ISIS – After the U.S. military dropped the so-called “mother of all bombs” on an ISIS target in Afghanistan, it’s only natural to wonder about the success of the strike. The exact number of ISIS members killed in the MOAB hit, though, will seem fairly low in comparison with the size of the bomb. According to CNN, Afghan officials reported that the MOAB strike hit 36 ISIS fighters, whereas U.S. military estimates had previously placed the number of militants in the region at around 600-800.
U.S. forces dropped the bomb over a tunnel complex in the Nangarhar Province of Afghanistan, a mountainous province where terrorist groups have hidden out for many years. After orchestrating the 9/11 attacks, Osama Bin Laden even hid away in the isolated mountains in the area. The tunnel complex had been targeted as a known ISIS site, and the Pentagon said that they used the MOAB specifically to get through ISIS defenses there.
However, while Afghan officials have released the number of ISIS militants killed in the strike, there has been no word on how many militants the U.S. hoped would be directly affected. It is, of course, possible that they expected ISIS forces to be spread out in the area — which would make 36 seem like a bigger number than it sounds.