WASHINGTON (CBSMiami/AP) — Pentagon officials have said the U.S. commander in Afghanistan who ordered use of the “mother of all bombs” didn’t need President Donald Trump‘s approval.READ MORE: Homestead Walk-Up COVID-19 Vaccination Site Extends Hours
The officials say Gen. John Nicholson has standing authority to use the largest non-nuclear bomb ever dropped in combat. He had that authority before Trump took office.
The officials weren’t authorized to speak publicly on the matter and requested anonymity.READ MORE: Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie To Plead Not Guilty To Perjury Charge
The Massive Ordnance Air Burst bomb, or MOAB, has attracted enormous attention. Its purpose was relatively mundane by military standards: destroy a tunnel complex used by Islamic State fighters in a remote mountainous area of Afghanistan.
The Air Force estimates each MOAB costs about $170,000 to build. It hasn’t said how much it cost to develop the bomb or how many of them exist.MORE NEWS: Coast Guard Offloads More Than Two Tons Of Seized Cocaine In Miami Beach
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