Twitter Divided Over Trump’s Bomb Drop on ISIS Target in Afghanistan

“It’s a disgusting device, designed to inflict maximum casualties,” tweets “Gasland” director Josh Fox

Last Updated: April 13, 2017 @ 12:01 PM

The U.S. dropped the “mother of all bombs” in Afghanistan on Thursday, and Americans have taken to Twitter to react to the news.

The 21,600-pound GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb — the most powerful non-nuclear bomb in the U.S. arsenal — was dropped on a suspected ISIS target at 7 p.m. local time Thursday. First developed during the Iraq War, the bomb has never before been used in combat.

“I’ve studied the #MOAB for yrs. It’s a disgusting device, designed to inflict maximum casualties. It’s a carpet bomb. Should be illegal,” tweeted “Gasland” director Josh Fox. The bombing comes just days after a major U.S. airstrike in Syria.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said during a press briefing on Thursday that the U.S. “took all precautions necessary to prevent civilian casualties and collateral damage” as a result of the bombing. “The United States takes the fight against ISIS very seriously,” he said.

Some users applauded President Trump for making good on his campaign promise to “bomb the s— out of” ISIS. Others accused him of using military force to improve his numbers.

“The lower Trump’s approval ratings get, the more bombs he’ll drop. He wants to bomb himself out of a slump,” tweeted activist Shaun King.

The MOAB was delivered by an MC-130 aircraft operated by Air Force Special Operations Command. CNN reported that Gen. John Nicholson, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, signed off on the deployment of the MOAB with approval from Gen. Joseph Votel, commander of U.S. Central Command.

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