Devastation and a war that rages on: visiting the valley hit by the Moab attack

Devastation and a war that rages on: visiting the valley hit by the Moab attack

The US attack on Isis in Afghanistan means locals could return to their villages – but the scenes on the ground were grim, and the fighting is far from over

The Afghan commando knew when the big bomb would hit, so he turned on his phone camera to capture the impact.

When the blast came at 7.32pm – as the Americans had said it would – a giant white flash lit up the evening sky over the Spin Ghar mountains. But the explosion was not as loud as he had expected, the commando said. In the moment, it felt more like an earthquake.

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