>> The Department of Defense on Friday releasing video showing the moment the Mother Of All Bombs struck the Achin District in Eastern Afghanistan. As many as 36 suspected Islamic State militants were killed in the strike on Thursday evening according to Afghan defense officials. The top US commander in the country saying, Friday, the decision to used the 22,000 pound weapon was driven by military needs and not politics.
>> This was the right weapon against the right target. The GBU 43 is the biggest non nuclear bomb ever used in combat. With a destructive power equivalent to 11 tons of TNT.>> We are so proud of our military and it was another successful event.>> In a village three miles from where the bomb was dropped, locals praised the attack.
This man tells Reuters, dropping the bomb was a positive move. There were ISIS bases over there, he says. But not everyone shares that optimism, says Reuters correspondent Josh Smith in Kabul.>> Reaction to the strike in Afghanistan has been somewhat mixed. Some high level formal officials including former president Hamid Karzai condemned the attack as US using Afghanistan basically as a weapons testing area.
>> The strike comes as US President Donald Trump prepares to dispatch his first high-level delegation to Kabul amid uncertainty about his plans for the nearly 9,000 American troops stationed in Afghanistan.