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Top US Security Official in Afghanistan for Crucial Talks


Voice of America News, 16 April 2017

Article on the visit of US National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster to Kabul quotes AAN’s initial assessment on the Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb that the US dropped on a cave complex in Nangarhar on 13 April 2017:

Given ISKP’s limited role in Afghanistan, there are questions as to whether the size and the threat the group posed warranted such a dramatic strike, observed Kabul-based non-governmental Afghanistan Analysts Network, AAN, in its initial assessment.

“When the U.S. decided to drop the MOAB (mother of all bombs), ISKP was under pressure. Its territory was shrinking and although they still had a well-entrenched stronghold in the Mamand Valley (the site of Thursday’s strike) there was no great threat of expansion or momentum,” it said.

The U.S. military in its assessment before Thursday’s bombing acknowledged that sustained anti-IS operations have confined the group to about three districts in Nangarhar while the number of its militants in Afghanistan has been reduced to fewer than 800.

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