The United States Deploys Largest Non-Nuclear Bomb on ISIS Caves in Afghanistan

The United States Deploys Largest Non-Nuclear Bomb on ISIS Caves in Afghanistan

On Thursday, the United States dropped its most powerful non-nuclear bomb—dubbed the “Mother of All Bombs”—in Afghanistan, targeting an ISIS cave complex. Originally developed for the Iraq War, Thursday was the first that this weapon was used in battle, and the bomb was so massive that the US Military had to drop the weapon from a cargo plane.
This weapon costed $16 million alone and is officially called the GBU-43/B Massive Ordinance Air Blast. The bomb had an explosive yield of 11 tons of TNT. The military dropped the bomb in a relatively remote area, and the Pentagon has not yet offered an estimate of deaths or damage.
Since dropping the bomb, the public has expressed mixed opinions. Some are very supportive that the Pentagon is increasing its fight against ISIS, while others believe that dropping the MOAB will not have much effect on ISIS, as bombings in the area have already proven relatively unfruitful. The Pentagon, however, has stated that the dropping of the MOAB was necessary to fighting ISIS, as the explosion was necessary to destroying various obstacles and buffering the expansion of ISIS in Afghanistan.
“This is the right munition to (…) maintain the momentum of our offensive against ISIS-K,” General John W. Nicholson stated.
Since taking office, President Trump has given the Pentagon increased authority to attack ISIS, which he states will help defeat the terrorist group more quickly. President Trump has not commented on whether he himself had approved Thursday’s bombing.
Mr. Trump has commented, “We have given [our military] total authorization (…) and frankly, that’s why they’ve been so successful lately.”
The question remains whether dropping the US’ largest non-nuclear bomb against ISIS was the right decision, and what implications the action will have on global affairs. By dropping the bomb, the US made a statement, one that other countries may or may not take lightly. Russia, for one, has already announced that it has created a bomb much more powerful than the one the US dropped Thursday. People will have to wait and see what other headlines may arise from Thursday’s bombings.



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