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Aug 30 09:13

Ben Sasse: ‘Biden Has Been Repeatedly Disconnected from Reality’ in Afghanistan

Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” that President Joe Biden relied on “happy talk” instead of dealing with the reality of the situation in Afghanistan.

Sasse said, “There is clearly no plan. There has been no plan. Their plan has basically been happy talk. People have died, and people are going to die because President Biden decided to rely on happy talk instead of reality. And so they decided to outsource security around the perimeter of the airport to the Taliban.”

He continued, “They passed a list of American citizens and America’s closest allies, people who fought alongside us, they passed those lists to the Taliban, relying on them, thinking they could trust on them. It was stupid then. It’s insane now. And their plan still seems to be, ‘Let’s rely on the Taliban because the Taliban cares a lot about what world opinion thinks of them at French restaurants.’ It was a disgusting revelation of yet again no plan.”

Aug 30 09:12

Blinken: U.S. Expects Taliban Won’t Seal Off Country After August 31

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” that the Biden administration anticipated the Taliban would continue to allow people to leave Afghanistan after the United States leaves on August 31.

Anchor Martha Raddatz said, “We know this is a dangerous period. The Pentagon does say that the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the Kabul airport has already begun. We know more than 100,000 people have already been evacuated. It’s a historic number, which did take an incredible amount of work, but can you get all the American citizens who want to leave and our Afghan allies who are at risk out by the Tuesday deadline? Especially given this threat?”

Blinken said, “We’re doing everything possible to do just that. We have about 300 American citizens left who have indicated to us that they want to leave. We’re very actively working to help them get to the airport, get on a plane and get out of Afghanistan.”

Aug 30 09:11

Report: Taliban Offered Biden Control of Kabul, but He Declined

The chaos in Afghanistan could have reportedly been avoided altogether if President Joe Biden had accepted the Taliban’s initial offer for the U.S. to have full control of Kabul and the airport.

According to a report from the Washington Post, as the Taliban began taking control of Afghanistan, senior U.S. military leaders met with Taliban political leader Abdul Ghani Baradar in Doha, Qatar, where an offer was made for the United States to have control of Kabul until all U.S. troops had withdrawn; the offer was declined. From the report:

In a hastily arranged in-person meeting, senior U.S. military leaders in Doha – including McKenzie, the commander of U.S. Central Command – spoke with Abdul Ghani Baradar, head of the Taliban’s political wing.

“We have a problem,” Baradar said, according to the U.S. official. “We have two options to deal with it: You [the United States military] take responsibility for securing Kabul or you have to allow us to do it.”

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Biden couldn't have screwed this up any worse if he tried!

Aug 30 09:10

‘7 buses loaded with American women all likely dead now’…

Emily Miller — “There’s 7 buses of female American citizens. The CG refused to open the gate. We have a congressman with us and he had the state department reach out. MG Donahue refused. 10 minutes ago the females were taken by the Taliban. They are likely dead now.”

Aug 30 08:15

Democrats Demand Reparations and Open Borders for Afghan Migrants

Sixty-six progressive Democrats are telling President Joe Biden to open the nation’s border to Afghan migrants because the U.S. bears moral responsibility for the wars in Afghanistan.

“After decades of disastrous U.S. intervention, one thing is clear: We have a moral responsibility to provide safe harbor and refuge for the Afghan people,” the August 26 letter, which does not set an upper limit on the inflow of Afghan migrants, states.

“The U.S. war in Afghanistan has caused irreparable harm to Afghans,” the letter claims, without mentioning the many hard-fought humanitarian gains Americans delivered or mentioning the almost 2,400 dead Americans — in the two decades since 2001.

Aug 30 08:13

Pakistani Military Opens Fire on Afghan Refugees at Border, Kills 6

Pakistani troops opened fire on a group of Afghan civilians attempting to cross into Pakistan from Afghanistan on Friday, killing at least six people, Pajhwok Afghan News reported.

The incident reportedly occurred at the Torkham border crossing, a major trade and travel corridor linking Afghanistan and Pakistan. Torkham is the name of the Pakistani city on the eastern side of the border crossing, while the western side of the port pertains to the Afghan province of Nangarhar.

An unknown number of Pakistani soldiers “opened fire” on an unknown number of Afghan civilians at Torkham on August 27 “when they rushed towards the crossing gate and wanted to enter [the] Pakistani side,” according to Pajhwok Afghan News.

Aug 30 08:12

Fox News’ Lara Logan Eviscerates Biden For ‘Basically Condemning American Citizens And Our Allies To Our Death’ In Afghanistan

Fox News host Lara Logan fired back at President Joe Biden on Tuesday after he caved to the Taliban and agreed not to extend the August 31st deadline to remove all US forces from Afghanistan.

Lara Logan Sounds Off

“What President Biden is doing is basically condemning American citizens to death in Afghanistan. He is condemning our American allies to death in Afghanistan … you start to feel like you are in the twilight zone, Harris,” Logan told her fellow host Fox News Harris Faulkner.

“Can you imagine the deputy commander of the Taliban, the head of the Haqqani Network, Siraj Haqqani,” she added. “They are the Afghan al Qaeda. He swore allegiance, loyalty to Osama bin Laden. Haqqani’s manifesto, that he released more than a decade ago, is exactly al Qaeda’s manifesto.”

Aug 30 07:40

Your move - Marine Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller

Aug 30 07:39

Sergeant Major of the Army prioritizes 'diversity' amid Afghanistan evacuation

Amid ongoing evacuation efforts in Afghanistan, and shortly before an explosion left 13 U.S. service members dead and several wounded, Sergeant Major of the Army Michael Grinston highlighted diversity within the U.S. Army for Women’s Equality Day.

"Diversity is a number - do you have people that don’t look or think like you in the room? Inclusion is listening and valuing those people," Grinston wrote in a tweet.

Aug 30 07:28

The fatal failure of Gen. Mark A. Milley over closing Bagram Air Base

Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, must go.

President Biden claims that the military advised him to close Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan and instead use Kabul’s airport to evacuate Americans. They were the ones who said the Afghan army would hold, that the pullout would go smoothly.

If Biden is telling the truth, this disaster is on Milley’s watch. Or Biden is lying (the more likely scenario, based on what sources inside the administration are saying) and Milley failed to do his duty and push back against a commander-in-chief who is making deadly decisions. Either way, he is derelict in his duty — and must either take responsibility for what went wrong or tell Americans the truth about their president.

Aug 30 07:27

Yes, they Died in Vain in Afghanistan

Gold Star families are dealing the tragic reality of the collapse of America’s mission in Afghanistan: their loved ones died in vain. Some 6300 Americans, military personnel and civilian contractors, were sacrificed for nothing.

The geopolitical wreck known as the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan delivered distressingly little in return for the service, sacrifice, and death of so many Americans – and others, both allied military members and Afghans. Almost overnight a government that turned out to be an international fraud, unable to call upon the loyalty of those it was supposed to serve, disappeared. This could not help but leave friends and family of the dead, as well as the wounded, many of whom continue to suffer from their service, feeling that they lost much, and perhaps everything, for nothing.

Aug 30 07:26

Video: Biden Refuses to Answer Questions on Afghanistan, Gets Lost on Way Out During FEMA Remarks

Having finished his speech at a Sunday FEMA meeting on the disastrous Hurricane Ida, Joe Biden initiated a little off-script action, offering reporters who were willing to ask questions to "go ahead" even though he was "not supposed to take any questions".

However, the mood for taking questions swiftly disappeared after the first one appeared to be about Afghanistan.

"I'm not going to answer on Afghanistan now", Biden snapped, slapping his hand on the desk and immediately deciding to head out.

The president had trouble finding the right direction to go and was assisted by an aide. The combination of his revelation that he was not "supposed" to do something, his refusal to take Afghanistan-related questions, along with the desk slap and the immediate departure caused some confusion and bewilderment.

Aug 30 07:24

Blinken Admits These Are Dangerous Times For Americans

Antony Blinken announced Sunday that there are still 300 American citizens waiting for evacuation out of Afghanistan as the August 31 deadline for a full troop withdrawal nears.

'We have about 300 American citizens left who have indicated to us that they want to leave,' the secretary of State told ABC's This Week host Martha Raddatz. 'We are very actively working to help them get to the airport, get on a plane, and get out of Afghanistan.'

The Pentagon stated that it already began withdrawing troops from Afghanistan after 13 U.S. service members were murdered in a suicide bombing outside the Kabul airport on Thursday.

Aug 30 07:23

Donald Trump Tells Behind-the-Scenes Story of Gold Star Mothers ‘Screaming’ as They See Their Children’s Caskets Return Home

All eyes in America are fixed on Dover Air Force Base, where 13 U.S. service members are expected to receive a dignified transfer on Sunday. Mourning families of the fallen, as well as the president and first lady, are scheduled to meet them.

This year, former President Donald Trump spoke on the heartbreaking affair that takes place behind the scenes and away from the cameras when the military caskets arrive.

Aug 30 06:22

VIDEO: Taliban Confiscates Pallet of $100 Bills Left in Afghanistan — Or Was It Left for Them on Purpose?

Joe Biden supplied the Taliban terrorist organization and their Islamist accomplices with several years’ worth of US armaments.

Rather than destroying the equipment before leaving the country, Joe Biden decided to leave the nearly $85 billion worth of US military equipment to the Taliban.

As The Gateway Pundit reported last week — Joe Biden left 300 times more guns than those passed to the Mexican cartels during Obama’s Fast and Furious program.

But it appears that the Biden Administration left more than an arsenal of weapons for the Taliban terrorists.

The Taliban have been posting videos of pallets of weapons and stacks of $100 bills they have seized as they swept into power across the country.

Aug 30 06:13

Biden refuses to take Afghanistan question, walks away after offering to take questions at FEMA

President Biden blew off a question about Afghanistan after offering to take questions at the Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters in Washington on Sunday.

Biden was at FEMA to address the response to Hurricane Ida, which strengthened to a Category 4 before making landfall in Louisiana earlier Sunday.

"I’m not supposed to take any questions but go ahead," Biden told Bloomberg News reporter Jennifer Jacobs.

Jacobs began, "Mr. President, on Afghanistan—"

"I’m not gonna answer on Afghanistan now," Biden interjected before walking away from the podium.

Aug 30 06:12

Several rockets target Kabul airport, US military activate missile defenses to repel attack – reports

Five rockets have reportedly been launched towards Kabul airport, which is the focal point of the US evacuation from Afghanistan. The missiles were shot down by an air defense system, media report, citing US officials.

Several rockets rained down on the area near Kabul airport on Monday morning, Reuters reported, citing a US official, who said that missile defense systems were deployed to intercept the incoming projectiles.

Fox News national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin reported, citing a US defense official, that the Pentagon used the Counter-Rocket, Artillery, Mortar (C-RAM) missile system to repel the attack.

Aug 30 06:05

Blowback: Taliban Target US Intel's Shadow Army

The Kabul Airport bombing shows there are shadowy forces in Afghanistan, willing to disrupt a peaceful transition after US troops leave. But what about US intel’s own ‘shadow army,’ amassed over two decades of occupation? Who are they, and what is their agenda?

So we have the CIA Director William Burns deploying in haste to Kabul to solicit an audience with Taliban leader Abdul Ghani Baradar, the new potential ruler of a former satrapy. And he literally begs him to extend a deadline on the evacuation of US assets.

The answer is a resounding “no.” After all, the 31 August deadline was established by Washington itself. Extending it would only mean the extension of an already defeated occupation.

The ‘Mr. Burns goes to Kabul’ caper is by now part of cemetery of empires folklore. The CIA does not confirm or deny Burns met Mullah Baradar; a Taliban spokesman, delightfully diversionist, said he was “not aware” of such a meeting.

Aug 30 05:51

This G7 is a turning point for the West

The chaotic withdrawal from Kabul will be a turning point but now it’s up to us to choose the direction of travel. We can turn this around. That’s why Tuesday’s G7 meeting matters. It will show the determination of the free world to work together.

There will be some key early tells, as gamblers would say, that will give us a clue as to where we’re going.

The first is easy: Who is at the table? Of course, it’s short notice but few nations are more affected than India by the inland tsunami in Asia, or more likely to be important to what happens next. Along with partners from G7 parliaments, I’m calling for India to attend. With Delhi holding the presidency of the UN Security Council, its presence at the meeting would show a commitment not just to bringing others in, but also to leveraging the institutions we have built to defend peace.

Aug 29 06:00

ISIS-K Is Just Another Product of CIA Afghan Assassin Network

[ISIS-K consists of mercenary “Islamists”, mostly ex-TTP, who have been hired by ISIS in Syria to create the impression of a growing worldwide “Caliphate”. Originally recruited from anti-Shiite/Hazara mass-murderers in Pakistan and Afghanistan, to come to Syria and continue their work there. After being run-out of Pakistan by Pak Zarb-i-Azb military offensive, the TTP, soon to be ISIS-K, were sheltered for several years in Afghanistan by local Pushtuns and the Afghan secret services until they became useful. The Afghan Govt supported a Khorasani offensive against the Afghan Taliban, until they were severely beaten by the Talib and thereafter kept penned-up in and around Nangarhar (Afghan Taliban Keep ISIS Penned-Up In The Wilderness of Nangarhar https://therearenosunglasses.wordpress.com/2016/11/27/afghan-taliban-k...).

Aug 29 05:56

US State Dept Urges US Citizens To "Immediately" Leave Kabul Airport Area Due To "Specific, Credible" Threat

(Update 10pm ET): Just hours after the Joe Biden said that he was informed by US military commanders that another attack on the troops may come within the next 24-36 hours, the US embassy in Kabul warned of a “specific” and “credible” threat for the area around the airport, urging US citizens to "immediately" leave the area.

In a security alert issued early Sunday, the US embassy sounded the alarm about a potential attack at the Kabul airport, two days after a suicide bombing killed some 170 Afghans, 13 US servicemen and two British nationals.

Due to a specific, credible threat, all U.S. citizens in the vicinity of Kabul airport (HKIA), including the South (Airport Circle) gate, the new Ministry of the Interior, and the gate near the Panjshir Petrol station on the northwest side of the airport, should leave the airport area immediately.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And just where are they supposed to go?

Aug 29 05:33

Escobar: 'Forever War' Benefiting Afghans? Follow The Money

After 20 years and a staggering $2.23 trillion spent in a “forever war” persistently spun as promoting democracy and benefiting the “Afghan people,” it’s legitimate to ask what the Empire of Chaos has to show for it.

The numbers are dire. Afghanistan remains the world’s seventh poorest nation: 47 percent of the population lives below the poverty line, according to the Asian Development Bank. No less than 75 percent of the — dissolved — Kabul government’s budget was coming from international aid. According to the World Bank, that aid was responsible for the turnover of 43 percent of the economy — one that was mired in massive government corruption.

According to the terms of the Washington-Taliban agreement signed in Doha in February 2020, the U.S. should continue to fund Afghanistan during and after its withdrawal.

Aug 29 05:32

Kabul Attack Biden's "Worst Nightmare", He'll "Have To Go Back In" - Says Obama's CIA Director

Having beheld a disastrous two-decade long failed war and occupation, with immense US blood and treasure lost, and over $2.3 trillion spent and counting - and now with horrific suicide blasts killing over 100 people including 13 US troops during the chaotic exit - the national security state hawks are already pushing for Washington to get straight back into the fight.

Former CIA chief and ex-Defense Secretary under Obama, Leon Panetta, is urging just that. On the day of the twin suicide attacks at Kabul airport he went on CNN to say President Biden will have to "go back in" if he wants to avenge the deaths of Americans on Thursday.

Aug 29 05:32

"He's Failed": Students Disown Joe Biden After Endless "Disaster"

As the Biden administration attempts to reconcile rising inflation, the crisis at the Southern Border, and the death of American citizens in now Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, Campus Reform’s Addison Smith went to George Mason University to ask students how they feel about Biden's presidency.

The vast majority of students who said they voted for or supported Biden’s nomination expressed regret for supporting him.

One student said, “He’s failed a lot on a lot of his promises”.

Another, speaking on Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, called it a “disaster."

When asked about Biden’s “Build Back Better” campaign slogan, students were not convinced he had done so.

“If you’re looking at the straight facts, it’s apparent that he’s not [building back better],” one student said.

Aug 29 05:31

As Biden Abandoned Afghan Allies, Retired US Special Ops Hatched "Operation Pineapple Express" - Rescuing Over 600 From Taliban Slaughter

With the door closing on the Biden administration's botched evacuation in Afghanistan - thanks to their botched withdrawal, hundreds of Afghan allies who worked with Western forces were destined to become 'dead men walking' at the hands of the Taliban.

That is, until an all-volunteer group of American badasses conducted a week-long mission on the streets of Kabul, under the cover of darkness, which resulted in the rescue of more than 600 people.

Comprised of American veterans and ad hoc groups of current and former US special operators, intelligence officers, aid workers and others experienced in the field, "Operation Pineapple Express" was a highly-coordinated week-long effort to run dozens of covert missions throughout Taliban-controlled Kabul.

One of member of "Task Force Pineapple," combat-wounded former Navy Seal Jason Redman, expressed deep frustration "that our own government didn't do this. We did what we should do, as Americans."

Aug 29 05:29

Russia, Belarus Plan Massive Anti-NATO Military Exercise In Wake Of Afghan Defeat

Vladimir Putin has emerged as a major beneficiary of President Joe Biden’s surrender in Afghanistan and his backing off sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

Russia and Belarus have announced plans to conduct a joint military exercise from Sept. 10 to 16 called Zapad 2021 that takes on added significance due to NATO’s humiliation in Afghanistan and the lack of confidence in the alliance among its easternmost members. They say it will point out the “futility” of NATO reinforcing Poland and the Baltics in the first major show of force since Biden’s reckless withdrawal.

Over 200,000 troops, 80 aircraft, 760 military vehicles, and 15 ships will be involved in the exercise, the Russian news site Gazeta.ru reported.

Aug 29 05:28

I served in Afghanistan as a US Marine, twice. Here’s the truth in two sentences

What we are seeing in Afghanistan right now shouldn’t shock you. It only seems that way because our institutions are steeped in systematic dishonesty. It doesn’t require a dissertation to explain what you’re seeing. Just two sentences.

One: For 20 years, politicians, elites and D.C. military leaders lied to us about Afghanistan.

Two: What happened last week was inevitable, and anyone saying differently is still lying to you.

Aug 29 05:27

“I Was Living Like Scarface”: The Ludicrous Costs of the War in Afghanistan Revealed in New Documents, Testimonies

Holy cow, I was living like Scarface…I was paying out anywhere between $300-400,000 per week to $5 million per week at times. All in cash.” Matthew Hoh, U.S. Marine Corps Captain and former State Department official

The conflict in Afghanistan — for the U.S. at least — appears to be over. Essentially admitting defeat, American planes are beating a hasty and ignominious retreat from Kabul, with images of the withdrawal bearing a striking resemblance to those from the fall of Saigon 46 years previously.

Aug 28 12:07

US Kills ISIS-K Terrorist Who Planned Kabul Airport Bombing In Airstrike — ISIS Planning Much Bigger Attack

According to reports, the US launched airstrikes during the night against the ISIS-K terrorist who planned the bombing at Kabul airport:

Aug 28 06:26

Death Toll Rises In Kabul Terror Attacks, Nearly 200 Now Believed Killed In Suicide Blasts

The death toll in Thursday’s terrorist attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, rose overnight, and more than 200 people are now believed dead from a suicide bombing near Hamid Karzai International Airport, where many were desperately trying to escape the country on final evacuation flights. Although the Pentagon initially said there were two explosions, they walked back the claim Friday afternoon and said it was only one.

“The death toll in a pair of suicide bombings that rocked Kabul yesterday has now risen to nearly 200 on Friday as evacuation flights remain ongoing,” Fox News reported early Friday. “169 Afghans were killed according to two officials who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity. The U.S. said 13 service members were killed in the deadliest day for American forces in Afghanistan since August 2011.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That's a very high number of dead (and wounded) from mere suicide vests.

Aug 28 06:26

U.S. on alert for further Kabul attacks in race to complete evacuations

U.S. forces helping evacuate Afghans desperate to flee Taliban rule were on alert for more attacks on Friday after an Islamic State suicide bombing outside Kabul airport killed at least 92 people, including 13 U.S. service members.

Reporting by Reuters bureaux; Writing by Stephen Coates, Mark Heinrich, Hugh Lawson and James Oliphant; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore, Frances Kerry, Will Dunham and Daniel Wallis

Aug 28 06:25

Dem Rep Who Travelled to Kabul Blasts Biden Admin's Handling of Pullout as 'Total F**king Disaster'

Two US Representatives, Democrat Seth Moulton, and Republican Peter Meijer took an audacious and unauthorized trip to Afghanistan earlier in the week to "oversee" the ongoing evacuation. The move prompted debate and reportedly angered officials at the Pentagon and the US State Department.

Democrat Seth Moulton, just back from Afghanistan, shared unflattering comments on his interpretation of how the ongoing evacuation is organized, speaking to New York Magazine.

“The thing that everybody needs to understand, even if you completely agree with the Biden administration’s decision to withdraw, the way they have handled this has been a total f**king disaster,” said Moulton. “It will be measured in bodies, because a lot of people are dying because they can’t get out.”

Aug 28 06:24

Gone without a trace: UK’s Afghan embassy Twitter account with 100k+ followers abruptly DELETED as British evacuation ends

The official Twitter account for the British Embassy in Afghanistan has been deleted without explanation, with the page suddenly disappearing just as UK forces wrap up chaotic evacuation efforts in Kabul.

The embassy’s Twitter handle, created in 2013 and boasting more than 109,000 followers, appears to have been deactivated sometime on Friday, leaving observers online baffled as the government has yet to offer any reasoning for the decision.

Aug 28 06:23

‘Please Go On’ with new conflicts: Washington war hawk John Bolton calls for pressure on Pakistan amid Afghanistan disaster

Ex-National Security Advisor John Bolton is eyeing up Pakistan, viewing the end of war with Afghanistan as a chance to start another, this time with its nuclear-armed neighbor – a “dramatic change” to “wake people up,” he hinted.

Invited onto the Washington Post’s ‘Please Go On’ podcast on Friday to expand on his proposed “solutions” to the “problem” of Afghan withdrawal as set out in an op-ed for the paper earlier this week, Bolton began by sneeringly dismissing the idea that the US could ever truly leave Afghanistan in the first place.

“All of Central Asia is like a big pile of pickup sticks,” he told the interviewer, “and they say, ‘Hey, we’re going to take that American stick out of Afghanistan and nothing else will happen anywhere else.’ Completely wrong, and we’re seeing the consequences of it now.”

“I think there are things that are going to happen that we can’t even foresee at the moment that aren’t going to be good,” the mustachioed warmonger continued threateningly.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle...

Aug 28 06:23

Chaos, tears, and stampede: Witness of Kabul airport blast tells RT what he saw as he was trying to save his family members

An already chaotic scene outside the Kabul international airport was turned into a living nightmare by a terrorist bombing attack. RT spoke to an eyewitness of the blast, who shared harrowing details of what had happened.

In an interview given via a video link, Wahidullah Ahmadzai described how he and his relatives almost died near the Abbey Gate of the Hamid Karzai international airport, which was targeted by the terrorist group Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) on Thursday.

Ahmadzai said he accompanied his aunt and her children, to help them get inside and get flown to the UK. They had all the necessary paperwork to leave, but due to the large number of people desperately trying to get inside the airport, the situation was not safe, and any extra assistance could come in handy.

Aug 28 06:22

American talk show host calls for mass violence against Afghans over terrorist attack that killed US citizens in Kabul

Talk show host Todd Starnes has called for the destruction of an Afghan city for every American killed after an Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) attack at Hamid Karzai International Airport killed 12 US citizens.

Starnes’ post, made in the aftermath of two explosions at the Kabul airport on Thursday, seemingly blamed all Afghans for the carnage, which left at least 60 people dead, including 12 American servicemembers and numerous Afghan civilians.

Aug 28 06:21

Top general says US military is 'prepared to house and feed' Afghan refugees 'as long as it takes’

The Air Force general tasked with overseeing U.S. Northern Command said on Friday the U.S. military is "prepared to house and feed" the incoming Afghan refugees "as long as it takes" to get them settled.

"They’re coming here, starting over with what they bring with them," Gen. Glen VanHerck told reporters. "We’ve been incredibly well supported by the local communities and non-governmental organizations, etc., that have jumped in to help these families with things of need such as diapers, formula, clothing, you name it.

"We have been tremendously blessed to have overwhelming support."

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Excuse me, but what about the homeless Americans?!?

Aug 27 16:47

WATCH: Former British Colonel Calls For Joe Biden To Be COURT-MARTIALED For BETRAYING America With Afghanistan Surrender

Last night on Mark Levin’s Fox News broadcast, “Life, Liberty, and Levin,” retired British Colonel Richard Kemp expressed his conviction that impeachment is not the appropriate punishment for Joe Biden’s negligent management of the Afghanistan exit.

Aug 27 14:53

Biden Admin Says Likely Americans Will Be Left Behind

During a White House press conference on Wednesday, Press Secretary Jen Psaki was questioned about the possibility of Americans being stranded in Afghanistan after August 31, and whether or not the White House has plans in place to rescue them after that date expires.

"Well, I would say first, we've sent out, as Secretary Blinken noted, 19 messages to American citizens over the course of the last few months," he replied. "We’ve also done a great deal of outreach and advertising, providing information for anyone who wants to leave, including the offering of financial assistance in recent weeks for people who want to leave Afghanistan."

Aug 27 14:43

AOC Opens Her Moronic Mouth Again: ‘It Was Trump’s Racism That Caused Afghanistan To Collapse’

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the far-left thought(less) leader of the Democrats, has now weighed in on the Afghanistan debacle by blaming Donald Trump’s “racism” for Afghanistan’s collapse following Biden’s bungled withdrawal.

Aug 27 14:33

DID BIDEN BOMB KABUL?

Aug 27 13:14

Taliban Fighters Reportedly Seize Military Side Of Kabul Airport Using American Weapons

With the deadline for the American withdrawal from Afghanistan looming in just four short days, Taliban fighters are moving to take full control of the airport, according to unconfirmed media reports. At this pace, it looks like the airport will be under complete Taliban control by tomorrow.

Aug 27 12:57

Active-duty Marine officer posts viral video attacking military leadership for Kabul disaster

In a now-viral video, an active-duty U.S. Marine Corps lieutenant colonel called out senior military leadership for their handling of the U.S. withdrawal and evacuation operations from Afghanistan on the day that 13 U.S. service members were killed in an attack on the Kabul airport.

Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller, in a video he shared to his personal LinkedIn page, said he was willing to risk his own military career to demand accountability from military leadership after the attack on the Kabul airport.

Aug 27 12:56

WATCH: Heartless Joe Biden Laughs At Reporter Who Asked About Stranded Americans in Afghanistan

Joe Biden once against displayed is utter heartlessness at the situation he created in Afghanistan when he laughed at a reporter who confronted him about the thousands of Americans stranded in Afghanistan.

NBC’s White House Correspondent Peter Alexander questioned Biden during a Wednesday press briefing at the White House what he plans to do if Americans are still trapped in Afghanistan after the Taliban terrorists’ August 31 deadline.

Biden grinned widely and told Alexander “you’ll be the first person I’ll call”:

Aug 27 12:17

Biden Grants Commanders 'Full Authority' to Target Daesh-Khorasan in Wake of Kabul Airport Attacks

At least 170 people were killed and over 1,330 more wounded in Thursday's twin bombing and gun attacks outside Kabul's airport. 13 US service members were among the fatalities, with 15 others receiving injuries of varying severity. Over two dozen Taliban fighters were also killed in the attacks.

President Joe Biden has granted US military commanders full authority to target Daesh-Khorasan*, the Afghanistan affiliate of the Daesh (ISIS)* terrorist group, the White House said in a statement Friday.

Aug 27 10:39

UK govt says ‘every effort was made’ to destroy papers naming Afghan embassy workers, amid anger over 'data protection blunder'

In a frantic rush to abandon their embassy, British diplomatic staff in Kabul left papers strewn around, some of which detailed the names and contacts of local embassy staff still in Afghanistan, the Times has reported.

On Thursday evening, the Times claimed that its journalists had found papers identifying Afghan staff at the British diplomatic mission, as well as job applicants, inside the now-abandoned Kabul embassy. The papers were found by the reporters as Taliban troops patrolled the building and posed with abandoned treasures.

According to the Times, documents found in the embassy on Tuesday identified seven Afghans. Phone calls to the numbers detailed on the papers revealed that some of them and their families remained in the war-torn country, on the wrong side of the Kabul airport fence.

The story has shocked many, with some asking how incompetent the Foreign Office must be to put its own Afghan staff at risk of reprisals from the Taliban regime.

Aug 27 07:52

Living With Brzezinski’s Mess

If you walk down the road of many of today’s worst crises, you will find, far up ahead of you, the foot prints of President Jimmy Carter’s National Security Advisor, Zbigniew Brzezinski. Some of the key cold war moves that Brzezinski made triggered events that still make the world worse today.

Afghanistan

Brzezinski, according to Russian expert and Professor of Russian and European Politics at University of Kent Richard Sakwa, was the architect of the strategy to lure "the Soviet Union into the Afghan quagmire." If the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in December 1979 was the catalyst for the mujahedeen who would then introduce to the world al-Qaeda and the Taliban, then Brzezinski was the catalyst for the Soviet invasion.

Aug 27 07:51

WATCH Russian military planes evacuate hundreds from Afghanistan

Russia's Defense Ministry has launched its operation to evacuate over 500 people from Afghanistan in the wake of the Taliban takeover. Footage shows dozens of men, women and children disembarking from planes at safe destinations.

The Russian Defense Ministry's military transport Il-76 planes arrived at the Kabul airport on Wednesday to take citizens of Russia and other former Soviet republics home.

Videos obtained by RT show people, many of them families with children, getting on board the giant Russian transport aircraft that were turned into double-deck passenger planes to accommodate as many people as possible.

Aug 27 07:35

Taliban Secures World's Largest Lithium Deposits After US Withdrawal From Afghanistan

It's been more than a decade since we penned "The US "Discovers" Nearly $1 Trillion In Mineral Deposits In Afghanistan" in which we highlighted the colossal untapped mineral deposits that reside in Afghanistan.

President Joe Biden's decision to rapidly and completely withdraw from Afghanistan makes even less strategic sense if readers go back to our 2010 post where we quoted "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man: Part 2, the 21st Century paradigm"? Which said,

"Yet the American officials also recognize that the mineral discoveries will almost certainly have a double-edged impact. Instead of bringing peace, the newfound mineral wealth could lead the Taliban to battle even more fiercely to regain control of the country."

Aug 27 07:34

Taliban Ask Turkey For Help To Run Chaotic Kabul Airport

The chaotic airport is currently the locus of unprecedented chaos (not to mention a makeshift, and temporary, US embassy), but Afghanistan's new rulers, the Taliban, are already looking beyond Aug 31 when the US is scheduled to evacuate its domestic presence, and according to Reuters they have asked Turkey for "technical help" to run the Kabul airport even as they demand that Ankara's military also withdraw fully by the end-August deadline.

The conditional request by the Islamist Taliban leaves Ankara - a current NATO member - with a difficult decision over whether to accept a hazardous job, a Reuters source said.

Aug 27 07:33

In Massive Propaganda Onslaught, Media Ignores The Real "Catastrophe" Of Afghanistan

In September of 2017, an obscure government official stood before a small audience at an obscure think tank and described a catastrophe that was unfolding. “Obscure” to the average citizen, that is — but not at all obscure to the “insiders” and journalists who attend these sorts of gatherings in DC, or sign up for the pertinent email lists, or read acronym-filled trade publications.

It was only a few weeks earlier that a president, his first year in office, had been persuaded by “the adults in the room” — those sagely Generals again — to authorize yet another escalation in a war these “insiders” largely knew was unwinnable. Curiously, the “adult” decision always seems to entail prolonging fatally doomed military interventions, as though that were the obviously sober and mature course of action. This same ritual had also occurred with the previous president his first year in office, albeit with even more catastrophic consequences.

Aug 27 07:31

White House to US lawmakers: 'This is not the time to travel to Afghanistan'

The White House chided two House lawmakers who secretly traveled to Afghanistan to see the conditions on the ground in Kabul, saying Americans should not be traveling to the country amid evacuation efforts.

“Our guidance continues to be to all American citizens, including elected officials, this is not the time to travel to Afghanistan,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Wednesday afternoon.

“Our focus, our objectives, our resources, need to be laser-focused on evacuating Afghan partners, evacuating American citizens, and that’s best done in the hands of the Department of Defense and State Department professionals who are on the ground,” she added.

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Biden doesn't want any more members of Congress seeing what a mess he made in Afghanistan.

Aug 27 07:23

Top Republicans Plan Joint Investigation into Biden’s Afghanistan ‘Fiasco’

The top Republicans on the House Intelligence, Armed Services, and Foreign Affairs Committees announced in a letter to President Joe Biden on Wednesday they plan to investigate his withdrawal from Afghanistan, and his administration should preserve all records on the issue.

Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes (CA); Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Mike Rogers (AL); and Michael McCaul (TX) sent a letter to Biden on Wednesday that said:

The ongoing chaos in Afghanistan profoundly concerns the American people. The horrifying scenes on the ground and the resulting erosion of America’s worldwide geostrategic position raise troubling questions about your administration’s ability to competently manage a major foreign crisis.

As elected officials, our primary duty is to protect the American people. Thus, we were shocked to hear White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki declare that no Americans are stranded in Afghanistan.

Aug 27 07:22

Make a run for the border... if you think you can make it there alive: UK tells stranded Afghans NOT to come to the airport as troops begin to pack up and leave thousands behind after Joe Biden's betrayal

The UK last night told its Afghan allies who are still trying to get out of Afghanistan to head for the border rather than attempt to get into Kabul airport where US and British forces are winding down their operations.

As evacuation efforts entered their final hours, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace appeared to signal in a briefing to MPs that there are few places left on British planes.

There are also warnings of an increased terror risk from jihadists ISIS-K, with US officials last night saying there was a 'very real risk' of an attack by the terror group who are the Taliban's rivals. .

Aug 27 07:20

US citizens are told to STOP coming to Kabul airport due to terror threat leaving up to 1.5K including 23 California students stranded: Blinken BLAMES them for not leaving earlier as CIA start helicopter rescue missions

American citizens trying to get in to Kabul airport and leave the country were told on Wednesday night to immediately leave the area, due to a new and sudden terror threat.

'Due to threats outside the Kabul airport, US citizens should avoid traveling to the airport and avoid airport gates unless you receive instructions to do so,' the State Department tweeted on Wednesday night.

'Those at the Abbey Gate, East Gate, or North Gate now should leave immediately.'

The order to leave the gates was issued at 3:30am local time in Kabul on Thursday morning.

Aug 27 07:17

Report: 4,100 Americans Remain Stranded, Many ‘Not in or Around Kabul’

A Senate aid revealed Wednesday 4,100 Americans remain stranded in Afghanistan, many “not in or around Kabul,” CNN reported.

About 4,400 Americans have been extracted in President Joe Biden’s deadly evacuation, “but the remaining 4,100 will be more challenging, the source said,” before the Taliban-enforced deadline in five days. The State Department has denied 4,100 is the exact number stranded.

Aug 27 07:11

‘Disaster… bigger than Saigon’: US Afghan war veteran who lost both legs slams Biden’s ‘horrendous’ exit strategy in RT interview

The US pullout from Afghanistan has been “completely botched” and demonstrates Washington’s lack of political will to do things right, a US Afghan war veteran told RT, adding that the war lasted for too long in the first place.

The way the American troops withdrew from Afghanistan was “a blunder on a worldwide scale” that made many Afghan war veterans feel “let down” and “angry,” Gabriel E. Martinez, a veteran who served in the United States Marine Corps and lost both of his legs to a mine blast in Afghanistan, told RT.

This is a disaster. This is bigger than Saigon.

The chaotic withdrawal, which saw the US troops abandoning their military equipment and munitions at their Afghan bases and virtually leaving thousands of civilians who worked with the US and its allies to their fate was a wrong move on all accounts, Martinez believes.

Aug 27 07:10

While troops die, Nancy Pelosi tweets about 'Women's Equality Day'

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi fired off a series of tweets Thursday reminding everyone it’s Women’s Equality Day – her first posts on the platform after explosions outside the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, left four U.S. Marines dead.

"Today, and every day, let us summon the suffragists’ spirit of hope and strive to lift up the voices of women across the nation – because we know this truth: when women succeed, America succeeds," Pelosi, D-Calif., tweeted about noon Thursday.

"Despite progress, women across the nation still face barriers to full equality: from shameful pay disparities to the unfair economic impacts of the pandemic to the brazen assault on the right to vote. At this moment, Democrats are committed to Building Back Better with Women."

Aug 27 07:01

Additional explosions heard in Kabul were controlled demolition of ammo by US forces, not further attacks – Taliban

The Taliban has belatedly reached out to calm the nerves of Kabul residents after the terrorist attacks at the airport, explaining the most recent explosions are only the US military destroying ammunition ahead of their departure.

A statement from the Taliban acknowledged “several explosions” that had been heard in Kabul on Thursday, attributing them to “US troops who are destroying their assets at Kabul airport.”

Aug 27 06:45

Grooming the Taliban .. Update ..How to smash a country.

“In August, 1979, the US Embassy in Kabul reported that “the United States’ larger interests … would be served by the demise of the PDPA government, despite whatever setbacks this might mean for future social and economic reforms in Afghanistan.” Read again the words above I have italicised. It is not often that such cynical intent is spelt out as clearly. The US was saying that a genuinely progressive Afghan government and the rights of Afghan women could go to hell. Six months later, the Soviets made their fatal move into Afghanistan in response to the American-created jihadist threat on their doorstep. Armed with CIA-supplied Stinger missiles and celebrated as “freedom fighters” by Margaret Thatcher, the mujahedin eventually drove the Red Army out of Afghanistan.”

Aug 27 06:26

Western media ‘complicit in hiding truth’ of Afghan war, allowing ‘extraordinary lie’ to last two decades – WikiLeaks' Hrafnsson

The abrupt US withdrawal from Afghanistan should not surprise anyone, WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson told RT, saying the fact that Washington was able to deceive the world for two decades is more shocking.

Washington’s 19-year-long war campaign in Afghanistan was one “big lie” that only benefited America’s military industrial complex and private contractors, Hrafnsson said. The WikiLeaks editor-in-chief said it was not the ongoing chaotic withdrawal of the US and its allies that was now a surprise, but the fact that mainstream media did not catch on to the lies which prolonged the war long ago.

WikiLeaks published a trove of documents that “all painted a true picture of what was going on in Afghanistan 11 years ago,” Hrafnsson said, referring to the so-called Afghan War Diary – a collection of internal US military logs, diplomatic cables and CIA documents covering the period between 2004 and 2010.

Aug 27 06:12

A Look at Afghanistan's Military Bases After the Hasty US Pullout

On Sunday, as the US forces move close to finishing their withdrawal, the Taliban* completed their takeover of Afghanistan by entering Kabul, which led to the collapse of the US-backed civilian government.

The Taliban have swept over Afghanistan in the past months and seized the capital Kabul on Sunday, taking NATO members by surprise.

Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani resigned and left the country to prevent "bloodshed." Thousands have been trying to flee the country on NATO planes from the Kabul airport, which is under US military control.

Most countries have reduced or evacuated their diplomatic missions in Kabul.

Take a look at Afghanistan in Sputnik's gallery.

Aug 27 06:00

Putin Reportedly Rebuffed Biden’s Push to Put US Troops in Central Asia Amid Afghan Withdrawal

After announcing plans to withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan by September this spring, the Biden administration sent out diplomatic feelers to the nations of Central Asia to discuss whether the latter might be interested in hosting American soldiers.

Russian President Vladimir Putin told US President Joe Biden flat out at their Geneva summit in June that Moscow would be opposed to the deployment of US forces in Central Asia, the Wall Street Journal has reported, citing senior US and Russian officials said to be familiar with the matter.

According to the paper’s sources, Putin told Biden at their 16 June meeting that Russia would reject "any US military role" in Central Asia and that China would also oppose any such plans. One official said that Putin "emphasised the point" of keeping US forces out of the region even though Biden "didn’t seek Mr. Putin’s support" on the matter.

Aug 27 05:58

Lara Logan: Afghanistan a result of Biden's 'political decisions'

Aug 27 05:58

Biden leaves stacks and stacks (pallets) of U.S. $100 dollar bills for the Taliban…

Check out the stacks of freshly minted U.S. dollars starting at the 30-second mark.

Aug 27 05:46

Here Come the Terrorists. Again

President Joe Biden is being praised in some circles because he finally ended the war in Afghanistan that in all likelihood should never have begun. President George W. Bush initiated the conflict on a series of lies about 9/11 and the Taliban role in that attack and what followed. After bringing about regime change, he decided to remake the country into a western style democracy. President Barack Obama subsequently allowed a “surge” which actually increased the militarization of the conflict and made things worse. The joint effort produced no free elections but delivered instead tens of thousands of deaths and a huge hole in the US Treasury. Bush and Obama were followed by President Donald Trump who actually promised to end the war but lacked the conviction and political support to do so, handing the problem over to Biden, who has bungled the end game but finally done the right thing by ending the fiasco.

Aug 27 05:46

In Afghanistan, the Worst Is Yet to Come

Say what you will about President Joe Biden, he has stuck to his guns on ending America’s 20-year involvement in Afghanistan’s forever war.

His decision not to delay our departure after Aug. 31 was fortified by hard intel that the terrorist ISIS-K was preparing attacks at Kabul airport.

Thursday evening, the two bomb attacks occurred.

It now seems inevitable that the withdrawal will be completed by Aug. 31, with all U.S. military forces following the last civilians out.

Aug 27 05:35

Taliban Double The Threat Biden Admin Thought

During a July 8 press conference, President Joe Biden predicted Taliban forces at around 75,000 and compared them to the 300,000 soldiers in the US-trained Afghan army. It now seems that those numbers were completely off, by as much as double the evaluation.

According to Biden, Afghanistan has "300,000 well-equipped [troops], as well-equipped as any army in the world, and an air force against something like 75,000 Taliban," and said at the time that a Taliban takeover was "not inevitable."

Aug 27 05:33

Joey Jones: Americans in 'full retreat in desperation' in Afghanistan

Aug 27 05:22

Disgrace: Weak Biden Struggles Through Remarks After 13 Americans Killed

The day 13 American service members and an unknown number of Afghans were killed by suicide bombings in Kabul, Afghanistan, President Joe Biden was 25 minutes late to address the nation in a roaming speech marked with labored breathing and a few choked-up moments.

Biden said he's "outraged as well as heartbroken" after "ISIS-K took the lives of service members standing guard at the airport" in Kabul Thursday.

"These American service members who gave their lives" in Kabul "were heroes," Biden said. "Heroes who've been engaged in the dangerous, selfless mission to save the lives of others." The dangerous mission is, of course, the result of the Biden administration's misreading of intelligence that led the world to watch Afghanistan fall to the Taliban in a matter of days.

Aug 27 05:22

CNN Reporting Only 36 Hours Left to Evacuate Americans and Afghan Allies (UPDATE: Pentagon Denies)

Even though the Biden administration has 5 days left until August 31st, CNN is reporting that the Biden administration will conclude evacuations from the country in 36 hours.

John Berman and Brianna Keilar said Thursday on New Day that government sources have told the network that the Afghan evacuation effort will wrap up in another day and a half. The news comes just after Secretary of State Antony Blinken insisted that 1,500 Americans at the most are still in Afghanistan and need help escaping the country.

“Overnight, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul warned all Americans do not travel to the airport. And for people already gathered at certain airport Gates, the message was even more urgent, it was leave immediately,” Keilar reported. “One defense official told CNN there’s a very specific threat stream from ISIS-K about planned attacks against crowds there. And this warning specifically names three airport gates.”

Aug 27 05:21

Gen. Kenneth Mckenzie: ‘We Share a Common Purpose’ with the Taliban, ‘Useful to Work With’

During a press conference, Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie said that the United States “shares a common purpose” with the Taliban terrorists, admitting they are “useful to work with.”

McKenzie was asked about staying after the August 31 deadline, the date agreed upon to withdraw all the troops, American civilians, and U.S. Afghan allies. He was concerned about threats since the military and the Taliban have been coordinating on various things.

The Marine Corps General said, “As to whether or not I trust them, that’s not necessarily a word I’d use very carefully,” adding “it’s not what they say. It’s what they do.” He went on:

[The jihadist organization] have a practical reason for wanting us to get out of here by the 31st of August. They want to reclaim the airfield. We want to get out by then, too, if it’s possible to do so. So, we share a common purpose. As long as we kept that common purpose aligned, they’ve been useful to work with.

Aug 27 05:21

CENTCOM Commander Reveals U.S. Intelligence-Sharing Operation with Taliban

General Kenneth McKenzie, commander of the United States Central Command, revealed an intelligence-sharing operation between the U.S. and Taliban on Thursday at a Department of Defense briefing, just hours after attacks at Hamid Karzai International Airport killed at least twelve U.S. service members and 60 Afghan civilians.

According to McKenzie, the Taliban and U.S. share a “common purpose” of finishing the ongoing evacuation mission by August 31.

“As long as we’ve kept that common purpose aligned, they’ve been useful to work with,” said the general.

McKenzie said he didn’t believe the Taliban intentionally allowed Thursday’s attacks to occur, but conceded he didn’t know for sure.

Aug 26 19:59

WATCH: Jennifer Griffin Embarrasses Biden Over His Claim That He Will ‘Hunt Down’ ISIS-K Terrorists Who Killed Americans

Jennifer Griffin appeared on Special Report tonight and completely demolished Biden’s assertion that he will track down the ISIS terrorists who murdered 11 US Marines and one Navy medic.

Griffin wondered how Biden planned to “hunt down” these terrorists given the facts on the ground:

Aug 26 19:56

UNBELIEAVABLE: Biden Admin Actually Gave Taliban List Of American Citizens And Afghan Allies Still Trapped To ‘Expedite Evacuation Process’ — They Now Have A Kill List

We have found out today that Biden officials, unbelievably and inexplicably, handed the Taliban a list of American citizens and Afghan allies who are still trapped in Afghanistan in order to, supposedly, ‘speed up the evacuation process’. Legislators and defense officials have expressed their displeasure and opposition to this.

According to POLITICO, U.S. officials in Kabul offered the Taliban a list of American citizens, green card holders, and Afghan allies in order to grant admission into the militant-controlled outer perimeter of the city’s airport, a decision that has sparked uproar among politicians and military officials behind the scenes.

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But the decision to provide specific names to the Taliban, which has a history of brutally murdering Afghans who collaborated with the U.S. and other coalition forces during the conflict, has angered lawmakers and military officials.

Aug 26 14:26

WATCH: White House Cuts Biden’s Audio Feed So He Couldn’t Answer Questions About Afghanistan Debacle

Apparently, President Biden forgot to walk away from the podium during a press conference on Wednesday and allowed the press pool to lob questions at him. The White House, however, was quick to react and abruptly cut off his audio feed before he could answer any questions.

Aug 26 14:25

WATCH: Afghanistan Situation Worsens —Second Explosion Near Kabul Airport at Baron Hotel

A series of explosions rocked the city of Kabul today and initial reports confirm at least four American deaths.

A second explosion near the Kabul airport at the Baron Hotel was confirmed by the Pentagon...

Aug 26 13:22

BREAKING: At Least 12 US Service Members Killed By Terrorist Attack At Kabul Airport

Aug 26 12:16

80% of Afghanistan’s budget has disappeared overnight

For governing a country, $1.6 billion in cash can’t be stretched too far. That’s how much comes in the coffers of the Taliban, which has now taken over Afghanistan. Now, banks and international organizations are cutting the cord.

For the past two decades, some 80% of Afghanistan's budget has been financed by the US and other international donors. Now, it’s all gone.

Last week, the IMF decided that Afghanistan would no longer be able to access its resources, including the over $370 million set to arrive later this month.

The Biden administration also announced that Afghanistan’s central bank assets in the US would not be made available to the Taliban, who have been on the Treasury Department’s sanctions designation list since 9/11.

According to the media and former Afghan officials, the US has frozen nearly $9.5 billion in assets belonging to the country’s central bank.

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It's almost as if someone wants the Taliban to keep growing those opium poppies!

Aug 26 12:15

Private flight leaves Kabul with nearly 300 EMPTY seats after passengers turned away by US & Taliban security – reports

At least one private charter flight set to evacuate hundreds of Afghans from the Kabul airport was forced to take off with just 50 of its 345 seats filled, amid reports that US and Taliban forces prevented them from boarding.

The flight – one of three intended to carry 1,000 Afghans to Uganda chartered by businessman George Abi-Habib – was seen virtually empty as it took off from the Kabul airport on Tuesday night. The barren cabin was seen in a photo shared online by CNN’s Alexander Marquardt, who noted that many of the would-be passengers were “blocked by the US and Taliban” and not allowed to board.

Aug 26 12:13

Schrödinger’s terrorists: Washington warmongers suddenly worried about Al-Qaeda and ISIS, amid Afghanistan agony

The US political establishment has suddenly rediscovered an interest in terrorist groups such as Al-Qaeda and ISIS-K, either as a cudgel to beat the White House with over the escape from Kabul, or an excuse to stay in Afghanistan.

The Biden administration can’t seem to decide whether Al-Qaeda has been effectively eliminated – as President Joe Biden himself argued – or may still be in Afghanistan but not in numbers “significant enough to merit a threat to our homeland,” as the Pentagon spokesman John Kirby put it recently.

Either way, the White House says, it’s time for the US to leave Afghanistan – something most Americans don’t actually disagree with, but have many questions about the way it’s being done.

Aug 26 12:13

THIRD EXPLOSION heard from direction of Kabul airport – RT correspondent

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Aug 26 12:12

Report: White House Officials Say Afghanistan Withdrawal Good for Israel

The withdrawal from Afghanistan will ultimately benefit Israel because it frees up resources that can be used to support the Jewish state, White House officials said on Tuesday.

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Imagine my delight!

Aug 26 12:00

Kabul Airport Explosions Kill Four U.S. Troops, at Least 60 Afghans

Two explosions ripped through crowds of Afghans trying to enter Kabul airport on Thursday, killing at least 60 Afghans and 4 U.S. troops, and disrupting the final push of the U.S.-led evacuation effort.

While no group claimed immediate responsibility, Western governments warned earlier Thursday of an imminent attack by Islamic State’s regional affiliate. The U.S. envoy in Kabul told staff that four Marines were killed and three injured in the attacks, said an American official familiar with the briefing.

A senior Afghan health official put the death toll among local civilians at 60, with many more fighting for their lives.

Aug 26 12:00

Flight Tracker not showing any flights out of Kabul at this time.

Aug 26 11:54

Former White House Doctor: Biden's cognitive 'issues' worsening Afghanistan chaos

Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-Texas), the former White House doctor for Presidents Obama and Trump, told Just the News that President Biden has cognitive "issues" that are worsening the situation in Afghanistan during the evacuation of U.S. citizens and Afghan allies and "impacting our safety and our national security."

Jackson previously called for Biden to take the same cognitive exam that he administered to former President Donald Trump. Given the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan as the U.S. military withdraws from the country, Jackson argued that Biden's cognitive issues are now clear.

"I still believe that needs to happen, but the reality is I don't even think it's to the point where he needs a test anymore," Jackson said on Wednesday after criticizing Biden for claiming Al-Qaeda is no longer in Afghanistan. "I think he's proven to the entire country right now that he has issues and these issues are impacting our safety and our national security.

Aug 26 09:44

'Suicide bomb' kills 13 at Kabul airport: Multiple casualties, including children – with three US Marines wounded - as explosion tears through crowd hours after ISIS attack warning

A suicide bomber has killed 13 people, including children, and injured at least three US troops at Kabul airport just hours after intelligence officials warned of an imminent threat to the crowd gathered there trying to escape the Taliban.

The blast was outside The Baron Hotel, at the Abbey Gate of Kabul airport. Westerners were staying in the hotel before their evacuation flights.

At least three US troops were injured and it remains unclear if any Americans were killed. The nationalities of all of the victims are not yet known.

Aug 26 09:22

What Can We Learn About Covid Tyranny From Australia And Afghanistan?

Op-Ed by Brandon Smith

Despotic people tend to telegraph their future actions like inexperienced fighters tend to telegraph their punches; it’s not as if the intentions of totalitarians are obscured or hard to predict. In some cases they may even believe that they can be as obvious as they wish because they assume no one will ever try to stop them. They’ve been destroying lives for so long they adopt a sense of superiority, as if they are untouchable.

Aug 26 09:07

Now it makes sense: Biden wanted out of Afghanistan so his Chinese masters could take control of lithium deposits ahead of electric car push

Afghanistan has some of the world’s largest lithium deposits if not the biggest, and now the country that owns the Bidens — China — is moving in to take control over those resources so Beijing will retain veto power over future American economic and power growth, as if China didn’t already have control over much of our power grid.

According to a new report in MineralPrices.com:

The immediate consequences of U.S. President Joe Biden’s botched exit from Afghanistan may be just political but its economic impact will ripple across several advanced industries in the years to come. Biden may have just gifted China an opportunity to grab Afghanistan’s considerable reserves of rare earth metals, including the world’s largest lithium deposits, and cement its domination of the market for these crucial minerals.

Aug 26 08:10

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Biden Must Resettle At Least 200K Afghans in U.S.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) says President Joe Biden’s administration must resettle at least 200,000 Afghans across the United States as part of its withdrawal from Afghanistan.

In an interview with The Independent, Ocasio-Cortez urged Biden to set a floor of 200,000 visas for Afghans to be evacuated from Afghanistan and brought to the U.S. for permanent resettlement and eventual naturalized American citizenship.

Should Biden implement such a plan, resettling 200,000 Afghans would be the equivalent of bringing 4.5 percent of the total number of Afghans residing in Kabul, Afghanistan, to the U.S.

Aug 26 07:49

No Americans Have Been Rescued Outside of Kabul: Pentagon

U.S. troops have not rescued any Americans in Afghanistan outside of Kabul, though they have the capability to do so, the Pentagon said Wednesday.

Only three rescue missions have been conducted by American soldiers since the Taliban took over the country, according to military officials. But all three took place within Kabul, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters in Washington.

“Could it be done outside Kabul, if needed? We have the capability,” he said.

“I’m not suggesting that it would be well outside of Kabul. I’m not suggesting that it would be throughout the whole countryside,” he added later. “When I said ‘outside Kabul,’ I’m talking about relatively close by. I don’t want to set the expectation that we’re going to be able to fly all over the country to pick up people.”

Aug 26 07:49

ISIS, Taliban Found Among Afghan ‘Refugees’, Reports Say

And Biden Democrats evacuated these murdering jihadis and left Americans at the hands of the brutal Islamic terror group.

And when they slaughter Americans, the Democrats will blame “islamophobia.”

Aug 26 07:46

Will Afghanistan Turn Out to be US Imperialism’s “Last Gleaming”?

In October of last year I wrote a column entitled “When Exactly Did The AngloZionist Empire Collapse” in which I presented my thesis that the Empire died on 8 January 2020 when the Iranians attacked US bases with missiles and the US did absolutely nothing. Yes, this was the correct decision, but also one which, at least to me, marked the death of the Empire as we knew it.

In that article I made reference to a brilliant book by J.M. Greer’s “Twilight’s Last Gleaming” which I later reviewed here. The main plot of the book is that the US will collapse following a completely unpredictable external military defeat (read the book, it is very well written!).

So my question today is whether the debacle in Afghanistan (not only Kabul!) is such an event or not. Afghanistan is often called the graveyard of empires, but might it even become the graveyard of the last empire?

Aug 26 07:26

New Report Finds US Has Spent Over $2.3 Trillion on Afghanistan War

Brown University’s Costs of War project released an updated report Wednesday on US spending for the war in Afghanistan. The report found that since the 2001 invasion, Washington has sunk over $2.3 trillion into the war.

The spending includes operations in both Afghanistan and Pakistan and is broken down into five categories. The biggest chunk is the Defense Department’s budget for the war, which is just over $1 trillion. The State Department’s war budget adds another $60 billion. War-related Increases to the Pentagon budget account for $433 billion.

Estimated interest payments on war borrowing accounts for $532 billion, and spending on care for veterans of the war adds up to $233 billion. Costs of War did not account for future interest payments or future spending on lifelong care for veterans, so the total will still increase even after the US completes its military withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Aug 26 07:25

The Government Spent Over $300 Million a Day for 20 Years on Unconstitutional Afghanistan War

James Madison warned that “of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded.”

Why?

Because it comprises and develops the germ of every other enemy of liberty.

“War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few.”

Taxation not only steals our wealth; it limits our freedom. Access to fewer resources shrinks the number of options available to us. The more the government takes from us, the more limited our options become.

Aug 26 07:22

'He Needs to Resign': Biden's Joking Response to Afghanistan Evacuation Question Raises Eyebrows

Amid the chaotic evacuation of Americans and NATO states citizens – as well as their Afghan allies – Joe Biden's administration is under pressure to extend the deadline for getting people out of Afghanistan beyond 31 August. This date has been called a "red line" by the Taliban*.

US President Joe Biden has been branded “terrible” and a “callous human being” after he gave a sarcastic answer to an NBC reporter asking about the fate of Americans in Afghanistan.

NBC's Peter Alexander asked the POTUS during a cybersecurity summit on Wednesday what he would do if any US citizens remained in the country after the 31 August deadline to get them out expires.

“You'll be the first person I call,” Biden joked in response.

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