry said on Friday.
Thursday's strike came as U.S. President Donald Trump dispatches his first high-level delegation to Kabul, amid uncertainty about his plans for the nearly 9,000 American troops stationed in Afghanistan.
The deaths have not been independently verified, but ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said no civilians were harmed in the massive blast that targeted a network of caves and tunnels.
"No civilian has been hurt and only the base, which Daesh used to launch attacks in other parts of the province, was destroyed," Waziri said in a statement.
He was using an Arabic term that refers to Islamic State, which has established a small stronghold in eastern Afghanistan and launched deadly attacks on the capital, Kabul.
The 21,600-pound (9,797-kg) GBU-43 bomb, which has 11 tons of explosives, was dropped from a MC-130 aircraft in the Achin district of the eastern province of Nangarhar, bordering Pakistan, Pentagon spokesman Adam Stump said on Thursday.
The device, also known as the "mother of all bombs," is a GPS-guided munition that had never before been used in combat since its first test in 2003, when it produced a mushroom cloud visible from 20 miles (32 km) away.
Obviously no one should shed any tears over the deaths of ISIS members, not after seeing them behead people, burn people alive, drown people and otherwise unleash a brand of sadistic evil it would have been hard to even dream up before they came along and actually did it. ISIS is not the powerful force it was when it first arose and Barack Obama dismissed it as Al Qaeda's JV team, but neither is it completely wiped out. It is still capable of doing all the things we've seen in its horrendous videos and more, so any time you have an opportunity to make it smaller and weaker, you have to take it.
Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai condemned the bombing, saying it was not a legitimate part of the war on terror but merely just the U.S. taking the opportunity to test a horrible weapon on another country's soil. That might have been the case if not for the presence of such a high-value strategic target, and if ISIS's record of atrocities was not so extensive and awful.
Unlike the Obama Administration, the Trump Administration is showing an early willingness to act on its own in retaliation against the worst atrocities, or to snuff out threats, even if other nations get in a snit about it. That's going to change the dynamic of how we confront evil, and it's likely going to light a fire under some of these other countries to take action because they know that if they don't, we will.
It's hard to think of a stronger message one can send than a 21,600-pound bomb. And to be sure, no one has failed to notice it. For eight years we desperately wanted things to be different, and they sure are.
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