On April 13, 2017, the US military dropped the most powerful non-nuclear bomb on ISIS strongholds inside Afghanistan.
This attack comes after the missile bombing on Syria and sending warships to North Korea. This signals fears for further attacks or military engagements in foreign countries, putting America in danger. The question here is - who poses the danger to America?
According to US military officials, "A GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb (MOAB), is an acronym that stands for "Mother of all Bombs," was dropped at 7:32 pm local time. A MOAB is a 30-feet-long, 21,600-pound, GPS-guided munition.
It is for the first time that this kind of weapon was used in the history of warfare. It was developed in 2003.
The MOAB was dropped on a tunnel complex of ISIS-Khorasan in Achin District of Nangarhar Province that shares its border with Pakistan. The Governor of Achin district, Ismail Shinwari, confirming the incidents said that the US attack was carried out in a remote mountainous area of the district, which is not inhabited by the civilians. There were no reports of civilian casualty in the attack.
Hamid Karzai, the former President of Afghanistan, reacted on Twitter "vehemently" condemning the attack "in [the] strongest words." He said, "This is not the war on terror but the inhuman and most brutal misuse of our country as [a] testing ground for new and dangerous weapons. It is upon us, Afghans, to stop the #USA."
Commenting on the attack, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said, "The United States takes the fight against ISIS very seriously and in order to defeat the group we must deny them operational space, which we did." He further added, "The strike targeted a system of tunnels and cave that ISIS fighters use to move around freely" in Nangarhar Province that shares its borders with Pakistan.
President Trump was applauded by American lawmakers saying, "It sends a clear message."
Senator Jim Inhofe, a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee said, "The decision to drop the MOAB in eastern Afghanistan sends a clear message that the US is committed and determined to defeat ISIS and other terrorist organisations in Afghanistan."
Another Congressman, Matt Gaetz, said Trump's decision to drop the MOAB shows his deep commitment to eradicating ISIS from the map of the world. "This message was part of his campaign, and eliminating ISIS is critical to the long-term security of the US. The President's actions also send a clear message that we will no longer tolerate attacks on our troops -- and that those who do so can expect a swift and strong response," he said.
However, his critics among the Democratic lawmakers questioned the intentions behind the use of MOAB. Barbara Lee, Congresswoman, called it an "unprecedented use" of 'Mother of All Bombs' and said, "It marks a new front in almost 16 years of war in Afghanistan."
Condemning this attack, she further said, "President Trump owes the American people an explanation about his escalation of military force in Afghanistan and his long-term strategy to defeat ISIS," adding, "No president should have a blank check for endless war, especially not this president, who is acting without any checks or oversight from the Republican-controlled Congress."
President Donald Trump called the strike as "another successful job". Why did President Trump use the word "another"? Does it raise possibilities of more such attacks in the future?
A series of US military engagements across the conflict-ridden regions raises fears of future attacks among the concerned citizens of the world. This kind of interventionist approach can risk America's security, both from non-state actors like the ISIS and state actors in case of North Korea.
Escalating his war of words with North Korea, Donald Trump threatened of sending a "very powerful armada" to the region on the pretext of "wrong doings" by Kim Jong-Un. Trump said, "I don't know. I don't know him. But he's doing the wrong thing."
Does Trump's accusation of Kim's "wrong doing" point fingers at him too?
Trump should put a restraint on his warmongering attitude before it is too late. The latest attack in Afghanistan is nothing short of a provocation in an already volatile country.
Disclaimer: The comments made by the writer are personal.