Yesterday, the military dropped a MOAB bomb on an ISIS tunnel in Afghanistan. The left freaked out over possible civilian death and injuries. (Weird, I remember their silence when Obama dropped 26,000 bombs last year alone) But Afghan officials said that the bomb did not kill any civilians. From ABC News:
Thirty-six ISIS militants were killed but no civilians died when the U.S. military dropped the “mother of all bombs” on a cave complex in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday, according to the Afghan Ministry of Defense.
The 22,000-pound bomb was used for the first time in combat on Thursday, when it was deployed from an MC-130 aircraft targeting the Achin district near the Pakistan border.
One member of an anti-ISIS group told the BBC that “all civilians had left the area since the start of the anti-IS operation.” That operation began 13 days ago with Afghan special forces “with the help of American air support.”
The BBC continued:
Chief Executive of Afghanistan Abdullah Abdullah confirmed that the attack had been carried out in co-ordination with the government and that “great care had been taken to avoid civilian harm”.
In a press briefing on Friday, Gen John Nicholson, commander of US forces in Afghanistan, said: “We have US forces at the site and we see no evidence of civilian casualties nor have there been reports.”
The Afghan defence ministry said the bomb struck a village area in the Momand valley where IS fighters were using a 300m-long network of caves.
It said the 21,600lb (9,800kg) bomb also destroyed a large stash of weapons.
Here are a few leftist reactions yesterday:
Do you realize the impact of MOAB?
You're the idiot if you think an 11 ton bomb just destroyed "ISIS tunnels" but didn't hurt civilians. https://t.co/JIiPTFSI31
— Ferdy G. (@ferdddaws) April 13, 2017
The #MOAB explosion is equivalent to 11 tons of TNT and the blast radius is a mile wide. How many innocent children were in that mile?
— Josh Fox #BanFrackingNow (@joshfoxfilm) April 13, 2017
US drops 2100 tonne "mother of all bombs" on Afghanistan. How many innocent civilians will be "collateral damage"? How many lil kids killed?
— Afshan Latheef ? (@AfshanLatheef) April 13, 2017
FLASHBACK! Earlier this month, former President Barack Obama admitted that his drone strike policy killed innocent civilians. From CNN:
Obama acknowledged the “legitimate criticism” in the past that the legal framework governing drones has had shortcomings.
“It wasn’t as precise as it should have been, and there’s no doubt civilians were killed that shouldn’t have been,” he said at a news conference at the conclusion of a nuclear security summit in Washington. “We have to take responsibility where we’re not acting appropriately, or just made mistakes.”
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