Two U.S. military service members have been killed after an anti-ISIS raid in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday, as reported by NBC News at 10:21 a.m., April 27, 2017. Capt. Jeff Davis, a spokesman for the Pentagon, said that at least two were killed, and an additional U.S. service member was wounded in the raid targeting the Islamic State near the district of Achin.
The action took place south of Nangarhar province, the same area where the U.S. military dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb to ever be used, on April 13. That weapon, given the nickname, “mother of all bombs (MOAB),” was used in an effort to destroy a tunnel compound. That strike reportedly killed 36 militants.
Military officials are maintaining that the April 13 bomb strike was for tactical reasons. The MOAB assault has increased queries about a possible escalation of the war by the U.S. in Afghanistan.
Neither President Donald Trump, nor Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has commented publicly on the reported advisement to Congress by Gen. John Nicholson, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan. Nicholson supposedly has recommended that thousands of additional troops are needed for the NATO coalition in the country. Currently, 8,400 U.S. personnel are in Afghanistan to council local forces on how to fight against ISIS and other militant groups.
The Taliban and ISIS have continued fighting for control of territory, as well as battling with the coalition and government. The Afghanistan military has not been able to rid the area of ISIS, even with Defense Department support.
Written by Carol Ruth Weber
Edited by Jeanette Smith
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