United States’ biggest non-nuclear bomb on Afghanistan; trying to eliminate ISIS

Donald Trump sends out the M.O.A.B. to deny ISIS operational space in Afghanistan. The nickname

Donald Trump sends out the M.O.A.B. to deny ISIS operational space in Afghanistan. The nickname “mother of all bombs” came from the fact that this is one of the biggest bombs in U.S. history that isn’t nuclear. The use of this picture belongs to public domain.

Natalie West, News Editor

The United States drops the largest non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan’s city, Nagarhar, located in the Achin District, with a 21,000 pound, conventional, GBU-43B bomb. Approximately 11,000 tons of explosives were strategically dropped into ISIS tunnels. Donald Trump’s press secretary, Sean Spicer, released information involving the bombing, saying that the U.S. Army strategically sought to “deny ISIS operational space” to order to try and eliminate the group carefully, without injuring civilians.

There are believed to be about 800 ISIS members in the Achin District, a huge number which explains why Gen. John Nicholson, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, commented, “This is the right munition to reduce these obstacles and maintain the momentum of our offensive against ISIS.”

The actual bomb, which consists of a one mile blast radius, was used to weaken infrastructure. The bomb itself was set and dropped on April 14th at 7:32 p.m. off of a C130 cargo plane. The U.S. Army and Government are calling this the M.O.A.B. aka the “mother of all bombs.” To put the bomb in a local perspective, the bomb would completely cover and wipe out all of Chino, Pomona, and Ontario.

Many citizens have not been informed of this situation not being a brand-new military mission. This mission has been into plan for the past eight years, dating back to previous president, Barack Obama’s administration. Since the situation is being considered a police action, with Donald Trump being commander in chief and controlling the military, he does not need any approval from U.S. Congress to be taking these types of actions due to the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) which was passed shortly after the occurrence of 9/11 in 2001.

One of the nation’s main concerns of the incident was the effect it would have on innocent Syrians. US officials and Trump’s administration are making multiple comments on the seriousness and action that the United States needs to take now while they have a good target in order to help save many other nations. With what has been previously confirmed, 18 Syrian soldiers have been killed.

As more information is released, the story will be updated.

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