Mattis: US won’t reveal blast toll from ‘mother of all bombs’
TELAVIV, Israel— The ear-splitting explosion from America’s “mother of all bombs” has been followed by calculated silence about the damage it inflicted.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday that he does not intend to discuss damage estimates from lastweek’s use of the military’s most powerful non-nuclear bomb on an Islamic State group stronghold in Afghanistan.
The April 13 attack on a suspected Islamic State tunnel and cave complex near the Pakistani border marked the first-ever combat use of the bomb, known officially as a GBU-43B, or Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb. U.S. military officials have said the 11- ton bomb effectively neutralized the militants’ defensive position.
The Afghan government has estimated a death toll of more than 90 militants. It said no civilians were killed.