A recent video shows the result of US Special Operations Troops calling in precision airstrikes on an ISIS-K hideout in Afghanistan.
The clip, filmed by US Army SPC Jacob Krone, shows a series of airstrikes destroying an ISIS-K dwelling during an Afghan special forces mission in the Mohmand Valley of Nangarhar province on 4 February 2018.
The mountainous Nangarhar province has been the scene of the Islamic State’s Khorasan Province attempt to gain a foothold within the country. It has also been the scene of multiple Green Beret and Ranger deaths in the last year as a result of the heavy fighting. This is also where the MOAB was dropped.
In November 2017, Gen. John W. Nicholson, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, said U.S. forces had conducted approximately 1,400 ground assaults and airstrikes in the area since March and had reduced ISIS-K’s influence on Nangarhar from nine complete districts to just some of three. Over the winter, US operations pushed ISIS-K seven kilometers from Afghan civilian centers to these remote positions in Mohmand Valley.
“Afghanistan has become [CENTCOM’s] main effort, thanks to the recent successes in Iraq and Syria,” Air Force Maj. Gen. James B. Hecker, commander of NATO Air Command Afghanistan said. “This has allowed Centcom to shift more assets our way, which will significantly improve our ability to assist the Afghans.”
Now watch in stunning high definition as a US airstrikes rocks an ISIS hideout. Immediately following the strike, the friendly troops fire small arms to keep the insurgents pinned down, because another airstrike is inbound. Shortly thereafter, the second strike levels the last remaining building of the enemy complex.