Aug 23 08:35

Kamala Harris Vows US Will 'Open' South China Sea After It Deals With 'Priority' Afghanistan Pullout

Harris and the US administration has faced harsh criticism over her Asian tour, organised amid the problem-stricken withdrawal from Afghanistan and chaos at the Kabul Airport, as well as the failure to evacuate all of the Afghans who helped NATO forces.

Vice President Kamala Harris has stressed that the US will continue to strive to keep the Indo-Pacific region "free and open" during a visit to Singapore, adding, however, that Washington is currently preoccupied with issues in Afghanistan, which she called a "higher priority".

"Right now we are singularly focused on evacuating American citizens, Afghans who have worked with us, and Afghans who are vulnerable, including women and children and that is our singular focus at this time", she said.

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Pathetic attempt to change the issue. Like when the US invaded Grenada to distract from the Beirut bombing.

Aug 23 08:33

BLOOD ON THE STREETS Taliban death squads ‘dragging people from homes & executing them’ in fresh hunt for interpreters who helped US & UK

TALIBAN death squads are reportedly pulling people from their homes and executing them as they step up the hunt for anyone who helped the US and UK.

Translators and other support staff are living in fear with many attempting to desperately flee Afghanistan after the extremist militia seized power in Kabul.

Aug 23 08:21

Taiwan Says China Is Trying To "Emulate" What The Taliban Did In Afghanistan

In the latest chapter in what can only be described as a metastasizing sh*tshow between China and Taiwan, Taiwan has now claimed that China wants to "emulate" the Taliban and take over Taiwan the same way Islamic radicals took over Afghanistan.

Taiwan said the island is "ready to defend itself" against Beijing in the event China tries to seize power, according to RT.

Taiwan has been watching, along with the world, as the collapse of the Afghanistan has taken place in short order over the last few weeks. Chinese state media has called the events in Afghanistan "a lesson" for Taiwan that Americans can't be trusted and that they will "abandon" Taipei like they did with Kabul.

Aug 23 08:21

Biden Security Advisor Warns Of "Acute" Terror Risk At Kabul Airport As Blinken Says Americans On Their Own Getting There

Update: Just when it seemed that things may be stabilizing at the Kabul Airport, Biden's National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said on CNN's State of the Union that the U.S. is placing "paramount priority" on defending crowds at Kabul airport seeking to leave Afghanistan against a potential Islamic State terrorist attack.

“The threat is real, it is acute, it is persistent and it is something that we are focused on with every tool in our arsenal,” Sullivan said on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday. “We are working hard with our intelligence community to try to isolate and determine where an attack might come from.” In Kabul, U.S. commanders “have a wide variety of capabilities that they are using to defend the airfield against a potential terrorist attack,” he said. “We are taking it absolutely, deadly seriously.”

Aug 23 08:20

WikiLeaks Reviews Some Of Its 'Greatest Hits' Leaks On Afghanistan

Amid the total unraveling of Afghanistan in the wake of the Biden-ordered US troop withdraw and ongoing severely botched evacuation effort centered at Kabul's international airport, WikiLeaks has been republishing a few of its more interesting leaks related to the past Afghan war logs, a vast drove of classified US documents which first hit public view over a decade ago.

Also this past week a 2011 clip of Julian Assange breaking down what's behind America's longest ever war has resurfaced and is going viral: "The goal is to use Afghanistan to wash money out of the tax bases of the US and Europe through Afghanistan and back into the hands of a transnational security elite. The goal is an endless war, not a successful war," Assange said in the old interview footage.

Aug 23 08:17

CIA Director Says It’s A ‘Good Idea’ To Round Up Trump Supporters And Ship Them To Afghanistan

Michael Hayden, the former head of the CIA, has approved the idea of rounding up “dangerous” Trump supporters and deporting them to Taliban-run Afghanistan.

Over the weekend, the mentally ill Deep State stooge took to Twitter to react to an anti-Trump activist who asked, “Can we send the MAGA-wearing unvaccinated to Afghanistan, no use sending that plane back empty?”

“Good idea,” said General Hayden, who swore to protect and serve the United States.

Independent journalist Glenn Greenwald found the tweet and said this about it:

“George Bush and Dick Cheney’s former CIA/NSA Director — and current CNN favorite — endorsing the idea that people who wear MAGA hats and aren’t vaccinated should be forcibly shipped to Afghanistan. The US intelligence community has always been led by sociopaths.”

Aug 23 07:51

Three major networks devoted a full five minutes to Afghanistan in 2020

If the U.S. government was caught up short by the dramatic denouement of its 20-year war in Afghanistan, viewers of the three major networks must have been taken entirely by surprise.

Out of a combined 14,000-plus minutes of the national evening news broadcast on CBS, ABC, and NBC last year, a grand total of five minutes were devoted to Afghanistan, according to Andrew Tyndall, editor of the authoritative Tyndall Report, which has monitored and coded the networks’ nightly news each weekday since 1988.

Those five minutes, which covered the February 2020 Doha agreement between the United States and the Taliban, marked a 19-year low for Afghanistan coverage on the three networks’ newscasts. They compared to a high of 940 minutes the networks devoted to Afghanistan in 2001, all of it following 9/11 and the subsequent U.S. intervention, as shown below.

Aug 23 07:49

ISIS Sends Its Warm Bloody Regards To Biden

In the wake of a note of "potential security threats" outside the gates of Kabul's airport on Saturday, U.S. defense officials are suggesting that the Islamic State affiliate ISIS may be attempting to get American citizens near the evacuation center in Afghanistan.

"We are advising U.S. citizens to avoid traveling to the airport and to avoid airport gates at this time unless you receive individual instructions from a U.S. government representative to do so," the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan wrote Saturday.

Aug 23 07:49

Ground Report: Kabul Airport Gates Are Closed, Taliban Confiscating U.S. Passports 

The Kabul airport gates are reportedly closed Saturday, as additional details indicate the Taliban is confiscating U.S. passports.

“All of the entrance gates to the airport were closed on Saturday morning because of the dangerous situation,” the New York Times reported, adding that the U.S. embassy in Kabul is advising evacuees not to travel to the airport in light of “security threats.”

“Because of potential security threats outside the gates at the Kabul airport,” the embassy alerted on its website, “we are advising U.S. citizens to avoid traveling to the airport and to avoid airport gates at this time unless you receive individual instructions from a U.S. government representative to do so.”

The active security threats come as the New York Post reported the Taliban is “now attempting to take their U.S. passports and identification orders in an attempt to stop them from leaving the country.”

Aug 23 07:23

PERSPECTIVE ON BIDEN AFGHAN DISASTER: Joe Biden Left 300 Times More Guns to Taliban than Fast and Furious Program – More than 151 Times more Potential Hostages than Iran Hostage Crisis

Joe Biden surrendered to the Taliban and now 10,000-20,000 Americans are trapped in the country behind enemy lines and unable to escape the country through the Kabul Airport

Biden also left the Taliban terrorists 600,000 weapons, 75,000 vehicles and 200 aircraft.
This is already shaping up to be the greatest humiliation in US history — just what the Democrats wanted.

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Aug 23 07:16

American Endgame Part I: What Does "America" Mean in 2021?

People are mad that the Taliban recreated the iconic Iwo Jima flag-raising photo while decked out in American gear.

Aug 23 06:03

Clarissa Ward leaves Afghanistan… Violent scenes at Kabul Airport…

"Judging by what I'm seeing here at the airport, I don't think the US right now is able to deliver on any promise really, because despite whatever the best intentions might be, the reality is it's chaos," @clarissaward tells @andersoncooper.

Aug 23 06:02

More Americans Killed in One Chicago Weekend Than in 2 Years in Afghanistan

Biden, AOC, and the Democrats insist that the crime wave swamping the country is a "right-wing bogeyman" like critical race theory and the border illegal alien surge.

They might want to tell it to the 88 people shot over the weekend in Chicago.

Fourteen people have been killed and 74 others wounded this long Fourth of July weekend in shootings in Chicago since Friday, including five children shot since Sunday afternoon.

Two people were killed and four were wounded, including a 12-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy... around the same time that a 6-year-old girl and a woman were shot in West Pullman and about four hours after an 11-year-old boy and a man were shot in Brainerd on the South Side.

Late Sunday afternoon, a 5-year-old girl was shot in a leg.

That's 5 children shot in one weekend in Chiraq.

Aug 23 06:01

CIA Stories: Death Squads in Afghanistan

Aug 23 05:33

Deadly shooting at Kabul airport’s north gate, German military says

Afghan security forces stationed at the Kabul international airport on Monday engaged in a firefight with "unknown attackers" that resulted in the death of one Afghan officer, the German military said on Twitter.

The reported shooting underscored the dangers international troops and fleeing Afghans continue to face in the city now controlled by the Taliban. The German military said in a tweet that one Afghan security officer was killed and another three were wounded in the early morning incident. The Associated Press, citing the Germans, said that U.S. and German forces also got involved, and that there were no injuries to German soldiers.

Aug 23 05:31

Retired colonel warns Jihadists around the world are celebrating

Chairman of the Cobra Intelligence Group Richard Kemp warns that terrorists are going to flock to Afghanistan to train.

Aug 23 05:30

Congressman Seeking to Relaunch Afghan War Made Millions in Defense Contracting

Few lawmakers are as outspoken about the end of the war in Afghanistan as Michael Waltz, a Republican from Florida’s 6th Congressional District.

In recent weeks, Waltz has called on President Joe Biden to “reverse course,” relaunch military operations in the region, and “crush the Taliban offensive by committing American air power” supported by “special forces.” The Florida congressman has warned darkly of an “Al-Qaeda 3.0” and stated that no negotiations should take place with the Taliban “until the situation is stabilized militarily.”

Aug 23 05:25

‘Stone Adulterers’: Islamist Hate Preacher Anjem Choudary Calls on Taliban to Enforce Strict Sharia

Radical Islamist hate preacher Anjem Choudary has called for the Taliban to go full throttle in imposing Sharia law in Afghanistan by imposing an “infidel tax” on foreigners and stoning adulterers, among other extreme forms of ‘justice’.

The UK’s most infamous hate cleric had his ban on public speaking lifted earlier this year, which was imposed on Choudary upon his release from prison. The notorious preachers hadserved less than half of his five-and-a-half-year sentence for supporting the so-called Islamic State.

While Choudary has been banned for hate speech by Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp he has reportedly been using the encrypted Russian messaging app Telegram to spread his Islamist propaganda.

Aug 23 05:20

Moscow Says NATO Destroyed All Cooperation Formats With Russia, Including on Afghanistan

NATO has destroyed all possible formats of cooperation with Russia, including on Afghanistan, and will most likely only increase its anti-Russian rhetoric after the Afghan disaster, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko said Sunday.

"Yes, the alliance has destroyed all formats of cooperation, including on Afghanistan. The price for this geopolitical game, which has nothing to do with security interests, ultimately had to be paid by the Afghans," Grushko said in an interview with the Kommersant newspaper.

The end of NATO's decade-long mission in Afghanistan may lead to further warmongering and revival of the "Russian threat" rhetoric since "searching for the evidence of its own relevance" has always been part of the bloc's history, the diplomat noted. As examples of such behavior, Grushko named operations in former Yugoslavia, as well as in Afghanistan and Libya.

Aug 23 05:19

Live Updates: Taliban Extends Amnesty to Runaway President Ghani, Says He Can Return to Afghanistan

Moscow is not in a hurry to recognise the new leadership in Afghanistan and does not plan to remove the Taliban* from its terror list, according to Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Oleg Syromolotov.

Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Oleg Syromolotov has told Sputnik that sending troops to Afghanistan, recently seized by the Taliban, is not in Moscow's interests, adding that the terrorist organisation does not need anybody's military support.

Earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that negotiations between the Taliban and former Afghan President Hamid Karzai had begun. Lavrov also noted the security situation in Russia depended on the developments in Central Asia.

Aug 23 05:18

Biden administration appears to have stockpiled military equipment for Taliban months before collapse

For months, the Biden administration was stockpiling military equipment for the Taliban before the collapse of the Afghan government. The report comes from Reuters who shares that well over a month before the Taliban’s march across the country, the Biden administration was sending military equipment to Afghanistan amid a “planned withdrawal.”

The plans of the Biden administration were not very well thought out or executed. But perhaps this was the plan all along.

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The only thing that makes sense is that Biden thinks he can goad the Taliban into attacking Iran.

Aug 23 05:08

UK Sharia Council scholar says the Taliban have 'grown up' and 'every Muslim I know' is celebrating their return

A UK Islamic Sharia Council scholar has claimed that the Taliban have 'grown up' and British Muslims are 'celebrating' the return of the jihadi group to power.

Since taking over Afghanistan, the jihadi group has claimed it will not carry out violence against women, and will not 'seek vengeance' on those who stood against them during the brutal 20-year war in the region.

Sharia Council scholar Khola Hasan today told BBC Radio 4 that the Islamist group's recent posturing on women's rights was a 'good start', and 'every single person that I know, as a Muslim' was 'celebrating' their return.

Aug 23 05:07

EU politicians go Trumpian on Afghan refugees – will walls & fences become a new symbol of ‘United in Diversity’?

With the EU bracing itself for an influx of Afghans, politicians seem determined not to repeat mistakes of the last ‘refugee crisis.’ Many would-be migrants may find Europe a very different place than it was five years ago.

In 2015 alone, over 1.3 million migrants came from the Middle East into Europe. Some made their way across the Mediterranean Sea but many came through Turkey and crossed Europe’s borders with ease, which only encouraged even more people to come. With a potential wave of refugees that may flee to Europe from Afghanistan after the Taliban retook control over the country, Europe’s politicians seem to be somewhat less enthusiastic about throwing open their doors to the travelling masses.

Aug 22 10:43

REVEALED: CIA Gave Pedophile Afghan Warlords Viagra So They Could ‘Rape More Boys More Often’

The Taliban’s rise to power was fueled in part by their opposition to the systematic rape of young boys by Afghan tribal chiefs.

The reality is that America lost its war in Afghanistan more than a decade ago, roughly around the time when CIA officers began bribing aging warlords with Viagra. The Americans knew all about the young boys the tribal leaders kept in their camps; because the sex drug helped Afghan elders rape more boys more often, they were beholden to America’s clandestine service.

Aug 22 10:15

WATCH: BIDEN vs REALITY Clips Contrast Joe Talking About ‘Friendly Taliban’ vs HORRIFIC Video From Kabul Airport

On Saturday, the Pentagon briefing on the situation in Afghanistan was a complete farce. The general and his spokesman, Kirby, had no idea what was going there, not even what the American Embassy there was telling them about the airport. The White House is an even bigger farce, with Ron Klain attempting to dunk on reporters on the premises and Biden’s speech looming over everything like the ghost of death.

Aug 22 06:21

Thousands of protesters rally outside Downing Street and take over Oxford Circus and Hyde Park in demonstration against UK government's shambolic handling of Afghanistan crisis and Taliban rule

Thousands of protestors have descended on central London today to demonstrate against Britain's response to the Afghanistan crisis.

Marchers rallied outside Downing Street and took over Oxford Circus and Hyde Park as they criticised the government's handling of the Taliban seizing the Middle East nation.

Men and women let off green and red flares in the street, waved the country's flag and held up huge banners during the protest.

Aug 22 06:17

Assange Described A Decade Ago How 'Endless' Afghan War Was Engineered By "Transnational Security Elite"

As the hawks who have been lying about the US invasion and occupation of Afghanistan for two decades continue to peddle fantasies in the midst of a Taliban takeover and American evacuation of Kabul, progressive critics on Tuesday reminded the world who has benefited from the "endless war." "Entrenching U.S. forces in Afghanistan was the military-industrial complex’s business plan for 20+ years," declared the Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group Public Citizen.

Aug 22 06:10

Pentagon Confirms Americans Have Been Beaten In Afghanistan

Americans have been beaten in Afghanistan, a U.S. military official said Saturday. A day after he said the military was aware of reports that Americans were beaten by Taliban terrorists, Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said that “we know of a small number of cases where some Americans … have been harassed, and in some cases, beaten.”

“We don’t believe it’s a very large number, and most Americans who have their credentials with them are being allowed through the Taliban checkpoints,” he added.

The stunning admission came as the U.S. Embassy warned Americans against traveling to the U.S.-held airport in Kabul, where thousands of people are trying to enter to escape the country before American troops leave.

Aug 22 06:07

US Proxies In Syria Celebrate Taliban Victory In Afghanistan 

The Syrian anti-government Islamist faction and al-Qaeda spinoff which has for years occupied Idlib province, Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), has issued a formal statement celebrating the Taliban’s victory this week in Afghanistan.

HTS called the Taliban conquest an event of "utmost joy and delight" while also saying those fighting the government of Bashar al-Assad "draw inspiration" for what it dubbed "the Syrian Revolution." This after on Tuesday and into Wednesday HTS oversaw a ‘victory parade’ in honor of the Taliban in Idlib’s streets.

Aug 22 06:01

White House Omits Macron Plea For 'Moral Responsibility' In Afghanistan; ABC Cuts 'Unflattering' Interview Segments

In the French government's readout of the conversation between the two leaders, Macron tells Biden that the US and its allies have a "moral responsibility' to ensure the safe evacuation of Afghan citizens who assisted US and European troops for the past two decades - who, along with their families, are now at great risk Taliban death squads, according to The Guardian.

"We cannot abandon them," Macron told Biden.

The White House, however, made no mention of Macron's comments about 'moral responsibility.'

"They lauded the tireless efforts of their personnel working closely together in Kabul on the evacuation of their citizens, the brave Afghans who have stood by us and our Nato partners, and other vulnerable Afghan nationals," reads a White House description of the call.

Aug 22 06:00

NIALL FERGUSON: Images of a baby being thrown over razor wire give Biden's desertion a human face that's rousing America from its slumber

It is one of the ironies of history that the American intervention in Afghanistan after the 9/11 terrorist attacks was given the name Operation Enduring Freedom.

So what should we call the shambolic American exit we are currently witnessing? Operation Evaporating Freedom? How about Operation Enduring Foul Up?

There was certainly something enduring about the scenes in Kabul last week. Read Graham Greene's 1955 novel The Quiet American: 'We go and invade the country: the local tribes support us: we are victorious: but… [then] we made peace… and left our allies to be crucified and sawn in two.

They were innocent. They thought we'd stay. But we were liberals and we didn't want a bad conscience.'

I doubt Joe Biden has read much Greene. But he's certainly of the generation of liberals that Vietnam scarred, even if he watched the war from the comfort of the US Senate, to which he was elected in 1972 – aged 29 – after campaigning for US withdrawal.

Aug 22 06:00

Deadly chaos continues at Kabul airport: Live News

At least seven Afghans have been killed near Kabul’s international airport amid the chaos of those attempting to flee the Taliban takeover of the country, the British military has said.

But the UK defence ministry did not elaborate when they were killed and if the latest death toll is on top of the four people reportedly crushed to death on Saturday.

Aug 22 05:44

Pentagon: Staying in Afghanistan Past Aug. 31 Would Require Talks With the Taliban

President Biden has vowed to keep troops at the Kabul airport until all US citizens in Afghanistan that want to leave are evacuated, even if it means staying beyond his August 31st withdrawal deadline. The Pentagon said Friday that if the US wants to keep troops after August 31st, it would require more talks with the Taliban.

“That would require additional conversations with the Taliban, as well, but I don’t believe that those conversations have happened at this point,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said. He said staying after Biden’s deadline would require a “certain measure of agreement with the Taliban.”

But so far, no decision has been made to keep troops beyond the 31st. “We are focused on doing everything we can inside that deadline to move as many people out as possible,” Kirby said.

Aug 22 05:44

Our 20-year Reign of Terror, full circle

The war on terror is still not over, and Spencer Ackerman’s new book Reign of Terror: How the 9/11 Era Destabilized America and Produced Trump is essential reading for understanding why it persists.

Ackerman, one of the best national security reporters of the last twenty years, has traced the post-9/11 growth of the U.S. security state and the expansion of the war on terror that is as endless as it is toxic. He shines a light on the brutality and cruelty of American militarized counterterrorism since 2001, and he is unsparing in identifying the failures of each administration responsible for implementing and persisting in these policies.

Aug 22 05:42

'We've Abandoned the People Who Helped Us': Vets Grapple with Emotions over the Fall of Afghanistan

Betrayal, frustration, anger, grief, numbness and concern for those left behind -- these are some of the emotions former service members say they are feeling as they watch images of their former enemies celebrating in Kabul and get desperate text messages from those left behind in Afghanistan.

"It's a disgrace that the U.S. has forsaken these bonds and abandoned our allies," said Peter Kiernan, a former Special Operations Command Marine who deployed to Herat in 2012. "We were trying to liberate these people and give them a better life. And that's the part that's so hard to grapple with here. We fought for this. And the Afghan soldiers that we served with were optimistic about the future of their country."

In Afghanistan, Kiernan led a team of interpreters and trained Afghan forces, working with them to clear areas of Taliban presence or to capture Taliban leaders.

Aug 22 05:41

For US military leaders, Afghanistan news strikes personal chord

For senior military and Pentagon leaders, this week’s news was profoundly personal.

The photos and videos pouring out of Afghanistan hit a nerve, and triggered searingly vivid flashbacks to battles fought, troops lost and tears shed during their own deployments there. And in a response shaped by their memories and experiences in the war, they urged troops to check in on their buddies, talk to each other and seek help and solace if they need it.

Aug 22 05:40

U.S. evacuations from Afghanistan face new roadblocks as Taliban co-founder arrives in Kabul

Abdul Ghani Baradar, considered the Taliban's top political leader, arrived in Kabul on Saturday as the Islamist group eyes the formation of a new government.

Baradar, who served as a negotiator for peace talks in Doha, Qatar, and is the likely next leader of Afghanistan, is in the capital to consult with "his friends" about "what type of government will be in Kabul," Taliban official Zabiullah Mujahid told The Washington Post, adding that no decision has yet been made about what form it will take.

Aug 22 05:23

Austin contradicts Biden, says Americans have been ‘beaten’ by the Taliban

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told lawmakers Friday that Americans trying to leave Afghanistan have been beaten by Taliban fighters, according to several people who participated in a briefing call with Austin and other top officials.

Austin’s remarks to House members appeared to directly contradict President Joe Biden’s assessment from minutes earlier, in which Biden said the U.S. was not aware of Americans having trouble getting through Taliban checkpoints and to the airport in Kabul — the only evacuation point in the country that is not controlled by the Taliban.

Aug 22 05:22

Two off-duty Army reservists were stranded behind Taliban lines, DoD confirms

Two off-duty soldiers found themselves caught behind enemy lines as the Taliban rapidly took over Afghanistan in recent days, Army Times has learned.

“[The] soldiers are accounted for and safe,” a Defense Department spokesperson told Army Times.

The two Army Reserve soldiers — both of whom hold the rank of specialist — were in Kabul on personal travel when the Taliban swept into the city and took control, a second defense official told Army Times on background.

Military officials conducting the evacuation were not aware that the soldiers were in Afghanistan until they self-reported their whereabouts and requested instructions and assistance in evacuating the country, the official confirmed.

Aug 22 05:21

Informal U.S. Refugee Network Turns to Text Messages, GoFundMe to Rescue Afghans

The desperate plea was sent via text message from one refugee advocate to another trying to aid frantic evacuations from Afghanistan: "Just got a call for a young mom with her two young kids," it said, "She got through Taliban but being turned away by U.S. forces."

The Afghan woman, a U.S. permanent resident who was in Afghanistan to visit family, and her U.S. citizen children were hoping to board a flight from Kabul to rejoin her husband in North Carolina on Thursday following the Taliban's rapid takeover of the country.

It was her second attempt to leave Afghanistan after she and her small children were trampled in a stampede triggered by gunfire near the airport on Wednesday, advocates and the woman's husband said in interviews, requesting anonymity for her safety.

Aug 22 05:20

World Bank's Kabul-Based Staff Evacuated to Pakistan-Internal Memo

The World Bank Group's Kabul-based staff and their immediate families have been safely evacuated to Islamabad, according to an internal staff memo issued on Friday and seen by Reuters.

The World Bank has not commented on the status of its operations and engagement in Afghanistan since the Taliban seized control of Kabul earlier this week.

A report by Radio Pakistan said that foreigners and Afghans attached to the World Bank and other international organizations were among 350 people to arrive in Islamabad from Kabul aboard a special Pakistan International Airlines flight.

Aug 21 07:25

Biden Will Keep Troops In Kabul Past Deadline

The United States may fail to stick to the self-imposed Aug. 31 deadline to withdraw from Afghanistan if it has not finished evacuating citizens, according to President Joe Biden.

In an exclusive interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos, President Joe Biden said the U.S. is committed to getting every American out of Afghanistan -- even if it means potentially extending the mission beyond his Aug. 31 deadline for a total withdrawal.

Aug 21 07:24

UK, France Sending in Troops to Rescue Citizens While US Relies on Taliban for Safe Passage of Americans

While other countries rescue their citizens from the Taliban-controlled country of Afghanistan, President Joe Biden’s military has decided to, instead, negotiate with terrorists.

The Kabul airport has been secured by U.S. forces, but for American citizens left outside its perimeter, it doesn’t appear that a rescue is coming any time soon.

Taliban soldiers quickly surrounded and secured the perimeter of the airport and are reportedly blocking the entrance from both U.S. residents and eligible Afghans.

Aug 21 07:22

Thousands of UK allies face being left in Afghanistan

Thousands of Afghans entitled to come to Britain face being left behind unless the August 31 deadline for their evacuation is extended, The Times has been told.

Britain is pushing the US to delay its date for leaving Afghanistan amid concerns that as many as 6,000 British and Afghan citizens have yet to get out.

Aug 21 06:54

Neocons and Ex-CIA Operatives Warn US Should Brace For 9/11-Style Attacks After Fall of Afghanistan

The Taliban* marched into Kabul last Sunday, bringing a formal end to the West’s twenty-year $2.2 trillion experiment in nation-building.

The US withdrawal from Afghanistan has increased the global terror threat to its highest level since the 11 September 2001 terror attacks, and a new al-Qaeda* attack on America may be in the offing, neocon researchers and a former CIA operative speaking to Fox News have suggested.

Tom Copeland, director of research at the Centennial Institute, a neoconservative think tank at Colorado Christian University, believes that the Biden administration’s decision to pull US forces out of Afghanistan completely will allow al-Qaeda to reconstitute itself.

“Having an entire country as a safe haven will give [al-Qaeda] more physical space and more breathing space to reconstitute and go back to planning major events, so I think the US withdrawal itself is a large part of that threat,” Copeland suggested.

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Get ready for a false-flag to distract us from the Afghanistan disaster, not to mention the economy, Covid, Critical Race Theory, etc. etc. etc.

Aug 21 06:52

Londoners Hold 'Free Afghanistan, Sanction Pakistan' Rally

The rally comes almost a week after the Taliban* took control of Kabul and almost all other provinces of Afghanistan and declared the end of the 20-year-long war in the country.

Watch a live broadcast from London, UK, where citizens are gathering on Saturday, 21 August, to express their support to the people of Afghanistan.

The rally is being held under the slogan "Free Afghanistan, Sanction Pakistan", referring to the alleged support Islamabad has been providing to the Taliban, which has established control over Afghanistan.

Last Sunday, the Taliban* took control of the capital Kabul and nearly all other provinces of the country. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled to the United Arab Emirates, while the Taliban declared the 20-year war was over and announced its plans to establish the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.

Aug 21 06:51

ISIS Denounces the Taliban, Dismisses “Delusional Victory”

ISIS has come out against the Taliban’s victory in Afghanistan, declaring the Taliban “apostates” in a weekly newspaper released by the group, according to Arab media reports.

According to a report from Arabi21, ISIS accused the Taliban of implementing a “deficient” version of Sharia law when they previously ruled over parts of Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001. ISIS slammed the Taliban for negotiating with the US in Doha, Qatar, which led to the US withdrawal.

“The victory of Islam will not come via hotels in Qatar nor the embassies in Iran and China,” ISIS said Thursday in its newspaper Al-Naba. “The victory signed and protected by the US and Qatar and its media, and hailed by Syria, Iran’s scholars and the Muslim Brotherhood is delusional!”

Aug 21 06:44

Pentagon contradicts Biden MINUTES after his fumbling speech by saying Americans HAVE been attacked by the Taliban on the way to Kabul airport and al-Qaeda IS still operating in Afghanistan

Minutes after President Biden on Friday said the mission to destroy Al Qaeda in Afghanistan was a success and that he knew of no circumstances where Americans had been unable to reach Kabul airport, he was flatly contradicted by the Pentagon.

Al Qaeda remains present in Afghanistan, said Department of Defense spokesman John Kirby during a briefing, and yes, he was aware of reports of Americans being beaten by the Taliban as they tried to reach safety.

The contradiction will raise further doubt about whether Biden is in control of the White House messaging operation, let alone the chaotic effort to bring Americans home.

Aug 21 06:42

US is at highest risk of a terror attack since 9/11 because Biden's chaotic Afghanistan withdrawal will allow al-Qaeda to regroup, security experts claim

The Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan has raised the global threat of terror to its highest point since 9/11 - and an Al Qaeda atrocity could hit US shores soon.

Tom Copeland, director of research at the conservative think tank Centennial Institute, told Fox News that the withdrawal of U.S. troops could lead to another attack on American soil.

'Having an entire country as a safe haven, will give [Al Qaeda] more physical space and more breathing space to reconstitute and go back to planning major events, so I think the U.S. withdrawal itself is a large part of that threat,' Copeland said.

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Get ready for a false-flag attack to distract us all from Afghanistan.

Aug 21 06:40

WATCH — Biden: ‘I Have Seen No Question of Our Credibility from Our Allies Around the World’

President Joe Biden told the nation Friday that “I have seen no question of our credibility from our allies around the world” after the U.S. left Afghanistan in chaos.

Biden took a few questions from reporters after concluding a national address.

In response to a query from Zeke Miller of the Associated Press, Biden suggested that the U.S. had gained credibility:

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Aug 21 06:18

CBS accused of eco-overreach after claiming CLIMATE CHANGE ‘helped strengthen’ Taliban

CBS has been accused of spinning fanciful, Greta Thurnberg-inspired yarns about the disastrous outcome of the nearly 20-year war in Afghanistan, after claiming that the Taliban received outside support from climate change.

The American news outlet published an exclusive report on Friday that endeavored to shine a light on what may have caused the trillion-dollar debacle in Afghanistan, ending with the complete collapse of the Afghan National Army on August 15 just weeks after US-led coalition forces accelerated their exit from the country.

Authoritatively titled, ‘How climate change helped strengthen the Taliban,’ the CBS investigation discovered that the Taliban benefited immensely from the covert support of a formidable global power: Earth’s climate.

Aug 21 06:18

Russia’s talks with Taliban are latest proof Moscow’s foreign policy is non-ideological. The West could learn a lesson from that

Both Russia and China are pursuing a strategy of engaging with the Taliban. While some politicians and commentators insist this is a global threat, the reality is that constructive talks are now more likely to bring stability.

Winston Churchill famously defined Russia as “a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.” Its unique history and geography have obviously produced a distinctive political culture, but Western efforts to mystify Russia also have the effect of drawing a dividing line between the rational and predictable ‘us’ versus the irrational and unpredictable ‘other’ – Moscow.

As a result, common sense often does not get in the way of outlandish claims, like insisting Russia is on an ideological crusade against democracy or attempting to restore the Soviet Union.

Aug 21 06:16

With the Taliban in control of Afghanistan, world must focus on preventing collapse of state & cross-border terrorism, Putin warns

The world has to accept the realities of the situation in Afghanistan and come together to prevent the collapse of the entire state, Vladimir Putin said during a joint press conference with Angela Merkel on Friday.

The Russian president and the German chancellor were speaking to journalists during the latter’s state visit to Moscow.

“The Taliban control virtually the entire country, including the capital,” Putin said, saying that other countries should react to the situation on the ground. “This is reality.”

He also called on the world to turn its efforts to prevent terrorists from infiltrating Afghanistan’s neighboring countries in the guise of refugees.

Aug 21 06:15

Afghan Aftermath: Europe Braces For Another US-Induced Migration Crisis

President Joe Biden vowed “America is back” when he took office, meaning that Washington would realign with and respect European allies under its global leadership after the years of Trump discord.

The European political establishment swooned and cooed like dutiful debutantes apparently having Uncle Sam’s affections and patronage again.

How quickly indeed has that supposedly rosy relation between the U.S. and the Europeans been ruptured with bitter recriminations following the disastrous collapse in Afghanistan. The EU is scrambling to cope with the potential fallout of mass migration from the Central Asian country after the return to power of the Taliban.

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Aug 21 06:08

It's Time To Purge The "Experts"

The United States’ military mission in Afghanistan has collapsed in chaos and ignominy. The catastrophe has many parents. But surely “the experts” upon which our leader relied bear much blame.

They were the ones who often failed to comprehend the power of religious belief and the role pride in Islam played in the Taliban’s unyielding commitment to victory. They were the ones who thought we could remake Afghanistan into a western liberal image. They were the ones who failed to comprehend the intractable tribal nature of Afghan society.

To say the least, Afghanistan has vividly exposed the utter stupidity of our vaunted foreign policy and national security experts. Our hapless Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, for example, assured us that Kabul would not fall from “Friday to Monday.” He was right. It fell from Friday to Sunday.

Aug 21 06:06

The Fall Of An American Empire

The disintegration of the Afghan government and army over the past few weeks exposes the folly of such an approach. After two decades of a nation-building effort that has cost many thousands of lives, and trillions of dollars, the US has succeeded only in substituting one failed state for another. And so it is now the Taliban that very clearly commands more authority around Afghanistan rather than the Kabul government. The US wasn’t building an Afghan nation state – it was building a failed state.

Aug 21 06:06

Beijing Will Use Afghan Angst To Pressure US, Distract From Domestic Chaos

Even as China’s markets wobble, they will view The Afghan Skedaddle as an opportunity to pressure the US.

“When I have learnt what progress has been made in modern gunnery, when I know more of tactics than a novice in a nunnery, and when I’ve a smattering of elemental strategy, I am the very model of a modern Major-General.”

China’s markets are under pressure from the widening Chinese Communist Party’s regulatory crackdown – which is likely as much about imposing party discipline and control as much as it was ever about consumer protection. But as investors fret about crashing China stocks, rising global uncertainty and the destabilisation caused by the Afghan debacle, the Chinese are likely to up the pressure and further test a distracted US administration. “Interesting times” lie ahead for global markets as the tension threatens to escalate.

Aug 21 05:46

Buchanan: Aftermath Of An Afghanistan Debacle

In Afghanistan, the mission failure appears complete.

The trillion-dollar project to plant Western democracy in a Muslim nation historically fabled for driving out imperial intruders has crashed and burned after 20 years, and the Taliban are suddenly back in power.

After investing scores of billions in training and arming a force of 350,000 Afghani troops, the U.S. could not stand up an army and a government that could survive our departure.

And the final U.S. departure from Hamid Karzai International Airport may become, like JFK’s Bay of Pigs, a synonym for American debacle.

Nor is the failure ours alone. Many of our principal allies were heavily invested. The British are now attempting to bring their people out of Kabul under the same conditions as ours.

Aug 21 05:45

Why The Wheels Are Coming Off

Why are the wheels coming off the American Project? Afghanistan is front and center in the news flow for obvious reasons, but since I have no expertise on that nation or America's role there, I am stipulating these are general comments from a systemic perspective.

By the American Project I mean 1) global hegemony in both hard and soft power and 2) American Exceptionalism, the belief that America is not just uniquely strong but uniquely right in terms of holding the high moral ground.

1. If you don't understand the problem, you can't possibly arrive at a solution. It's long been painfully obvious that U.S. presidents would be best served by their closest advisors being anthropologists with long in-country experience in whatever nation the U.S. is engaging.

Aug 21 05:43

Will Americans Who Were Right on Afghanistan Still Be Ignored?

America’s corporate media are ringing with recriminations over the humiliating U.S. military defeat in Afghanistan. But very little of the criticism goes to the root of the problem, which was the original decision to militarily invade and occupy Afghanistan in the first place.

That decision set in motion a cycle of violence and chaos that no subsequent US policy or military strategy could resolve over the next 20 years, in Afghanistan, Iraq or any of the other countries swept up in America’s post-9/11 wars.

While Americans were reeling in shock at the images of airliners crashing into buildings on September 11, 2001, Defense Secretary Rumsfeld held a meeting in an intact part of the Pentagon. Undersecretary Cambone’s notes from that meeting spell out how quickly and blindly US officials prepared to plunge our nation into graveyards of empire in Afghanistan, Iraq and beyond.

Aug 21 05:38

UK Defence Sec Defends Top General Claiming Taliban ‘Want an Afghanistan Inclusive for All’

Britain’s Defence Secretary has defended General Sir Nick Carter, Chief of the Defence Staff, after he claimed that the Taliban are honourable “country boys” who “want an Afghanistan that is inclusive for all”.

Carter, the professional head of the British armed forces, put himself in front of the media on August 18th to suggest that the Taliban, responsible for the lion’s share of the 457 fatalities and 616 “serious or very serious casualties” among British military and civilian personnel in Afghanistan, should not necessarily be described as the “enemy”.

“I think people need to understand what the Taliban actually are,” Carter told Kay Burley, a leading anchor for Comcast’s Sky News.

“And of course, what they actually are are a disparate collection of tribespeople… they’re country boys,” he said of the Islamic fundamentalists.

Aug 21 05:37

CIA’s Former Counterterrorism Chief for the Region: Afghanistan, Not An Intelligence Failure — Something Much Worse

While it’s certainly convenient to depict the shock and miscalculation U.S. officials claim over Afghanistan’s tragic, rapid fall to the Taliban as an intelligence failure, the reality is far worse. It’s a convenient deflection of responsibility for decisions taken owing to political and ideological considerations and provides a scapegoat for a policy decision that’s otherwise unable to offer a persuasive defense.

Aug 21 05:37

Israeli press review: Qatar 'misled the US' in Taliban negotiations

With the total collapse of the Afghan government, Nahum Barnea, a political analyst at right-wing Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper, predicts that the Taliban takeover will only "strengthen Israel's standing in the White House”.

"Israel is the only country between the Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf that America can rely on," he writes.

"Israel will not betray and will not collapse, and the Biden administration is now dealing with scepticism with old allies such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Egypt. It has criticisms towards Israel as well, but it has no partner in the region which is as strong and loyal as Israel.”

Aug 21 05:36

Afghanistan: How Iran and its allies are relying on Soleimani's deals with the Taliban

The response to the Taliban takeover was swift. Iranian-backed Iraqi paramilitaries early this week issued threatening statements, hinting they are prepared at any moment to travel to Afghanistan and protect Shia Afghans from the militant group.

Then, a couple of days later, they began to retract, and the temperature dialled down considerably.

Iraqi commanders, politicians and clerics told Middle East Eye that Iran gave its allied paramilitaries and political factions strict instructions: they are to have no role whatsoever in Afghanistan and must not interfere in any way under any pretext.

Aug 21 05:35

NATO Knives Out for US

It was bound to end like this. The United States and its NATO partners went into Afghanistan in the first place to subjugate and plunder with imperial swagger.

Now that the whole criminal enterprise has collapsed 20 years later, the recriminations are intense and bitter.

There were extraordinary scenes in the British parliament this week and among other European capitals. Politicians across the board have been slamming US President Joe Biden’s administration for the disastrous failure in Afghanistan.

Even German Chancellor Angela Merkel who was recently referring to Biden as “dear Joe” has taken to blaming his administration for the mess that has hit the fan this week as Western states rush to evacuate embassies.

Aug 21 05:32

US airlifts Americans from 200m beyond Kabul airport perimeter, after US general allegedly ‘embarrassed’ by British rescue ops

Commander of the 82nd Airborne Division has told his British colleague to stop “embarrassing” the US troops guarding the Kabul airport by venturing into the city to rescue people, at least according to one Washington columnist.

Major General Christopher Donahue has asked the commander of the 22nd Special Air Service (SAS) Regiment of the British Army to stop their operations beyond the perimeter of the Hamid Karzai International Airport (HKIA), because they were “embarrassing the United States military in the absence of similar US military operations,” Washington Examiner columnist Tom Rogan claimed on Friday.

“I understand that the British officer firmly rejected the request,” Rogan added.

Aug 21 05:30

McMaken: Did The Pentagon & The Generals Want This Disastrous War?

In early July, Ron Paul penned a column titled “It’s Saigon In Afghanistan,” invoking the imagery of the fall of Saigon in 1975, when US military helicopters scrambled to evacuate personnel from the roof of the US embassy. But Paul suggested that maybe the situation in Afghanistan was “perhaps not as dramatic” as the situation in Saigon forty-six years ago.

But that was six weeks ago.

Aug 21 05:29

Watch: Oliver North Warns Taliban Have Names, Addresses, Phone Numbers Of Everyone Who Worked With US In Afghanistan

Appearing on Hannity Thursday, Lt. Col. Oliver North warned that the Taliban has managed to obtain the personal details of everyone who worked with the US in Afghanistan, and are using the information to hunt down and execute people.

Aug 21 05:28

US officials in Kabul burned PASSPORTS of Afghan visa applicants while destroying embassy documents as the Taliban rapidly approached the capital and the Biden administration panicked, report claims

U.S. embassy workers in Kabul incinerated the passports of Afghan citizens who had applied for America visas in the rush to leave the facility last week.

On Friday, Politico published a tick-tock of the five days leading to the fall of Kabul on Sunday, including the rushed effort that started last Friday, August 13, to evacuate the U.S. embassy in Afghanistan's capital city as the Taliban took over.

Rep. Andy Kim, a Democrat from New Jersey, told Politico about the burned Afghan passports, which would make it impossible for those individuals to be identified as they tried to leave the country.

Aug 20 17:24

Washington Post Actually Does Real Journalism — Exposes Biden’s MASSIVE Lie On Afghan Troop Numbers

It must be quite nippily in Hell these days. The mainstream media, back from a two decade hiatus on actual real journalism, has reported on a massive lie told by President Biden.

This week, the Washington Post debunked Biden’s outright lie that there were 300,000 troops in Afghanistan. They say it’s an ‘overblown figure’, but that appears to be an understatement:

Aug 20 13:50

The president vowed that any attack by the Taliban on U.S. forces working to secure the evacuation of American citizens "will be met with swift and forceful response."

The president vowed that any attack by the Taliban on U.S. forces working to secure the evacuation

Aug 20 13:30

Pentagon pressed on why British paratroopers leaving Kabul airport to rescue citizens but Americans aren't

The Pentagon was pressed Thursday to explain why the U.S. isn't rescuing Americans outside of the Kabul airport as the British are doing for their citizens.

At a press briefing, Fox News' Jennifer Griffin said: "General Taylor, British paratroopers are leaving the airport, going into Kabul to rescue and evacuate some of their citizens who are trapped [and] can't get to the airport because of the Taliban."

"Why isn't the U.S. doing that?" she asked.

Aug 20 10:51

Biden mulling Afghanistan AIRSTRIKES to destroy US military equipment abandoned to Taliban, but only after evacuations – reports

The Biden administration is reportedly considering airstrikes in Afghanistan in hopes of vaporizing large amounts of US military hardware captured by the Taliban after the militant group took control of the country.

US officials told Reuters there is concern that military aircraft, vehicles and weapon stockpiles seized by the Taliban during the group’s offensive could be used against Afghan civilians, or find their way to terrorist organizations such as Islamic State or Al-Qaeda.

“Everything that hasn't been destroyed is the Taliban's now,” one source told the news agency on Thursday.

The US government is now reviewing its options, including the possibility of launching airstrikes to take out large hardware such as helicopters – although policymakers are reportedly concerned that the move would antagonize the Taliban at a time when the United States is rushing to evacuate personnel and citizens from the country.

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By the time the airstrikes happen, the Taliban will have spread those weapons and vehicles all over Afghanistan. Call this one another failed idea.

Aug 20 10:34

State Dept. internal memo warned of Afghan collapse in July: Report

An internal memo at the State Department in July warned that Kabul could collapse after the United States troop withdrawal deadline on August 31, an official and person familiar with the cable stated, according to Thursday reporting by The Wall Street Journal.

The cable was sent through the State Department’s confidential dissent channel on July 13, and warned the Afghanistan military would be unable to stop a Taliban advance. The memo alerted officials of imminent movement by the terrorist organization, and recommended several ways to alleviate the impending crisis, in addition to expediting evacuation.

Aug 20 10:25

Hell Has Frozen Over: CNN Host Trashes White House Spox For Biden’s Massive Failure And Preparing To LEAVE PEOPLE BEHIND In Kabul

This isn’t something you’d expect to see on CNN. In fact, it’s almost never the case. This morning CNN host Brianna Keilar grilled White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield on what they are doing to get our people out of Afghanistan.

Aug 20 10:20

Biden State Dept Plan To Charge US Citizens $2000 To Rescue Them From Afghanistan Scrapped After Backlash

Biden’s State Department is now scrapping their insane plans to charge American citizens stuck in Afghanistan up to $2,000 to be evacuated out of the Taliban hell-hole Biden helped create:

NY POST – The State Department was forced to scrap a widely excoriated plan to bill US citizens $2,000 or more for their evacuation flights from Kabul.

The hefty price tag drew social media outrage Thursday after it gained public notice.

Aug 20 07:50

Trump Clarifies On Hannity Why Biden Screwed Up In Afghanistan

Former President Trump on Tuesday insisted that he threatened to launch strikes against the chief Taliban negotiator's home village if insurgents failed to follow the terms of a peace agreement, as he blasted President Biden's handling of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.

'It's not the concept of leaving,' he told Fox News anchor Sean Hannity.

Aug 20 07:40

Taliban Calling Out US Censorship Means Time For Reflection

The Taliban spokesman on Tuesday mockingly replied to a question regarding whether their government would respect freedom of speech - telling the journalist to ask Facebook.

The Taliban is banned from Facebook and its subsidiaries WhatsApp and Instagram, as well as TikTok and YouTube - though it is enabled on Twitter.

Zabihullah Mujahid, who has 310,000 followers on Twitter, was questioned regarding the Taliban's plan for freedom of speech.

Aug 20 07:38

Taliban takeover wins praise on Communist China’s internet

The Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan has prompted mixed reactions on and offline in China, with some deploring attempts by online commentators to play down the Taliban’s attitude to women, as the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) tried to present the victorious armed movement as a potential ally for Beijing.

An anonymous post — since deleted — on the Twitter-like platform Sina Weibo described “very good feelings” about the Taliban, “although I know, I know … that tens of millions of women and girls will now be deprived of the right to education.”

Comments hit out at the post, with one user remarking sarcastically “I know they’re inhumane, but I still support them,” and another saying the poster was “full of infinite wishful thinking about the Taliban.”

Aug 20 07:29

Hillary Clinton, Not Joe Biden, Is Speaking to Foreign Leaders about Afghanistan

Following Joe Biden's disastrous pull out of U.S troops in Afghanistan, which has caused a massive vacuum of power from the Taliban, it also turns out he's not even speaking to foreign leaders about the crisis, Hillary Clinton is.Biden is yet to speak with any foreign counterparts folowing the Taliban's take over of the Afghanistan capital of Kabul, security adviser Jake Sullivan confirmed.“He has not yet spoken with any other world leaders,” Sullivan said during a briefing with reporters.Sullivan noted that he and Secretary of State Antony Blinken had held regular calls with their own counterparts.

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And right after his 1PM speech on Afghanistan, Sloppy Joe is headed back to Delaware.

Aug 20 07:29

Afghan Christian: 'The whole world has abandoned us'

In an emotional appeal videoed on "the first day of Taliban rule," an Afghan Christian pleaded with Christians around the world not to abandon the church in Afghanistan as the nation faces the sudden loss of all of its gains over the past two decades.

"I don't know that the future of this country will be," he said, according to a translation. "We are not able to control our emotions, because we've worked so hard for 20 years. All of our work over the past 20 years has been lost overnight."

Aug 20 07:14

US Expansionism in Eurasia, Control over Afghanistan

The ex-Soviet states of the Caucasus and Central Asia have, following the early 1990s, been “all about America’s energy security” according to Bill Richardson, the Clinton era diplomat and former American ambassador to the United Nations.

For seven decades, the Soviet Union’s existence blocked the way to the vast fossil fuel sources of the Caucasus, Central Asia and also the Caspian Sea. This reality had been of ongoing frustration to Western strategic planners, but the Soviet collapse 30 years ago provoked jubilant scenes in Washington and London.

Aug 20 07:13

Biden heads to Delaware for R&R while chaos reigns in Afghanistan

The Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday restricted airspace over Wilmington, Delaware, for the weekend — revealing President Biden planned to head home despite the chaotic situation in Afghanistan.

The temporary flight restrictions for “VIP movement” go into effect Friday evening and are set to last until around 1:30 a.m. Monday, according to an FAA alert issued Thursday.

The White House on Thursday night released a daily schedule confirming that Biden will travel to Wilmington around 2 pm Friday after delivering a speech on Afghanistan.

Aug 20 07:11

US promises NOT to charge Americans to fly out of Afghanistan after report of ‘$2,000 repatriation fee’ triggers outrage

Americans looking to leave Afghanistan first have to promise to repay the government for the cost of their evacuations to the tune of “$2,000 or more per person,” but the State Department says it will waive the fee.

It is estimated anywhere from 5,000 to 10,000 American citizens, permanent residents and their family members may still be in Afghanistan, and presumably hoping to leave the country – under Taliban control since Sunday – via Hamid Karzai International Airport (HKIA) in Kabul before the end of August.

Before they brave Taliban checkpoints and hope to get a seat on a US troop transport or chartered civilian jet, however, they must promise to repay the US government for the privilege of their rescue.

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I can understand the outrage. After all, illegal immigrants get free plane flights all over America. Well, they are not free. YOU pay for them!

Aug 20 07:10

America’s hasty retreat from Afghanistan should be warning to Ukraine that it can’t count on Washington – Russian security chief

As US forces scramble to evacuate their diplomats and local staff from Kabul, one of Russia’s top defense officials has said that other states dependent on support from the White House must be aware it can be withdrawn suddenly.

Nikolai Patrushev, the secretary of Russia’s Security Council, told Moscow’s Izvestiya on Thursday that the previous Afghan government, headed by Ashraf Ghani, was not saved by its friendly ties with Washington. According to him, the overthrown pro-American regime in Kabul didn’t benefit from the fact that Afghanistan was one of the main US allies outside NATO. He went on to say that Ukraine, which positions itself similarly, could encounter a similar fate.

“The confidence of the military and political leadership of the Americans and their allies that they fully controlled the situation in Afghanistan led to ignorance and underestimation of the real situation,” Patrushev said.

Aug 20 06:55

UK lawmakers publicly condemn Biden over ‘appalling’ Afghanistan withdrawal

Lawmakers and politicians in the United Kingdom have been criticizing President Joe Biden this week over the collapse of the NATO-backed Afghan government over the weekend.

Johnny Mercer, a Conservative party lawmaker who served as a defense minister until April, told TIME on Monday, “In my view, Biden has made an appalling mistake.”

Aug 20 06:53

Biden administration appears to have stockpiled military equipment for Taliban months before collapse

For months, the Biden administration was stockpiling military equipment for the Taliban before the collapse of the Afghan government. The report comes from Reuters who shares that well over a month before the Taliban’s march across the country, the Biden administration was sending military equipment to Afghanistan amid a “planned withdrawal.”

The plans of the Biden administration were not very well thought out or executed. But perhaps this was the plan all along.

According to Reuters, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told reporters, “They’ll continue to see a steady drumbeat of that kind of support, going forward.”

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Does Biden really think he can goad the Taliban into invading Iran?!?

Aug 20 06:52

Facebook moves to protect Afghan users' accounts amid Taliban takeover

Facebook has brought in new safety measures for users worried for their safety in Afghanistan, as the Taliban continue to cement their grip on power.

The firm says it "removed the ability to view and search the 'Friends' list for Facebook accounts in Afghanistan" to protect people from being targeted.

Professional networking site LinkedIn has also taken steps by hiding the connections of anyone in the country.

There are concerns the Taliban are using social media to track opponents.

The additional safety measures were announced on Thursday by Facebook's head of security policy, Nathaniel Gleicher.

"We've launched a one-click tool for people in Afghanistan to quickly lock down their account. When their profile is locked, people who aren't their friends can't download or share their profile photo or see posts on their timeline," Mr Gleicher tweeted.

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As a side note, my Facebook account still suffers from a "temporary" problem (now going on 6 months) and will not work.

Aug 20 06:47

They Knew: Leaked State Department Memo Warned Of Afghanistan Collapse

Around two dozen State Department officials at the US embassy in Kabul warned of a potential collapse following the Aug. 31 troop withdrawal deadline, according to the Wall Street Journal, citing a 'person familiar with the cable.'

Using a special 'dissent channel' within the State Department, the cable - sent to Secretary of State Antony Blinken and another top State Department official - warned of 'rapid territorial gains by the Taliban and the subsequent collapse of Afghan security forces,' and offered suggestions on how to speed up evacuation and mitigate the obvious crisis slated to ensue, two people told the WSJ.

In total, 23 US Embassy staffers - all Americans, signed the July 13 cable, which was given a rush status 'given the circumstances on the ground in Kabul.' In addition to Blinken, it was sent to the Director of Policy Planning, Salman Ahmad.

Aug 20 06:47

Report Warns 2021 Afghan Refugee Crisis Could Make 2015 Look Like A "Walk In The Park"

A report by the Center for Strategic and International Studies warns that the 2021 Afghan refugee crisis could make the 2015 refugee crisis look like a “geopolitical walk in the park” in comparison.

Humanitarian workers are warning of up to 3 million Afghan refugees could try to find their way to Europe following the Taliban’s takeover of the country.

CSIS Senior Fellow Erol Yayboke echoes those figures, projecting that the number of displaced Afghans, which currently stands at around 2.6 million worldwide, could easily double over the next two years alone.

“Unless the U.S. and its partners sufficiently respond to this next big refugee crisis, millions of displaced Afghans in 2021 could make the 2015 migration crisis seem like a geopolitical walk in the park,” states the report.

Aug 20 06:44

Kamala Harris tanking in poll as she goes to ground on Afghan withdrawal

Americans have further soured on Vice President Kamala Harris as she continues her radio silence on the chaotic and tragic withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan, a new poll indicates.

According to a Rasmussen Reports survey released Thursday, 55 percent of likely voters say the former senator from California is either “not qualified” or “not at all qualified” to assume the duties of the presidency. By contrast, 43 percent consider Harris “qualified” or “very qualified” to be commander in chief.

The same poll found in April that 49 percent of likely voters said Harris was qualified to become president, though 51 percent of voters had an “unfavorable impression” of her.

The poll was taken between Aug. 12 and Aug. 15, as the Taliban embarked on its sweeping offensive across Afghanistan that led to the collapse of that country’s Western-backed government weeks before the deadline to remove US combat forces.

Aug 20 06:39

Pelosi on ‘Billions of Dollars’ of U.S. Military Weaponry Left for Taliban: That’s ‘What Happens When You Withdraw’

Twenty-five U.S. senators have sent a letter to the Secretary of Defense expressing grave concerns about the threat posed by the U.S. military leaving behind in Afghanistan weaponry, such as UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, which have now fallen into the hands of Taliban forces and their terrorist allies. But, that’s just “what happens when you withdraw,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) says.

The senators, led by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), want a full accounting of the military equipment left behind, the equipment that is now in the Taliban’s hands and the Taliban’s ability to use, or learn to use with the help of America’s adversaries, the seized equipment.

“We were horrified to see U.S. equipment – including UH-60 Black Hawks – in the hands of the Taliban,” the senators tell the Defense Secretary.

Aug 20 06:30

Biden’s Botched Afghanistan Withdrawal Puts Spotlight Back on Defense Sec. Lloyd Austin’s Special Waiver

President Joe Biden’s botched withdrawal from Afghanistan has put a spotlight back on the controversial waiver Congress used to confirm the nomination of now-Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.

Austin has come under fire for his admission this week that the United States military does not have the capability to help the thousands of Americans stranded outside the Kabul, Afghanistan, airport.

Austin said, “We don’t have the capability to go out and collect up large numbers of people.”

Austin’s involvement in the botched withdrawal from Afghanistan follows as Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), the chairman of the Republican Study Committee (RSC), urged Republicans in January to vote against Austin’s waiver to allow him to serve as the defense secretary.

Aug 20 06:30

Antony Blinken Delusional About U.S. Withdrawal Insisting Taliban Takeover ‘Unlikely’ as Jihadis Declared Victory

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken was consistently wrong about the outcome of the unconditional withdrawal of all foreign forces from Afghanistan, insisting that a Taliban takeover was “highly unlikely” Sunday, as the jihadis swept into Kabul after the collapse of the government.

Blinken was incorrect when he asserted that the unconditional U.S. withdrawal, a concession long sought by the Taliban, would not result in the fall of Afghanistan.

Secretary Blinken assured that the fall of Afghanistan after the departure of U.S.-led NATO troops was a far-fetched notion, even as the Taliban seized territory and U.S. intelligence warnings months before the withdrawal ultimately determined the rapid collapse of the Afghan government and military was probable.

Aug 20 06:28

Biden Ensures States, Cities Have No Veto Power Over Afghan Refugees

President Joe Biden’s administration may balloon the number of Afghans set to be resettled across the United States following the withdrawal of U.S. Armed Forces from Afghanistan.

Days ago, Pentagon officials stated up to 22,000 Afghans — mostly applying for Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) and the newly-created P-2 visa — would be arriving at three military bases: Fort Lee in Virginia, Fort Bliss in Texas, and Fort McCoy in Wisconsin.

On Thursday, though, refugee resettlement agencies told the Washington Post the number of Afghans “seeking evacuation through a U.S. visa program” is closer to 100,000 and could be as high as 300,000.

Aug 20 06:23

China Admits Taliban Ties Aimed at Getting Afghanistan’s $3 Trillion in Rare Earths

In the course of hectoring the United States for its “bungled and embarrassing withdraw from Afghanistan” on Thursday, China’s state-run Global Times admitted Beijing has a rapacious interest in Afghanistan’s vast rare-earths mineral resources and snarled it was none of America’s business if China makes deals with the Taliban to get what it wants.

The Global Times accused the U.S. of profiteering from Afghanistan for the past twenty years, without offering any theories on where all the plunder might have gone, and claimed America is only worried about China going after those mineral resources because the U.S. is jealous:

Aug 20 06:23

If only Milley cared less about critical race theory and more about Afghanistan

Our country has undergone a radical change in the 21st century. It has not been a change for the better. We have focused more on arguing among ourselves while the “barbarians are at the gates,” so to speak. If we learn no other lesson from the Afghanistan debacle, it is that our military and intelligence agencies need to refocus their priorities. If we fail to do so, situations such as Afghanistan might become much more common.

Mark Milley, a U.S. Army general and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke yesterday about the situation in Afghanistan. During this briefing , Milley announced that “There was nothing that I, or anyone else, saw that indicated a collapse of [the Afghan] army and this government in 11 days.” Perhaps if he worried less about "white rage," he would have seen Afghanistan being overrun by the Taliban in less than two weeks. Perhaps if he worried less about "critical race theory," he would have been better prepared to do his job.