"The Pentagon's unwarranted missile attack against Syria has shown that President Donald Trump is prone to military braggadocio aimed primarily at intimidating opponents, as well as those countries that are not inclined to support Washington's adventurism," the analyst said. "The first military use of the most powerful non-nuclear weapon should be viewed in the context of the United States continuing to coerce and pressure its rivals."
The MOAB, commonly known as the Mother of All Bombs, was used for the first time in combat on Thursday in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province to destroy a tunnel system used by Daesh.
Korotchenko pointed out that dropping this type of a bomb in Afghanistan was an odd choice of a weapon from the military point of view, which indicates that the operation was designed as a show of force.
"Practically speaking, using such a potent weapon in counterterrorism operations is an excess since there are other armaments, for instance bunker busters, that could reach underground tunnels, as well as other so-called 'piercing' weapons and cruise missiles," he explained.
Morozov further said that the United States needs a new area to test new weapons, especially when it comes to determining the damage that they are capable of dealing. He named Afghanistan as the country where the Pentagon will most likely test its weapons since the US has invested a lot to increase its military presence in the country.
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