The US military dropped the Mother of All Bombs (MOAB), a GBU-43 bomb, in Afghanistan’s Nangahar region to destroy a “series of ISIS caves,” a Defense Department spokesperson said.
The Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb, it is nicknamed the “Mother Of All Bombs,” has a blast radius of one mile. It replaced the Vietnam-era Daisy Cutter bomb in the 2000s.
Pentagon spokesman Adam Stump “says it was the first-ever combat use of the bomb, known as the GBU-43, which he said contains 11 tons of explosives,” the AP reports.
FIRST ON CNN: The US has dropped its largest non-nuclear bomb in combat on Afghanistan https://t.co/ET0PLACzOe
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CNN’s Barbara Starr said reconnaissance missions were underway to assess the damage from the bomb. She also said that the strike would have had to be approved by the head of U.S. Central Command, Gen. Joseph Votel.
Donald Trump was asked if he authorized the bombing. Well, let’s just say, he’s not about to take the blame if something goes wrong, so he’s hedging big time:
Trump, on whether he authorized MOAB. "Everybody knows what happened. What I do is I authorize my military.”
This is not the same as “yes.”
— Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) April 13, 2017
It’s ironic that this strike comes as The Guardian is out with a bombshell story that British spies first alerted the U.S. to suspicious interactions between the Trump campaign and Russia.