Pentagon officials: To drop mother of all bombs’ in Afghanistan Trump’s approval is not required
On Friday, Pentagon officials said that US President Donald Trump approval is not required for the usage of “mother of all bombs” to attack on Islamic State (ISIS) stranglehold near the Pakistani border.
Officials adding that US commander in Afghanistan Gen John Nicholson, one who had ordered use of Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb (MOAB), don’t required Trump’s approval as he has the standing authority when the bomb is used even before Trump took office in January this year.
The bomb that had dropped by special operations MC-130 aircraft had been in Afghanistan from January.
To speak on the matter publicly the officials weren’t authorized and requested anonymity.
The use of the bomb had immensely attracted the attention; the aim of attack has been relatively ordinary by military standards, to destroy a tunnel and cave complex that was used by Islamic State fighters in a remote mountainous area of eastern Afghanistan.
However, Nicholson in mind has a secondary goal, according to official who spoke on the condition of secrecy in order to discuss internal matters. The Pentagon official added that, as Nicholson intrested to demonstrate the leaders of Islamic State affiliate in Afghanistan to know his determination to eliminate the group as a military threat.
He said that use of the weapon had nothing to do with, just in sending a message to any other country like North Korea.
An Air Force spokesperson, Erika A. Yepsen, said that the bomb has made “in-house,” along with some parts that are manufactured by the Air Force itself, the overall cost that was made has only been estimation. As they estimated to build each MOAB it cost about $170,000.
The MOAB was built and developed by Air Force Research Laboratory Munitions Directorate at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.
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