On Thursday evening at 7 p.m. local time, the US deployed the largest ‘non-nuclear’ bomb in its inventory on an ISIS target in a remote part of Nangarhar province of Afghanistan. The MOAB strike on ISIS in Afghanistan was the first ever use of such a weapon in warfare.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer confirmed on Thursday that the US had dropped the GBU-43/B Massive Ordinance Air Blast Bomb, aka the “Mother of All Bombs” or “MOAB,” over the Achin district of Afghanistan. According to Spicer, the weapon was “large, powerful and accurate” and their main targets being “the caverns and tunnels of the area. “
The U.S. takes the fight against ISIS very seriously”. Spicer added that the military “took all the precautions necessary to prevent civilian casualties and collateral damage as a result of the operation.”
The MOAB strike on ISIS in Afghanistan immediately triggered comments and debates on twitter :
There were people criticising the strike –
Banters soon followed :-
Most seemed to support the use of the largest non nuclear weapon in America’s inventory :-
Keeping aside all the debates and theories about how the CIA helped to form the ISIS, the fundamental sentiment is to eradicate terrorist groups. “Our goal is to defeat ISIS in Afghanistan in 2017,” U.S. Navy Capt. Bill Salvin, spokesman for the U.S. military command in Kabul told Foreign Policy.
However, bombing a region of a country which shares a border with another neighbouring nation, always runs the risk of civilian casualties. Over the last decade, there has been countless arguments and dissensions about how war has killed hundreds of thousands of people in Raqqa, Syria. Fortunately, according to reports, no civilian life has been harmed in this action.
Notwithstanding the attack though, the Pentagon said the strike was “designed to minimise the risk to Afghan and U.S. Forces conducting clearing operations in the area while maximising the destruction of ISIS-K fighters and facilities.” Spicer said that the military did what it could to avoid civilian casualties and collateral damage.
Around 36 ISIS members have been killed in the missile strike, according to the Pentagon, and no civilian casualties have been reported so far. Nonetheless, the fight against terrorism won’t skedaddle anytime soon, but is war, bloodshed and crusade the answer?