On April 13th, the U.S. dropped one of the largest weapons it possesses on an Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) command site in Afghanistan. What made it such a newsworthy piece was not the fact that the U.S. dropped a bomb, but the fact that this bomb is the mother of all bombs — the largest (non-nuclear) weapon in the U.S. inventory. And it was the first time in the bombs 14-year history to be released in combat.
The world was captivated by it.
Within hours of the Pentagon releasing information on the strike, people flooded social media with interest and responses. For days, it was the rage in the news with millions of tweets on Twitter and hits on YouTube. And for the next several weeks’ military analysts, news outlets and the public debated its use and effect. Everything from its popularity to questioning its purpose to damaging the environment.
Was there more to it than just another combat operation in Afghanistan…the answer is yes.