36 ISIS Fighters Killed As US Dropped Massive Bomb, Afghan Gov’t Says

NBC NEWS CHIEF FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT RICHARD ENGEL HAS THAT FOR US. >> Rероrtеr: NEW IMAGES TONIGHT OF THE BIGGEST NON-NUCLEAR BOMB IN THE U. S. ARSENAL SLASHING DOWN ON AN ALLEGED ISIS STRONGHOLD. THE BLAST FROM THE 21,000-POUND 30 FOOT LONG MOTHER OF ALL BOMBS SPREAD OVER A MILD IN A VALLEY IN EASTERN AFGHANISTAN. >> THIS WAS THE RIGHT WEAPON AGAINST THE RIGHT TARGET. >> Reporter: AFGHAN OFFICIALS SAY AT LEAST 36 ISIS FIGHTERS WERE KILLED BY THE BLAST BUT CAUTIONED EXACT TOLLS AFTER SO MUCH DESTRUCTION ARE DIFFICULT TO KNOW. SOME LOCALS SEEM TO WELCOME THE STRIKE AGAINST ISIS BUT SAID IT WAS TERRIFYING FOR THEM. MY HOUSE WAS SHAKING AFTER THE BLAST DESCRIBED A WITNESS. I SAW A BIG FLAME AND EVERYWHERE WAS BURNING. SO WHY WAS IT LAUNCHED? U. S. MILITARY OFFICIALS SAY THE GOLFS TO COLLAPSE AN ISIS TUNNEL COMPLEX AND CLEAR AWAY A HIDDEN NETWORK OF BOOBY TRAPS SO U. S. BACKED AFGHAN FORCES COULD ADVANCE BY DESTROYING EVERYTHING IN THEIR PATH. >> THEY NOW KNOW THEY ARE NOT SAFE IN CAVES AND TUNNELS. THAT COULD HAVE A DRAMATIC IMPACT. >> Reporter: ISIS HAS A SMALL BUT LETHAL PRESENCE IN AFGHANISTAN. LAST MONTH FIGHTERS DISGUISED AS DOCTORS RAIDED A HOSPITAL IN KABUL, SOME VISITORS CLIMBING OUT WINDOWS TO ESCAPE SLAUGHTER. THE U. S. MILITARY SAYS ITS OBJECTIVE WITH THE BOMB AND ON GOING OFFENSIVE IS TO RID AFGHANISTAN OF ISIS THIS YEAR BUT THE LONGEST WAR IN U. S. HISTORY HAS PROVEN BOMBS ALONE WON’T DO THAT. THERE ARE MORE THAN 8,000 TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN. THE GROUND COMMANDER ASKED FOR MORE. THE NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR IS HEADING
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