By Oliver Fend
On Thursday the US military dropped a 22,000 bomb from an aircraft near Afghanistan’s eastern border with pakistan. The target was an underground bunker housing ISIS affiliates.
The initial death toll of 36 jumped to 94 on saturday.
There have been questions raised over the official death toll as to whether it’s accurate or not. One problem is the bomb’s sheer destructive power, and the fact that the target was underground. It’s a challenge to count bodies out of bits of debris collapsed over an underground system after one of the biggest blasts in recent history.
There were reports of buildings that were standing 3 miles away that were completely obliterated from the massive explosion.
This bomb was initially designed for the Iraq war, but was never used due to a concern of massive civilian deaths and collateral damage.
The former president of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai took to twitter on thursday to condemn the attack : “This is not the war on terror, but the inhuman and most brutal misuse of our country as a testing ground for new and dangerous weapons,”.
“I am not so sure about our foreign policy, but as long as we are killing more ISIS, I don’t have much a problem with it”, said a Eugene local.
Whistleblower Edward Snowden reminded the public that the underground tunnels were built by the US during the 80s when the CIA was backing Jihadists rebels to fight the soviet union.
This attack came a week after the recent tomahawk strikes on the Shayrat Airfield as a response to the recent chemical attack that the Trump administration accused the Assad regime for responsibility. There has been many questions about any further moves the Trump administration will make in the region. Currently the US has close to 9,000 troops stationed in Afghanistan with another 5,000 from other NATO allies.