Welcoming Thursday's massive U.S. bombing on Islamic State militant group in Afghanistan, First Vice-President Abdul Rashid Dostum said that the bomb is a big fear in the hearts and minds of terrorist groups.
The bomb weighing more than 9,500kgs hit an IS tunnel complex in Achin district of Nangarhar province. It was largest non-nuclear bomb U.S. used in combat.
Hailing the action, Dostum said that the bombing is a testimony of the new U.S. administration commitment to defeat terrorism in Afghanistan, “unlike under the previous administration where Taliban and other terrorist groups took advantate to increase their presences and extremist activities in Afghanistan.”
The official further stressed on strengthening local forces in order to defeat terrorism.
“Experiences of post 9/11 war on terror in Afghanistan has proven that air bombings like the B-52 guided by the small team of US Special Forces against the Taliban and Al-Qaeda was extremely effective due to the close coordination and strong support of Northern Forces,” Dostum said.