When running for President, Trump pledged to make our military strong again.
He made great strides towards that by choosing James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis as Secretary of Defense.
And Mattis just made America proud by sending ISIS a powerful message they’ll never forget.
In a show of force using newly expanded military authorities in Afghanistan, U.S. warplanes destroyed eight Taliban opium production facilities.
Gen. John Nicholson, the U.S. Forces commander in Afghanistan, said that the U.S. and Afghan forces took out a total of 10 facilities in the first day of Operation Jagged Knife.
Jagged Knife was a combined air operation using Afghan A-29s, U.S. B-52s, and F-22s to destroy a series of factories being used as revenue streams for the Taliban.
This operation was the first use of the F-22 to conduct airstrikes in Afghanistan.
As reported by Defense News:
“In a first use of expanded military authorities in Afghanistan, U.S. warplanes destroyed eight Taliban opium production facilities in Helmand Province Sunday, the top U.S. general there said Monday.
U.S. Forces Afghanistan commander Gen. John Nicholson said U.S. and Afghan forces in total took out 10 facilities on the first day of Operation Jagged Knife, a combined air operation that involved Afghan A-29s and U.S. B-52s and F-22s to take out a series of factories that Nicholson said were used as a revenue source for the Taliban.
The operation marked the first use of the F-22 to conduct airstrikes in Afghanistan. The highly advanced stealth fighter has capabilities that exceed what should have been necessary to destroy a Taliban target, raising questions as to why that platform was selected.
On Monday, Nicholson said the F-22 was selected in a last-minute decision, based on what aircraft was available with the capability to carry a small diameter precision bomb. Nicholson showed a clip of a target hit by an F-22 that dropped 250-pound small diameter bombs inside a compound. The bombs destroyed two of the structures inside the compound, leaving one, “to avoid collateral damage,” Nicholson said.
“It wasn’t because of some of the other capabilities of that aircraft,” that the F-22 was selected, Nicholson said.
In a statement, U.S. Air Forces Central Command said the F-22 was used “for a variety of reasons, but primarily to mitigate collateral damage and civilian casualties by employing small diameter bombs carried by the aircraft.””
Terrorists in the Middle East are now on notice.
They got far too comfortable under the weak and apologetic leadership during the Obama years.
President Trump, surrounded by people like Secretary of Defense Mattis, is the worst nightmare for every enemy of America.
Bold moves like the recent action in Afghanistan show that President Trump is serious about making the military strong again.
And just think; if the election had gone the other way, Hillary would be the one commanding the military right now.
Are you sleeping better with President Trump in control?
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