On the campaign trail, Donald Trump said this about how he would deal with ISIS as president: “I would bomb the shit out of them.”
Well, he just did.
The U.S. has hit ISIS with literally the mother of all bombs (MOAB, also “Massive Ordinance Air Burst”) in a strike against a network of caves and tunnels used by the Islamic terror group in Afghanistan. The GPS-guided, 30-feet long, 21,000 pound GBU-43 bomb has never before been used in combat and is considered one of the largest non-nuclear weapons in our arsenal.
The Daily Mail states, “A crater left by the blast is believed to be more than 300 meters wide after it exploded six feet above the ground. Anyone at the blast site was vaporized.”
President Trump said after the blast that he was “very, very proud” of the operation and of the military. However, he said he had not personally ordered the strike.
“Everybody knows exactly what happened. What I do is I authorize my military... We have given them total authorization,” the president said.
The Washington Times gave more details:
An MC-130 Combat Talon assigned to U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command dropped a GBU-43, known as the “mother of all bombs,” Thursday on the tunnel complex in the Achin district in eastern Afghanistan’s Nangahar province, which is home to Afghan Islamic State faction, known as Islamic State in Iraq and Syria-Khorasan province, or ISIS-K.
“The strike was designed to minimize the risk to Afghan and U.S. Forces conducting clearing operations in the area while maximizing the destruction of ISIS-K fighters and facilities,” according to a statement from U.S. Forces-Afghanistan.
“I can confirm this is the first time the GBU-43 was used operationally,” Navy Lt. Chris Donlon, spokesman for Operation Resolute Support, told The Washington Times.
Though the MOAB strike came days after a Green Beret was killed in a fight with ISIS, defense officials say this was “not in retaliation.”
Here's footage of a test MOAB: