High-ranking general ordered MOAB strike, not Trump

Contrary to popular belief, President Donald Trump did not craft the United States’ recent airstrike in Afghanistan, highlighted by the U.S. military’s use of the fabled MOAB bomb.

According to Fox News, Lt. Gen. John W. “Mick” Nicholson, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, directed the strike, which resulted in the death of 36 ISIS fighters.

Fox News was told that Trump’s approval was not necessary, and that Nicholson prompted the use of the bomb because of the hands-off approach Trump has taken as Commander-in-Chief.

Speaking with reporters Thursday, Trump said “We have given [the military] total authorization. Frankly, that’s why they’ve been so successful lately.”

Footage of the strike was released by the Department of Defense Friday morning, showing the significance of the 21,000 pound explosive.

Nicholson commented on his decision to use the Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb, saying the time and place were equally accommodating. Gen. Nicholson also said mentioned that a scan of the area “before, during and after” the strike showed no visible signs of civilian casualties.

“We have incredible leaders in the military, we have an incredible military and we’re very proud of them, and this was another very, very successful mission,” Trump said on Thursday.

H/T: Fox News

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