Images of the aftermath of the bombing of Afghanistan’s Nanganhar province, the target of the Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) last month, showed the massive might of the U.S. military.
Fox News obtained exclusive images of the site that showed how the blast hollowed out and scorched the earth, indicating that the use of America’s largest non-nuclear combat weapon had been successful. We reported on the MOAB bomb drop last month, this is the one month anniversary, and this is what the site looks like today.
“This was very effective — many of ISIS’ training camps are gone, bunkers destroyed,” Gen. Qadamshah Shahim, chief of the general staff of the Afghan Ministry of Defense, told Fox News.
A high-ranking Afghan defense official, speaking with Fox on condition of anonymity, said the decision to use the bomb was made carefully. In fact, it came only after all other options had been explored.
U.S. Navy Capt. William Salvin, an American military spokesman, told Fox that the bomb was used for a “specific tactical purpose on the battlefield.”
No doubt, one of those purposes was to show that the United States is not going to play around with terrorist groups anymore.
Cmdr. Ahmad Muslem Hayat, a security adviser for the U.S. contractor TigerSwan, said the decision was the only one that would bring stability to the region and to stop more violence caused by the Islamic State terror group.
“This wasn’t about sending quick messages to show strength to other threatening countries like North Korea,” Hayat said. “This was about saving innocent Afghan lives from ISIS torture.”
Fox reported that U.S. forces are currently revising battle strategies when it comes to Afghanistan, and it was not clear if such a weapon would be used in the future.
However, the message is clear: Don’t mess with the U.S. — because that wasn’t the only MOAB in our arsenal.
And if any foreign leader is questioning President Trump’s resolve, just let this be a reminder.
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