Trump Bombs the Hell Out of ISIS in Afghanistan Using MOAB, the Largest Non-Nuclear Bomb
Holding true to his word when he said that he was going to bomb the hell out of ISIS, the Trump administration launched airstrikes against ISIS in the country of Afghanistan.
At around 7:00 pm local time in Afghanistan last night, the United States military used a GBU-43 weapon in Afghanistan. The GBU-43 is a large, powerful weapon and accurately delivered weapon. – Sean Spicer, White House Press Secretary
The GBU-43 is nicknamed the “Mother of All Bombs (MOAB)” and it is the largest of all conventional (non-nuclear) bombs. It was developed for the US military in 2003 by Albert L. Weimforts of the Air Force Research Laboratory. It was designed for the War in Iraq but today was the first time that it has ever been used.
The GPS-guided MOAB weighs 21,700 pounds and is filled with 18,700 pounds of H6 explosive. The thirty foot long aluminum casing weighs only 3000 pounds, which is an unusual low proportion of the bomb’s overall weight. Unlike many bombs, for which steel shrapnel is a primary effect, the MOAB is designed to generate explosive shock waves and is full of as much explosive as possible. A bomb that kills through over pressure, the MOAB is well suited for destroying cave complexes. – Popular Mechanics
Recently, ISIS has become entrenched in Afghanistan while hiding out in caves and other underground tunnels.
We targeted a system of tunnels and caves that ISIS fighters used to move freely, making it easier for them to target US military advisors and Afghan forces in the area. – Sean Spicer, White House Press Secretary
The Islamic State (ISIS) has been spreading outside of the Middle East and Afghanistan is one of the major places where they have been increasing their influence with a resident chapter.
ISIS-K, also known as the Korasan group, is based in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region and is composed primarily of former members of Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan and the Afghan Taliban. – Department of Defense
President Trump has had a commitment to take a hard stance against ISIS and this bombing is apart of that commitment.
The United States takes the fight against ISIS very seriously and in order to defeat the group, we must deny them operational space, which we did. The United States took all precautions necessary to prevent civilian casualties and collateral damage as a result of the operation. Any further details, I would refer you to the Department of Defense. – Sean Spicer, White House Press Secretary
President Trump went on to commend the military on the mission.
Very, very proud of the people. Another successful job. We are very very proud of our military. We are so very proud of our military. It was another successful event. – President Donald Trump
When asked about if he authorized the action, the President responded coyly.
Everybody knows exactly what happened and what I do is authorized my military. We have the greatest military in the world and they have done the job as usual. – President Donald Trump
Immediately, many of the president’s detractors are voicing sharp criticism and is actually calling the Congress to rescind the sixteen-year Afghan war authorization that first permitted President Bush to send troops to combat the Taliban and Al Qaeda in retaliation for the September 11 attacks.
President Trump owes the American people an explanation about his escalation of military force in Afghanistan and his long term strategy to defeat ISIS. No president should have a blank check for endless war, especially not this president, who is acting without any checks or oversight from the Republican-controlled Congress. – Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA)
However, this military action serves as a great message to our foes and allies alike that under this new administration, the United States is determined to convey an image of power around the world.