U.S. Drops ‘Mother of All Bombs’ on ISIS Caves in Afghanistan
Helene Cooper and Mujib MAshal (The New York Times, 13/04/2017
The United States dropped the “mother of all bombs” — the most powerful conventional bomb in the American arsenal — on an Islamic State cave complex in Afghanistan on Thursday, the Pentagon said, unleashing a weapon so massive that it had to be dropped from the rear of a cargo plane.
The strike was the first combat use of what is formally named the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast. President Trump has bestowed additional authority on the Pentagon in his first months in office, which the military has argued will help it defeat the Islamic State more speedily. Mr. Trump did not say whether he had personally approved Thursday’s mission.
“What I do is I authorize my military,” Mr. Trump said after a meeting with emergency workers at the White House. He called the bombing “another very, very successful mission.”
Trump 'Proud' of the Mission
Trump calls Afghanistan bombing a 'very successful mission'
Christine Wang (CNBC, 13/04/2017)
President Donald Trump said he is very proud of the U.S. military after what he called a "very, very successful mission."
Earlier, U.S. forces dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb on an ISIS tunnel complex in Afghanistan.
"Everybody knows exactly what happened and what I do is I authorize my military. We have the greatest military in the world and they've done their job as usual. So, we have given them total authorization," Trump said after meeting with first responders at the White House on Thursday.
The 'Mother of all Bombs"
Trump won't say if he greenlit use of 'mother of all bombs'
Jeremy Diamond (CNN, 14/04/2017
The United States on Thursday dropped the most powerful non-nuclear bomb in its military arsenal for the first time in history.
But President Donald Trump declined to say whether he personally signed off on the use of the GBU-43/B MOAB, also known as the "mother of all bombs," in a strike on ISIS militants in Afghanistan.
"Everybody knows exactly what happens. So, what I do is I authorize our military," Trump said when asked whether he authorized the strike. "We have given them total authorization and that's what they're doing."Read on...
______________________________'Wasting Lives and Money'
'A complete waste': What Trump said about war in Afghanistan before he dropped the $16m 'Mother of all Bombs'
Emily Shugerman (The Independent, 14/04/2017
Reversing on years of comments and hundreds of tweets, President Trump declared he was "very, very proud" of the US military for dropping the "mother of all bombs" on Afghanistan - the largest non-nuclear weapon ever used in combat by American forces.
Speaking shortly after the mission which the Pentagon said was intended to destroy Isis fighters and facilities in the Achin district of Nangarhar, Mr Trump declared the strike was a “successful event”, although he refused to confirm whether he had authorised it.
“If you compare the last eight weeks to what's happened over the last eight years, big difference,” he said.