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Aug 19 07:22

The Only Man Who Is Proud Of Biden Right Now:

Embattled California Gov. Gavin Newsom said he is "incredibly proud" of President Biden amid the blowback from his botched Afghanistan withdrawal and suggested campaigning with him.

A local reporter asked Newsom Monday if the result from the withdrawal from Afghanistan would "complicate" whether Biden is "the right person" to campaign ahead of the recall election.

Newsom didn't immediately answer the question, instead offering his trust in the president and doubling down on campaigning with him.

Aug 19 07:20

US Forces Dig in at Kabul Airport as Stalemate Complicates Evacuations

The Biden administration is hoping to fly thousands of Afghan refugees, allies and American civilians out of Afghanistan daily before the end of the month. Yet the Defense Department has no plan to get people trapped in Kabul behind a gauntlet of Taliban checkpoints to the airport. Instead, it is zeroing in on military efforts to secure the airfield itself and not go into the city, which has been thrust into chaos.

The Taliban control all of Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, where Hamid Karzai International Airport is located. It is the only functional airport in the country, and U.S. and allied troops have dug in to secure evacuations of what the Pentagon hopes to be 4,500 to 9,000 people per day.

Aug 19 07:20

The media refuse to call Biden a liar on Afghanistan despite the evidence — unlike what they did with Trump

You won’t find a more powerful example of the media’s pro-Democratic tilt — and outright hostility toward former President Donald Trump — than their refusal this week to call out President Joe Biden as a downright liar, as they did with his predecessor, when it comes to his comments about his Afghanistan pullout.

Back in July, the prez flatly rejected suggestions that the intelligence community feared an increasingly rapid collapse of the Afghan government as US troops withdrew.

“Your own intelligence community has assessed that the Afghan government will likely collapse,” a reporter noted at the July 8 presser. Biden denied it. “Can you please clarify what [intelligence officials] have told you?” he was asked. Biden fumed again: “They did not — they didn’t — did not reach that conclusion.”

Indeed, the president insisted that the idea there’s “going to be one unified government in Afghanistan controlling the whole country is highly unlikely.”

Aug 19 07:09

Biden's polls gets worse: Now the president's average approval has fallen BELOW 50% for the first time amid intense criticism over his bungled Afghanistan withdrawal

Joe Biden's average approval rating has dropped below 50 per cent for the first time in his presidency after his disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan that saw the Taliban take over in just over a week.

In two separate averages tracked by FiveThirtyEight and RealClearPolitics, Biden lost on August 16 his standing of overall approval from half the U.S. and the numbers continue to drop.

The day Biden's approval dropped below the 50 per cent mark was the same day he made remarks doubling-down on his decision to withdraw the U.s. military presence from Afghanistan after two decades.

Aug 19 07:06

Even the most ‘die-hard Democrats’ are having trouble defending Biden

Aug 19 07:06

Women, Kids Killed In Kabul As Biden’s State Dept. Writes Strongly Worded Letter To Taliban Asking Them To Be Nice

In another move that makes America look like the laughing stock of the world, Joe Biden’s State Department has penned a letter, which has been signed by multiple other countries (but no Middle Eastern ones), essentially asking the Taliban to be nice to people in Afghanistan.

“We are deeply worried about Afghan women and girls, their rights to education, work and freedom of movement. We call on those in positions of power and authority across Afghanistan to guarantee their protection,” the statement reads.

It sends the chilling warning “We will monitor closely how any future government ensures rights and freedoms that have become an integral part of the life of women and girls in Afghanistan during the last twenty years.”

Aug 19 06:52

Contractor Shows Weapons Left Behind in Kabul and What It's Like On The Ground

Aug 19 06:52

Biden says Aug. 31 deadline in Afghanistan might have to be extended

U.S. troops may stay in Afghanistan past an Aug. 31 deadline to evacuate Americans, President Joe Biden said on Wednesday, and the Pentagon said the U.S. military does not currently have the ability to reach people beyond the Kabul airport.

Aug 19 06:51

Biden team canceled Trump program designed for “swift and safe” evacuations of Americans from crisis zones

A bombshell report from The National Pulse shows that Joe Biden’s State Department canceled a Trump-era program intended to provide swift and safe evacuations of Americans out of crisis zones just months before the current fiasco in Kabul.

In an exclusive report, The National Pulse said that the “Contingency and Crisis Response Bureau”—designed specifically for such a scenario as we found ourselves in last weekend—was “designed to handle medical, diplomatic, and logistical support concerning Americans overseas,” and was halted by the State Department under Secretary of State Antony Blinken earlier this year.

The official notification was signed only a couple of months prior to the Taliban running over Afghanistan.

Aug 19 06:50

Under The Taliban, Christians In Afghanistan Are Facing A Future Of Sex Slavery, Forced Conversion And Brutal Persecution

At this hour, Christian families in Afghanistan are hiding in their homes waiting for the inevitable knock on the door. The Taliban is trying very hard to convince the rest of the world that they have become more moderate over the last two decades, but the reports that are coming in from those on the ground tell a completely different story. Large numbers of women are being rounded up to be used as sex slaves, non-Muslims are being forced to go to their local mosques for prayer five times a day, and those that refuse potentially face instant death. It was the most radical Islamic regime on the entire planet when they ruled Afghanistan two decades ago, and it is becoming exceedingly clear that they have not changed their ways at all.

As the Taliban reconquered the country, report after report of their door to door campaigns of terror came pouring in, and now we are hearing that similar things are even taking place in the heart of Kabul…

Aug 19 06:42

Dems Call For Probe Into Afghanistan Wrongdoings

Sen. Jack Reed, the chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, called for hearings at a later date to learn about what went wrong in Afghanistan yet announced that the focus has to now be on evacuations.

The Rhode Island Democrat issued a statement late Monday that explained the hearings should occur at the appropriate time. He explained the focus at the moment should be justly on "safely evacuating U.S. citizens and Afghans who aided us."

Aug 19 06:41

Endless Wars = Endless Refugees

It’s time to end the madness. However you feel about Joe Biden’s handling of the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, I want you to focus on what’s best for Americans on American soil right here. Right now.

Our citizens are suffering under continued draconian lockdowns, medical tyranny, skyrocketing inflation, violent crime, cancerous homelessness, border chaos, ideological persecution, and Silicon Valley censorship.

Cops cannot or will not maintain law and order.

Gun owners who exercise their right to self-defense face scorn at best and decades in prison at worst.

Our troops are being emasculated and mass-vaccinated against their will.

The mental health crisis among veterans and teens is unceasing.

Health care workers have become shills and guinea pigs for Big Pharma.

Aug 19 06:26

COMEDY: Nancy Pelosi Praises Biden For ‘Strong And Decisive’ Exit From Afghanistan (VIDEO)

Joe Biden’s execution of the withdrawal from Afghanistan has been a disaster.

Even people in the liberal media are criticizing the way Biden handled it. The Taliban took control in a matter of days and thousands of Americans are now trapped there.

Aug 19 06:25

Breaking: British Para Troops Are Running Vehicle Patrols Through Center of Kabul to Extract Trapped UK Citizens — While Biden Abandons Trapped Americans

An Afghan woman pleads with US troops to allow her inside the airport grounds to flee the Taliban.

The US Embassy in Afghanistan under the direction of Joe Biden on Wednesday sent out a second security alert to stranded Americans in Kabul:

“THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT CANNOT ENSURE SAFE PASSAGE TO THE HAMID KARZAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.”

You are on your own.

Aug 19 06:12

State Dept Prepared To Accept Taliban As legitimate Leader

The US could recognize the Taliban as the governors of Afghanistan, a State Department spokesman announced on Monday - provided they value human rights and have women in their government.

In comments that raised eyebrows, Ned Price announced that the door was open to the Islamists.

The Taliban enforced draconian constraints on women when they ruled the nation from 1996-2001, forcing them to be completely veiled and severely limiting their movements.

Aug 19 06:05

Did The NY Fed Confiscate $1.3 Billion In Afghan Gold: Striking Revelations From Afghanistan's Central Bank Chief

Yesterday morning, shortly after the acting Afghan central banker chief, Ajmal Ahmady, fled the country (after he was "somehow pushed on board" of a military plane by his colleagues), and warning on twitter that the country has no dollars left domestically (i.e., any dollars and gold currently stored at the local central bank vault have been pillaged by the Taliban even though the country's new rulers vowed on Saturday that the treasury, public facilities and government offices were the property of the nation and "should be strictly guarded"), sparking domestic bank runs and a record rout in the local currency, the Afghani, some asked what that means for Afghan reserves stored offshore.

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Aug 19 05:58

Yes, the Taliban’s extreme, but I secretly welcome this defeat of the US ideology of globalism, liberalism and consumerism

Afghanistan’s new rulers represent the opposite to the neoliberalism that foists transgenderism, feminism, LGBTQ+ and CRT ideology on us. Afghans don’t want or need all that – and neither do we.

As I write, blue- and pink-haired Silicon Valley tech workers are desperately scrambling to determine what is acceptable for us to say on social media about Afghanistan.

“What can we permit them to think?” they are wondering. Perhaps they are waiting for their overlords to tell them what is going to be permissible or not.

Aug 19 05:56

Taliban halts Afghanistan’s trade with India through Pakistan – reports

The Taliban has blocked Indian-Afghan transit trade through Pakistan and shut down two crucial trading terminals on the border after seizing power in Afghanistan on Sunday.
“Taliban have sealed the land-border trade route and stopped the movement of cargo on the transit route with Pakistan,” the Economic Times reported on Thursday, citing Ajay Sahai, the director general of the Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO).

Aug 19 05:49

If There’s Any Confusion as to Why I Support a ZOG Defeat in Afghanistan, I Don’t Understand It

I have said clearly that I believe the defeat of the Zionist Occupation Government (ZOG) in Afghanistan, and the full surrender of the ZOG military to a band of brave boys from the caves, is the best thing that has happened on earth in decades.

I do not think I am required to explain why I celebrate the end of this war. It is self-evident.

What we are seeing is the beginning of the end of the US Evil Empire. The people who surrendered in Afghanistan are the same people who are trying to force vaxx you, the same people trying to manipulate your sons into becoming trannies. The occupation of Afghanistan was a Jewish mission.

Aug 19 05:42

Taliban lectures Facebook on Free Speech and censorship

Aug 19 05:40

Horror as Kabul Falls to a Regime More Liberal Than Australia’s

Horror! Afghanistan has been overrun by a regime so barbarous and cruel that under its rule people are allowed to step outside without a passport, may even enter government offices, museums, and stores without said passport, and where — gasp (!) — men may walk outside without face coverings!

This is simply too barbaric to even contemplate! Why can’t the Taliban be more like us?? It’s time to enter the 21st century, fellas!

On the other hand, the Taliban do at least ban concerts, cinemas and night clubs so there is still hope they may yet join the civilized world and offer progressive governance, with more clampdowns on anything that makes life worth living, just as the West has done for the past year and a half. Fingers crossed!

Aug 19 05:35

Justin Trudeau — I spoke with Hillary about Afghanistan… Not Biden…

Aug 19 05:28

US looks to block Taliban from receiving IMF funds reserved for Afghanistan

The US is considering options to block the Taliban’s access to $460 million in reserve assets which the International Monetary Fund (IMF) planned to send to Afghanistan next week.

According to a New York Times source at the US Treasury Department, the IMF is currently monitoring the reaction of its member states to determine whether they plan to recognize the Taliban’s claim to power as legitimate before they send reserve funds to Kabul.

In August, the IMF approved the allocation of additional reserve assets amounting to $650 billion to help the global economy’s post-pandemic recovery. Afghanistan was among the states to receive the funds in accordance with its quota. The IMF’s decision will take effect on August 23.

Aug 19 05:27

How Russia-China Are Stage-Managing the Taliban

The first Taliban press conference after this weekend’s Saigon moment geopolitical earthquake, conducted by spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, was in itself a game-changer.

The contrast could not be starker with those rambling pressers at the Taliban embassy in Islamabad after 9/11 and before the start of the American bombing – proving this is an entirely new political animal.

Yet some things never change. English translations remain atrocious.

Aug 19 05:26

Taliban Warn US to Get Military out by September 11

A spokesperson for the Taliban has said the US should “withdraw all their forces” from Afghanistan by 9/11, but that it was “committed not to attack them”, after the militant group took control of the capital city of Kabul.

Suhail Shaheen, in an interview with Sky News on Tuesday, said the Taliban had already announced a “general amnesty” to people in Afghanistan, and that it would not attack remaining US forces in the country.

The US has sent as many as 7,000 total troops to assist in the evacuation of civilians and refugees from Kabul’s international airport following the sudden collapse of the country’s armed forces and government – just weeks after most US forces left. [Actually, they never left, 650 troops remained even then.]

Aug 19 05:26

Anxious Times in Iran and Russia Over What the Taliban Does Next

After the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan – as part of the peace deal between the United States and the Taliban – Afghan provinces fell one by one into the hands of the group’s fighters, with the Taliban seizing the capital city, Kabul, this weekend.

Afghanistan now finds itself in a situation similar to the latter stages of the 20th century when, following the withdrawal of Soviet troops in 1989, and the civil war that followed, the Taliban conquered Kabul in 1996. After founding the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, the Taliban ruled the country until the US invasion of 2001.

Of the regional powers, it is Russia and Iran who seem the most anxious about the ongoing situation in Afghanistan. As a precautionary measure, Tehran and Moscow initiated diplomatic contact with the Taliban a few months ago, in an attempt to get it to halt its military campaign against government forces and not drag the country into a civil war.

Aug 19 05:26

Former Spook Warns This Is "One Of The Most Dangerous, Unpredictable Times In History"

Brian Dean Wright, a former CIA Ops Officer, explains in a brief but incisive Twitter thread that "former US intelligence colleagues are angry and deeply worried at what has happened in Afghanistan."

Wright warns that "there's nearly universal belief that America and the world are in for one of the most dangerous, unpredictable times in modern history."

Aug 19 05:04

Afghanistan and US Intervention Policies

Aug 19 04:53

Is The US Ready To Take On The Thousands Of Afghan Refugees?

As the looming humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan escalates, many U.S. states join the global debate on how to welcome the thousands of Afghan refugees.

A bipartisan group of governors have stepped up and offered to help those fleeing Afghanistan, citing the troubling scenes in the country and offering to specifically help the many Afghan diplomats, journalists, and other civilians who have been allies to the U.S.

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox wrote a letter to President Joe Biden specifically expressing the state’s desire to help.

"Utah was settled by refugees fleeing religious persecution. We understand the pain caused by forced migration and appreciate the contributions of refugees in our communities," Cox, a Republican, tweeted Tuesday.

Aug 18 20:58

Afghanistan’s First Female Mayor Trashes Biden: I Am Waiting With My Family for the Taliban To Kill Me As Joe Is on Vacation

Afghanistan’s first female mayor, Zarifa Ghafari, has warned that she is now waiting with her family for Taliban soldiers to come kill her while Joe Biden is on vacation.

The 27-year-old Mayor has survived three assassination attempts. Now she awaits her death while Biden does nothing to help.

Aug 18 15:30

State Dept tells all remaining Americans in Afghanistan to go to the airport NOW because troops can't collect them and insists the Taliban will let them through

All remaining Americans in Afghanistan are being told to make their own way to Kabul airport now to be flown home and are being told that it is safe for them to make the journey despite widespread fears on the ground that the Taliban will stop them, hold them hostage or kill them.

There are still some 11,000 Americans in Afghanistan waiting to be flown home. Some are at the airport but some are too afraid to make their way there through Taliban-controlled streets. Some say they have tried and have been turned away at checkpoints.

There are also tens of thousands of Afghan nationals desperate to get out but who do not want to present themselves to the terrorists they worked against for years.

Aug 18 13:20

Britain fears US forces may pull out of Kabul airport within days

Britain fears US forces may pull out of Kabul international airport within days, putting it at risk of closure and raising concerns over the emergency airlift of thousands of people from Afghanistan.

Whitehall and security sources said they could not guarantee how long the US would keep its contingent of 6,000 troops on the ground and cautioned that the UK could not continue the rescue without their presence. They also indicated Britain was not engaging with the Taliban directly over security or other issues after the militant group seized the Afghan capital.

The Guardian has learned that some in government, however, believe there is a shift by UK ministers and the military towards dealing directly with the Taliban and legitimising their role – a position that would anger those who believe they have not changed.

Aug 18 13:08

WHO WON THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN? THE TALIBAN AND DEFENSE CONTRACTORS.

After tens of thousands of lives lost and trillions of dollars wasted, the US departure from Afghanistan has left the Taliban in total control. How can we begin to measure the human and financial cost of the longest war in US history? And will the US ever atone for the death and destruction it helped wreak through decades of intervention?

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Aug 18 13:05

US Soldier Films Chaos From MRAP Gunner Turret In Kabul

Aug 18 13:04

Here’s all the US military equipment that likely ended up in Taliban hands

The Biden administration admitted on Tuesday that the Taliban had captured a significant amount of U.S. military equipment originally supplied to Afghan security forces during the militants’ blitzkrieg on Kabul in recent weeks — and the U.S. doesn’t know exactly how much American gear they’ve lost to terrorist hands.

“We don’t have a complete picture, obviously, of where every article of defense materials has gone but certainly, a fair amount of it has fallen into the hands of the Taliban,” White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said during a press conference. “??Obviously, we don’t have a sense that they are going to readily hand it over to us at the airport.”

Aug 18 13:04

Indecision, ignorance, and incompetence: How top US leaders lost Afghanistan

How exactly did twenty years, billions of dollars, and thousands of American lives result in the total collapse of Afghanistan? The United States has nobody to blame but itself, according to a scathing new report from the top U.S. watchdog for the Afghan reconstruction effort.

Just days after Taliban fighters occupied the presidential palace in Kabul and Americans and Afghans desperately flocked to Hamid Karzai International Airport in search of an escape route from the country, the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction released its 11th “lessons learned” report, which lists seven reasons why the last two decades of U.S. reconstruction efforts failed.

Aug 18 13:04

Up To 15,000 Americans Abandoned In Afghanistan Facing Death — Biden Admin Tells Them ‘Tough Luck’

Sources have revealed today that the Biden Administration is abandoning thousands of American citizens in Afghanistan with no way to escape and likely to face death at the hands of the Taliban.

15,000 Americans are isolated in the outlying areas of Afghanistan, a country as big as Texas. These include civilian security contractors (hired guns such as Blackwater operatives), building and road construction contractors, mid and lower rank State Department employees, healthcare workers including those from American religious organizations, conventional missionaries, American citizens visiting families in Afghanistan, and many others.

During a briefing on the Afghan situation on Tuesday, US Senators were reportedly told that there are no official plans to remove all Americans from the rapidly deteriorating country, particularly those outside of Kabul.

Aug 18 13:02

Double amputee war hero who was praised by Prince Harry slams 'd***head' Joe Biden for his handling of Afghanistan as Taliban militants rampage across country

A double amputee ex-Commando and friend of Prince Harry has branded US President Joe Biden a 'd***head' over his handling of the withdrawal from Afghanistan as the Taliban rampage through the country.

Mr Biden has said the crumbling Afghan forces armed and trained by the US and UK 'have got to want to fight' in the country's civil war that has seen extremists take a quarter of provincial capitals and two-thirds of the country in weeks.

British soldier Ben McBean, 33, lost an arm and a leg to a landmine blast in Helmand Province, Afghanistan in 2008, aged just 20, getting to know the Duke of Sussex at various charity events.

Aug 18 10:34

US Reportedly Freezes Afghanistan's National Reserves in American Banks to Cut Taliban Off From Them

Following the Taliban's takeover of the country on 15 August, the US announced it wouldn’t allow the new regime to access government funds, including financial assistance to Kabul from Western governments. Washington also said it was not planning to recognise the Taliban's government right away.

The US administration has frozen accounts at American banks that hosted part of Afghanistan’s national reserves, cutting off the Taliban’s access to the money left over from the previous government, The Washington Post has reported. The decision was made by US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and officials from the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control, the media outlet said, citing an anonymous source in the government.

"Any Central Bank assets the Afghan government have in the United States will not be made available to the Taliban", the newspaper cited the anonymous US government official as saying.

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This is a really stupid idea, even for the US Government. There are thousands of US citizens still inside Afghanistan who just became hostages!

Aug 18 10:33

First flight bringing Afghans who helped military arrives in Canada, with more still to come

A government flight carrying dozens of Afghan workers who assisted the Canadian military during the war in Afghanistan has landed in Toronto, the federal government confirmed Wednesday evening.

It's the first flight to arrive under a special immigration program to bring in Afghans as government-assisted refugees.

"Today, the Government of Canada is welcoming the first of a number of flights carrying Afghan refugees who provided crucial support to Canadian Armed Forces members in Afghanistan," said a statement issued by several federal ministers involved in the resettlement program.

Aug 18 10:32

Dark age returned to Afghanistan...

Aug 18 10:32

Thousands of Afghan contractors, family members could be eligible to resettle in Canada, says minister

The federal government is promising to resettle more Afghan interpreters and other workers who helped the Canadian Armed Forces during the war — people now in danger of being killed by a resurgent Taliban.

Today, Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino and his cabinet colleagues announced the launch of a new resettlement program for interpreters who worked with the Canadian Armed Forces, cooks, drivers, cleaners, construction workers, security guards and locally engaged staff employed at the Canadian embassy in Afghanistan, and their family members.

During the war, Afghan interpreters worked with Canadian troops to connect them with local leaders, translate conversations and help them build trust on the ground.

Aug 18 10:24

Ex-Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Reportedly Fled Country With $169 Million, Emerges In UAE

It's now well known that ex-Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had fled his country on Sunday while claiming it would "avert bloodshed". His rapid exit, initially said to have been toward Tajikistan, ensured the lighting fast Taliban takeover of Kabul - also as the Pentagon scrambled to initiate the still ongoing evacuation of US diplomats and all American citizens.

On Monday it emerged via Russian embassy eyewitnesses and reports that Ghani had stuffed multiple cars and a helicopter full of cash upon departure, even leaving some of it on the airport tarmac as not all of it could be physically carried, apparently. It's now emerging that he and his aides may have escaped with a whopping $169 million, according to new statements from the Afghan ambassador in Tajikistan, as reported in BBC.

Aug 18 10:23

Biden IGNORED Mark Milley's request to keep 2,500 troops in Afghanistan, Lloyd Austin's warning withdrawal wouldn't provide any assurances against a Taliban takeover and Pentagon fears of Afghan soldiers folding, report claims

President Joe Biden ignored Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Mark Milley's request to keep a force of 2,500 U.S. troops in Afghanistan and warnings about the stability of the country from Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, in the run-up to the Taliban's takeover this week.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Biden had heard about many of the risks of a full-scale U.S. pull-out from Afghanistan, but went ahead with it anyway - leading to chaotic scenes at Kabul's Hamid Karzai International Airport this week as Americans and Afghans alike tried to flee.

CNN's Clarissa Ward reported Wednesday that the scene around the Kabul airport continued to be 'extremely chaotic' with Taliban fighters screaming at people and threatening them with guns.

Aug 18 10:23

Democrats demand an investigation into Biden's 'clear policy execution and intelligence failures' with the Afghan withdrawal and have asked Antony Blinken and Lloyd Austin to testify before the Senate

Lawmakers from President Biden's own party are continuing to fume about the unfolding chaos in Afghanistan and firing up probes where they will demand answers from the Democratic administration.

The push for formal oversight comes even as White House national security advisor Jake Sullivan promised an internal 'hotwash' that would ultimately take a look back at how the events culminated in the sudden collapse of Kabul and a rush to evacuate U.S. nationals and allies.

The increasingly frustrated Democrats are vowing to investigate what went wrong, setting up a formal and public reckoning even as the Biden team is trying is fielding off bitter criticism from Republicans and former President Donald Trump.

Aug 18 10:22

Biden Admin Sends Note to Thousands of Americans Stuck in Afghanistan: We Cannot Guarantee Your Safety

The Biden administration has informed Americans stuck in Afghanistan amid President Joe Biden’s botched exit from the country that the U.S. government cannot ensure they will get out of the country safely.

As if seeing Afghans fall from airplanes, people hanged in Kabul and the city’s airport turned into a stampede hasn’t been distressing enough, the federal government on Tuesday told U.S. citizens in that country that they’re essentially on their own when facing Taliban terrorists.

CBS News producer Sara Cook posted a note on Twitter that she said was sent to as many as 15,000 Americans stuck in Afghanistan telling them that they need to head to the airport in Kabul for a flight out.

Aug 18 10:21

Taliban acquires US military biometric devices that can identify Afghans who assisted coalition efforts – reports

The Taliban has reportedly seized US military biometrics equipment that could expose Afghans who helped coalition forces – since they contain identifying data like iris scans and fingerprints as well as biographical information.

An unidentified Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) official told The Intercept that the Islamist group confiscated the Handheld Interagency Identity Detection Equipment (HIIDE) devices during its offensive push last week. The report was backed up by three former US military personnel.

They told the news outlet that the portable devices could be used to access sensitive information from large, centralized military databases, but noted that it was still unclear how much of the biometric database collected on the Afghan population has been compromised.

Aug 18 10:18

Kirby — ‘American citizens will not be given priority over Afghans’…

The Department of Defense is preparing to immediately house thousands of Afghan refugees on American military installations, Fox News confirmed late Monday. Documents obtained by Fox News show DoD plans to potentially relocate up to 30,000 Afghan SIV applicants into the United States in the immediate future.

“The situation in Afghanistan may lead to DoS allowing Afghan SIV applicants to be moved to temporary housing locations while still being vetted for parolee status,” the document reads.

“We want to have the capacity to get up to several thousand immediately, and want to be prepared for the potential of tens of thousands,” Pentagon Spokesperson John Kirby told Fox News. “Bliss and McCoy have the capability right now – and what’s advantageous is with a little bit of work, they could increase their capacity in very short order.”

Kirby says American citizens will not be given priority evacuation over Afghan SIV applicants.

Aug 18 10:06

Taliban Now Controls Unknown Amount Of Advanced American Weaponry

The Biden administration’s chaotic, last-minute scramble to evacuate Afghanistan has led to a massive boon for the Taliban, in the form of advanced American firepower.

The complete and total collapse of the Afghan military has left huge quantities of military equipment behind, including some of America’s advanced weapons systems.

While there appears to have been no plan or attempt to avoid this outcome, it also looks like there’s no plan at all to get any of it back.

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Aug 18 10:04

Written in Taliban

The first time I saw you was in the Khyber pass. You came with your technology, elite fighters fueled by revenge, and the hubris to believe you could disprove history.

This was a war that you didn’t have the stomach to fight. But I’m glad you tried.

We bled you the same way we bled the Soviets in our Holy Land. We bled you the same way the Vietnamese bled you in their home land. We did it patiently and deliberately.

Patience. Something Westerners never learn.

Aug 18 09:36

Trump Says Biden ‘Humiliated’ America, Worse Than Jimmy Carter And Iran Hostage Crisis

On Tuesday, former President Donald Trump ripped in to President Joe Biden’s poor exit strategy in withdrawing from Afghanistan humiliated the country and turned out worse than the Iran hostage crisis under former President Jimmy Carter.

Biden wasn’t Trump’s only target. He also took former President George W. Bush to task, calling the wars in the Middle East the worst decision in the history of our country.

Trump made his comments on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity.”

Aug 18 09:35

Biden rejected US intel predictions of rapid Afghan collapse; called Taliban takeover ‘highly unlikely:’ report

President Joe Biden rejected the possibility of a Taliban takeover in Afghanistan earlier this year despite U.S. intelligence officials warning him that Afghanistan could collapse rapidly, according to current and former officials who spoke with the New York Times.

By July, many intelligence reports were sharing a dismal view on Afghanistan’s future and intelligence officials questioned whether U.S.-backed Afghan security forces could resist Taliban advances and whether the government could maintain control of the capital city of Kabul, officials said. One intelligence report said if cities in Afghanistan began to fall, it would set off a rapid collapse of the Afghan government and the Afghan security forces were at high risk of falling apart.

Aug 18 08:16

Macron In Provocative Afghan Remarks Warns Europe Must "Protect" Itself Against New Refugee Wave

After the last 72 hours of mayhem and shocking scenes of tens of thousands of Afghans who previously assisted US and NATO occupying forces attempting to desperately catch any departing plane out of Kabul's airport as the Taliban's grip closed in, Turkey, Europe and the US are bracing for a new refugee wave akin to the 2015 crisis.

Turkey is expected to feel the shock first, given it's already long been a jumping-off point for Afghans making the arduous trip to Europe. The past decade alone has seen some 600,000 Afghans settle in Turkey - all the while a mass wave of Syrian refugees exited there as well, many which are still along Turkey's southern border (over 3 million).

Aug 18 08:16

Pepe Escobar: The 'New Great Game' In Eurasia Has Just Been Reloaded

In the end, the Saigon moment happened faster than any Western intel “expert” expected. This is one for the annals: four frantic days that wrapped up the most astonishing guerrilla blitzkrieg of recent times. Afghan-style: lots of persuasion, lots of tribal deals, zero columns of tanks, minimal loss of blood.

August 12 set the scene, with the nearly simultaneous capture of Ghazni, Kandahar and Herat. On August 13, the Taliban were only 50 kilometers from Kabul. August 14 started with the siege of Maidan Shahr, the gateway to Kabul.

Ismail Khan, the legendary elder Lion of Herat, struck a self-preservation deal and was sent by the Taliban as a top-flight messenger to Kabul: President Ashraf Ghani should step out, or else.

Aug 18 08:15

Luongo: What If Afghanistan Is More Than Just A Failed War?

The U.S. Empire is in freefall. Good. Afghanistan has reverted to nativist control as expected. The ‘goat-herders’ there remain unconquered. The speed of the Taliban’s takeover doesn’t surprise me because the groundwork for it has been in process for years.

Only the U.S. State Department under both Mike Pompeo and now Antony Blinken opposed this. If you’re angry this morning you can thank Russian diplomats who started this process in December 2016 by opening up the dialogue between the Taliban and the Asian powers with Pakistan leading the talks.

I can’t say I’m shedding any tears here except for all the losses on both sides. War is never righteous.

So, while I’m happy to see this end I am also sad to also see this end for what it is, a planned act of geopolitical vandalism by the Biden Obama Administration to ensure a complete collapse of the U.S. political system.

Aug 18 08:15

Carafano: Joe Biden's Afghanistan Speech Proves He Will Be President Chaos

Before President Joe Biden addressed the nation on the crisis in Afghanistan, someone should have reminded him of the adage “When you are in a deep hole, stop digging.” Because on top of his strategic failures in Afghanistan, he has now made a massive political misjudgment.

Here is the problem with a White House rebuttal that just blames anybody other than Biden for the collapse in Afghanistan: Every claim can be fact-checked. Military and intelligence leaders can be asked to testify. Documents can be reviewed. None of this will make the administration or Biden’s abrupt and irresponsible decision look good.

Aug 18 08:00

‘Russia is NOT the enemy’: After failure in Afghanistan, Czech president calls on NATO to focus on terrorism instead of Moscow

The enemy of NATO is not Russia, but international terrorism. That’s according to Czech President Milos Zeman, who spoke on Tuesday about the failure of the American-led military bloc to defeat Taliban militants in Afghanistan.

Zeman’s comments, given to Prague-based newspaper Parlamentní listy, echo remarks given by French President Emmanuel Macron in November last year, when he urged NATO leaders to shift focus away from Russia and China, noting that terrorism is a “common enemy” for all nations.

The Czech leader also slammed NATO for failing “dramatically” in Afghanistan but noted that he supported the war and the mission to beat Islamic terrorism. He claimed he told both US Presidents Donald Trump and Joe Biden during NATO summits that troop withdrawal was “cowardice.” The legitimacy of the bloc’s existence is now in question, he said.

Aug 18 08:00

Wayne Dupree: Joe Biden’s been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy issue over the past 40 years, and Afghanistan proves it

Obama’s ex-Defense Secretary Robert Gates wrote a damning assessment of Biden in his memoirs in 2015. His scathing verdict has, sadly, been vindicated by the president’s awful decision to throw Afghans to the wolves.

Having held the post of defense secretary between 2006 and 2011, Gates once famously declared that Joe Biden “has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.”

This includes Biden's opposition to going after and killing Osama bin Laden in 2011 (one of Obama's greatest achievements), the premature withdrawal from Iraq, and now, to cap them all, his haphazard abandonment of Afghanistan.

Thousands of Americans killed, maimed, and psychologically scarred for life since 2001; $2 trillion down the drain; a restoration of Al-Qaeda's sanctuary; and America's reputation sullied. Not bad for less than seven months’ work. But hey, at least those mean tweets from the White House have stopped!

Aug 18 07:59

US Has No Evacuation Plan for Americans Outside Kabul Beyond ‘Shelter in Place’ Order, Media Claims

While the White House said the Taliban group had pledged to provide safe passage for civilians to the airport in Kabul, time is running out to remove vulnerable Americans and Afghans ahead of President Joe Biden’s 31 August deadline for the military mission.

While thousands of US troops have been flown into Kabul to assist evacuation efforts after Taliban seized control of the country, Washington has no official plans in place for evacuating Americans who are located outside its capital, reported The Washington Post.

Senate staffers have reportedly not been provided by officials from the US State and Defense Departments with any clear communication on how to extricate those Americans through Taliban checkpoints outside Kabul, according to cited sources. American citizens looking to leave Afghanistan were instructed by the State Department on Tuesday to "shelter in place" until further notice from the US Embassy.

Aug 18 07:44

We Can’t Make This Up: CNN Host Says Taliban Chanting ‘Death to America’ Seem Friendly

On Monday, CNN’s chief international correspondent Clarissa Ward told millions of viewers that the Taliban chanting “death to America” seemed friendly to her.

During Monday’s broadcast of “New Day,” Ward delivered a report from the streets of Kabul shortly after the Afghanistan President fled the country following the complete takeover by Taliban terrorists.

Aug 18 07:39

American missiles & choppers abandoned to Taliban by troops in Afghanistan could fall into Russia’s hands, ex-president Trump says

High-tech American hardware left behind in Afghanistan by withdrawing troops will be used by not just the Taliban, but Washington’s adversaries across the world, former president Donald Trump has said in a fiery new interview.

Speaking to Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News on Wednesday, the Republican firebrand slammed President Joe Biden’s decision to pull all US forces out of the troubled Central Asian nation, describing the ensuing scenes of chaos in Kabul as one of America’s “most humiliating” moments.

Tens of thousands of US citizens and Afghans who helped coalition forces could now, Trump claimed, be effectively held hostage by the Taliban. Worse still, sensitive military technologies left behind during the evacuation could quickly fall into the wrong hands, he alleged. Under his alternative plan to wind down America’s presence in Afghanistan, Trump said, “the people come out first, and then I was going to take all of the military equipment.”

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I expect Russia (and China) are already offering to buy US high-tech weapons to reverse engineer!

Aug 18 07:34

The West's empty promise: Kabul evacuation flights take off EMPTY as Taliban close off airport and US general warns 'overwhelming force' will be used if fighters interfere with evacuation - as women beg soldiers for help through gates

Evacuation flights out of Kabul are taking off almost empty despite tens of thousands of Afghans trying to flee the country after the Taliban formed a ring of steel around the airport and barred most people from reaching it.

One Australian Hercules C-130 aircraft with room for 120 people took off with just 26 on board today, the government has confirmed, while a German Airbus A-400M with room for 150 was carrying just seven people when it departed yesterday.

That is despite there being around 50,000 Afghans gathered at the airport who have been promised sanctuary by western nations. One particularly harrowing piece of footage showed women pleading with US troops that 'the Taliban are coming for me'.

Aug 18 07:33

Biden evacuated 800 last night and only 165 were American…

U.S. Army Major General Hank Taylor says there will be more than 4,000 Americans troops on the ground in Kabul by the end of Tuesday. He says flights through the night lifted about 700 to 800 people, including 165 American citizens

Aug 18 07:32

EXCLUSIVE: Biden Admin Seeks Border Patrol Volunteers to Process Afghan Refugees

On Tuesday, a Customs and Border Protection source noted that Border Patrol agents at some southwest stations were asked to divert to processing refugees from Afghanistan once they land at United States military bases.

The Border Patrol agents have been solicited for a temporary assignment to assist other Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officers to process potentially tens of thousands of Afghan refugees seeking asylum. The solicitation comes as Border Patrol struggles to perform routine patrols for the humanitarian demands of processing mostly Central American migrants.

As reported by Breitbart, the Border Patrol is currently focused entirely on the task of processing, feeding, and caring for the medical issues of thousands of migrants apprehended daily. The burden is such that in many areas along the southwest border, routine field patrols have ceased. DHS volunteers from outside the Border Patrol have been assigned to help the Border Patrol deal with the crisis.

Aug 18 07:30

Dem Rep. Moulton: Worst-Case Scenario of Withdrawing Troops from Afghanistan Then Having to Send Them Back ‘Already Happened’

On Tuesday’s broadcast of “MSNBC Live,” Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) argued that the worst thing that could have happened in Afghanistan is withdrawing troops and then having to send them back in, and “That’s already happened.”

Moulton said, “I want us out of Afghanistan, too. I would much rather have our troops at home. But what I’ve always said is that the worst thing would be to withdraw our troops from Afghanistan and then have to send them back. That’s already happened. We have more troops on the ground at Kabul Airport right now than we had all across the country just a month ago. And we certainly don’t want to have to send more troops back if there are more terrorist plots being planned, terrorists being trained on the ground in Afghanistan in the future.”

Aug 18 07:19

AFGHANISTAN IS THE THREAD THAT WILL START TO UNRAVEL WESTERN DREAMS OF A “NEW WORLD ORDER”

The drama playing out in Afghanistan right now has enormous implications for the entire planet, because it represents a colossal defeat for western globalists. Ever since the end of World War II, western elitists have been tirelessly working to establish “liberal democracies” all over the globe, and the idea was that all of the “liberal democracies” could be increasingly integrated into an emerging one world system. Of course China, Russia, Iran and their allies were never going to fully go along with this plan, and that is one of the reasons why they are endlessly demonized by media outlets in the western world. The Chinese, the Russians and the Iranians all have their own ideas about what the future of the planet should look like, and none of them are good. But when it comes to world domination, the western powers were closer to achieving that goal than anyone else.

Aug 18 07:19

THE AFGHANISTAN WAR AND THE DISSENTERS WE SHOULD’VE LISTENED TO

President Joe Biden delivered a speech where he stood by the withdrawal of United States military forces from Afghanistan, but he crudely blamed the people of Afghanistan for the chaos that has unfolded over the past several days.

It was a lie to assert the war in Afghanistan was never about nation-building. Neoconservatives in President George W. Bush’s administration, who launched the war, deployed troops for an open-ended mission to establish a government that could secure the country against the Taliban and be a reliable ally in the region.

Biden also lied about opposing a surge in Afghanistan when he vice president in President Barack Obama’s administration. He backed sending an additional 20,000 troops but was opposed to sending more than 20,000 like Obama did.

The president had nothing to say about the Pentagon and CIA’s resistance to adequately planning for withdrawal, even though that could have helped avoid some of the scenes of panic which were broadcast.

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"Dissenters" = "Independent media"

Aug 18 07:17

BILLIONS SPENT ON AFGHAN ARMY ULTIMATELY BENEFITED TALIBAN

And now, here’s an actual AP headline from today, “Billions Spent on Afghan Army Ultimately Benefited Taliban.”

The Afghanistan operation was primarily about shoveling trillions of dollars into the gaping maw of the U.S. military industrial complex and getting kilotons of opium out the other end.

Another curiosity: Priceless mineral deposits have been kept in the ground by all of the chaos. I still don’t understand how this fits into the picture, but oil companies definitely benefited from the slow adoption of electric vehicles. What would EV batteries cost now if Afghan rare earths had been in play over the last decade?

Well, what we got instead was the U.S. sending trillions of dollars to the usual suspects, and a U.S. armed flip flop army that now presides over skyrocketing opium production and priceless, but untapped, mineral reserves.

You couldn’t make it up if you tried.

Aug 18 07:05

Trans Soldier Stuck Behind Enemy Lines

Amid all the chaos of the Taliban's Sunday takeover of Kabul, 32-year-old Josie Thomas, a transgender government contractor and former USAF sergeant, is trapped behind enemy lines with several of her colleagues.

Thomas sent text messages that were obtained by the Los Angeles Blade, detailing the situation on the ground. They stated that Thomas was aware of the immediate danger, that Taliban fighters were in the city, and that Afghan security personnel were no longer at their posts, having abandoned them.

Aug 18 07:04

The Spoils of War: Afghanistan’s Multibillion Dollar Heroin Trade

The US opioid crisis broadly defined bears a relationship to the export of heroin out of Afghanistan.

How will this multibillion trade (which until recently was protected by US forces) be affected by the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan. Private mercenary companies are also involved in supporting the opium trade.

The US withdrawal has been the object of extensive negotiations between US-NATO and the Taliban. A deal was signed in Doha in late February 2020 at the outset of the Biden Administration.

Did the U.S. reach a “secret agreement” with the Taliban regarding the opium trade?

Aug 18 07:03

Make No Mistake, the US Military Will Continue to Thrive after Afghanistan

The object in war,” argued Liddell Hart “is a better state of peace — even if only from your point of view. Hence, it is essential to conduct war with constant regard to the peace you desire.” Sound advice, but as Americans are learning, the true purpose of the mission in Afghanistan had little to do with a better state of peace and much more to do was with finding ways to extend the commitment of American funds, resources, and military power for as long as possible.

In January 1973, when the Paris Peace Agreement ending American involvement in South Vietnam was signed, Saigon and its armed forces still relied heavily on guaranteed U.S. air, artillery and logistical support. The removal of U.S. military power always guaranteed Saigon’s defeat against a determined attack from North Vietnam. The removal of economic and military support from Afghanistan today is having a similar impact, but the outcome in Afghanistan is arguably much worse. Why?

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Aug 18 06:57

Afghanistan: We Never Learn

Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, when asked months ago about the possibility that there might be a “significant deterioration” of the security picture in Afghanistan once the United States withdrew its forces, said, “I don’t think it’s going to be something that happens from a Friday to a Monday.”

Blinken’s Nostradamus moment was somehow one-upped by that of his boss, Joe Biden, who on July 8th had the following exchange with press:

Q: Your own intelligence community has assessed that the Afghan government will likely collapse.

BIDEN: That is not true, they did not reach that conclusion… There is going to be no circumstance where you see people lifted off the roof of an embassy… The likelihood that you’re going to see the Taliban overrunning everything and owning the whole country is highly unlikely.

Aug 18 06:39

Report: ‘F*** That, We Don’t Have To Worry About That’: Biden 2010, Asked About U.S. Leaving Afghan Girls Behind

The botched withdrawal from Afghanistan that has occurred on the watch of President Biden, leaving women and children vulnerable to the Taliban, should come as no surprise given a report from The Atlantic earlier this year about what Biden said in 2010 about leaving women and children behind in Afghanistan.

Biden responded “f*** that” to a question about American obligations to Afghans like a young girl attending school in Kabul.

In December 2001, after the United States ousted the Taliban from power in Afghanistan, President George W. Bush asked Biden, then a senator, to draft a proposal to win over young people in the Muslim world. Biden visited Kabul and met a young Afghan girl who told him, “You cannot leave. They will not deny me learning to read. I will read, and I will be a doctor like my mother. America must stay,” as The New Yorker reported in 2004.

Aug 18 06:24

Afghanistan tragedy should end calls for ‘regime change’ in Iran

As the tragedy in Afghanistan continues, there is at least one positive consequence. The warmongers in Israel and their allies in the neoconservative Washington, D.C. war party will find it even harder to convince the American public to support an invasion and “regime change” in Iran.

The idea was already absurd and dangerous. But now the Afghanistan debacle should bury it permanently. Despite 20 years and $1 trillion in military and other aid, the U.S. supported-government collapsed within weeks.

Iran’s population is 83 million, more than twice Afghanistan’s 38 million. It is economically advanced, with a large, educated, technically skilled middle class. What’s more, as John Ghazvinian’s magisterial new history of U.S.-Iran relations points out,

Aug 18 06:22

Endless Wars = Endless Refugees

It’s time to end the madness. However you feel about Joe Biden’s handling of the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, I want you to focus on what’s best for Americans on American soil right here. Right now.

Our citizens are suffering under continued draconian lockdowns, medical tyranny, skyrocketing inflation, violent crime, cancerous homelessness, border chaos, ideological persecution, and Silicon Valley censorship.

Cops cannot or will not maintain law and order.

Gun owners who exercise their right to self-defense face scorn at best and decades in prison at worst.

Our troops are being emasculated and mass-vaccinated against their will.

The mental health crisis among veterans and teens is unceasing.

Health care workers have become shills and guinea pigs for Big Pharma.

Aug 18 06:14

AOC As usual Just Talks Out Of Her As# Amid Afghanistan

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez , a New York Democrat, insisted on Monday that the United States must welcome Afghan refugees with open arms into the country amid the Taliban's violent takeover.

"We must waste no time or expense in helping refugees safely & swiftly leave Afghanistan ," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. "We must immediately welcome them to the U.S. & provide real support as they rebuild their lives."

The New York congresswoman stressed that the U.S. has a moral obligation to the people of Afghanistan.

Aug 18 06:08

Poland, Germany, France, UK, Canada, Italy, Spain, Australia Also Stand Defeated in Afghanistan

America has lost another war. So have all of its vassals that followed it there.

They may have only been there to curry favor with Washington, to pay the kind of tribute by symbolic military service that the Empire expects, and that is so helpful to legitimizing its wars, but it does not ultimately matter. When you take part in a war and your side loses, that is called being defeated in a war.

Not counting contractors, 3596 US-aligned soldiers did not return from Afghanistan. Just 68 percent were Americans. 18 percent were from the British Commonwealth, with nearly all of the remainder from other NATO members.

The United States lost 2452, Britain 455, Canada 158, France 86, Germany 54, Italy 48, Denmark 43, Australia 41, Poland 40, Spain 34, Georgia 29, Netherlands 25, Romania 25, Turkey 14, Czechia 14, New Zealand 11, Norway 10, Estonia 9, Hungary 7, Sweden 5, Latvia 3, Slovakia 3, Finland 2, Jordan 2, Portugal 2, Albania 1, Belgium 1, Croatia 1, Lithuania 1, South Korea 1.

Aug 18 06:07

After 19 Years of Finest American Training the Taliban Have Excellent Trigger Discipline

There is a joke meme going around saying the 2021 Taliban aren’t real because they have uncharacteristic trigger discipline that could have only come from the CIA.

I wonder if the meme is correct in that the safer handling of weapons is thanks to the Americans and their 20-year influence on the Taliban.

The US-sponsored “Afghan National Army” was 180,000-strong and lost 25 percent of its strength to desertions each year.

That works out to 45,000 new recruits receiving training each year, or 855 thousand over 19 years. Let’s make that half a million since ANA didn’t reach 180,000 until 2012 and some may have deserted twice.

Of that half a million plenty would have later ended up with the Taliban (or been one all along). Some may have even become the Taliban equivalent of a drill instructor.

The result being that today at least the better Taliban outfits keep their guns in the low-down position and have excellent trigger discipline.

Aug 18 06:04

Big Tech’s Role In Helping The Taliban Capture Afghanistan

It has been widely reported that Taliban leaders used Facebook’s WhatsApp and Twitter to help capture Kabul. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid enjoys free reign on Twitter with an account that has over 300,000 followers.

Facebook’s WhatsApp has become the de facto communication platform of the Taliban, who reportedly used the service to spread propaganda, communicate with residents of Kabul, and share official statements with the world.

In messages apparently distributed to Kabul residents via the messaging group WhatsApp, the group proclaimed that “we are in charge of security for Kabul.” The messages listed telephone numbers in various neighborhoods that citizens should call if they saw problems such as looting or “irresponsible” behavior on the part of armed individuals.

Aug 18 05:57

Tucker: What the hell was that?

Aug 18 05:54

UK Gov't Pledge to Resettle 20,000 Afghans Slammed as ‘Not Meeting the Scale of the Challenge’

The UK Parliament is being recalled from summer recess for Wednesday’s debate on a response to the situation in Afghanistan after the Taliban capitalized on the withdrawal of US and NATO troops to carry out a lightning-fast advance. As the Islamist militant group entered the capital Kabul, Western nations stepped up evacuations from the country.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has unveiled the government’s plans to take in up to 20,000 vulnerable Afghans in the long-term as part of a resettlement plan following the takeover of the South Asian country by the Taliban* militant group.

The government will relocate up to 5,000 Afghans in the UK in the first year, according to the scheme, with women, girls, religious and other minorities deemed to be most at risk of human rights abuses given priority, according to Sky News.

Aug 18 05:53

‘Prepare for the worst’: Like Bin Laden, Taliban is another ‘American project’ & ‘US scam against Muslims’ – Chechnya’s Kadyrov

The capture of Afghanistan by the Taliban is “another American scam against Muslims.” That’s according to Ramzan Kadyrov, the leader of Russia’s Chechnya region, who suggested that the terrorist group is controlled by Washington.
Speaking on a video posted by one of his sons, Adam, Kadyrov urged everyone to be on guard.

“America has come up with another scam against Muslims. They said they would never get out of [Afghanistan], and now they’ve abandoned everyone and run away,” Kadyrov said. “Imagine, for decades, people have been dying there. Five years ago, there were already more than two million civilians killed!”

According to the Chechen leader, the Taliban is an American project and is not to be trusted. He compared the group to Bin Laden, the former leader of Al-Qaeda, who Washington funded in the war against the Soviet Union in the 1980s.

Aug 18 05:51

$10,000 INVESTED IN DEFENSE STOCKS WHEN AFGHANISTAN WAR BEGAN NOW WORTH ALMOST $100,000

IF YOU PURCHASED $10,000 of stock evenly divided among America’s top five defense contractors on September 18, 2001 — the day President George W. Bush signed the Authorization for Use of Military Force in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks — and faithfully reinvested all dividends, it would now be worth $97,295.

This is a far greater return than was available in the overall stock market over the same period. $10,000 invested in an S&P 500 index fund on September 18, 2001, would now be worth $61,613.

That is, defense stocks outperformed the stock market overall by 58 percent during the Afghanistan War.

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Aug 18 05:50

Afghanistan Fallout Could Lead to Three Million Migrants Trying to Reach Europe

German humanitarian development worker Sybille Schnehage has predicted as many as three million Afghan asylum seekers could head to Europe in the near future.

Ms Schnehage, who has been involved in humanitarian aid work in Afghanistan since the 1980s and has been working with the Katachel association in the Kunduz region for over 20 years, told German broadcaster WDR on Sunday: “We can assume that up to three million Afghans will make their way to Europe in the foreseeable future.”

The aid worker continued: “I always ask people: Why don’t you go to Saudi Arabia? They are Muslims. This is your culture. The answer is always: No, Germany is better.

“So, we absolutely have to support the Afghans to build a future in rural areas. If not, the consequences for Germany and Europe are foreseeable.”

Aug 18 05:35

View of Kabul Airport as Evacuation Flights Continue, Following Taliban Takeover in Afghanistan

After the Taliban captured all major provinces in the country, President Ashraf Ghani resigned and left the country. In fear for their future under Taliban rule, thousands of Afghans rushed to the airport in Kabul, hoping to flee the country.

Sputnik goes live from the airport in Kabul, where evacuation flights continue following the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan last week.

These flights are being organised for foreign nationals and Afghans who want to leave the country in the wake of the Taliban takeover, which was finalised Sunday when the militants captured Kabul.

Despite the unexpectedly quick offensive by the Taliban, US President Joe Biden has defended his decision to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan by the end of August.

Aug 18 05:30

Iran: President Raisi says US 'defeat' in Afghanistan a chance for lasting peace

Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi on Monday described the capture of Kabul in Afghanistan by the Taliban as a "defeat" for the United States and an opportunity for "lasting peace”.

The statement is the first public comment by the newly elected Raisi on the Taliban's seizure of power in Afghanistan on Sunday, after a 10-day offensive against the US-backed government of Ashraf Ghani.

The ultraconservative president said the developments should pave the way for a durable peace in the neighbouring country.

Aug 18 05:30

Turkey Drops Kabul Airport Plans but Will Assist if Taliban Ask -Sources

Turkey has dropped plans to take over Kabul airport after NATO's withdrawal from Afghanistan but is ready to provide support if the Taliban request it, two Turkish sources said on Monday amid turmoil following the militant group's victory in Afghanistan.

Turkey, which has 600 troops in Afghanistan, had offered to keep them in Kabul to guard and operate the airport after other NATO members pulled out, and was discussing details with Washington and the government of President Ashraf Ghani.

The plans were thrown into disarray over the past two days after Ghani fled the country on Sunday as the Taliban swept in to Kabul and thousands of Afghans, also hoping to escape, thronged the airport on Monday.

Aug 17 19:19

The War In Afghanistan Comes Home

By Matt

The story of the “end” of the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan isn’t just about the end of the conflict there, it’s also about where it’s headed next. The Pentagon didn’t spend $2 trillion over 20 years to just walk away from one of the most valuable squares on the geopolitical chessboard empty handed. The possibility for full-scale re-entry into the country is always there, but in the meantime, there are plenty of lessons the Pentagon learned there that they’ll be employing stateside...

Aug 17 13:22

Afghan body found in US C-17 landing gear, reports say

An Afghan’s body was reportedly found in the landing gear of a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft on Monday after transporting Afghan citizens from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul.

After leaving Kabul, the C-17’s landing gear was malfunctioning, prompting the crew to declare an emergency. Upon landing at another airport, human remains were discovered in the wheel well, three people close to the situation told The Washington Post on Tuesday. Two sources close to the situation who spoke with Politico also gave the same account.

Aug 17 11:03

Moscow Slams US, EU for Branding Russia a Threat Over Its Role in Afghanistan

US President Joe Biden earlier said China and Russia would prefer to see the United States indefinitely continue to funnel billions of dollars and resources into the stabilisation of Afghanistan.

The simplest method for western countries is to go back to basics and once again declare Russia a threat, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko told Sputnik, when speaking about the American and European reaction to the recent events in Afghanistan and their fears about the role of Moscow in further developments.

"It is much easier to get back to basics and declare Russia a threat. They tried their best, you know the rest. 'We need to turn the page over, however, China causes concerns', that's the whole story", Grushko said.

Aug 17 11:02

The West Has Failed, Finnish President Says on Situation in Afghanistan

According to Sauli Niinistö, the Taliban* takeover is potentially fraught with another wave of refugees coming to Europe, as well as Afghanistan once again becoming a safe haven for terrorists.

Finnish President Sauli Niinistö sees the Taliban's rapid conquest of Afghanistan as a sign of failure on the part of the West, which did not succeed in building a democratic government and a democratic society in the country.

"The lesson we must learn from this is that it is quite difficult to introduce a completely new social structure and social thinking to another place. It takes many generations", Niinistö said in an interview with national broadcaster Yle.

Aug 17 11:01

Biden pulls another $500mn from emergency fund to assist Afghan refugees amid chaotic evacuations after Kabul falls to Taliban

President Joe Biden will use $500 million from a federal emergency fund to help resettle thousands of Afghan refugees, the White House said, after the country’s capital was overrun by Taliban fighters, prompting hasty evacuations.

The White House announced the move on Monday night, saying the $500 million will be used to meet “unexpected urgent refugee and migration needs” for “victims of conflict, and other persons at risk as a result of the situation in Afghanistan.”

Aug 17 11:01

‘US saved dogs over Afghan lives’: Washington accused of valuing animals over civilians, after soldiers evacuate K-9s

The US was accused of valuing the lives of its military dogs more than those of Afghan civilians, after soldiers were seen evacuating their animals while those desperate to escape the Taliban clung on to departing planes.

Videos and photos published on Monday – which showed dogs being walked to Kabul Airport, where they were evacuated along with US military personnel – angered many across the world, who viewed the apparent prioritization of animals over humans as an insult to the many Afghans attempting to flee the Taliban as the US pulls out of the country.

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