How would we know if the U.S. President had launched B-52 airstrikes against Taliban fighters today? [closed]
CLARIFICATION: I think the press reports regarding B-52 strikes this year are misinformation, even propaganda, originating outside the US. They have been echoed by less-reputable US media who regularly fail to seek confirmation on the story. For reference: here's CENTCOM's latest public report, which makes no mention of strategic bomber airstrikes. The intent of the question is to ask "how can we know" if the reports are true or false, not to criticize any political group.
The international press has published numerous reports describing B-52 airstrikes against Sheberghan in Jowzjan province Afghanistan. However, these reports seem to be based on statements by Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman Fawad Aman. No credible U.S.-based reporting seems available at this time. So let's consider this question hypothetical:
If the president had ordered such a strike, what would the president need to do to order it?
Would he need to make it public or report to Congress?
And of course, if anyone knows of more credible reporting, that would be relevant too.
Presumably, 2001 AUMF could still apply, as it says:
... the President is authorized to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons, to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations or persons.