US troops still battling Islamic State near site of bomb strike

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 7:40 am EDT

"If the bombing has eliminated Daesh, we welcome this, but we also need to consider the safety of people", said former military officer Atiqullah Omarkhail.

One senior Afghan security official in Kabul said Tuesday that the bombing killed 96 Islamic State militants, 13 of them major commanders.

The National Investigation Agency was investigating the case and over the past two months, at least two of them Mohammad Hafezuddin and Murshid Mohammad have been killed in drone attacks.

The report said that intelligence services in Tajikistan and India have confirmed the death of their citizens in the raid.

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Near the blast site of the "Mother of All Bombs", U.S. and Afghan forces are trying to dislodge Islamic State from a mountain stronghold where the militant group recently established a new front.

No civilians were hurt, but three of the underground tunnels were destroyed along with weapons and ammunition. That there are still ISIS fighters there to fight against, however, suggests that the MOAB was far from decisive.

The strike drew condemnation from some prominent figures, including former Afghan president Hamid Karzai and Afghanistan's ambassador to Pakistan.After arriving at the site the day after the strike, USA troops, who are fighting alongside Afghan forces, have since left but continue to conduct operations in the area, said U.S military spokesman Captain William Salvin."Access has been restricted but that's because it's a combat zone", he told Reuters.

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