Simon Tisdall, Guardian - Donald Trump’s random use of the “mother of all bombs” in Afghanistan has dramatized the ongoing US failure to win the father of all wars – a conflict begun by George W Bush in 2001 when he attacked the Taliban regime in Kabul and which is now in its 16th year. '
Afghanistan is the longest-running conflict in US history, and for the Afghan people it has become an interminable agony. Civilian casualties are rising. In 2016 they were the highest the UN had ever recorded, with 11,500 non-combatants killed or wounded, a third of them children.
No plausible explanation has been forthcoming for why General John Nicholson, the US Afghanistan commander, suddenly decided to deploy this previously unused weapon of mass destructive power at this particular moment, or whether additional MOAB attacks are planned.