Angriff mit größter konventioneller US-Bombe in Afghanistan: Das Video

Auf vielen Nachrichten-Webseiten ist das Video des US-Militärs vom Angriff mit der GBU-43, der größten nicht-atomaren Bombe der USA, am Donnerstag in Afghanistan zu finden. Allerdings meist mit vorgeschalteter Werbung; deshalb hier das Original des US-Militärs ohne Zusätze:

… und trotz Feiertags-low ops noch ein paar zusätzliche Infos:

Laut afghanischem Verteidigungsministerium wurden bei dem Bombenangriff 36 ISIS-Kämpfer getötet, aber keine Zivilisten. Von Seiten des US-Militärs gab es dazu keine Angaben:

The Afghan Defense Ministry said three dozen fighters were killed in the attack, which used one of the largest non-nuclear bombs in the U.S. arsenal, the GBU-43, against a network of tunnels and bunkers in the east.
A Pentagon spokesman said U.S. forces would not release an official statement on potential damage or casualties caused by the strike, which was carried out in the Achin district of Nangahar province Thursday night.
It was unclear why the Afghan government released casualty figures but U.S. forces did not.

• Die Entscheidung über den ersten scharfen Einsatz dieser Waffe traf nicht US-Präsident Donald Trump, sondern das US-Militär:

The recommendation to drop the largest non-nuclear bomb ever deployed in combat on a militant stronghold in eastern Afghanistan came from decision makers on the ground, not Washington, the top U.S. military commander in the country said Friday.
Gen. John Nicholson said the strike in which a 21,600-pound GBU-43B, or Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb, was dropped on caves and tunnels used by the militants was part of a larger initiative to clear Afghanistan of the Islamic State fighters this year.

Nachtrag 15. April: Die Zahl der getöteten Kämpfer wird inzwischen höher angegeben:

>At least 94 Islamic State fighters were killed when the US military dropped America’s most powerful non-nuclear bomb on ISIS targets in Afghanistan, an Afghan official said Saturday.
„The number of Daesh fighters killed in the US bomb in Achin district jumped to 94, including four commanders,“ Nangarhar provincial spokesman Attaullah Khogiani told CNN, using an alternative name for ISIS.
The initial toll given by Afghan officials for Thursday’s strike was 36. A statement released Friday through ISIS‘ media wing, Amaq News Agency, said none of the terror group’s fighters were killed or injured.

…und eine lesenswerte Analyse vom Afghanistan Analysts Network:

‘Mother of All Bombs’ Dropped on ISKP: Assessing the aftermath