Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

AAN in the Media

Afghan tribal leaders praise US for ‘Mother of all bombs’ strike, saying it has ‘pulled ISIS out by the roots from the region’ and ‘finished off a huge threat to our people’

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Daily Mail, 20 April 2017

Article based on Reuters’ reporting on the aftermath of the US’ Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb (but seemingly more celebratory than the original) quotes AAN’s Kate Clark:

Residents in Achin district say that they knew of no civilians still living voluntarily in the areas near the Islamic State stronghold, but it is still not clear if other non-combatants may have been involved.

‘The people who’d normally be talking have fled, and there have been very few reports from inside Islamic State territory,’ said Kate Clark, a senior researcher for the Afghan Analysts Network. ‘The jury’s still out on many things with this strike.’