The bomb is officially called a GBU-43 or Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB), leading to its nickname as the “mother of all bombs.” The weapon is the largest non-nuclear bomb in the U.S. arsenal and has never before been used in combat, before today.
The bomb was developed for possible preemptive strikes on Iran’s nuclear program, and now sending signals of possible use against North Korea as the war drums continue to sound.
The bomb, which packs a 21,000 pound punch, was targeted to hit in a region where a Green Beret was killed by Islamic militants. Then again, despite all the hype, the MOAB also isn’t as destructive as the 1,118 bombs the USS Harry Truman dropped on Iraq and Syria throughout 2016 as part of the US-led Operation Inherent Resolve.
Nevertheless, in the WH press briefing, Sean Spicer said that the US used the MOAB to destroy “a system of tunnels and caves that ISIS fighters used to move around freely, making it easier for them to target US military advisers and Afghan forces in the area.”
“The United States takes the fight against ISIS very seriously, and in order to defeat the group..”
On top of the effect it will have on ISIS and other Islamic militants in the region, it also sends a clear cut message to North Korea and all other American adversaries.
The President did comment on the bombing, calling it ‘another successful job’ and said he had delegated strike authority to his military commanders. On a lighter note, this does accomplish his campaign promise of “bombing the sh** out of ISIS”.
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