The United States just dropped a massive 21,600-pound bomb for the first time in history. The target, according to Pentagon, is the Islamic State in Afghanistan.
In an issued statement, the US Central Command said, “At 7:32 p.m. local time today, US forces – Afghanistan conducted a strike on an ISIS-K tunnel complex in Achin district, Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, as part of ongoing efforts to defeat ISIS-K in Afghanistan in 2017.”
The GPS-guided Massive Ordnance Air Blast or the “Mother Of All Bombs” is the US’ largest nonnuclear bomb.
The bomb known as Massive Ordnance Air Blast – or MOAB, which also has the nickname “Mother of All Bombs” based on its acronym – is currently considered as the largest nonnuclear bomb in the arsenal of the United States.
The MOAB targeted “a system of tunnels and caves that ISIS fighters used to move around freely.”
Sean Spicer, Press Secretary of the White House, defended the country’s use of the weapon, by saying:
“We targeted a system of tunnels and caves that ISIS fighters used to move around freely, making it easier for them to target US military advisers and Afghan forces in the area. 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.”
Meanwhile, Dr. Adam Lowther, director of the US Air Force’s school of deterrence, added:
“The main attribute of the MOAB is that it causes overpressure… The MOAB has a very narrow target set. Basically (the bomb is ideal) for targets in an environment like caves or canyons or clearing minefields… It was the right munition for what we were engaged in.”
Again, it should be noted that the use of such a huge destructive weapon is a first of its kind for the United States. Lowther, however, was quick to claim that the MOAB is “not even close to being a nuclear weapon.” He likewise pointed out that it is in no way a “symbol of escalation” regarding the conflict in Afghanistan.
Watch this History feature to learn more about the MOAB:
Trump Declares He Will Eliminate North Korea ‘Menace’ With or Without China’s Help
“We are sending an armada,” the US President said.
US President Donald Trump recently had two meetings with Xi Jinping, his Chinese counterpart, and among the things discussed was the nuclear threat being posed by North Korea. According to Trump, the US intends to use its forces to solve the problem. China, on the other hand, wants to go for a more peaceful approach.
Shortly after the meeting, Trump shared “President Xi wants to do the right thing. We had a very good bonding, I think we had a very good chemistry together, I think he wants to help us with North Korea.”
In his post on Twitter, Trump called North Korea a "menace".
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Is it fair to accuse Syrian President Bashar al-Assad without any evidence yet?
With all the terrifying news we see every day, it’s almost always easier for most of us to immediately feel emotional than to pause and ask the validity of such reports. For example, that shocking chemical attack in Idlib, Syria being blamed to President Bashar al-Assad is, according to some people, fake.
It may sound ridiculous in the outset but looking at their points, one would think if this new angle may have some merit.
Of course, we’ve all seen all the horrific aftermath photos and videos.
A 2-Year-Old Girl is Fighting for Her Life After Swallowing a “Button” Lithium Battery
A warning to all parents: lithium batteries can be deadly when swallowed.
Toddlers, as expected, are curious and their behavior can be extremely erratic. They try to climb anything they can climb on and try to swallow anything that they can get into their mouths. As such, keeping them safe is a priority - we could not emphasize that enough. We are sure you wouldn't want any accidents to happen to your kids, just like what happened to this little girl in England.
Two-year-old Kacie Barradell is now fighting for her life after swallowing a "button" lithium battery. The battery caused severe damage to her esophagus so she is now being fed through a tube. Doctors told Cheryl Bell, Kacie's mum, that there was a 40% chance that her daughter would die, and, if ever she did pull through, she has a 50% chance of being paralyzed from her waist down.
For Cheryl, the news was grim so she wants to warn other parents about the dangers that lithium batteries bring, particularly the "button" ones. Kacie is presently receiving medical treatment at Birmingham Children's Hospital, where she might stay for another month and undergo a second surgery.
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