The most recent overseas military operation under President Trump took place on Thursday when the U.S. military dropped its largest non-nuclear bomb on an ISIS tunnel complex in Afghanistan.
Here is a list of the major military missions President Trump has ordered since he took office.
The week after Trump was sworn in, on January 29, United States Special Forces raided a suspected Al Qaeda compound in Yemen. Their mission was to gain intel on planned terror attacks against the U.S. and its allies.
Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owens was killed and three other troops were injured. Fourteen Al Qaeda militants were reportedly killed along with more than a dozen civilians.
According to White House officials, the raid had already been planned by the Obama administration, but several reasons, including weather, were given as to why it was postponed.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the mission “yielded a substantial amount of very important intel and resources that helped save American lives and other lives.”
At 8:45 p.m. ET on April 6 (3:45 a.m. local time on April 7), the United States retaliated a suspected chemical weapons attack against Syrian civilians by launching 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian air base located in Shayrat, outside of Homs.
Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis said the goal of the mission was to hamper “the Syrian government’s ability to deliver chemical weapons.”
Most of the international community was supportive of Trump’s decision, but Russian officials warned that the strikes damaged relations between the two countries.
On Thursday, the U.S. military dropped a 21,000-pound conventional bomb, known as the MOAB: Massive Ordinance Air Blast, in the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan. This was the largest non-nuclear weapon ever used in combat by the U.S. military.
Also known as “the mother of all bombs,” the MOAB was dropped on an Islamic State tunnel complex, killing an estimated 600 to 800 ISIS fighters, according to military officials.
Adam Stump, a Pentagon spokesman, said the bomb had been brought to Afghanistan “some time ago” for potential use.
“As [ISIS’] losses have mounted, they are using IEDs, bunkers, and tunnels to thicken their defense,” said Gen. John Nicholson, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. “This is the right munition to reduce these obstacles and maintain the momentum of our offensive against [ISIS].”
Future military missions
Trump said on Thursday, “North Korea is a problem, the problem will be taken care of.”
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