The move by U.S Forces on Thursday night, targeting an important stronghold of Daesh, has been met with mixed reactions by Afghans.
As the biggest non-nuclear bomb to be used in combat, the Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB), also commonly known as the Mother of All Bombs, was dropped by U.S Forces on Achin district in Nangarhar as part of ongoing efforts to eradicate Daesh.
A number of Kabul residents saw this as a positive step, saying they believe after this U.S Forces will step up efforts to fight insurgents.
“This a good news for Afghan people that the U.S carried out such an attack to eliminate Daesh, Taliban and other terrorist groups,” said Dor Mohammad, a Kabul resident.
“If America wants to stop the war in Afghanistan, peace will come to the country within 24 hours,” said Mirwais, another Kabul resident.
But others said the U.S is not honest in fighting terrorists in Afghanistan and that there are other reasons behind the bombing.
“They (U.S) think of their own goals and the attack in reality was carried out against Russia,” one Kabul resident, Zahir said.
“America has just come here to test its weapons,” another Kabul resident, Wali Jan said.
Others sharply criticized the move and condemned the U.S’s actions, saying foreign forces should target insurgent strongholds outside Afghanistan.
“Terrorist strongholds are on the other side of the border and America knows it,” said Abdulwahab, a Kabul resident.
“They (U.S) bombed for their own reasons. Why does the U.S not use an 11 ton bomb on Daesh’s main strongholds,” said Siyal Mohammad, another Kabul resident.
Many of these people said that if the international community, especially the U.S, cooperates fully with the Afghan government in efforts to eliminate terrorists, sustainable peace will come to the country.