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Pentagon Releases Footage Of The 'Mother Of All Bombs' Strike On ISIS In Afghanistan
On Friday, the Department of Defense released footage of the U.S. Air Force dropping the MOAB, the second-largest non-nuclear bomb in the Pentagon’s arsenal, on ISIS targets in Achin district of Afghanistan’s Nangarhar Province.
— U.S. Dept of Defense (@DeptofDefense) April 14, 2017
The deployment of the 21,600 pound GBU-43 Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb — also known as the “mother of all bombs” — was reportedly intended to minimize the risk to Afghan and U.S. clearing forces in the area and destroy an ISIS-K tunnel network, according to a CENTCOM statement
"This weapon was used against ISIS-K and their sanctuary inside Afghanistan," NATO Commander Gen. John Nicholson told reporters.
Afghanistan's Defense Ministry reported that 36 insurgents were killed in the strike. No civilians were harmed by the bomb. The strike was part of a joint operation between Afghan and international troops, according to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.
Though some have suggested that the the deployment of the MOAB constitutes an excessive use of force, President Donald Trump hailed the bombing was "another successful job" by the U.S. military.
The former Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs thinks that the VA needs to start researching medical marijuana. Not in a bit. Not soon. Right goddamn now.
US and Turkey agree on temporary cease fire to allow Kurdish fighters to withdraw from northeast Syria
The United States and Turkey have agreed to a temporary cease fire to allow Kurdish fighters to withdraw from a safe zone that Turkey is establishing along its border with Syria, Vice President Mike Pence announced on Thursday.
They started the US war against ISIS. Now they have an important message for Trump on abandoning the Kurds
Editor's Note: The following is an op-ed. The opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Task & Purpose.
Trump's recent decisions in northern Syria were ill-advised, strategically unsound, and morally shameful. In rapidly withdrawing U.S. presence and allowing a Turk offensive into Syria, we have left the Syrian Kurds behind, created a power vacuum for our adversaries to fill, and set the stage for the resurgence of ISIS.
After preliminary fitness test scores leaked in September, many have voiced concerns about how women would fare in the new Army Combat Fitness Test.
The scores — which accounted for 11 of the 63 battalions that the ACFT was tested on last year — showed an overall failure rate of 84% for women, and a 70% pass rate for men.
But Army leaders aren't concerned about this in the slightest.
More than 74 years after Marines raised the American flag on Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima, the Marine Corps has announced that one of men in the most famous picture of World War II had been misidentified.