US bombing sends world in a ‘dangerous direction’ : Morning Star

CND general secretary Kate Hudson warned yesterday that the world is heading in a “very dangerous direction” following the US bombing of Afghanistan.

Ms Hudson told the Star that the incident was “another terrible example of Trump’s escalation of militarism and spiralling policy” following on from “the recent attack on Syria which killed many civilians and his nuclear war rhetoric against North Korea.”

She concluded: “We’re heading in a very dangerous direction and President Trump has to be stopped.”

The “mother of all bombs” used on Thursday is the largest non-nuclear weapon ever used in combat by the US military and was dropped in the Nanfarhar province very close to Pakistan.

The GBU-43B massive ordnance air blast (MOAB), which contains 11 tons of explosives, was used for the first time to destroy caves and ammunition caches held by fundamentalist group Isis.

Former US State Department spokesman Philip Crowley told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that the use of the weapon was an indication of how Mr Trump had given “greater leeway to the military in terms of what it can do” in Afghanistan and Syria.

Mr Crowley, a former US air force colonel, said the bomb was “like creating a minor earthquake in that particular area.”




  1. Forget the ‘Mother of All Bombs,’ Meet the Russian-Made ‘Daddy’

    The US boasts that its GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb (MOAB), known as the ‘Mother of all bombs’, is the largest ever non-nuclear bomb used in combat but, don’t be fooled, Russia possesses something far superior. Kids, meet Daddy.

    The Aviation Thermobaric Bomb of Increased Power, known as the ‘Father of all bombs’ (FOAB), was developed by Russia in 2007 and eclipses its US rival in both power and efficiency.

    It can inflict a 44 ton-yield when detonated, compared to the 11-ton-yield of the mother. Unlike its US counterpart though it’s less hefty, weighing in at 7,100kg compared to 8,200kg.

    The FOAB explodes mid-air, combining with atmospheric oxygen to extend the blast radius as it vaporizes targets and collapses structures. Gases are burnt within the vicinity of the blast producing a vacuum, which can drag objects in towards the center of the explosion.


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