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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.
Three soldiers were killed and another three injured when their Bradley Fighting Vehicle rolled over during a training exercise at Fort Stewart in Georgia on Sunday morning, Army officials announced.
KABUL (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived in Afghanistan on Sunday in a bid to bring talks with the Taliban back on track after President Donald Trump abruptly broke off negotiations last month seeking to end the United States' longest war.
Esper's trip to Kabul comes amid questions about the United States' commitments to allies after a sudden withdrawal of U.S. troops from northeastern Syria and Trump's long-time desire to get out of foreign engagements.
Mark Esper is the third person after James Mattis and Patrick Shanahan to helm the Pentagon since Donald Trump became president, and he's apparently not making much of an impression on the commander-and-chief.
On Sunday, Trump sent a very real tweet on "Secretary Esperanto," which is either a reference to a constructed international language developed more than 130 years ago and only spoken on the PA system in Gattaca or an egregious instance of autocorrect.
This rifle could be a dark horse candidate for the Army's next-generation squad weapon — and you can snag one next year
The Army says it's settled on three defense contractors to battle it out to become the service's M4 carbine and M249 Squad Automatic Weapon replacements, but at least one other company is hoping that a bit of consumer approval could help upset the competition.
The U.S. reportedly offered a long-term plan to help North Korea develop a tourist area in return for denuclearization during recent working-level talks in Stockholm that ended with the North side walking out, according to a new report.
American negotiators had drafted a plan to help build up the Kalma tourist area, the South's Hankook Ilbo newspaper reported Saturday, citing an unidentified top South Korean diplomat. The report didn't say how the North Koreans responded to the offer, but chief nuclear negotiator Kim Myong Gil portrayed the U.S. as inflexible after the talks earlier this month, blasting the Americans for not giving up "their old viewpoint and attitude."