Last week President Trump ordered the “mother of all bombs” or a MOAB dropped on ISIS in Afghanistan. By dropping the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast, Trump not only sent a strong message to countries like North Korea, but he also accomplished something Obama never did in 8 years – he destroyed ISIS fighters during a critical time when they were most likely moving artillary, weapons and ammunition in the tunnels preparing for upcoming battles. That’s taking care of business.
ISIS has brought nothing but brutality and horror to innocent civilians in Afghanistan. They’ve made beards and burqas mandatory. They’ve banned cellphones. They’ve even raped and tortured innocent women and children. They’ve also decapitated police officers and made others watch. There is no doubt it was time for some action to be taken against ISIS.
H/T Conservative Tribune:
According to a report in Sunday’s Wall Street Journal, Afghan military officials said that nearly 100 bodies had been pulled from the complex of tunnels hit by the largest non-nuclear bomb in America’s arsenal in last week’s attack.
The “Mother of All Bombs” is the colloquial name for the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast.
According to Fox News, at a staggering 21,000 pounds, it certainly earns the nickname; it was so large it actually had to be kicked out the back of the C-130 that dropped it on the Achin district of Nangarhar Province, an area of Afghanistan on the Pakistani border.
The bomb was designed to penetrate bunkers and tunnels — important since, as The Daily Caller reported, the Islamic State group leadership in Afghanistan had retreated to a tunnel complex that was very difficult for troops to penetrate.
The “Mother of All Bombs” explodes not when it hits the ground, but six feet above it. That means that the blast goes downwards instead of radiating from the site of the blast, collapsing tunnels and caves below the surface.
“This was the first time that we encountered an extensive obstacle to our progress,” Gen. John Nicholson, the top military general in Afghanistan, said on Friday. “It was the right time to use it tactically against the right target on the battlefield.”
Gen John Nicholson, also added: “The enemy had created bunkers, tunnels and extensive minefields, and this weapon was used to reduce those obstacles so that we could continue our offensive in Nangarhar.”
The Kabul government applauded the strike, with the Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, saying it was a joint operation by Afghan and international troops. But some officials voiced concern. Ghani’s special envoy to Pakistan, Omar Zakhilwal, called the attack “reprehensible and counterproductive”.
Days after the bombing, President Trump’s National Security Adviser, Gen. H.R. McMaster met with Afghan officials in Kabul. Gen. McMaster alos held meetings Sunday with President Ashraf Ghani; and other high-level Afghan officials to discuss “joint efforts to counter terrorist groups”.
Gen. McMasters will soon return to American after his upclose and personal assessment of the situation in Afghanistan, and relay his observations and requests to President Trump. Along with McMasters, Jared Kushner and Gen. Mattis’s input, all three should provide President Trump and his top commanders pretty good intel on the situation.
Trump is all about getting things done and getting down to business, especially when it comes to defeating ISIS. By dropping the MOAB or “mother of all bombs” Trump has made it known to the world and ISIS, he is NOT kidding around. The MOAB was the perfect bomb to drop on these ISIS and their tunnels. Trump promised to defeat ISIS. As to putting more additional troops into Afghanistan…that Americans will have to wait and see. One thing is for sure, by dropping the MOAB on ISIS, dropping 59 Tomahawks on Syria, and meeting with China to say ‘take care of the problem or we will’, Trump is sending a strong message that supports American diplomacy and shows world leaders that America is back to ‘taking care of business’.