Inhofe Statement on MOAB Use in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today released a statement following reports that the U.S. military dropped a GBU-43B, a 21,000-pound conventional bomb—the largest U.S. non-nuclear bomb—in Nangarhar Province in eastern Afghanistan. 

The Massive Ordinance Air Blast (MOAB), also known as the “Mother Of All Bombs,” was dropped on an ISIS tunnel complex in the Achin district of Nangarhar province, the same district where Green Beret Staff Sergeant Mark De Alencar was killed fighting ISIS last week. The Afghanistan-Pakistan border area has tunnel complexes known to be used by ISIS and other terrorist groups operating in and out of Afghanistan. This was the first time a MOAB was used in combat. 

The decision to drop the MOAB in eastern Afghanistan today sends a clear message that the United States is committed and determined to defeating ISIS and other terrorist organizations in Afghanistan. I spoke to President Ghani and our coalition partners about this same commitment when I visited Kabul this February. This strike supports our Afghan partners and their fight against these terrorist groups. I applaud President Trump’s commitment to the fight against terror, giving his military commanders the authorities they need to defeat our enemies and sending a clear message to both our enemies and our allies.”