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Aug 25 06:28

'We won't get everyone out even by Sept 11': Democrat and Republican lawmakers pay secret trip to Kabul and after witnessing chaos say Biden will be forced to abandon people because he started evacuation too late

Two US military vets who now serve as congressmen flew unannounced into Afghanistan to monitor the on going evacuation efforts as they called on President Joe Biden to extend the US withdrawal deadline past August 31.

Rep. Seth Moulton, a Democrat from Massachusetts, and Rep. Peter Meijer, a Republican from Michigan, flew in and out of Kabul airport on Tuesday, with both men adding that they boarded return flights with empty seats so as not to take away space from fleeing Americans and Afghans.

They appeared to condemn Joe Biden over his chaotic withdrawal from the war-torn country, and predicted the US would not be able to airlift everyone eligible to leave Afghanistan on time.

Aug 25 06:27

For Which Country Is Taliban An Immediate Threat?

Aug 25 06:24

Russia, Saudi Arabia Sign Military Pact amid Biden Chaos in Afghanistan

Saudi and Russian officials Tuesday announced the signing of military cooperation pact between the two countries.

Saudi Defense Minister Khalid bin Salman announced the agreement via Twitter, stating it would aid in “developing joint military cooperation between the two countries.” In a second tweet, he elaborated on his meeting with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Shoygu, in which the pair explored ways to “strengthen the military and defense cooperation between our two countries.”

Aug 25 06:21

Up to 100 Afghan evacuees flown out of war-torn Kabul are on intelligence agency watch lists, US official warns, as it's revealed one passenger flown out to Qatar has potential ties to ISIS

As many as 100 Afghan evacuees flown out of war-torn Kabul are on intelligence agency watch lists, a United States government official warned on Tuesday as it was revealed one passenger flown out to Qatar has potential ties to ISIS.

The Afghans, potential candidates for Special Immigration Visas (SIV), were flagged as possible matches to intelligence agency watch lists by the Defense Department's Automated Biometric Identification System, an official with the U.S. government told Defense One.

The Afghan who has potential ties to ISIS was detected by security screeners at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar after they were evacuated from Kabul Airport, another official told the outlet. There have been 6,000 Afghans taken to the air base.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And only yesterday, Biden was claiming that all Afghan refugees would get a background check before being allowed into the US!

Aug 25 06:20

‘Afghan Roulette’ UK, France Accidentally Evacuate Security Risk Individuals

The French government admitted on Monday that it has repatriated an Afghani man and his four relatives despite being aware of intelligence that he was connected to the Taliban, with similar security failures witnessed in the UK.

As nations across Europe grapple with increased security concerns over the evacuation of asylum seekers from Afghanistan following President Joe Biden’s disastrous military withdrawal from the country, the French government has been accused of helping the Taliban establish a “fifth column” in the nation.

On Monday, French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin admitted: “Even if this person greatly assisted in the evacuation of the French embassy, ??we believe that he may be linked to the Taliban.”

Aug 25 06:19

EU Prez to Member States: Host Afghan Migrants and Get Cash

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has promised financial incentives to European Union member states who take in refugees and asylum seekers from Afghanistan.

President Von der Leyen made the announcement after a visit to a reception centre for Afghan EU employees at the Torrejon Air Base in Spain at the weekend and called on member states to take in refugees from the country which recently fell to the Taliban.

“I call on all states that have participated in the missions in Afghanistan, Europeans and others, to allocate sufficient reception quotas so that collectively we can come to the aid of those in need of protection,” Von der Leyen said, 20 Minutes reports.

“The Commission is ready to consider the necessary budgetary means to support EU Member States that will offer to help refugees settle on their territory,” she added.

Aug 25 06:18

Bush-Era War Criminals Are Louder Than Ever Because They’ve Lost The Argument

After the US troop withdrawal established conclusively that the Afghan “government” they’d spent twenty years pretending to nation build with was essentially a work of fiction, thus proving to the world that they’ve been lying to us this entire time about the facts on the ground in Afghanistan, you might expect those who helped pave the way for that disastrous occupation to be very quiet at this point in history.

But, far from being silent and slithering under a rock to wait for the sweet embrace of death, these creatures have instead been loudly and shamelessly outspoken.

Aug 25 06:18

Biden tells the Taliban he will stick to Aug 31st withdrawal deadline IF they allow free access to Kabul airport – hours AFTER extremists start sealing it off, trapping thousands of Westerners and allies still desperate to get out

President Joe Biden told the Taliban on Tuesday that U.S. would stick to its promise to lead Kabul by Aug. 31 if it stuck to its agreement to allow Westerners and vulnerable Afghans free passage to the airport.

The U.S. has ramped up its airlift in recent days amid fresh reports of human rights abuses that will fuel fears for the fate of people who worked with American troops.

Adding to the sense of urgency, the country's new Taliban rulers said that all evacuations must be completed by the end of the month and announced a ban on Afghans traveling to the airport.

Aug 25 06:09

Masoud: From warrior to statesman

For millions all over a digital world desperate for a bit of romance, he is as iconic as Che Guevara: the romantic ideal of the intellectual warrior.

He looks like a beat generation poet – with his trademark felt Chitral hat from the Pakistan region of the Hind Kush always cocked to the side, and a Sartrean existential twinkle in his eyes. He wanted to be an architect when, as a youth, he was studying at the French Lycee in Kabul. Instead, he was to spend half his life as Afghanistan’s Master of Guerrilla Warfare.

Aug 25 06:06

As Afghanistan Falls Apart, Kamala Harris Talks Climate Change and Christmas Shopping in Singapore

If you’ve been watching in horror this week as President Biden has made a mess of Afghanistan, you will get no comfort from the following news about Vice President Kamala Harris.

While visiting Singapore as Afghanistan falls to pieces, Harris talked about climate change and Christmas shopping.

Yes, really.

Aug 25 06:04

Hell of the choke point: Herded like animals, desperate Afghans are squeezed between a wall and shipping containers... as they queue for salvation from the pandemonium of Kabul airport

Penned between shipping containers and a concrete wall in 32C heat – it’s hard to believe they are the lucky ones.

And yet these desperate Afghans, many seeking a new life in Britain, still remain surrounded by enemy forces as they attempt to get into Kabul airport.

Just to reach this point, those fleeing have been forced to navigate Taliban checkpoints, where volatile low-level fighters are reportedly prone to attacks on women and locals trying to make it to the airport.

Aug 25 06:03

I watch the desperate Afghans wade in the sewage as hope fades... and tears fall: Sky News' STUART RAMSAY, the TV reporter who's seen the Kabul chaos unfold first hand, pens a vivid and harrowing dispatch

They call them ‘Simba moments’. Many times a day, small children become accidentally separated from their parents in the chaos outside Hamid Karzai International Airport and the British paratroopers who find them will hold them high in the air, much like the newborn Simba was presented to his father’s subjects in Disney’s The Lion King.

Sometimes their panicking mothers and fathers will spot them, and these tiny figures will be passed back above the heads of the crowds for an emotional family reunion. But not all are so lucky.

All around you see harrowing, hand-made posters begging for information about missing sons and daughters who could be anywhere in the stinking, rubbish-strewn approach road which is still filled with thousands of people desperately hoping they might be allowed into the airport and on a flight to sanctuary.

Aug 25 06:02

Reps. Moulton, Meijer After Surprise Kabul Visit: ‘We Won’t Get Everyone Out on Time, Even by September 11’

Reps. Seth Moulton (D-MA) and Peter Meijer (R-MI) made a secret visit to Kabul, Afghanistan, on Tuesday where they learned that evacuations cannot be completed by President Joe Biden’s August 31 deadline, according to commanders in charge of the situation.

In a joint statement, Moulton and Meijer said their surprise mission was to “conduct oversight on the mission to evacuate Americans and our allies,” arguing that Members of Congress “have a duty to provide oversight on the executive branch.” The two representatives were also clear that they ensured their visit would not take away seats from those in need:

Aug 25 06:01

GOP Rep. Bill Johnson: Austin, Milley Should Resign or Tell Public Biden ‘Is Grossly Incompetent’

On Tuesday’s broadcast of the Fox Business Network’s “Making Money,” Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH) said if Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley advised President Joe Biden to handle the withdrawal from Afghanistan the way he has, then “they should resign and apologize.” But if they didn’t, “they have a moral obligation to tell the American people that this president is grossly incompetent for the job.”

Johnson said, [relevant remarks begin around 3:30] “I have tremendous respect for Gen. Austin and Gen. Milley, but if this is what they call advice and counsel to the president, if he — if this is the kind of plan that they gave him, then they failed the American people and they should resign and apologize. But if they did not, and I understand from colleagues that this is not the plan they gave the president, they have a moral obligation to tell the American people that this president is grossly incompetent for the job.”

Aug 25 05:46

Biden Says US Will Complete Afghan Pullout By August 31

President Joe Biden said Tuesday the United States intends to complete its pullout from Afghanistan by August 31 and needs to withdraw rapidly because of a growing risk of terrorist attacks.

"The sooner we can finish, the better," Biden said of the plan to evacuate Americans, Afghan nationals and US troops from Taliban-controlled Kabul.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Biden is trying to act like this is his idea, but it isn't. He isn't calling the shots in Afghanistan, the Taliban is!

Aug 24 10:24

Adam Schiff Storms Out Of Classified Briefing And Throws Biden Under The Bus: Says Afghanistan Disaster Wasn’t The Fault Of Intel Agencies

Yeah, I understand that this is Adam ‘Shifty’ Schiff, one of Congress’s worst liars, however what he’s saying today, after storming out of a confidential briefing, concurs with a lot of what we’ve learned in the media about Biden’s Afghanistan debacle, and it’s not good for him.

Aug 24 10:22

Pompeo On The Loss Of American Credibility:

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that in just months under President Biden, "American leadership has already walked off the stage" as the world watches the Taliban take charge of Afghanistan, and presented several ways the U.S. can retake credibility among its allies.

Pompeo told "Sunday Morning Futures" host Maria Bartiromo that the Biden administration seems to have returned to Obama-era leadership, leaving U.S. adversaries like Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un to watch "America destroy its alliances."

"It looks like we’re back to Barack Obama, America apologizing, American weakness, and our adversaries not fearing us and our friends not trusting us," the former secretary of state announced.

Aug 24 10:19

Biden Sends CIA Director To Kabul For Secret Meeting To Negotiate With Terrorist Taliban Leader

I guess the days of ‘never negotiate with terrorists’ are over.

It’s being reported this morning that Biden sent his CIA Director to secretly meet with the head of the Taliban in Kabul yesterday:

Aug 24 10:12

CIA Chief Met "Secretly" With Taliban Leader On Monday

As the Biden Administration scrambles to convince the Taliban to extend the deadline for the western evacuation from Kabul - which is presently slated to conclude Aug. 31, regardless of how many Americans and Afghan collaborators remain in the country - CIA Director William Burns was dispatched to Kabul to meet with the Taliban's de facto leader, Abdul Ghani Baradar on Monday, the Washington Post reports.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Now, about those poppies!"

Aug 24 09:50

‘Forever war’ benefiting Afghans? Follow the money

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

The numbers are dire. Afghanistan remains the world’s 7th poorest nation: 47% of the population lives below the poverty line, according to the Asian Development Bank. No less than 75% of the – dissolved – Kabul government’s budget was coming from international aid. According to the World Bank, that aid was responsible for the turnover of 43% of the economy – one that was mired in massive government corruption.

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

Aug 24 09:50

The US Sends Dozens of Fighter Jets over the Afghan Conflict Path to Ensure Evacuation Security

Aug 24 09:36

Taliban 'Bitch Slapping' Weak Biden, Makes Grave Threat

The Taliban issued an alarming warning to foreign nationals and Afghans scrambling to leave the country, declaring there will be 'consequences' if the US does not leave Afghanistan by August 31 and extends a deadline for the withdrawal of troops.

Thousands of Afghans who worked with U.S. military forces remain camped around Kabul airport praying to find safety as the timer runs out. American nationals are also awaiting flights home.

President Joe Biden seeks to get all Americans out by the end of the month, in order to meet the troop withdrawal agreement reached with the Taliban, although he admitted on Sunday night that an extension was under discussion, while this morning UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace stressed the evacuation effort is 'down to hours now, not weeks'.

Aug 24 08:09

White House: Americans Are Not Stranded in Afghanistan

The White House on Monday argued that Americans were not stranded in Afghanistan, calling it “irresponsible” to say so.

“I think it’s irresponsible to say Americans are stranded,” said White House press secretary Jen Psaki. “They are not. We are committed to bringing Americans who want to come home, home.”

Psaki bristled at Fox News reporter Peter Doocy’s use of the word “stranded” during the daily press briefing to describe the Americans still in Afghanistan.

“We are in touch with them via phone, via text, via email, via any way we can possibly reach Americans to get them home if they want to return home,” she said.

When asked by Doocy if the official position of the White House was that no Americans were stranded in Afghanistan, Psaki replied, “I’m just calling you out for saying we are stranding Americans in Afghanistan.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"They are just on a forced extended absence from home!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Aug 24 07:48

Britain plans to push world leaders to consider new sanctions on the Taliban

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sore losers...

Aug 24 07:41

Afghanistan could start to run out of food by September, UN warns

UN agencies have warned of food shortages to Afghanistan as early as September without urgent aid funding, as it emerged first aid supplies, including surgical equipment and severe malnutrition kits, were stuck due to restrictions at Kabul airport.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday the closure of the airport to commercial flights has held up key deliveries.

The World Food Programme (WFP), which brings in supplies by road, said it was getting food through via four different supply routes for the moment, but could start running out of food by next month.

Andrew Patterson, the WFP’s deputy country director in Afghanistan, said they were transporting food through humanitarian crossings, including from Uzbekistan, though which 50% of supplies arrived, as well as via Pakistan and Turkmenistan.

Aug 24 07:39

Afghanistan, Again, Becomes a Cradle for Jihadism—and Al Qaeda

In March, I travelled to Afghanistan and the Middle East with General Kenneth (Frank) McKenzie, Jr., the Alabama-born marine who heads Central Command. He has been overseeing the frantic evacuation out of Kabul. During one of several interviews aboard his plane, I asked him, “Do you really think, given the intermarriage, the interweaving of the Taliban and Al Qaeda, that the Taliban is really ever going to be able or willing to restrain Al Qaeda from doing anything against us?” By then, the Taliban held roughly half of Afghanistan, a country about the size of Texas. McKenzie was chillingly candid. “I think it will be very hard for the Taliban to act against Al Qaeda, to actually limit their ability to attack outside the country,” he replied. “It’s possible, but I think it would be difficult.”

Aug 24 07:38

Boris Johnson to Host G7 Meeting in Attempt to Hammer Out Joint Evacuation Plan From Afghanistan

On Sunday, UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace stated that the evacuation was "down to hours, not weeks", while the Taliban* warned that "there would be consequences" if the Kabul airlift is extended into next month.

Later on Tuesday, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, as chair of the G7 is due to host an emergency meeting on Afghanistan, where a final decision on a possible extension of the Kabul evacuation operation is expected to be taken.

The Guardian has quoted unnamed sources as saying that G7 members "will be under pressure to present a united front" on the evacuation-related issues and those pertaining to official recognition of the Taliban.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Recall that Trump set up an office to plan for an orderly withdrawal from Afghanistan and Biden scrapped it.

Aug 24 07:30

Deadline extension for Britons awaiting evac from Kabul airport is ‘unlikely’ following Taliban warnings – UK defence chief

As the August 31 withdrawal deadline draws closer, the UK’s secretary of state for defence has stated that an extended evacuation period is “unlikely” amid growing security risks after Taliban warnings on not observing this date.

Speaking on Tuesday to Sky news, Britain’s Secretary of State for Defence Secretary Ben Wallace cast doubt on whether a withdrawal of troops from Kabul past the August 31 is on the cards, “not only because of what the Taliban has said but also … the public statements of President Biden, I think it is unlikely.” However, the defence secretary stated that it was worth trying.

Wallace also stated that as the deadline approaches “the security risk goes up, it gets more and more dangerous”, explaining that "other terrorist groups like ISIS would like to be seen taking credit [and] would like to be seen chasing the West out of Afghanistan”.

Aug 24 07:29

‘It is all too familiar’: No matter what, US won’t get all ‘deserving’ Afghans out, journalist who witnessed fall of Saigon says

The chaotic evacuation from Afghanistan has shown that the US was “totally ill-prepared” for such a scenario, US journalist Jim Laurie told RT, warning that it’s now way too late and many “deserving” Afghans will be left behind.

The ongoing extraction of foreign nationals and locals, who used to work for the occupying forces, bears striking similarities to previous US military failures, Laurie, who witnessed both the evacuation from Cambodia and the fall of Saigon to communist-ruled North Vietnam in 1975, said.

“The panicked end of each of these wars bears so much similarity,” Laurie said, adding that this time, the US appears to have been caught entirely unprepared.

“It is troubling, it is all too familiar. It is not easy to lose a 20-year war. And now America in 50 years has lost two 20-year wars.”

Aug 24 07:28

Declassified files expose how US officials saw collapse coming after 20 years of failure in Afghanistan

The extent of America’s Afghan calamity is shown in 20 declassified documents published by the National Security Archive. They reveal an alarming prescience of the outcome – and that George W. Bush didn’t know who was in charge.

Collectively, the files trace in often shocking detail precisely what went wrong, how, and when, and the extent to which this was consistently and deliberately hidden from the public.

Take, for instance, a March 2002 memo authored by Donald Rumsfeld, in which the then-Defense Secretary demands an urgent meeting with Pentagon officials, as he was “concerned” the US mission in Afghanistan was “drifting.” As the Archive records, later that same day, Rumsfeld conducted a lengthy interview with MSNBC, in which he forcefully asserted the war had been long-won, and dismissed any suggestion Washington should negotiate with remaining Taliban insurgents.

Aug 24 07:27

‘Our allies don’t trust us, our enemies are emboldened’ – vet who survived Kabul bombing on US disastrous failure in Afghanistan

A US combat veteran says he’s heartbroken seeing what he considers to be treason committed on the American people by the Biden administration who allowed the Taliban to retake power after fighting them for 20 years.

Justin Parks is a combat veteran with a degree in Arabic studies, who has served in the Marine Corps and the Army and has done multiple tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. He was a Door Gunner on his third deployment to Afghanistan in 2010, where he notched up 260 flight hours.

He survived the bombing in Kabul on May 31, 2017. It was the deadliest terrorist attack in the Afghan capital since the Americans invaded in 2001 to take out the Taliban – over 150 people killed and over 450 wounded.

Aug 24 07:11

Road to vindication for California’s Barbara Lee, the only member of Congress to vote against Afghanistan war

Twenty years ago, Rep. Barbara Lee stood before her House colleagues and pleaded with them not to give President Bush a blank check to wage war against the remote, lawless nation accused of harboring the Sept. 11 terrorists.

“Let’s just pause, just for a minute, and think through the implications of our actions today, so that this does not spiral out of control,” she said to them days after the attacks.

With the stunning fall of Kabul to the Taliban this week, the Oakland lawmaker has been heralded as an ignored oracle, the only member of Congress to foresee an endless war in Afghanistan that would leave thousands of Americans and Afghans dead.

Lee didn’t know in September 2001 that she would be the only no vote on the Authorization for the Use of Military Force that the House approved, 420 to 1, after the attacks that felled the twin towers of the World Trade Center, left the Pentagon billowing in smoke and downed a passenger airplane in Pennsylvania.

Aug 24 07:10

As Kabul Is Retaken, Papers Look Back in Erasure

Corporate media coverage of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan and the collapse of the country’s US-backed government has offered audiences more mystification than illumination. I looked at editorials in five major US dailies following the Taliban’s retaking of Kabul: the Boston Globe, LA Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post. The editorial boards of these papers consistently trivialized South Asian lives, erased US responsibility for lethal violence, and made untenable assertions about Washington’s supposedly righteous motives in the war.

Aug 24 07:08

Videos show a rush to destroy U.S. equipment as Kabul fell.

Garbage bins overflowing with destroyed equipment. Smashed computer parts scattered across the ground. Diplomatic workers burning documents.

Videos and photos taken by several U.S. government contractors and posted to social media, and verified and analyzed by The New York Times, reveal the chaos as Americans rushed to evacuate the U.S. Embassy in Kabul early last week as the Taliban swept into the city.

The takeover and the hurried U.S. departure made for a defining moment, capping nearly 20 years of war. But few images have emerged showing how the personnel inside the diplomatic compound quickly mobilized to leave — and leave behind as little as possible that might be of use to the Taliban.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not counting that $80 billion in weapons, of course.

Aug 24 07:05

Biden emphasizes that Afghan refugees will be vetted before entering US

President Biden emphasized on Sunday that refugees who are being evacuated from Afghanistan will be thoroughly vetted before they are brought to the United States.

Biden’s comments, which he made during a Sunday afternoon speech from the White House on the evacuation effort, came as some conservative lawmakers and commentators have tried to stoke nativist concerns about welcoming Afghan refugees into the U.S.

“Planes taking off from Kabul are not flying directly to the United States. They’re landing at U.S. military bases and transit centers around the world,” Biden said. “At these sites where they are landing, we are conducting thorough … security screening for everyone who is not a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident. Anyone arriving in the United States will have undergone a background check.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And if you believe that one, I have some of Saddam's nuclear weapons to sell you!

Aug 24 07:03

Taliban blame US for airport chaos as Afghans face 'impossible' race to flee

The Taliban on Sunday blamed the United States for the chaotic evacuation of tens of thousands of Afghans and foreigners from Kabul, one week after the hardline Islamist group returned to power in a rapid victory that stunned the world.

The United States has warned of security threats and the European Union admitted it was "impossible" to evacuate everyone at risk from the Taliban, who have vowed a softer version of their brutal rule from 1996 to 2001.

But terrified Afghans continue to try to flee, deepening a tragedy at Kabul airport where the United States and its allies have been unable to cope with the huge numbers of people trying to get on evacuation flights.

Aug 24 07:03

White House explains why it can't pinpoint number of Americans still in Afghanistan

The Biden administration has struggled to offer a specific number of Americans still in Afghanistan in recent days, prompting criticism from conservatives and others about the administration's preparedness to evacuate U.S. citizens.

White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said Monday the difficulty pinpointing an exact number was because some Americans did not notify the U.S. Embassy when they arrived in Afghanistan or when they left.

"Many people have asked, reasonably, why we can’t provide a precise number of American citizens still in country," Sullivan said at a White House press briefing.

Aug 24 06:43

Quantifying The "Staggering Costs" Of US Military Equipment Left Behind In Afghanistan

Putting price tags on American military equipment still in Afghanistan isn’t an easy task. In the fog of war – or withdrawal – Afghanistan has always been a black box with little sunshine.

Not helping transparency, the Biden Administration is now hiding key audits on Afghan military equipment. This week, our auditors at OpenTheBooks.com reposted two key reports on the U.S. war chest of military gear in Afghanistan that had disappeared from federal websites.

#1. Government Accountability Office (GAO) audit of U.S. provided military gear in Afghanistan (August 2017): reposted report (dead link: report).

#2. Special Inspector General For Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) audit of $174 million in lost ScanEagle drones (July 2020): reposted report (dead link: report).

U.S. taxpayers paid for these audits and the U.S.-provided equipment and should be able to follow the money.

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Aug 24 06:42

Is Afghanistan The First Domino To Fall?

With America withdrawing from Afghanistan abruptly after some 20 years, one big question is being discussed throughout the strategic sphere by those both in big institutions and laying on their couches – is the American loss in Afghanistan the first domino to fall in the eventual collapse of the Global Hegemon? After all, Afghanistan is the “graveyard of empires” probably because it is an expression that sounds nice and because the Soviets fell apart a few years after losing to the locals. So this must be the “beginning of the end” right?

Aug 24 06:34

As Pentagon's Afghan Debacle Unfolds, Russia Announces Joint War Drills With China & Iran In Gulf

At a moment much of the world sees the US in 'retreat' from central Asia amid the ongoing Afghan evacuation debacle, it increasingly looks like Russia and China are stepping in as the next great power influencers in the region. The timing of a Russian announcement detailing upcoming joint military exercises appears geared toward sending just such a message.

"Russia, Iran and China will hold joint maritime exercises in the Persian Gulf around late 2021 or early 2022, Russia's ambassador to Tehran said, the RIA news agency reported on Monday," according to Reuters.

It's been no secret that the Russian and Chinese militaries have grown closer over the past years, but rarer still are major drills involving the superpowers plus Iran, and centered in the Persian Gulf - site of recent soaring tensions which lately included Iranian commandos briefly seizing a foreign tanker, as well as the drone attack of the Israeli-managed 'Mercer Street' tanker off the coast of Oman on July 30.

Aug 24 06:27

U.S. WITHDRAWAL FROM AFGHANISTAN DEALS CHINA A WIN IN RARE METALS MARKET

While the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan has its obvious implications, one particularly seems to be overlooked: a leg up for China in the rare metals industry.

Indeed, China already dominates the rare metals market, a key player in electronics, electric car batteries and computers. Now, with the U.S. withdrawal from Kabul, one of the world’s largest untapped deposits of lithium will fall right into China’s lap, Just the News reports.

U.S. Geological Survey data estimates that Afghanistan may hold unexplored mineral reserves worth as much as $1 trillion, while the government of Afghanistan estimates the value to be as high as $3 trillion.

Western governments working with the Afghan government helped grow smaller scale mining, but it is expected that China will now work with the Taliban for a more systemic exploitation like it did with Africa’s minerals.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US had 20 years to exploit those rare earths, lithium, and other important minerals, but they were too busy harvesting the opium to bother!

Aug 24 06:26

AFGHANISTAN - THE NEW 'NORTHERN ALLIANCE’ RESISTANCE HAS ALREADY FALLEN APART

Yesterday I explained why I assume that Britain is trying to incite a new 'Northern Alliance’ insurgency against the Taliban in Afghanistan.

But as today evolved that project, just three days after it went public, is dead.

Aug 24 06:25

Taliban Says It’s Ready to Normalize Relations With ‘Invaders’

A Taliban spokesman said Monday that the Taliban are ready to normalize relations with many countries, including those that “invaded” Afghanistan, a signal that the group wants to open up with the West.

Spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi told Arabi21 that the “Taliban movement in the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan” would “build relations with all neighboring countries, including Pakistan, within the framework of mutual respect, while taking into account national interest.”

The Taliban has been trying to ease concerns over their treatment of women. During previous Taliban rule from 1996 to 2001, women were not allowed to work or go to school, something Taliban officials say will be allowed under the new government while maintaining that the law will be guided by Islam. Ahmadi said, “Women will be granted all the rights according to Islamic Sharia.”

Aug 24 06:00

Turkey reinforces Iran border to block Afghan refugees

Afghans who manage to make the weeks-long journey through Iran on foot to the Turkish border face a three-metre high wall, ditches or barbed wire as Turkish authorities step up efforts to block any refugee influx into the country.

The beefed up border measures in Turkey, which already hosts nearly 4 million Syrian refugees and is a staging post for many migrants trying to reach Europe, began as the Taliban started advancing in Afghanistan and took over Kabul last week.

By the end of the year, authorities plan to add another 64km to a border wall that was started in 2017. Ditches, wire and security patrols around the clock will cover the rest of the 560km frontier.

“We want to show the whole world that our borders are unpassable,” Mehmet Emin Bilmez, governor of the eastern border province of Van, told Reuters at the weekend. “Our biggest hope is that there is no migrant wave from Afghanistan.“

Aug 24 05:56

The Evil That Men Do Lives After Them

If you want to know how the United States wound up with “government by stupid” one need only look no farther than some of the recent propaganda put out by members of Congress, senior military officers and a certain former president. President George W. Bush, who started the whole sequence of events that have culminated in the disaster that is Afghanistan, is not yet in prison, but one can always hope.

Aug 24 05:55

The Bitter Fruits of Interventionism

As President Lyndon Johnson and the best and brightest of the 1960s were broken on the wheel of Vietnam, the Biden presidency may well be broken on the wheel of the Taliban’s triumph in Afghanistan.

Less than a week into the chaotic U.S. withdrawal at Hamid Karzai International Airport, a CBS poll found that Americans, while still approving of President Joe Biden’s decision to get us out of this “forever war,” were stunned by how badly botched the withdrawal was being executed.

By 75-25, Americans believe the withdrawal is going badly. And those who believe it has gone “very badly” outnumber by 9-1 those who believe it has gone “very well.”

Biden’s own approval rating has plummeted to 50%, the lowest of his presidency. Yet, the disastrous debacle at Kabul airport is by no means played out. It may yet become worse, far worse.

Aug 24 05:32

So What Did You Think Would Happen?

Ten years ago Americans allowed the CIA to hire men willing to give Viagra to Afghan warlords so they could more frequently rape young boys they held against their will in those compounds paid for by opium profits. Evidently, we lost the support of the Afghan people. What did you think would happen?

Aug 24 05:32

Ukrainian plane sent to evacuate citizens from Afghanistan following Taliban offensive HIJACKED in Kabul, deputy minister claims

A Ukrainian plane that was supposed to evacuate the country's citizens from Afghanistan following the Taliban's takeover of Kabul was hijacked by unknown assailants and, instead, took a different load of passengers to Iran.

The incident, which happened last week, was revealed by Ukraine's Deputy Foreign Minister Yevgeny Yenin, speaking to the Western-funded Hromadske TV on Monday.

"Our plane was hijacked," Yenin explained. "Last Tuesday, we actually had our plane stolen – it flew to Iran with an unknown group of passengers on board, instead of taking Ukrainians out."

Aug 23 12:38

Tara Reade: Biden believes he is empathetic and competent, but the Kabul fiasco has displayed his callous ineptitude to the world

I have witnessed firsthand the arrogance, incompetence and cruelty of the 46th president of these United States. Perhaps now it is on display to the world, people will realize Joe Biden is far from a kindly old man.

Like everyone else in America, and around the world, I watched the images of the airport in Kabul as people lost their lives desperately clinging to an American transport plane with horror. The American political machine’s indifference to suffering is nothing new, and I have experienced the steam roll emotionally, but it was jarring to see this brutality displayed quite so flagrantly.

Turns out the “empathy president” is not so empathetic after all, now is he?

Joe Biden is many things, but empathetic is not one of them. In America, optics for politicians are everything, and all create their image of choice. Biden wanted his image to be one of competence, dependability, and empathy, despite lacking all of these qualities (and more besides) in reality.

Aug 23 09:54

'Is Joe's Dementia Contagious?' Blinken Confuses Runaway Afghan President Ghani With Karzai - Video

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled for the UAE as the Taliban* reached the gates of Kabul on 15 August and subsequently seized the city without a fight. Ghani claimed he ran away to prevent bloodshed if the group were to attack the capital. He has vowed to return to Afghanistan in the future in order to provide "justice" for all Afghan nationals.

Just like his boss Joe Biden, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken seems to be having trouble with getting names right. As he was speaking about the escape of Ashraf Ghani to the UAE, he recalled a phone call he had had with the Afghan president just a day before Taliban fighters reached Kabul.

But instead of saying that he'd had a conversation with the now-deposed Ghani, he mistakenly referred to his predecessor, Hamid Karzai, who served as the president of Afghanistan from 2001 to 2014.

Aug 23 09:35

Nasrallah: Afghanistan is worst debacle in US history, Biden hopes for civil war

My last point is Afghanistan, which I quickly mentioned before. What is happening in Afghanistan right now is an emergency situation that is grabbing the attention of the whole world. Inside the United States, this is the main event all are talking about, and of course everyone blames each other, just like in Lebanon, people are all the same: the Republican Party blames the Democrat Party, blames Biden, and describes the scene as a humiliation for the United States, (a proof of) weakness, helplessness, failure, historic defeat, shame, disgrace, etc. If we want to faithfully describe (the political situation in the United States), we can say that they are tearing each other apart. The same goes for the position of European countries, of the leaders of certain European countries [United Kingdom, France, Germany…], who speak with very strong and very negative words to assess the situation in Afghanistan.

Aug 23 09:34

Taliban Fighters Awaiting Order to Attack Resistance Forces in Afghan Panjshir, Source Says

Fighters of the Taliban* movement (banned in Russia as terrorist) are waiting for an order to attack the holdout Panjshir province northeast of the Afghan capital of Kabul, a source told Sputnik on Sunday.

Earlier on Sunday, the Taliban gave four hours to surrender to Ahmad Massoud, the leader of the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan. In response, Massoud said that Panjshir would not surrender and that the locals were ready to fight. Massoud also claimed that he and his supporters wanted a peaceful solution and were ready to negotiate an inclusive government with the Taliban, but the movement refused the offer.

The Agence France-Presse news agency reported earlier in the day, citing a source in the Taliban, that several hundred Taliban fighters had moved out towards Panjshir.

The goal of the offensive in Panjshir is to unite the country under the rule of the Taliban, the movement's spokesman clarified.

Aug 23 09:33

Biden says evacuations from Afghanistan "hard and painful" as he considers extending August 31 withdrawal deadline

President Biden warned Sunday his administration's efforts to evacuate thousands of American citizens and Afghan allies from Kabul following the Taliban's rapid takeover of the country was going to be "hard and painful" regardless of when the mission began, as work getting people out of Afghanistan ramps up.

"Let me be clear, the evacuation of thousands of people from Kabul is going to be hard and painful, no matter when it started, when we began, would have been true if we had started a month ago, or a month from now," Mr. Biden said in remarks about the ongoing chaos in Afghanistan. "There is no way to evacuate this many people without pain."

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The Taliban has already said "no" to extending the deadline.

Aug 23 09:26

After catastrophic US retreat from Afghanistan, Britain will have to turn to Russia & China for 'influence' over Taliban, UK says

As American troops continue their withdrawal from Kabul, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has admitted that London will now have to depend on Moscow and Beijing for support if it wants to do deals with the Taliban in future.

Speaking as part of an interview with the Sunday Telegraph published over the weekend, the UK's top diplomat acknowledged that his country and its allies have limited sway with Afghanistan and would have to turn to other nations when it comes to forming ties with the new government.

"We're going to have to bring in countries with a potentially moderating influence like Russia and China, however uncomfortable that is," Raab said. Working in partnership with a broader range of partners, he said, was the only way that Britain could exert a "moderating influence" on the Taliban.

Aug 23 09:25

FIRE reported at Kabul airport amid frantic evacuation, VIDEOS show billowing smoke

A fire has apparently broken out at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, amid ongoing evacuation efforts. Video footage shows a cloud of smoke rising from the airport.

News of the blaze broke on Monday evening local time. Little is known about the fire’s severity or origin, but videos posted to social media show a hazy cloud of smoke rising from the airport, which has been the focal point of US and Western evacuation efforts for the past week.

Aug 23 08:58

Afghanistan Situation Is Jill Biden’s Fault, Fox News Host Says – ‘She Failed The Country’

“I’m sorry, as a political spouse, I can’t help but look at Jill Biden,” she added. “No one knew better his state of mind than Dr. Jill Biden.”

“And if you ask me, the most patriotic thing Jill Biden could have done was tell her husband [Joe Biden] — to love her husband and not let him run in this mental state that he’s in,” Campos-Duffy said. “I think she failed the country as well.”

Aug 23 08:57

Trump SLAMS Wokeism In Packed Saturday Rally

Former President Donald Trump lambasted President Biden and “our woke generals'” chaotic evacuation operation in Afghanistan — presenting his own idea of how it all should have been carried out.

“First you bring out all of the American citizens,” Trump began in an emailed statement on Thursday.

“?Then you bring out ALL the equipment. Then you bomb the bases into smithereens — AND THEN YOU BRING OUT THE MILITARY. You don’t do it in reverse order like Biden and our woke Generals did?,” the 45th president insisted.?

Aug 23 08:49

Greece Erects Steel Wall Along Turkish Border Over Afghan Migration Fears

Greece has completed the construction of a 25-mile (40-km) long steel wall and a new surveillance system along the border with Turkey amid concerns about a possible surge of illegal immigrants trying to reach Europe following the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan this month.

“Our borders remain secure and inviolable. The new boundary wall has been completed and is actively guarded,” Greece’s Citizens’ Protection Minister Michalis Chrisochoidis told reporters during a press briefing while visiting the site in the region of Evros on Friday.

“We cannot wait passively to see the impact of the Afghan crisis,” he added.

“The high-tech, automated monitoring system is active. Possible refugee flows from Afghanistan will be stopped.”

Aug 23 08:46

Stranded Afghans Delete Social Media As Taliban Seizes US Surveillance Equipment

Concerned that they could be targeted by Taliban online surveillance operations, U.S. Afghan allies are reportedly scrambling to delete their social media profiles in droves. Meanwhile, privacy advocates are raising the concern that the U.S. data program possibly inherited by the Taliban could lead to blowback threatening civil liberties in America.

The New York-based group Human Rights First announced on Aug. 16 that Taliban fighters captured U.S. surveillance tools. These devices, known as Handheld Interagency Identity Detection Equipment (HIIDE), were used by soldiers to scan the biometrics of Afghans to match fingerprints on improvised explosive devices (IEDs), and for other such forensic investigations.

“We understand that the Taliban is now likely to have access to various biometric databases and equipment in Afghanistan, including some left behind by coalition military forces,” the human rights group said.

Aug 23 08:43

THE AFGHANISTAN DEBACLE, ZALMAY KHALILZAD AND THE GREAT RESET

Much of the world is shocked by the apparent incompetence of the Biden Administration in the human and geopolitical catastrophe that is unfolding in Afghanistan. While Biden speaks out of both sides of his pre-scripted mouth, stating that everyone else is to blame than his decisions, then stating “the buck stops here,” only adds to the impression that the once sole-superpower is in terminal collapse. Could it be that this is all part of a long-term strategy to end the nation state in preparation for the global totalitarian model sometimes called the Great Reset by the Davos cabal? The 40 year history of the Afghan US war and the Afghani Pashtun who shaped the policy until today is revealing .

Aug 23 08:42

Ex-NSA Director Endorses Deporting ‘The MAGA Wearing Unvaxxed’ To Afghanistan

The former director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and National Security Agency (NSA) on Sunday endorsed the idea that “the MAGA wearing unvaxxed” should be sent to Afghanistan.

Retired four-star Air Force General Michael Hayden was responding to a tweet from an account that replied to him. “Can we send the MAGA wearing unvaxxed to Afghanistan, no use sending that plane back empty?” The tweet said.

“Good idea,” Hayden replied in a tweet that was widely criticized on social media. Hayden retweeted an image juxtaposing the Taliban riding into Kabul with Trump supporters at a car rally with a caption that said “Their Taliban, Our Taliban.”

Aug 23 08:41

Failed policymakers have no shame on Afghanistan

What’s happening in Afghanistan has been nothing short of shocking.

No, I’m not talking about the collapse of the Afghan government and military. That barely registers as surprising. What's hard to understand is that many of the architects of this predictable disaster have been allowed to point the finger of blame at others while escaping the condemnation many of them deserve.
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So many senior uniformed and civilian leaders, and every president since 9/11, have systematically misled the public about the true state of the war. They routinely claimed that things were getting better in Afghanistan, that the Kabul government was becoming more effective, and that Afghan security forces were capable and improving. It was always a lie.

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"Oh well, onto the next war!" -- Official White Horse Souse

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.

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