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Dec 06 07:08

Must See: Trump Calls Milley A F#cking Idiot

Over the weekend, President Donald Trump called "woke" General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, "a f*cking idiot" at an event Saturday.

Trump made the announcement at an event in Mar-a-Lago hosted by conservative organization Turning Point Action, a C4 affiliate of Turning Point USA.

In reference to the departure from Afghanistan, Trump stated, "I want every nut, every bolt, every screw. We're taking everything. We're taking down the tents. They left all the tents. They left everything. Couldn't they have flown in a couple of hundred pilots and flown the planes back?" Trump asked, turning to grill Milley. Human Events Daily's Jack Posobiec got the scoop.

Dec 06 06:59

Putin in Meeting With Modi, Discusses Drug-Trafficking, Terrorism and Situation in Afghanistan

Dec 01 11:47

BREAKING!!! Footage of the border clashes between Iran and Taliban forces

Sources told @aamajnews24 that the Iranian side is using heavy weapons (as you can see towards the end of the clip), and the Taliban have deployed the American Humvees in the fight against the Iranians.

There are no details yet on why these clashes have broken out.

Dec 01 07:20

Michelle Malkin: There Is No Vetting

Back in August, as the Biden administration prepared to dump 82,000-plus Afghan refugees onto U.S. soil, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security assured Americans that it was "working around the clock to conduct the security screening and vetting of vulnerable Afghans before they are permitted entry into the United States" and taking "multiple steps to ensure that those seeking entry do not pose a national security or public safety risk."

We were told that "the rigorous screening and vetting process, which is multi-layered and ongoing, involves biometric and biographic screenings conducted by intelligence, law enforcement, and counterterrorism professionals from DHS and DOD, as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), and additional intelligence community partners."

Nov 30 07:21

Are US-led sanctions worsening Afghanistan’s humanitarian crisis?

International aid organisations and experts say the US-led sanctions on the Taliban government are hurting the Afghan people, and called for “explicit humanitarian exemptions” for the delivery of aid to prevent a “catastrophe”.

Following the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan on August 15, the aid-dependent country was cut off from international financial institutions, while nearly $10bn of its assets were frozen by the US, triggering a banking crisis.

Nov 29 07:16

EU Denies Recognition of Govt, Pledges Engagement

In a statement issued by the European Commission following the 13th ASEM Summit via videoconference, the EU’s president von der Leyen said that the world needed to stand by the people of Afghanistan.

“Finally, we have decided to strengthen our engagement on issues affecting regional stability. And this brings me to my last point: That is Afghanistan. The European Union does not recognize the new regime… but we need to prevent the imminent economic and social collapse that the country faces,” she said.

“We need to stand by the people of Afghanistan. This is why, last month, we announced a package worth EUR 1 billion, including EUR 300 million in humanitarian aid. The European Union will keep on engaging with the countries in the region,” Leyen added.

The summit was hosted by Cambodia, in which the leaders of 20 Asian governments and 30 European states participated.

Nov 27 09:20

Malnourished Afghan Children Flooding Hospitals: Doctors

The death rate of children affected with malnutrition, and level of children patients being brought to hospitals, has surged as the health sector faces severe shortages of medical supplies, officials said.

Officials at the Indira Gandhi Children's Hospital said that the number of malnourished children has recently jumped by 50 percent.

“The number of patients has increased recently. Our work is being affected as the number of patients is overwhelming, and the death rate among the children has also increased. If it there is no solution found for the problem, we will face a complete shortage of equipment,” said Farid Ahmad Andishmand, a doctor.

The head of Indira Gandhi Children Hospital, Mohammad Latif Bahir, expressed concern over the suspension of aid to the health sector.

Nov 22 07:45

US to Pursue ISIS-K, al-Qaeda, in Over-the-Horizon Mission in Afghanistan

Over the weekend, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin talked up the long-promised “over-the-horizon” missions to keep attacking Afghanistan without being in Afghanistan.

Austin said this would be part of a relentless focus on terrorism, talking of action coming against ISIS-K and al-Qaeda. US troops left Afghanistan after the Taliban routed the US-backed government in all major cities.

Even before the US left, officials talked about this sort of operation as a way to stay active in Afghanistan. It’s not at all clear what that would look like, or how sustainable it might be.

It’s probably going to mean airstrikes with little targeting support. The Taliban has insisted that they don’t need help in fighting terror, and they’ve been active in anti-ISIS-K measures.

Nov 16 09:00

Qatar Embassy In Kabul Opens 'US Section' Allowing Washington Representation To Taliban

The United States has tapped the Gulf country of Qatar to act as Washington's diplomatic representative to Afghanistan at a moment the Biden administration is still on the fence about the question of formally recognizing Taliban rule over the country. This also as Afghanistan's United Nations seat in New York is till being occupied by the former national government of Ashraf Ghani, who fled the country in August amid the rapid Taliban advance and as US forces withdrew. The US Embassy there was permanently shuttered last summer.

"The United States and Qatar have agreed that Doha will represent the diplomatic interests of the US in Afghanistan, the first official representation for the US in Kabul since its troop withdrawal in August," Al Jazeera reported.

Nov 15 08:24

Blinken Puts Terrorist Funding Nation In-Charge Of Evacuating Americans

Almost 400 U.S. citizens left behind at the end of the departure from Kabul have fled Afghanistan. All others looking to leave have been given a chance, though evidence shows a few complications.

"Since the end of the evacuation mission, we have evacuated roughly 380 Americans," Blinken told reporters Friday. "As of the 10th of November, all U.S. citizens who have requested assistance from the United States government to depart Afghanistan and who we've identified as prepared to depart and having the necessary documents have been given an opportunity to do so."

Those figures beat the estimates in the hours after the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan when Blinken admitted there was "a small number of Americans, under 200 and likely closer to 100, who remain in Afghanistan and want to leave."

Nov 15 07:05

Making Another ISIS in Afghanistan. ISIS-K in Khorasan Province

With the United States out of Afghanistan, former members of the Afghan Security Forces who were once trained by the United States are joining Islamic State-Khorasan Province, better known as ISIS-K, the Islamic State’s regional affiliate. The result is all too predictable given America’s track record of inadvertently aiding the creation of extremist groups in the Middle East.

As it stands now, the number of former members of the Afghan Security Forces joining up with ISIS-K remains small, but it is growing, according to both Taliban fighters and other former members of the Afghan Security Forces.

Nov 10 11:26

Taliban Inaugurates "Islamic Emirate Army" With Largest-Ever Convoy Of US Armored Vehicles

The Taliban on Tuesday inaugurated its "Islamic Emirate Army" in the large city of Kandahar in Afghanistan's south by showcasing a lengthy parade of armored vehicles taken from US and NATO forces.

While it's not the first time since conquering the country in August amid the rapid US troop withdrawal that the Taliban has held military parades touting its newly acquired Western hardware and weaponry, the Kandahar parade did appear to involve the most US-supplied vehicles ever on display at once.

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Nov 10 09:43

Military Can’t Find ISIS Safe House That Prompted Kabul Drone Strike

The U.S. military has not located a suspected Islamic State safe house in Kabul, Afghanistan, that officials initially said led to an American drone strike on Aug. 29 that mistakenly killed 10 civilians, including seven children, according to two senior military officials.

Two days before the drone strike, military officials said they had determined through electronic intercepts, aerial surveillance and informants that ISIS planners were using a compound about three miles northwest of the Kabul airport to facilitate future attacks involving rockets, suicide explosive vests and car bombs.

But an inquiry into the drone strike by the Air Force’s inspector general, Lt. Gen. Sami D. Said, said that was wrong. “We have not found any particular safe house,” he said in a telephone interview after making his findings public last week.

Nov 10 09:41

AFTER AFGHANISTAN DISASTER, THE PENTAGON IS ON TRACK TO GET EVEN MORE MONEY

AROUND MIDDAY ON August 15, the president of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani, was told by an adviser that Taliban fighters had entered the presidential palace and were looking for him room by room. This was not true, but Ghani, aware that ousted presidents do not have long lives in his country, hurried himself and his wife to a military helicopter and fled for Uzbekistan. Without time to fetch any personal belongings, he left Kabul in plastic sandals and a thin coat, according to a Washington Post account of that day.

Nov 10 07:00

Biden Envoy: U.S. Wants Taliban to ‘Succeed’ Against the Islamic State

U.S. Special Representative to Afghanistan Thomas West on Monday hoped the Taliban would be “successful” in its battle against the Islamic State, and hinted the new rulers of Afghanistan needed to sever their ties with al-Qaeda if they desire international recognition.

“The Taliban have voiced very clearly and openly their desire to normalize relations with the international community, to see a resumption in aid, to see a return of the international diplomatic community to Kabul and to see sanctions relief. The United States can deliver none of these things on our own,” West told reporters by telephone from Brussels, where he delivered a briefing on Afghanistan to the NATO alliance.

“Allies are going to continue to play a heavy role in Afghanistan: Germany, the United Kingdom, France,” he elaborated. “We will all engage forthrightly and in a clear-eyed manner with the Taliban and with shared interests and objectives.”

Nov 09 07:44

U.S. Says Worried About Increase in Attacks by ISIS-K in Afghanistan

The United States is worried about an uptick in attacks by Islamic State's affiliate in Afghanistan and remains deeply concerned about al Qaeda's ongoing presence there, U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Tom West said on Monday.

West spoke to reporters by telephone from Brussels, where he briefed NATO allies on U.S. talks with the Taliban and held consultations on a "road map" toward recognition of the government that the Islamists formed after their takeover and the U.S. troop pullout in August.

"The Taliban have voiced very clearly and openly their desire to normalize relations with the international community, to see a resumption in aid, to see a return of the international diplomatic community to Kabul and to see sanctions relief," he said. "The United States can deliver none of these things on our own."

It was West's first on-the-record briefing to reporters since he assumed his post last month.

Nov 05 10:17

LGBTQ - Take Note At What Real Discrimination Looks Like

Since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan at the end of August, the persecution of the country’s LGBT+ community has increased substantially, driving many to live in hiding, fearing for their lives. “We now know for sure the Taliban has a ‘kill list,’” said the head of the Rainbow Railroad, a Canadian NGO helping Afghans to escape into exile.

The situation for the LGBT+ community in Afghanistan has never been easy. Same-sex relations have always been taboo in the Muslim-majority country, where – even under the former Western-backed Government – non-heterosexual relations were illegal. They could lead to up to two years in prison.

Nov 04 06:44

"Shocker": Pentagon Review Finds 'No Misconduct' Or Legal Violations In Kabul Drone Strike That Killed Children

What's being called an "independent" Pentagon investigation has now concluded over the Aug.29 drone strike on a car in Kabul which killed innocent civilians at a moment US troops were overseeing a desperate, chaotic evacuation from the Afghan capital's airport. US defense officials had initially hailed it as a "successful" operation to kill ISIS-K terrorists.

It was widely seen as a 'revenge' strike for the days prior ISIS suicide attack at an airport gate which killed 13 American troops and 169 Afghans. Weeks later, a New York Times investigation revealed the strike actually took out a local worker for a US humanitarian organization named Zemerai Ahmadi and his nine family members - seven of which were children. Meanwhile the Pentagon kept altering its narrative of events until belatedly admitting the mass killing of an innocent family.

Nov 02 12:49

US Army Announces It Now Identifies As Winner Of Afghan War

America’s most embarrassing military failure is no more. In fact, it never existed at all. Early Friday morning, the United States Department of Defense announced that henceforth, it identifies as the winner of the 20-year war in Afghanistan.

The change means that once again, America’s troops are undefeated in all wars stretching back to the nation’s founding. While America has won many cisvictories in its long military history, the new announcement makes Afghanistan the countries first transvictory. The Vietnam War, another prior defeat, came out of the closet as “more of a draw, really” in 1997.

“To be honest, we always knew we were the real winners, but after existing for more than 200 years in a transphobic society, we didn’t feel comfortable enough to come out with our true selves,” Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley said in a press conference at the Pentagon.

Nov 02 07:34

The Pentagon quietly removed more than 130,000 Afghanistan War photos and videos from public view

The Pentagon has quietly removed a massive collection of Afghanistan War footage totaling more than 120,000 photos and 17,000 videos from its official visual record.

The images and videos, which date back more than a decade, were previously published to the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service, or DVIDS, a vast repository of public domain material that’s available for use by the public and the press.

The Defense Department began archiving the imagery in August and September as it was working to get Afghans out of the country, said Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby, who noted that the U.S. government continues to try to help Afghans who need to leave.

Kirby said on Monday that he made the decision to temporarily archive any images and videos that could put Afghans in danger.

Nov 01 11:29

Now Is the Time to Be Angry, Remembering Forgotten Afghanistan

Ann Jones began her remarkable book Kabul in Winter: Life Without Peace in Afghanistan this way: "I went to Afghanistan after the bombing stopped. Somehow, I felt obliged to help pick up the pieces. I was a New Yorker who had always lived downtown, and for a long time after the towers fell I experienced moments when I couldn’t get my bearings… Four thousand collateral civilian deaths in Kabul brought no consolation for the death of thousands from around the world in the fallen towers of the city that had so long been my home. I thought America had lost its bearing, too. So I left."

Nov 01 10:19

Taliban Says 'Recognize Us Or Else'

The Taliban threatened the U.S. and other countries on Saturday by demanding recognition of their government in Afghanistan, saying that a failure to do so and the continued freezing of Afghan funds abroad would incite issues, not only for the country but for the world.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told reporters Saturday that the Afghan people have a right to have their government acknowledged by the U.S., Reuters reported.

"Our message to America is, if unrecognition continues, Afghan problems continue, it is the problem of the region and could turn into a problem for the world," Mujahid said.

Nov 01 07:45

US-Trained Afghan Spies & Special Forces Are Joining ISIS For 'Protection' Against Taliban

Many former national Afghan forces who are now being hunted by the Taliban after their US military backers withdrew from the country in August are turning to the Islamic State for protection, a new investigative Wall Street Journal report finds.

Also among those joining the ranks of ISIS in Afghanistan, or ISIS-K, are members of Afghanistan's US-trained intelligence service. "The number of defectors joining the terrorist group is relatively small, but growing, according to people who know these men, to former Afghan security officials and to the Taliban," The Wall Street Journal writes.

Nov 01 07:06

Why are most Afghan evacuees still housed at U.S. military camps?

When Taliban fighters hunting for Ahmad Shoaib Durgee knocked on his door in Kabul, Afghanistan, he scrambled to escape with his family of six to reunite with his sister in Sacramento.

Afghan evacuees and soldiers play soccer in September at a military camp in Ft. McCoy, Wis. (Pool Photo)© Provided by LA Times Afghan evacuees and soldiers play soccer in September at a military camp in Ft. McCoy, Wis. (Pool Photo)
Two months after they were flown to the U.S., they remain among 53,200 evacuees held at Ft. Lee, Va., and seven other military camps nationwide.

Durgee, 37, who qualified for a visa because he had worked as a security guard for American officials, says he feels fortunate to have been evacuated to a camp where he doesn't have to live in a tent. But he's itching to leave the military housing. After hearing that those headed to California face longer waits, he changed his requested destination to Richmond, Va., where he has friends.

Oct 30 06:34

85% Of Afghans Face Food Insecurity In Upcoming Winter

Food crisis forecasting for Afghanistan, called terrifying by the FAO, is projecting more than half of the country’s population will experience acute food shortages this winter unless actions are taken.

As Statista's Katharina Buchholz details below, according to reports by The Integrated Food Security Phase Classification, 85 percent in the country are to experience any type of food insecurity, including food stress classified as non-acute, between November 2021 and March 2022.

Oct 30 06:30

SIGAR Pressured by the State Department to Redact Afghanistan Reports

The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) said Friday that after Kabul fell to the Taliban, he was pressured by the State Department to redact information from SIGAR reports. Since 2008, SIGAR has documented the corruption and waste involved in Washington’s failed nation-building project in Afghanistan.

SIGAR chief John Sopko told the annual Military Reporters & Editors Association Conference that the State Department asked him to “temporarily suspend access” to all “audit, inspection, and financial audit … reports” from the SIGAR website. The Department claimed it wanted the information removed to protect Afghan allies of the US, but Sopko said he never got an explanation of how reports that have been on the internet for years could put anyone in danger.

Oct 30 06:28

Like Afghanistan, a War for Taiwan is Unwinnable

Over the last two years, many foreign policy experts asked if Kabul would resemble the chaos of Saigon in 1975. It seems such questions about a war that cost thousands of American lives were fully warranted—and applying the lessons learned from both Vietnam and Afghanistan could prove fruitful when considering the possibility of the United States intervening militarily to defend Taiwan from China.

At its root, the causes of failure in both Vietnam and in Afghanistan have been essentially the same: the United States became embroiled in a civil war and ended up on the wrong side of nationalism, a force that proved impossible to tame, despite all the high technology of the U.S. military. The Taliban and the Vietcong had completely different ideologies, diametrically opposite in some respects, but their common plank was the desire to drive the foreign interlopers away.

Oct 29 05:56

Revealed: Biden Allowed Entrance Of Non-Vetted Refugees

It was revealed on Tuesday that President Biden gave orders back in August during the Afghanistan evacuation efforts to fill planes with Afghan refugees, giving little vetting to those boarding planes.

In an August 18 email from Gregory Floyd with the subject line "Presidential Directive," Floyd wrote: "Team, President Biden phones Ambassador Wilson with the following directive about who to clear to board evacuation flights."

Oct 29 05:37

Damning Report Details How Four US Intel Agencies Failed To Predict Rapid Taliban Victory

The Wall Street Journal has obtained and reviewed two dozen classified US intelligence assessments on Afghanistan from four different agencies including the CIA, DIA (Defense Intelligence Agency), the State Dept.'s intelligence bureau, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI).

All of them examined Taliban advances across the country from the spring of 2020 through the middle of last summer, and while they consistently forecast the eventual collapse of Afghan national forces if US support was withdrawn, not a single agency assessment foresaw the group's ultra-fast takeover of Kabul by August 15 and the entire country even as US forces were still on the ground attempting to evacuate personnel in Kabul.

Oct 28 06:55

China Urges US To Immediately Lift Sanctions On Taliban As "Economic Chaos" Looms

China is now urging the United States to immediately lift sanctions against the Taliban and unfreeze all of Afghanistan's assets abroad. As part of its appeal, Beijing is offering assurances to Washington that the hardline Islamist group will "effectively" protect the rights of women and minorities.

Beijing is further warning the West of looming "economic chaos" in the war-torn central Asian country if more is not urgently done to relieve the economic pressure and allow for greater stability. "China urges the Western countries, led by the United States as a whole, to lift sanctions, and calls on all parties to engage with the Afghan Taliban in a rational and pragmatic manner," Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said this week following two days of talks with the Taliban which concluded Tuesday in Doha.

Oct 28 06:41

Weapons execs lament losses from Afghanistan exit, tout DOD budget increase

Speaking to investors on Tuesday, two of the biggest U.S. weapons manufacturers provided estimates on how the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, a war that cost U.S. taxpayers over $2 trillion and took over 243,000 lives, impacted their bottom lines. Both companies also expressed enthusiasm about a bipartisan push to increase the 2022 defense budget by $29.3 billion, a five percent increase over the 2021 budget and more than $10 billion more than President Biden requested.

Approximately half of the defense budget goes to contractors like Lockheed Martin and Raytheon, both of whom explained to investors how the end of a 20 year war will impact their profits while still painting a rosy picture of ballooning defense spending driving corporate revenue and padding the bottomline for shareholders.

Raytheon CEO Gregory Hayes, who took home nearly $21 million in compensation last year, acknowledged that the end of a war was bad for the bottomline, telling investors:

Oct 28 06:39

Khalilzad urges US engage with Taliban to avert Afghan collapse

The former United States special envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad said the Biden administration should engage with the Taliban to help ease the humanitarian crisis unfolding in the country now.

Khalilzad, who negotiated the US withdrawal with the Taliban ending a 20-year military presence, on Wednesday defended the agreement and Taliban leadership while blaming former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani for the failure of peace talks and the fall of Kabul.

Oct 28 05:47

NBC’s McFadden: State Department Doesn’t Have ‘Real Number’ of People with Legal Status Stuck in Afghanistan, ‘Not Really Monitoring’

On Wednesday’s broadcast of NBC’s “Today,” NBC News Senior Investigative and Legal Correspondent Cynthia McFadden said the State Department is “not really monitoring” and doesn’t “have the real number” of people with legal status to live in the United States who are still stuck in Afghanistan, but they estimate there are thousands.

While discussing her report on the “thousands of people the State Department acknowledged have the legal status to live in the U.S.” who are still stuck in Afghanistan, McFadden stated, “Well, one of the interesting things is they’re not really monitoring. They don’t have the real number. But the secretary of state said thousands they estimate are stuck.”

Oct 28 05:25

Russia advises countries bordering Afghanistan to shut out NATO forces from region after Taliban takes control after US withdrawal

Moscow has called on Central Asian nations to reject any plans for NATO troops to be stationed in the region around Afghanistan, following the US-led bloc's hurried withdrawal from Kabul and the fall of the city to the Taliban.

On Wednesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that, "we once again request that Afghanistan's neighboring countries prevent the military presence of the US and NATO on their soil, as they plan to move in there in light of the troop withdrawal from Afghanistan."

Earlier that day, in an interview with Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Yuri Kokov, the deputy secretary of Russia's Security Council, said that the US is seeking to boost its military presence in the region, under the pretense of conducting anti-terrorism operations.

Oct 28 05:21

Lavrov Warns Terrorists Disguised As "Refugees" Are Trying To Infiltrate Neighboring Countries

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warns that terrorists posing as refugees are trying to infiltrate neighboring countries following the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.

Lavrov made the comments during a ministerial level meeting of Afghanistan’s neighbors (Russia, China, Iran, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan).

“The current task on the agenda is to ease the effects of and control migration flows from Afghanistan, because terrorist and criminal elements posing as refugees may infiltrate neighboring countries and have already been trying to do so,” said Lavrov.

The Russian FM also called on the countries to resist attempts by NATO and the United States to forge a presence on their territory.

Following the Taliban takeover of the country, a top diplomat warned that “not even tanks” can stop a potentially large wave of Afghan refugees heading to Europe.

Oct 26 10:54

Will The Disastrous Withdrawal From Afghanistan Also Happen In Iraq?

Over the last few months, the world has been watching the disastrous US withdrawal from Afghanistan and what followed in the aftermath - the violent takeover by the Taliban and a massive U-turn on human rights for all, especially women. Over the coming months, the US will be withdrawing its remaining troops from Iraq, currently standing at around 2,500. The withdrawal may also turn ugly and that the old threats may resurface. Indeed, the UN assesses that there are approximately 10,000 Daesh fighters in Syria and Iraq combined. The UN has warned that Daesh has been using the Covid-19 crisis to re-group and consolidate power in the region once again. Once the US withdraws completely, Daesh fighters may use the limbo to try to increase its power and influence in the territories as before.

Oct 26 07:01

In meeting with John Kerry, PM Imran Khan stresses release of Afghan economic resources

Prime Minister Imran Khan stressed the need for positive engagement with Afghanistan and the release of seized economic resources and financial assets for the welfare of Afghan people in a meeting with American diplomat John Kerry.

Countries are yet to recognise the Taliban-led regime, which has been isolated by the international community since they took over after ousting Ashraf Ghani in mid-August.

During the meeting, the premier urged the international community to work pragmatically to preserve peace and security, prevent an economic collapse and avert a humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.

PM Imran Khan also underscored the importance of a peaceful and stable Afghanistan for Pakistan and the region.

Oct 26 06:16

Report: EU to open new mission in Kabul

The EU foreign service is to open a mission in Kabul by the end of November, the FT reported Sunday, citing sources. The representation would not be an embassy, as the EU has not recognised the Taliban government. The EU office is also to be used by member states' diplomats. "There's only so much you can do from Doha," a source said. China, Russia, and Turkey never closed their embassies.

Oct 25 08:00

Islamic Emirate Reacts to Newly-Formed 'Resistance Council'

A number of officials of the former government along with mujahideen leaders recently announced the formation of a new political movement called the "High Council of National Resistance of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan,” which sparked reactions from the Islamic Emirate.

Abdulrab Rasul Sayyaf, a Jihadi leader, and Atta Mohammad Noor, leader of the splinter faction of Jamiat-e-Islami, announced on Facebook the formation of a new political movement, saying it consists of a number of political mainstream groups in the country.

The new movement in a statement insisted on reaching an agreement with the Islamic Emirate via dialogue, but it warned that if the Islamic Emirate does not talk with them, they will take up weapons.

Islamic Emirate spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, reacting to the new movement, said no one can threaten the people of Afghanistan in the name of resistance or anything else.

Oct 25 07:09

Afghanistan hurtling toward collapse, Sweden and Pakistan say

Afghanistan will shortly collapse into chaos unless the international community acts rapidly, Swedish and Pakistani ministers warned on Saturday.

Afghanistan plunged into crisis after the hardline Islamist Taliban movement drove out the Western-backed government in August triggering the abrupt end of billions of dollars in assistance to its aid-dependent economy.

"The country is on the brink of collapse and that collapse is coming faster than we thought," Swedish development minister Per Olsson Fridh told Reuters in Dubai.
He said economic freefall could provide an environment for terrorist groups to thrive, but that Sweden would not channel money through the Taliban, instead boosting its humanitarian contributions through Afghan civil society groups.

Many countries and multilateral institutions have halted development assistance but increased humanitarian aid since August, reluctant to legitimize the new Taliban rulers.

Oct 25 06:57

Afghan baby girl sold for $500 by starving family

Afghanistan is facing the biggest humanitarian crisis in the world, with the country seeing a sharp deterioration in the situation since the Taliban seized power in August.

International funds which propped up the country’s fragile economy have been stopped as the world debates how to deal with the Taliban regime.

The United Nations has issued a stark warning – that millions will die if urgent aid does not reach the country soon. In this video, the BBC’s Yogita Limaye travels to Herat, in the west of the country, and witnesses first-hand the dire situation on the ground.

Oct 25 06:09

Biden Abandoned Critical Mineral Reserves In Afghanistan While Thwarting Mining At Home

Republicans on the House Committee on Natural Resources held a forum Oct. 22 to discuss how President Biden’s exit from Afghanistan left massive, untapped reserves of rare-earth metals, lithium, and other vital minerals in Taliban hands, potentially opening them up to exploitation by China.

Speakers said the Biden administration has simultaneously worked to hinder key mining projects in the United States, such as Minnesota’s Twin Metals copper-nickel project and Arizona’s Resolution copper mine, which would allow the United States to produce many of those minerals at home, thereby avoiding dependence on the Taliban or the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

“It’s almost like it’s intentional, to stop U.S. production of these critical minerals and elements,” said Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.).

Oct 24 07:38

Revealed: Biden ABANDONED Far More Americans Than Thought

One of the questions that managed the public's attention over the Biden administration's botched departure from Afghanistan was how many Americans were left in the nation. The White House gave diverse answers back then.

The Biden White House told the public they didn't know.

Although, months later, according to the Washington Free Beacon, we have a more exact amount — almost 400 — far beyond the hazy estimates provided by officials.

Oct 22 11:11

State Dept Finally ADMITS They Lied About The Number Of Americans Trapped In Afghanistan — ‘It’s Significantly Higher’

Back in August, the State Department claimed that there were “roughly 100” Americans left in Afghanistan after the botched pull out. Today they have admitted that that was a lie.

On Thursday the State Department finally gave Congress a definitive number on how many Americans that are still trapped in Afghanistan living in fear of their lives because our Coward-in-Chief left them behind, and it’s a lot higher than the “100” previously stated:

Oct 22 07:18

UN sets up trust fund for Afghanistan amid cash shortages

The United Nations says it has set up a special trust fund to provide urgently-needed cash directly to Afghans through a system that taps into donor funds frozen since the Taliban takeover in August.

With the local economy “imploding”, the aim is to inject liquidity into Afghan households to permit them to survive this winter and remain in their homeland despite the turmoil, it said on Thursday.

Oct 21 05:52

Displaced Families Continue to Live in Harsh Conditions

Internally displaced families are living in harsh conditions as the winter approaches and the displacement camps face food shortages.

Families claimed that five children died in the past week from cold, hunger and lack of medicine in the camps.

Humaira, originally from Takhar province, left her home three months ago to seek security and safety for her family in Kabul.

“Some families are taking the cash, then some members of the family come back in the camps to receive more aid and money, but there are many families who have not received aid and are living in bad conditions,” Humaira told TOLONews.

Nafas Gul, who has a newborn child, said there is a lack of health facilities in the camps. “I gave birth in Lisi Maryam ( an area in the north of Kabul city), my infant was naked for several hours because I did not have clothes for my infant."

Oct 20 08:44

Afghan Refugees Out of Control, Military Sends in “Gender and Protection Advisors” to Quell Domestic Violence

Such is the wife-beating and other domestic violence among Afghans at Fort McCoy in Wisconsin that the military has deployed “gender and protection” advisors.

Military officials receive calls every day, the newspaper reported, about incorrigible Afghan men. Apparently, they have nothing better to do than beat and harass women and molest kids.

Weeks ago, federal prosecutors charged an Afghan man with strangling his wife and another with molesting two boys.

But those, apparently, are just two examples. More will be uncovered.

Oct 19 09:57

Imported Afghan Refugee Rapes Two Children in Fort McCoy Bathroom

An affidavit is alleging that a newly-imported Afghan refugee recently raped two children, aged 12 and 14, in a bathroom at Fort McCoy in Wisconsin.

According to the affidavit, another refugee reported seeing 20-year-old Bahrullah Noori viciously molesting two children in a bathroom on Sept. 11, as Americans become enriched by the Afghani cultural practice of Bacha Bazi making its way to our shores. The children reportedly corroborated the story and said Noori threatened to beat them if they told.

Noori is currently housed in the Dane County Jail awaiting trial proceedings. No date for his trial has been announced. He could spend life in prison if he is convicted on a charge of sexual acts with a minor including the use of force.

Oct 18 06:44

Starving Afghan Parents Forced To Sell Children To Survive  

A humanitarian crisis is quickly unfolding in Afghanistan as the country fell under Taliban rule about one month ago. The conditions are so disturbing that Afghan parents are selling their children to survive, according to WSJ.

Saleha, a 40-year-old mother of six in western Afghanistan, makes 70 cents per day cleaning homes and has incurred an insurmountable debt of around $550.

"If life continues to be this awful, I will kill my children and myself," Saleha told WSJ. "I don't even know what we will eat tonight."

She told the Journal her husband doesn't have any work, and the only way out of debt is to sell her 3-year-old daughter to her local lender.

"I will try to find money to save my daughter's life," her husband said.

Khalid Ahmad, the lender, told WSJ he would settle the debt for the young girl:

"I also don't have money. They haven't paid me back," he said. "So there is no option but taking the daughter."

Oct 18 06:18

Pentagon, State Department square off on Afghanistan accountability

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle say constant finger-pointing between the Pentagon and State Department is making it difficult to get a full accounting of the messy withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Recent hearings on Afghanistan have left members of Congress frustrated as top officials from the State Department and Department of Defense (DOD) lay blame on the other at congressional hearings on Afghanistan.

“When the State Department is here and we asked them a question they say, ‘Well, you have to ask the Defense Department that,” Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) said at a recent hearing. “And now today, again, Defense Department people are before us. And the question was asked and the answer ... was, 'Well, you'll have to ask the State Department that.”

Oct 17 08:02

Don’t Expect Foreign Policy Experts to be Held Accountable for Afghanistan

The horrific events of 9/11 inevitably brought the US back to Afghanistan, but this time with a full-fledged military force. To say this military venture was a boondoggle would be an understatement. The financial costs of the US’s twenty-year Afghan conflict have been staggering, with estimates from Brown University’s Cost of War Project pointing to $2.3 trillion spent in this war effort. Over twenty-four hundred American service members lost their lives along with seventy-one thousand Afghan civilians during the war.

Oct 16 06:59

Displaced Afghan Children Dying from Cold, No Healthcare

At least ten children have died of cold weather and lack of healthcare facilities in various camps where internally displaced families have settled in Kabul, medical officials at the camps said.

According to officials, about half of the displaced children are suffering from malnutrition and are struggling with various health conditions.

Abdul Wasi, a displaced person from Badakhshan province, said he lost his newborn baby Thursday night. “I borrowed some cash and took my infant to the hospital, but I had no money to buy medicine, then he died.”

“Three children died during a month at this camp due to coldness and the absence of health possibilities. These (people) seriously need winter assistance,” said Mateen, a doctor.

The Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation declared last week that the ministry has begun the process of returning displaced families from the capital city of Kabul to their home provinces.

Oct 16 06:37

Violence Undermines China’s Plans in Afghanistan, Risks Luring it Into Quagmire

China's top national security decisionmakers are stunned by a devastating suicide bombing attack in Afghanistan last week reportedly carried out by a Uighur Muslim, sources say, provoking Beijing to either disrupt its march toward greater investments in the Taliban government or to commit further to the quagmire that has stymied other superpowers for decades.

The Islamic State group's affiliate in Afghanistan, known as ISIS-K, quickly claimed responsibility for the deadly attack at a Shiite Muslim mosque in Kunduz on Friday. But in an even more brazen and rare move, it also provided a crucial detail about the attacker, specifying that the bomber was of the ethnicity that largely originates from China's restive Xinjiang Province. Beijing's attempts to stamp out violent extremists among its Uighur population has emerged as perhaps its most sensitive problem at home and nearby, as shown through the lengths it's willing to go to quash the threat it perceives.

Oct 16 06:26

Pentagon offers unspecified ‘condolence payments’ for 7 Afghan children & aid worker murdered in botched drone strike

The US military is offering “condolence payments” to a family in Afghanistan after a badly planned drone strike killed 10 civilians, including seven children, in the country’s capital in August, though did not provide any numbers.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby revealed the offer on Friday, stating that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin made a “commitment” to the Akhmadi family for compensation following the August 29 drone strike, “including offering ex gratia condolence payments” and State Department assistance in relocating family members to the United States.

The offer was raised during a virtual meeting between Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Colin Kahl and Dr. Steven Kwon, who employed one of the Akhmadis killed in the strike at his US-based aid organization, Nutrition & Education International, long active in Afghanistan.

Oct 15 10:31

Kabul orphanage struggles to feed its children as cash runs low

Ahmad Khalil Mayan, programme director at a large Kabul orphanage, says he is cutting back on the amount of fruit and meat he gives the children each week because the home is running out of money.

For the last two months, since the Afghan Taliban seized control of the country and millions of dollars in aid suddenly dried up, he has been desperately calling and emailing donors, both foreign and local, who supported him before.

"Unfortunately, most of them have left the country - Afghan donors, foreign donors, embassies. When I call them or email them, no one is answering me," Mayan, 40, told Reuters at the sprawling Shamsa Children's Village in the north of the capital.

Oct 15 05:48

EXCLUSIVE: 'This is not the America I know.' Lt. Colonel Stuart Scheller passionately defended his blistering tirade over Biden's handling of Afghanistan, lashed out at military brass insisted it needs fundamental change during first day of court martial

Marine officer Lieutenant Colonel Stuart Scheller arrived grim-faced for his special court martial this morning following his blistering social media attacks on military top brass over the Afghanistan withdrawal fiasco.

Scheller, 40, has pleaded guilty to six charges, including contempt toward officials and conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman, and was flanked by his defense team, including lawyer Timothy Parlatore as he walked to the courtroom at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

Oct 15 05:46

'He took accountability and he's being punished for speaking the truth': Lt. Colonel Stuart Scheller's attorney blasts top military brass and says he expects the Marine to get a letter of reprimand after he pleaded guilty in court-martial hearing

The attorney for Marine officer Lieutenant Colonel Stuart Scheller says he expects a letter of reprimand for 'speaking the truth' but hopes his client will get an honorable discharge following his court martial Thursday.

The colonel was punished over blistering social media attacks on military top brass over the Afghanistan withdrawal fiasco.

Scheller, 40, has pleaded guilty to six charges, including contempt toward officials and conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman, and was flanked by his defense team, including lawyer Timothy Parlatore as he walked to the courtroom at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

Tony Buzbee, Scheller's attorney, spoke to Fox News' Laura Ingraham Thursday night and said that his client's punished for speaking the truth about the withdrawal.

Oct 14 13:28

Biden Granting Taliban Workers Entry In To The US By Exempting Them From Terrorist Travel Ban

According to a draft memo acquired by Fox News, President Biden intends to grant access to the United States to select Afghan state officials who worked for the Taliban by removing them from terror-related entry ban lists.

After a botched pullout in August that allowed the Taliban to quickly take over the country, the Biden administration has continued to evacuate Afghan citizens.

According to Mail Online, a new administration memorandum, which was reviewed and revealed in a Wednesday report, shows that some Afghans who worked for the Taliban government from 1996 to 2001 will not be subject to the same travel restrictions as other terrorism-related inadmissibility grounds (TRIG).

Oct 14 06:38

Biden plans to allow some Afghan civil servants from Taliban's 1996-2001 regime to enter the US by exempting them from terrorism entry restrictions

Joe Biden plans to exempt certain Afghan civil servants who were employed by the Taliban from terror-related bans on entering the U.S., a draft document obtained by Fox News reveals.

A new memorandum from the administration, which was reviewed and revealed in a Wednesday report, shows that some Afghans employed by the Taliban government from 1996-2001 will not be subject to the same travel restrictions to the U.S. as other terrorism-related inadmissibility grounds (TRIG).

'Many individuals who worked in civil service positions before the declaration of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in 1996 continued to do so after the declaration,' the document states. 'Some did so under duress or other situations of hardship.'

Oct 14 06:13

Russia-Led Security Bloc to Hold Military Drills Near Afghan Border on Oct. 22-23 -RIA

A Russia-led security bloc that includes some countries adjacent or close to Afghanistan will hold military drills near the Afghan border in Tajikistan from Oct. 22-23, the RIA news agency reported on Wednesday.

The Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) includes Tajikistan, which has a lengthy border with Afghanistan, as well as Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Belarus.

Oct 13 08:39

US & NATO deliberately trying to ‘heat up’ crisis in Afghanistan after chaotic exit sparked sharp rise in refugees, Russia claims

After beating a ‘hasty’ retreat following two decades of military operations, Western nations have handed over their weapons to the Taliban and are now working to escalate tensions yet further, Russia’s Foreign Minister has said.

Speaking on Tuesday at a meeting of foreign ministers, including representatives from Iran, Iraq and China, Sergey Lavrov said that there were serious challenges to keeping peace in Central Asia. “Unfortunately, the geopolitical orientation of the region isn’t getting any easier,” he set out. “We are seeing deliberate attempts to heat up the situation and undermine existing multilateral co-operation.”

According to him, the US-led NATO bloc has refused to take ownership of its failures in the region, and is now set to worsen the refugee crisis by redeploying its troops across Asia. “The international community, especially Afghanistan’s neighbors, need to step up and deal with the problem,” he added.

Oct 13 06:00

Marine who criticized military over Afghan withdrawal to plead guilty at court martial, lawyer says

The Marine officer whose online video criticizing senior military leaders over the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan went viral is expected to plead guilty at his court-martial this week, his lawyer said.

Lieutenant Colonel Stuart Scheller is facing several charges ahead of the court-martial set for Thursday at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. They include disrespect toward superior commissioned officers, willfully disobeying a superior commissioned officer and conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman.

One of Scheller's attorneys, Timothy Parlatore, confirmed to CBS News that his client would be pleading guilty, but would not say which charges Scheller would plead guilty to, since details are still being finalized.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So telling the truth is now a criminal act in the United States!

Oct 12 09:07

Taliban say they won’t work with US to contain Islamic State

The Taliban on Saturday ruled out cooperation with the United States to contain extremist groups in Afghanistan, staking out an uncompromising position on a key issue ahead of the first direct talks between the former foes since America withdrew from the country in August.

Senior Taliban officials and U.S. representatives are meeting this weekend in Doha, the capital of Qatar. Officials from both sides have said issues include reining in extremist groups and the evacuation of foreign citizens and Afghans from the country. The Taliban have signaled flexibility on evacuations.

Oct 11 13:06

Biden Admin To FUND The Taliban-AGAIN

The U.S. will provide humanitarian aid to a desperately poor Afghanistan on the brink of an economic disaster, while refusing to extend its political recognition of the country's new Taliban rulers, the Taliban announced Sunday.

The statement came at the end of the first direct talks between the former foes since the withdrawal of U.S. troops at the end of August.

There was no immediate comment from the U.S. on the weekend meeting.

Oct 11 12:13

Blinken's State Department praises the Taliban for being 'candid and professional' in talks where the US decided they would give Afghanistan humanitarian aid

State Department representatives met with Taliban leaders on Sunday, and spokesman Ned Price praised the talks as 'candid and professional.'

Oct 11 06:03

A 'Kinder Gentler Taliban': Is Brutal Regime Now Giving ISIS A Free Pass?

The Taliban has ruled out cooperation with the United States to contain extremist groups in Afghanistan, staking out an uncompromising position on a key issue ahead of the first direct talks between the former foes since America’s withdrawal from the country in August.

Senior Taliban officials and U.S. representatives are due to meet Saturday and Sunday in Doha, the capital of Qatar. Officials from both sides have confirmed issues include reining in extremist groups and the evacuation of foreign citizens and Afghans from the country. The Taliban have even indicated some flexibility regarding evacuations.

However, Taliban political spokesman Suhail Shaheen told the Associated Press there would be no cooperation with Washington on containing the increasingly active Islamic State group in Afghanistan.

Oct 11 05:48

Trump Presses The Taliban To Give Back What They Stole

Announcing the biggest crowd at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines on Saturday night, former President Donald Trump said the Biden administration's proposed $10 billion in funding to the Taliban should be only made on the situation it takes back all of the military equipment President Joe Biden left in Afghanistan.

"We want our hostages back, and then we want our equipment back, and then we can start talking about that," Trump told his Save America rally, which opened live on Newsmax.

Oct 10 08:00

The U.S. Wants Back Into Afghanistan

Just six weeks after leaving Afghanistan the U.S. wants to get back in:

A U.S. delegation will meet with senior Taliban representatives in Doha on Saturday and Sunday in their first face-to-face meeting at a senior level since Washington pulled its troops from Afghanistan and the hardline group took over the country, two senior administration officials told Reuters.

The high-level U.S. delegation will include officials from the State Department, USAID and the U.S. intelligence community, will press the Taliban to ensure continued safe passage for U.S. citizens and others out of Afghanistan and to release kidnapped U.S. citizen Mark Frerichs, the officials said.

Oct 10 07:55

Washington Demands Acquiescence in Afghanistan

War and conflict rarely benefit the lives of ordinary people. Indeed, the very nature of war is destructive. In the case of Afghanistan, once the US war and occupation ended, any delusive stability or vitality in the nation’s economy collapsed too.

Oct 10 07:37

Independent Review of Afghanistan War Failures Gets Backing of Key Senator

The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Commission said this week he supports an independent commission to probe the failures of the 20-year war in Afghanistan, adding momentum to the proposal on Capitol Hill.

A thoughtful, nonpartisan and objective panel similar to the 9/11 Commission that examined the 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S. could be a benefit, Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., told Military.com.

Reed’s position as chairman and top Armed Services Democrat makes him a gatekeeper for what gets into the annual defense authorization bill, a mammoth, must-pass piece of legislation that would be a likely vehicle for an Afghanistan panel.

"I think it's important to understand, not just the last few months, but the whole experience going back to 2001 when we first started our operations there," Reed said. "I think we can learn a lot and also identify decisions that will help us in the future make better decisions."

Oct 09 07:38

Russia Pledges Military Defense Of Tajikistan In Case Of Incursion From Afghanistan

Since the start of the August rapid evacuation of US forces from Kabul, Russia has been flexing its military might in central Asia - in particular with military drills with its regional ally Tajikistan, geared toward protecting the porous border as Afghans fled the Taliban, which included national Afghan troops abandoning their posts in droves - which saw them also flee into other neighboring countries like Uzbekistan.

Reuters reports based on official statements that Moscow is now pledging to defend Tajikistan in the instance of a spillover in fighting or direct threats from terrorists launching strikes out of Afghanistan. Over the past weeks there have been reports that both Taliban and Tajik forces were engaged in troop build-ups on either side of the over 840-mile long border.

Oct 08 08:06

Son of Afghanistan’s Former Defense Minister Buys $20.9 Million Beverly Hills Mansion

He already owns a $5.2 million Miami Beach condo at the prestigious St. Regis Bal Harbour resort, but Daoud Wardak apparently also wants a West Coast outpost. To that end, he’s heading for Beverly Hills — records reveal the semi-mysterious businessman, who is a son of former Afghan Minister of Defense Abdul Rahim Wardak, has bought a $20.9 million mansion on a prime Trousdale Estates street.

Built all-new this year and designed by local architecture firm Woods + Dangaran, the nearly 9,000-square-foot house was described in an off-market listing as a fusion of “modern meets midcentury.” The 0.58-acre property last sold in 2016 for $9.5 million to the Woodbridge Group, a now-defunct Ponzi scheme; Woodbridge demolished the original house on the lot, and the new structure was sold to Wardak on behalf of Woodbridge’s bankruptcy proceedings by Viewpoint Collection, a premier developer of high-end Los Angeles homes.

Oct 07 05:34

Report: U.S. Military Weapons Being Sold in Afghan Gun Stores

A report from the New York Times indicates that gun dealers in Afghanistan are selling U.S. pistols, rifles, and other weapons in their stores.

According to the Times, the items being sold also include equipment like “binoculars and night-vision goggles.”

The weapons and equipment were “originally provided to the Afghan security forces under a U.S. training and assistance program that cost American taxpayers more than $83 billion through two decades of war.” The Taliban actively sought out the U.S. weapons and equipment, for war-fighting, only to sell it “to Afghan entrepreneurs because Taliban demand has eased with the end of combat.”

Oct 07 05:33

America's botched Afghanistan withdrawal: 'It’s even worse than people know'

The following is according to firsthand accounts.

U.S. Embassy left behind biometrics on Afghans who helped U.S.
Taliban used the information to contact the Afghans with spoof emails, telling them report to fake "safe houses," where they were executed

“It’s even worse than people know,” says a source who was present for the botched U.S withdrawal from Afghanistan in August.

As the capital of Kabul descended into chaos, the CIA managed to destroy all sensitive materials at its compound at the Ariana hotel prior to departing.

Operatives reportedly deployed the “vulcan fire,” option, a multi-stage thermocorrosive chemical destroyer, to obliterate anything that the U.S. did not want to fall into the enemy’s hands.

However, important and sensitive material was left behind a short distance away at the U.S. embassy.

Oct 07 05:32

US Trying to Set Up Presence Near Afghanistan Under Pretext of Fighting Terror, Russia Says

Washington began reaching out to Afghanistan's neighbours, including Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, in May after President Joe Biden announced that the US would be withdrawing from the country after nearly 20 years of war and occupation. So far, all US overtures in this direction appear to have been rejected.

The United States has not given up on its geopolitical aspirations in West Asia, and is seeking to shore up its position in countries neighbouring Afghanistan under the pretext of fighting terrorism, Yuri Kokov, deputy chief of the Russian Security Council, has said.
"Indeed, there are threats of a geopolitical nature [to Russia], stemming from the fact that the Americans have not actually abandoned their ambitions in this region," Kokov said, speaking to the Rossiyskaya Gazeta newspaper in an in interview published on Wednesday.

Oct 07 05:25

CIA airlifted thousands of Afghan commandos accused of war crimes and serious abuses out of country during withdrawal – reports

Before the Taliban takeover in August, the CIA reportedly evacuated thousands of Afghan commandos belonging to its shadowy Zero units. These outfits conducted deadly night raids and have been accused of committing “war crimes.”

The agency flew out more than 20,000 “Afghan partners” and their families, according to two unnamed former officers cited in a recent Washington Post editorial. The US is thought to have gotten between 60,000 and 120,000 Afghans out of the country.

The airlift of as many as 7,000 Zero unit members and their relatives was an agency priority, The Intercept reported. An unidentified former senior US intelligence official told the investigative news outlet that most of the commandos were flown to Qatar, where CIA officers helped get them sent to the US.

Oct 06 11:00

WATCH: Marine Who Criticized Military Leadership Over Afghan Withdraw Disaster Has Been Released From Jail — Still Faces Serious Charges

Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller, the 17-year Marine who spoke out against military leadership over the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, was finally released from the brig last night after an agreement was reached between his lawyer and the military.

I’m guessing the agreement that Scheller made to get out of the brig is that he will now abide by the gag order.

While Scheller is out, Fox’s Jennifer Griffin says he is still under a gag order and could be charged with several UCMJ violations, including ‘contempt toward officials’ and ‘willfully disobeying a superior commissioned officer’. If found guilty, these charges could lead to a dishonorable discharge for Scheller.

Oct 06 10:50

Taliban Raids ISIS Hideout After Kabul Mosque Bombing As US Mulls 'Cooperation'

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said Monday that the Taliban raided a hideout for the Afghan ISIS affiliate, known as ISIS-K. He hailed a "decisive and successful attack," he said.

Mujahid said the Taliban killed every ISIS fighter they found at the hideout in the northern Kabul neighborhood of Khair Khana, although he did not give a specific number. A source told Afghanistan’s TOLO News that 10 members of a family affiliated with ISIS-K were killed in the operation.

The raid came after a Sunday bombing at a mosque in Kabul that killed five civilians. According to The Associated Press, nobody intially took responsibility for the Mosque attack, but ISIS-K was quickly suspected since it has been active.

But later as The Hill reported:

ISIS-K, ISIS's affiliate in Afghanistan, claimed responsibility for Sunday's bombing, during which no Taliban fighters were killed, the group told The Washington Post.

Oct 06 08:58

Marine Officer Scheller Freed from Brig as Legal Struggles Continue over Viral Videos

Lt. Col. Stu Scheller -- the Marine officer who rose to fame for a viral video demanding accountability from military leaders for failures in Afghanistan -- has been released from the brig as his legal case moves forward.

In an email statement to Military.com, Marine Corps spokesman Maj. Jim Stenger confirmed the officer was being released Tuesday "as a result of a mutual agreement between Lt. Col. Scheller, his defense counsel, and the commanding general, Training Command."

However, a source with knowledge of the situation said that Scheller remains bound by a gag order that bars him from social media. On Aug. 26, he posted a video that went viral of himself in uniform demanding accountability from senior military leaders following a suicide bombing that killed 13 U.S. troops in Afghanistan that same day.

Oct 06 08:54

‘Everyone here hated the Americans’: Rural Afghans live with the Taliban and a painful U.S. legacy

The white flags flutter in the apple orchards of this serene hamlet ringed by oatmeal-colored mountains. They mark the precise spots where U.S. airstrikes killed Afghans. In the village center lies the destroyed shell of a building that once housed shops; down the road is a mangled, rusted car.

There are white flags there, too.

Together, they’re reminders of the legacy the United States has left in many rural areas across Afghanistan.

“Everyone here hated the Americans,” said Zabiullah Haideri, 30. His shop was shattered by an airstrike in 2019 that killed 12 villagers. “They murdered civilians and committed atrocities.”

In Kabul and other Afghan cities, the United States will be remembered for enabling two decades of progress in women’s rights, an independent media and other freedoms. But in the nation’s hinterlands, the main battlegrounds of America’s longest war, Afghans view the United States primarily through the prism of conflict, brutality and death.

Oct 06 08:32

US Trying to Set Up Presence Near Afghanistan Under Pretext of Fighting Terror, Russia Says

Washington began reaching out to countries neighbouring Afghanistan, including Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, in May after President Biden announced that the US would be withdrawing from the country after nearly 20 years of war. So far, all US overtures in this direction appear to have been rejected.

The United States has not given up on its geopolitical aspirations in West Asia, and is seeking to shore up their positions in countries neighbouring Afghanistan under the pretext of fighting terrorism, Yuri Kokov, deputy chief of the Russian Security Council has said.

"Indeed, there are threats of a geopolitical nature [to Russia], stemming from the fact that the Americans have not actually abandoned their ambitions in this region," Kokov said, speaking to Rossiyskaya Gazeta newspaper in an in interview published Wednesday.

Oct 06 07:49

Exclusive– State Dept: ‘Not Aware’ of Americans Rep. Mullin Says Died in Afghanistan Due to Biden Withdrawal

The U.S. State Department told Breitbart News Tuesday it is unaware of the Americans Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) said died while trying to flee Afghanistan, including a three-year-old girl, a two-year-old boy, and the boy’s mother.

During an appearance on Breitbart News Saturday over the weekend, Mullin attributed the deaths to President Joe Biden’s U.S. withdrawal, described as “fatally flawed” even by members of his party.

Mullin, who has helped his team on the ground in Afghanistan evacuate U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPRs), stressed that the State Department is aware of the identities of the deceased but refuses to report them to the public.

Nevertheless, a State Department spokesperson told Breitbart News via email, “While we are not aware of a case fitting [Rep. Mullin’s] description described in the article, our hearts are with all families who have suffered or lost a loved one due to events in Afghanistan.”

Oct 05 07:15

Conflicts of Interest: The Architects of the Afghan War Failed Upwards

On COI #166, Scott Spaulding – host of Why I’m Antiwar – returns to the show for the third installment of the ‘Villains of the Afghan War’ series. Scott breaks down the role of David Kilcullen, the godfather of counterinsurgency under the Bush administration. Kilcullen found himself in a high-ranking position that he exploited to push his own COIN policy. While his approach failed and the Afghan War ended in disaster, Kilcullen is still named as an expert and continues to profit off the military-industrial complex.

Scott discusses USAID official James Derleth’s part in the Afghan nation-building effort. Derleth forced American soldiers to ask Afghan citizens questions and fill out forms. The information was useless – but worse, it put US soldiers in danger. He is now a professor who recently spoke at the prestigious West Point military academy.

Oct 05 05:53

Watch: ISIS-K Attack Shakes Up Kabul

The Taliban have caught a trio of terrorists behind Sunday’s fatal mosque blast in Kabul — and wiped out an ISIS-K cell in a “decisive” raid, their leadership declared early Monday.

The militant Islamic organization governing Afghanistan caught three terrorists who were behind the bomb on a road outside the Eid Gah mosque in the capital, spokesman Bilal Karimi announced. The blast killed two and wounded three others, Karimi explained, although according to other reports, all five had died.

Oct 05 05:43

The Pashtun Will Outlast All Empires, But Can They Hold Afghanistan's Center?

It was bound to happen: the remixed Saigon moment at Kabul airport and the stunning comeback of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, led by Pashtuns, has unleashed across the West a cheap Orientalization avalanche.

The whole of Afghanistan is now “threatened” by the return of the “barbarians.”

Once again, Afghan women need to be protected, all Afghans need to be rescued, “terrorists will rebuild” and Afghanistan may even need to be re-invaded for the sake of “civilization.” All because of those wild tribal Pashtun barbarians.

Imperialist pathologies never die. “Barbarian” yields from the Greek original barbaros – as in someone who could not speak Greek, or spoke it incorrectly.

When faced with the sophisticated Persians, the concept evolved. And then the Romans gave it the final contours, encompassing people who could not speak Greek or Latin; deployed militarily skills; were fierce or cruel to their enemies; and came from a non Graeco-Roman culture.

Oct 05 05:41

The Amen Corner Strikes Again

Once upon a time the Israel Lobby destroyed critics of the Jewish state and its behavior by stealth. If a Congressman or Senator were speaking honestly about the lopsided relationship with Israel which required suppressing, it was done by making sure that individual was not reelected. This was normally accomplished by vetting an attractive opposition primary candidate who would do Israel’s bidding, funding him or her generously and providing unfavorable press coverage of the incumbent.

Oct 05 05:35

'You Have Left -- Past Tense -- Americans Behind': Hawley Slams SecDef, Milley Over Afghanistan

Oct 05 05:34

'Makes Us Mad As Hell': Vet And Lawmaker Expresses Displeasure With Biden's Comments On Afghanistan

Oct 04 10:24

GUESS WHAT HAPPENED TO THIS HOTEL AFTER IT ALLOWED 150 AFGHAN REFUGEES TO STAY

Oct 04 07:52

Woke Military Leaders FORCED Marines To Erase Their 'Presents' For Taliban

A US Marine is going against the fact that they were required to paint over graffiti on the walls and pick up trash at the Kabul airport before leaving and handing it over to the Taliban.

The messages in many cases were put there by their fellow Marines themselves, or in some cases, Marines were ordered to clean up their own messages.

The messages usually said something like "F*ck the Taliban" or "F*ck ISIS." One bit of graffiti was reportedly a picture of a penis and testicles in purple spray paint, according to the Daily Mail.

The anonymous Marine repeated his sense of injustice, saying "My boys had to go … pick up every last piece of trash, for who? The Taliban? It was a slap in the face to us."

Oct 04 07:16

"It's A Really Dangerous Situation" - Afghanistan Faces Imminent Blackouts As Power Bills Skyrocket

While the Taliban are clearly preoccupied with the security situation inside the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as emphasized by Sunday's bombing at a major mosque in Kabul (ironically, the former insurgents are facing an insurgency of their own led by ISIS-Khorasan, the Islamic State's Central Asian faction), there's an even more pressing issue currently confronting Afghanistan's new leadership.

It's looking increasingly likely that the Central Asian suppliers who contribute roughly half of the country's electricity are getting ready to pull the plug, according to the guy who used to run Afghanistan's state power authority, Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat, which he quit roughly two weeks after the Taliban takeover and likely fled. He at least felt safe enough to tell WSJ that the consequences of the Taliban not making good with Afghanistan's Central Asian power suppliers could be "really dangerous."

Oct 04 07:13

How the MSM Covered for the Generals on Their Afghan War Testimony

Although candid at times during the congressional hearings on the Afghan war held on September 28 and 29, the three four-state generals (Lloyd Austin now Secretary of Defense; Mark Milley as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and Frank McKenzie, Jr. as Commander of Central Command) – with the complicit of the mainstream media – continued to obfuscate and deflect the Pentagon’s institutional incompetence and the Washington establishment’s responsibility for its embarrassing Vietnam war-redux in its just ended 20-year debacle in Afghanistan. (Kudos to Senator Manchin for making this apropos comparison during the Senate hearing.)

Oct 04 07:10

Satellite Imagery Contradicts Reports Of Foreign Aircraft At Bagram Air Base In Afghanistan

Over the last 48 hours, there have been growing rumors and even media reports that Bagram Air Base, once the stronghold of America's warfighting capability in Afghanistan, has come alive with mysterious aircraft arriving there overnight.

In fact, rumors and claims on social media, which have ranged from the base's lighting being activated to aircraft being heard landing there, have made it to widely read media outlets. For instance, the United Kingdom's Daily Mail newspaper, although not known for its accuracy on these matters, ran this story titled:

'Military' planes are spotted landing at Bagram airbase in Afghanistan after it was claimed China is 'considering' sending soldiers to ex US airbase to strengthen ties with Taliban

Oct 04 06:29

US-abandoned Bagram base reportedly operational for first time in two months, as rumors swirl of Chinese military presence

Bagram Airfield, once the linchpin of the US-led NATO mission in Afghanistan, is said to be powered and serving planes again. A foreign force is rumored to be involved, with fingers pointed at China, which denied eyeing the base.

A photo shared on social media purportedly shows the base on Sunday night with its floodlights on. There are claims that several planes have landed at and taken off from the airfield in recent hours. If confirmed, it would be the first time Bagram had served aircraft in almost 50 days, marking a significant development.

Oct 04 06:23

Gabbard: Our Leaders ‘Lost Sight’ of the Mission in Afghanistan

Former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), a United States Army Reserve officer, on Sunday weighed in on the U.S. withdrawal out of Afghanistan.

According to Gabbard, the mission in Afghanistan in response to the 9/11 attacks was effective in defeating al-Qaeda. She added that what went wrong was the nation’s leaders “lost sight” of the mission there.

“Our mission to go into Afghanistan, initially, to go after al-Qaeda, the jihadist terrorists who attacked us on 9/11, declared war against us was justified,” Gabbard outlined on Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Night in America.”

Oct 04 06:00

Afghans Compare Taliban To NAZI Occupation

The Taliban’s claims of a new and improved ruling class is only a myth as terrorized residents discover themselves living out scenes similar to Nazi Germany.

Afghans have resorted to selling household items for survival, starving for food, and watching roving bands of Taliban members mete out any justice they see fit without a court of law. The residents now skeptically eye neighbors and even intimate friends as potential spies who could instantly spell death at the hands of Taliban guards, the Washington Examiner has learned.

Oct 04 05:41

$2 Mln Raised for US Marine Officer Put in Brig for Blasting Bungled Afghan Pullout

The Biden administration has repeatedly been scolded by both Democrats and Republicans over the hasty withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, where the Taliban* seized power in mid-August following a rapid advance on government forces.

Thousands of military veterans from the US and beyond have so far donated more than $2 million to a fundraiser to support a US Marine put in the brig over his criticism of the American troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.

More than 27,000 donors have already pumped money into the fundraiser organised by the Pipe Hitter Foundation, with the majority writing checks for small amounts for Marine Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller.

Oct 03 07:47

Marine Officer in Brig Seeks Honorable Discharge Deal After Blasting Leaders Over Afghanistan

The now-jailed Lt. Col. Stu Scheller -- the Marine officer who rose to fame for a viral video demanding accountability from military leaders for the failures in Afghanistan -- is hoping to strike a legal deal to avoid trial and leave the service with an honorable discharge.

“Stu's request is real simple: He's willing to go in there and say ‘guilty’ to whatever they want … all he wants is to be able to leave honorably,” a person familiar with the matter told Military.com.

Marine Corps officials have said there are no specific charges "preferred" or initiated against Scheller, but a spokesman for the service, Sam Stephenson, confirmed he is currently in pre-trial confinement while awaiting an Article 32 preliminary hearing.

Oct 03 07:46

Military Braces for Long and Politically Divisive Mission to House Afghan Refugees

The military has settled in for what could be a long, expensive and politically volatile mission housing refugees who fled the end of the 20-year war in Afghanistan and are now searching for new homes in the U.S.

Congress on Thursday approved $2.2 billion just for the Pentagon's resettlement efforts, which include more than 10,000 defense personnel. Meanwhile, the general in charge of eight resettlement communities on U.S. bases estimated the sites could be needed for another six months as Afghans navigate the immigration process and the search for permanent homes.

A measles outbreak, several alleged assaults by refugees in the base villages, and Republican claims of a human rights crisis and vetting issues have complicated the historic effort to take in the nearly 67,000 Afghan allies now in the resettlement process.

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