US drops ‘MOAB’ in Afghanistan targeting ISIS, Donald Trump says ‘another successful job’: 10 points
Mother of All Bombs
The United States, on Thursday, sent shockwaves across the geopolitical spectrum by dropping the its most-powerful non-nuclear weapon in eastern Afghanistan. The airstrike was carried out to deteriorate the strength of Islamic State in the region.
The non-nuke weapon, identified as ‘Mother of All Bombs’ (MOAB), was dropped at 7:32 pm (local time) in Achin district of Nangarhar province. US President Donald Trump hailed his defence team for conducting the strikes, calling it yet “another successful job” after the series of raids in Syria. 10 points:
- The weapon used by US is technically named GBU-43/B Massive Ordinance Air Bomb Blast. It was tested on September 11, 2003. This was the first instance when the US regime used the weapon.
- The MOAB is 30-foot-long, 21,600-pound, GPS-guided munition. It can dig through 200 metres under the ground and 60 metres below the concrete before detonating.
- Pentagon confirmed the airstrike, stating that the attack was carried out to check the rise of ISIS’ Khorasan faction in eastern Afghanistan. MOAB was dropped using MC-130 aircraft, targeting ISIS fighters in Nangarhar province.
- White House justified the use of weapon, claiming that the strike damaged the tunnel network built by ISIS for movement in the region. “The US takes ISIS very seriously. In order to defeat the group, we need to deny them the operational space – which we did,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said.
- “The strike was reportedly designed to minimise the risk to Afghan and US Forces conducting clearing operations in the area while maximizing the destruction of the IS fighters and facilities,” US Central Command CENTCOM said in its official release.
- In the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, ISIS is constantly in combat which the Green Beret, the specialised US force in the region. The attack came a couple of days after a Green Beret soldier was killed by the ISIS militants.
- Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai condemned the MOAB attack against ISIS, accusing . “I vehemently and in strongest words condemn the dropping of the latest weapon, the largest non-nuclear bomb, on Afghanistan by US. This is not the war on terror but the inhuman and most brutal misuse of our country as testing ground for new and dangerous weapons. It is upon us, Afghans, to stop the USA,” he said on social media.
- US President Donald Trump confirmed authorising the the deadliest ever non-nuclear strike against ISIS militants in Afghanistan. “It is another successful job. We have the greatest military in the world. I authorised my military to get the job done and they did what they do best,” he said.
- The MOAB dropped by US in eastern Afghanistan today, was, however, not the most powerful weapon in the world. The Aviation Thermobaric Bomb, tested by Russia in 2007, is nearly four times as powerful as MOBA. It was nicknamed as Father of All Bombs (FOBA).