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U.S. drops "mother of all bombs" for first time in Afghanistan
On April 13, 2017, the United States unleashed the largest non-nuclear device it has ever used in combat, on a system of tunnels used by the terror enclave, Islamic State, in Afghanistan.
Known as "the mother of all bombs," the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) was dropped from a MC-130 aircraft in the Achin district of Nangarhar province of eastern Afghanistan, close to the border with Pakistan.
The GPS-guided munition, MOAB, was first tested in 2003 and even deployed for use in Iraq, but ultimately not used. While other bombs have been deemed more effective in targeting deeper tunnels, the MOAB has been regarded as appropriate for use against clustered targets close to the surfance.
It should be noted that the death toll from the use of the MOAB was in the scores of islamic State terrorists. The return on investment in this exercise was yet to be determined.
President Donald Trump cast the bombing as "a very successful mission." Trump also claimed that the use of the MOAB on the Islamic State tunnel system was proof that his foreign policy in a few months was more effective in fighting terrorism than that of President Barack Obama during his eight year tenure. He said, "If you look at what’s happened over the last eight weeks and compare that really to what’s happened over the last eight years, you’ll see that there’s a tremendous difference."
Retired United States General Mark Hertling, who served as commander in Afghanistan, expressed outrage on CNN in response to Trump's claim, saying that it was "insulting" to the military that served during those eight years to defend freedom.
Meanwhile, the actual strategy by President Trump guiding the presence of more than 8,000 United States troops operating in Afghanistan remained unclear.