The Mother of All Bombs destroyed an ISIS tunnel.
The U.S. military has dropped a Massive Ordinance Air Blast (MOAB) for the first time in history on an ISIS tunnel in Afghanistan. The military needs to use an Air Force C-130 cargo plane to drop the bomb. Fox News reported:
President Trump told media Thursday afternoon that “this was another successful mission” and he gave the military total authorization.
Trump was also asked whether dropping the bomb sends a warning to North Korea.
“North Korea is a problem, the problem will be taken care of,” said Trump.
A MOAB weighs 21,000lbs, which gave it the nickname Mother of All Bombs. From the Washington Free Beacon:
The bomb is designed to explode in midair and has a blast radius that can stretch out a mile. It is designed in a way that allows the concussion of the blast to penetrate tunnels with enough force to kill the people inside.
The bomb was dropped on an ISIS-Khorasan tunnel complex located in Nagarhar Province.
General John Nicholson, who commands US forces in Afghanistan, described the MOAB as the right bomb for the job.
“As ISIS-K’s losses have mounted, they are using IEDs, bunkers, and tunnels to thicken their defense,” Gen. Nicholson said in a statement. “This is the right munition to reduce these obstacles and maintain the momentum of our offensive against ISIS-K.”
But Bob Owens on Twitter reminds us that we have a much larger bomb:
The 21K lbs #MotherOfAllBombs isn't our largest non-nuclear bomb.
Behold the 30K lbs Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP). pic.twitter.com/xUwQfJfQKw
— Bob Owens (@bob_owens) April 13, 2017
The Department of Defense developed the bomb in 2003 before the U.S. invaded Iraq:
It was intended to be used in the “Shock and Awe” phase of the invasion of Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. Then-Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld said the MOAB was meant to send a message to the Iraqi military.
“The goal is to have the capabilities of the coalition so clear and so obvious that there is an enormous disincentive for the Iraqi military to fight against the coalition,” Rumsfeld said after a test of the MOAB on March 11, 2003.
The speed of the invasion and lack of substantial resistance prevented the MOAB from seeing battle during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Does it surprise you that the media has freaked out over the bombing? Yeah, me either. Weirdly enough, they remained relatively silent when former President Barack Obama dropped over 26,000 bombs in 2016. But I digress.
The article said the goal was destroying bunkers and tunnels. Can anyone tell me what isn't "immediately clear" to the LA Times? https://t.co/x9ti8NXR5h
— Yitzchak Goodman (@yitzgood) April 13, 2017
The #MOAB explosion is equivalent to 11 tons of TNT and the blast radius is a mile wide. How many innocent children were in that mile?
— Josh Fox #BanFrackingNow (@joshfoxfilm) April 13, 2017
ISIS is smiling. Trump dumps MOAB on Afghanistan. Great for their propaganda and recruitment. Keep drawing US in more and more.
— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) April 13, 2017
Trump is the MOAB of politicians: he indiscriminately destroys an entire location with unthinking brutality, in this case the United States. pic.twitter.com/blMu5nf0Wq
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) April 13, 2017
Mother of All Bombs?
But is MOAB really the Mother of All Bombs? Nope:
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