Why the US dropped the ‘Mother of All Bombs’ in Afghanistan (STA BREAKING NEWS and ARCHIVES)
The U.S. military dropped a massive non-nuclear bomb on ISIS targets in Afghanistan Thursday, using the weapon for the first time ever partly to send the enemy a message, according to a U.S. Central Command spokesman.
Operation Resolute Support dropped a GBU-43 Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb (MOAB) on “a huge beehive” of ISIS tunnels in northeast Afghanistan near the Pakistan border, similar to enemy tunnels American forces in Afghanistan have encountered in the past.
A CENTCOM spokesman told The Hill that the decision to use the MOAB for the first time came because “it’s the type of weapon for the type of target.”
“This has been a very difficult area; they’re tunneled into the ground in hardened bunkers and they’re actually leading a lot of attacks on U.S. and partner nation forces,” he said.
“When you have a very large beehive, a little flyswatter may not work, so finally you take out the big stuff. We just found a huge beehive and we have to use something more than the fly swatter.”
When asked whether the bomb was also meant to send a message to the enemy, the spokesman replied, “Absolutely, we mean business.”
Sometimes referred to as the “Mother of All Bombs,” the MOAB is the most powerful non-nuclear bomb in the U.S. arsenal and the most powerful bomb the country has used in Afghanistan to date.
Army Gen. John Nicholson gave the order to drop the massive conventional weapon from an Air Force Special Operations Command aircraft. The CENTCOM spokesman said Nicholson asked CENTCOM Commander Gen. Joseph Votel for permission to use the bomb within the past week.
“It’s empowering the commanders and winning the war against the bad guys,” the spokesman said. “In this administration, the military is given empowerment to do what we need to do.”
President Trump — who on the campaign trail memorably vowed to "bomb the shit" out of ISIS if elected — said after the strike that he had authorized the military in general to use such munitions.
"We have the greatest military in the world, and they’ve done a job as usual so we have given them total authorization,” he told reporters on Thursday. “And that’s what they’re doing. And, frankly, that’s why they’ve been so successful lately.”
- Why the US dropped the ‘Mother of All Bombs’ in Afghanistan - Theresa, 2017-04-14, 20:36 (STA BREAKING NEWS and ARCHIVES)