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U.S. Forces targets, destroys ISIS-K stronghold

Release No: 17-146 April 13, 2017 PRINT | E-MAIL
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2017-04-13-US-01

KABUL, Afghanistan (Apr. 13, 2017) - At 7:32 pm local time today, U.S. Forces - Afghanistan conducted a strike on an ISIS-K tunnel complex in Achin district, Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, as part of ongoing efforts to defeat ISIS-K in Afghanistan in 2017.

The strike used a GBU-43 bomb dropped from a U.S. aircraft. The strike was designed to minimize the risk to Afghan and U.S. Forces conducting clearing operations in the area while maximizing the destruction of ISIS-K fighters and facilities.

"As ISIS-K's losses have mounted, they are using IEDs, bunkers and tunnels to thicken their defense," said General John W. Nicholson, Commander, U.S. Forces - Afghanistan. "This is the right munition to reduce these obstacles and maintain the momentum of our offensive against ISIS-K."

U.S. Forces took every precaution to avoid civilian casualties with this strike. U.S. Forces  will continue offensive operations until ISIS-K is destroyed in Afghanistan.

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