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Oct 19 09:57

Imported Afghan Refugee Rapes Two Children in Fort McCoy Bathroom

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

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

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

Oct 18 06:44

Starving Afghan Parents Forced To Sell Children To Survive  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 18 06:18

Pentagon, State Department square off on Afghanistan accountability

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

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

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

Oct 17 08:02

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

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

Oct 16 06:59

Displaced Afghan Children Dying from Cold, No Healthcare

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 16 06:37

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

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

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

Oct 16 06:26

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

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

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

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

Oct 15 10:31

Kabul orphanage struggles to feed its children as cash runs low

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

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

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

Oct 15 05:48

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

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

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

Oct 15 05:46

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 14 13:28

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

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

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

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

Oct 14 06:38

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

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

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

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

Oct 14 06:13

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

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

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

Oct 13 08:39

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

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

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

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

Oct 13 06:00

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Oct 12 09:07

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

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

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

Oct 11 13:06

Biden Admin To FUND The Taliban-AGAIN

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

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

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

Oct 11 12:13

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

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

Oct 11 06:03

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

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

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

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

Oct 11 05:48

Trump Presses The Taliban To Give Back What They Stole

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

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

Oct 10 08:00

The U.S. Wants Back Into Afghanistan

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

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

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

Oct 10 07:55

Washington Demands Acquiescence in Afghanistan

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

Oct 10 07:37

Independent Review of Afghanistan War Failures Gets Backing of Key Senator

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

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

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

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

Oct 09 07:38

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

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

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

Oct 08 08:06

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

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

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

Oct 07 05:34

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

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

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

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

Oct 07 05:33

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

The following is according to firsthand accounts.

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 07 05:32

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

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

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

Oct 07 05:25

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

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

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

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

Oct 06 11:00

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

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

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

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

Oct 06 10:50

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

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

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

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

But later as The Hill reported:

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

Oct 06 08:58

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

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

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

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

Oct 06 08:54

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

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

There are white flags there, too.

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

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

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

Oct 06 08:32

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

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

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

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

Oct 06 07:49

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 05 07:15

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

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

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

Oct 05 05:53

Watch: ISIS-K Attack Shakes Up Kabul

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

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

Oct 05 05:43

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 05 05:41

The Amen Corner Strikes Again

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

Oct 05 05:35

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

Oct 05 05:34

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

Oct 04 10:24

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

Oct 04 07:52

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 04 07:16

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

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

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

Oct 04 07:13

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

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

Oct 04 07:10

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

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

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

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

Oct 04 06:29

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

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

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

Oct 04 06:23

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

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

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

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

Oct 04 06:00

Afghans Compare Taliban To NAZI Occupation

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

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

Oct 04 05:41

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

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

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

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

Oct 03 07:47

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

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

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

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

Oct 03 07:46

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

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

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

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

Oct 02 06:48

REVEALED: Afghan refugees are 'walking out' of US military bases before they are resettled after Republicans raised questions about whether evacuees are being properly vetted

More than 700 Afghan refugees currently in the United States have left the military bases they've been evacuated to without intent to return, it was revealed Friday.

The number of 'independent departures,' or refugees leaving to start a new life, is more than 300 at Fort Bliss, Texas alone, sources familiar with the data told Reuters.

Roughly 53,000 Afghans were brought to eight different bases across the US after being rescued from Kabul.

Oct 02 05:56

Ingraham: America was betrayed by woke military leadership

Oct 01 06:19

Afghani Refugees Storming In With No Vetting

Most of the Americans are “not confident” that the Biden administration is suitably vetting the thousands of Afghan refugees being delivered to the US following the chaotic military departure from Afghanistan, according to a new survey.

Twenty-seven percent say they are “not too confident” and 28 percent say they are “not at all confident” that the government is sufficiently concealing the refugees, the latest Pew Research Center survey revealed.

Oct 01 04:59

The Blunder Games: CENTCOM Chief Blames Trump for Afghan Army’s Collapse

America’s top generals faced two days of questioning by members of the Senate and House armed services committees, where they blamed the current president, the former president, the Afghan army, intelligence, and circumstances beyond anyone’s control for the sudden and unexpected collapse of the Kabul government.

Former president Donald Trump’s decision to sign a peace deal with the Taliban* was a key factor in the dramatic mid-August disintegration of the Afghan security forces and government and the country’s takeover by the Islamist militants, General Frank McKenzie, head of US Central Command (USCENTCOM), has said.

Sep 30 11:08

Taliban reinforces warning to US not to use drones in Afghan airspace

The US, which recently withdrew its troops during the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul, apparently is still active in the Central Asian country. Clandestine operations involving drones allegedly aimed at combating Daesh K agents have caused controversy in the region in recent days. The Taliban emphatically affirms that it will not tolerate a foreign presence and that it will fight American drones in the same way it fights terrorists, while Washington insists on a “global police” posture and says that it will continue to use drones against the Daesh K.

Sep 30 07:11

Watch: General Miley Finally Has An Answer For Resignation Push

General Mark Milley, the top U.S. military officer, on Tuesday harshly backed calls with his Chinese counterpart that have put Republican demands for his leave, saying he had been trying to reduce tension with Beijing and not to "usurp authority."

"At no time was I attempting to change or influence the process, usurp authority, or insert myself into the chain of command," Milley told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

"I know, I am certain, that President [Donald] Trump did not intend on attacking the Chinese," Milley said.

Sep 30 07:08

Marine who blasted Afghan withdrawal being held in military lockup

The US Marine Corps officer who was relieved of his command for chastising his bosses over the botched Afghan withdrawal has landed in military lockup, his father said.

In a video that went viral on Facebook last month, Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller ripped into military leadership following the devastating suicide bombing at the Kabul airport, which killed 13 US service members and scores of Afghans.

Following the impassioned spiel, Lt. Col. Scheller announced he was resigning his commission and walking away from a $2 million pension after 17 years of service.

He later announced that he was ordered to undergo a mental health screening.

Now, his father told Task & Purpose that the officer is currently in the brig.

Sep 30 06:39

Tucker: This is one of the worst stories of our time

'Tucker Carlson Tonight' host discusses the punishment of Marine Colonel Stu Scheller for questioning the Afghanistan withdrawal.

Sep 29 09:14

US Afghanistan withdrawal a ‘logistical success but strategic failure’, Milley says

The withdrawal from Afghanistan and the evacuation of Kabul was “a logistical success but a strategic failure,” the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff has told the Senate.

Gen Mark Milley gave the stark assessment at an extraordinary hearing of the Senate armed services committee to examine the US departure, which also became a postmortem on the 20-year war that preceded it.

Milley appeared alongside the defence secretary, Lloyd Austin, and the head of US Central Command, Gen Kenneth ‘Frank’ McKenzie, in the most intense, heated cross-examination of the country’s military leadership in more than a decade.

At one point, Milley was obliged to defend his loyalty to his country, in the face of allegations of insubordination in last weeks of the Trump administration, and to explain why he had not resigned in the course of the chaotic Afghan pullout.

Sep 29 09:00

The Criticism Doesn't Stop: Another Steep Fall For Biden

Just over eight months into office, President Biden is sinking in crises.

From immigration to foreign policy, to the economy, to the coronavirus pandemic, the president's difficulties seem to be rising.

Afghanistan

Arguably the greatest crisis Biden is facing right now stems from his troop departure from Afghanistan, through which 13 American service members were murdered in Kabul.

Biden was quick to condemn others for the botched operation that saw the Taliban quickly take over the nation as Afghan security forces crumbled and U.S. weapons and equipment were captured.

Sep 29 08:20

Biden Administration Blocks Rescue of Persecuted Christians from Afghanistan

The Biden administration is preventing the rescue of persecuted Christian minorities from the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, where they face certain and likely gruesome death.

This information surfaced on August 26, 2021, during an interview between Glenn Beck and Tucker Carlson on Fox News. Through his charity, the Nazarene Fund, Beck had managed to charter planes to airlift 5,100 Christians out of Afghanistan and into neighboring nations. Before long, however, U.S. officials intervened and prevented the escape of a batch of 500 Christians, mostly women and children, who were ordered outside of the airport’s protection zone: “I have pictures of them pleading to get back through the gate,” Beck continued:

Sep 28 11:49

BOOGA BOOGA! ‘Iraq WMDs’ Architect John Bolton Claims Terrorists Could Get Nukes in Wake of US Afghan Pullout

The ex-Trump national security advisor, whose former boss once referred to as “one of the dumbest people in Washington,” has been criticised by detractors over his hawkish foreign policy advice – including unabashed support for US military interventions and regime change operations across the globe.

Former Trump National Security Advisor and George W. Bush-era Undersecretary of State John Bolton fears that the US pullout from Afghanistan could lead to the Taliban* or another terrorist group getting nukes.

“Taliban in control of Afghanistan threatens the possibility of terrorists taking control in Pakistan too. And there are already a lot of radicals in the Pakistani military. But if the whole country gets taken over by terrorists, that means maybe 150 nuclear weapons in the hands of terrorists, which is a real threat to us and our friends,” Bolton said, speaking to New York-based radio station WABC on Sunday.

Sep 28 10:40

Report: US Asked Russia About Offer of Bases to Monitor Afghanistan

According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley asked his Russian counterpart in Finland last week about an apparent offer from Russian President Vladimir Putin for the US to use Moscow’s bases in Central Asia to spy on Afghanistan.

Unnamed US officials told the Journal that Milley raised the issue with Russian Chief of General Staff Valery Gerasimov at the request of President Biden’s National Security Council staff. The report said Gerasimov was “noncommital” on the issue.

The Russian newspaper Kommersant first reported that Putin made the offer to Biden during the June 16th summit between the two leaders in Geneva. The report said Putin suggested the US could use Russian bases in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan to monitor Afghanistan, including through drones flown across the border.

Sep 28 08:15

State Department: Roughly 100 US citizens, legal residents ready to leave Kabul

About 100 U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents are ready to leave Kabul, Afghanistan, the State Department announced on Monday.

A senior State Department official said that number is not precise because it changes every day, but that’s the pool on which the Biden administration is focusing its evacuation efforts.

“The highest priority remains helping the U.S. citizens who wish to leave the country now to do so,” the official said.

Sep 28 07:57

Biden Regime JAILS Marine For Criticizing His Botched Afghanistan Withdrawal — Parents Speak Out In Horror

In an absolute show of authoritarianism, the Biden regime has imprisoned the heroic Marine who spoke out against Vice President Joe Biden’s bungled Afghanistan withdrawal.

Last month, Marine Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller spoke out against Vice President Joe Biden’s fatal pullout, demanding accountability from military authorities. To the chagrin of senior Biden military officials, his plea went viral.

Scheller has been thrown in the brig and is being kept in pre-trial imprisonment as reprisal for speaking out against the Biden administration.

“All our son did is ask the questions that everybody was asking themselves, but they were too scared to speak out loud,” said Stu Scheller Sr. “He was asking for accountability. In fact, I think he even asked for an apology that we made mistakes, but they couldn’t do that, which is mind-blowing.”

Sep 28 07:31

Josh Hawley SLAMS Biden's Surrender To Wokeism

The Biden administration sacrificed U.S. attention that could have guaranteed a calculated military departure from Afghanistan, rather than focusing on promoting the progressive agenda in the Department of Defense, announced Republican Sen. Josh Hawley.

“Joe Biden and his team were more interested in advancing their phony culture war than they were protecting American lives. Their misplaced priorities had devastating consequences – 13 American service members died, and hundreds of Americans were left stranded behind enemy lines,” Hawley told The Federalist. “Rather than worrying about flying the ‘Progress Flag’ or adding a ‘nonbinary’ option to U.S. passports, Joe Biden and his team should’ve been focused on how to safely withdraw from Afghanistan. The Biden administration must be held accountable.”

Sep 28 06:39

ICC to ‘deprioritise’ investigation into alleged US war crimes in renewed Afghan probe, will focus on Taliban and ISIS-K

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has requested approval to resume a war crimes investigation into Afghanistan which won’t focus on alleged US offenses, but those committed by the Taliban and other groups.

In a statement on Monday, ICC prosecutor Karim Khan said he had filed an application to resume his office’s investigation into alleged atrocities committed in Afghanistan since July 1, 2002.

Khan, who is six months into his nine-year tenure, said the investigations would be focused on the actions of the Taliban and the Islamic State Khorasan (ISIS-K) militia. He added that other aspects of the investigation would be “deprioritised” due to a lack of resources and would focus on “the scale and nature of crimes within the jurisdiction of the court.”

Sep 27 09:30

A female soldier at Fort Bliss said she was assaulted by a group of male Afghan refugees, officials say

A female soldier at Fort Bliss reported she was assaulted by a group of male Afghan refugees, officials said Friday.

"We can confirm a female service member supporting Operation Allies Welcome reported being assaulted on Sept. 19 by a small group of male evacuees at the Doña Ana Complex in New Mexico," Lt. Col. Allie Payne, director of Public Affairs for Fort Bliss and the 1st Armored Division, said in a statement to ABC-7.

Payne said extra security measures will be taken at the at the Doña Ana Complex, such as better lighting, and that the soldier has recieved medical care and counseling. She also said the FBI is investigating.

Sources with knowledge of the incident told ABC-7 the assault was not sexual in nature and that the soldier was attacked near her car after arriving for duty.

Sep 27 09:29

Two Afghan refugees at Fort McCoy facing charges of sex crimes against a minor and domestic abuse

Two Afghan refugees have been federally indicted for crimes allegedly committed during their stay at Wisconsin’s Fort McCoy.

Bahrullah Noori, a 20-year-old Afghan evacuee, is being charged with attempting to engage in a sexual act with a minor using force against that person along with three other counts of engaging in a sex act with a minor, according to WQOW.

Noori’s alleged victims are under the age of 16.

Additionally, 32-year-old Mohammad Haroon Imaad is being charged with assaulting his wife by choking and suffocating her on September 17.

Sep 27 07:53

House-passed measure includes $6.3 billion for Afghan refugee resettlement, path to green cards

The Democratic-controlled House this week passed a continuing resolution that included language requested by the White House that would fund the resettlement effort of tens of thousands of Afghans to the tune of $6.3 billion, while also giving a timetable for them to be eligible for green cards.

The continuing resolution is designed to keep the government funded until Dec. 3 and until lawmakers can pass a budget for fiscal year 2022. It passed the House on a 220-211 vote. The Senate is expected to vote as early as Monday.

Sep 27 07:01

Afghanistan: Before and After US Intervention

I was fortunate enough to be in Afghanistan in November of 1978, six months after a progressive socialist government came to power. I travelled from the city of Peshawar in Pakistan through the Khyber Pass to Kabul. I then spent a couple of weeks in the city and the surrounding rural area. At that time I was on a sabbatical leave as a professor from the University of Winnipeg. Prior to this, I had been in Asia for 7 months on an agricultural research project, conducting documentary case studies of farms — 70 studies in 12 countries, starting in Japan and ending with 4 farms in Afghanistan.

What I find astounding is that the Western media never mention that for a brief period of time Afghanistan once had a progressive secular government, with broad popular support.

Sep 27 06:38

US Won’t Be Asking Taliban Permission to Launch Future Airstrikes in Afghanistan

The US has no plans to ask permission from the Taliban if it decides to bomb Afghanistan in the future, the Pentagon said on Friday.

Since the withdrawal, the US has maintained that it has “over the horizon capabilities” to carry out airstrikes in Afghanistan. But even though the Taliban is leading the new Afghan government, the Pentagon has no plans to coordinate with them on potential airstrikes.

“We retain all necessary authorities to execute over-the-horizon counterterrorism operations, and we remain confident in these capabilities moving forward,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told Military Times.

“Without speaking to specific rules of engagement surrounding airstrikes, there is currently no requirement to clear airspace with the Taliban, and we do not expect that any future over the horizon counterterrorism strikes would hinge on such a clearance,” he said.

Sep 27 06:33

Taliban ask airlines to resume international flights to Afghanistan

The Taliban government in Afghanistan appealed on Sunday for international flights to be resumed, promising full cooperation with airlines and saying that problems at Kabul airport had been resolved.

The statement from the foreign affairs ministry comes as the new administration has stepped up efforts to open up the country and gain international acceptance following the collapse of the Western-backed government last month.

A limited number of aid and passenger flights have been operating from the airport. But normal commercial services have yet to resume since it was closed in the wake of the chaotic evacuation of tens of thousands of foreigners and vulnerable Afghans that followed the Taliban's seizure of the capital.

Sep 27 06:25

California Schools Prepare for Thousands of Afghan Refugee Students

In California, home to the largest number of Afghan refugees in the country, school officials are preparing for an influx of students who fled Afghanistan with their families after the Taliban seized power in the country last month.

Schools are especially busy in Sacramento and Fremont, which have two of the largest Afghan communities in the state. Over 40% of the nation’s Afghan refugees have resettled in the Sacramento region in recent years, according to Jessie Tientcheu, chief executive officer of Opening Doors, a resettlement agency based in Sacramento.

Elk Grove Unified School District began offering culturally appropriate meals and setting aside rooms in many of its middle and high schools for prayer during Muslim holidays in preparation for the additional Afghan students it expects in the next month. San Juan Unified is offering Saturday school for English learners, and Fremont Unified is planning to hire more translators.

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And just who pays for these Afghans' education?

Sep 27 06:17

Taliban hang dead bodies of 'kidnappers' in four squares of Afghan city Herat, eyewitness says

The Taliban has hanged the dead bodies of alleged kidnappers in four squares across the Afghan city of Herat after killing them during a shootout, eyewitnesses have claimed.

Wazir Ahmad Seddiqi, who runs a pharmacy beside the main square in Herat, said four dead bodies were brought to the square and were hanged from a crane.

He said three bodies were moved to other squares in the city in western Afghanistan to be displayed, in a gruesome move that signalled a return to some of the Taliban's past methods.

Sep 26 06:37

District of Colombia Won’t Ask Taliban Government Permission to Launch Airstrikes in Afghanistan

The US has no plans to ask permission from the Taliban if it decides to bomb Afghanistan in the future, the Pentagon said on Friday.

Since the withdrawal, the US has maintained that it has “over the horizon capabilities” to carry out airstrikes in Afghanistan. But even though the Taliban is leading the new Afghan government, the Pentagon has no plans to coordinate with them on potential airstrikes.

“We retain all necessary authorities to execute over-the-horizon counterterrorism operations, and we remain confident in these capabilities moving forward,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told Military Times.

“Without speaking to specific rules of engagement surrounding airstrikes, there is currently no requirement to clear airspace with the Taliban, and we do not expect that any future over the horizon counterterrorism strikes would hinge on such a clearance,” he said.

Sep 24 09:04

‘Most Movement out of Afghanistan Is Paused Right Now’

Ian Bickford, president of the American University of Afghanistan, tells CBS News, “We’re advocating at every level of government. We are paying close attention to conditions to look for any opportunity to continue the resettlement of people. The fact is most movement out of Afghanistan is paused right now.”

Sep 24 03:31

Will a Renewed ‘Operation Cyclone’ Threaten Afghanistan’s New Silk Road Future?

The Chinese and their growing array of partners have come to the fundamental insight that the only way to destroy terrorism is not by bombing nations to smithereens, but rather by providing the means of improving the lives of people.

With the recent pledge by China, Russia, Iran and Pakistan for renewed defense of Afghanistan’s sovereignty and right to develop, many have jumped the gun to celebrate a little prematurely.

While watching a hegemonic wanna-be global overlord choke on humble pie is certainly satisfying, and while Afghanistan unquestionably has a renewed hope to recapture its ancient role as a pearl on the Silk Road uniting all cultures of the globe, something darker is also afoot. A process reminiscent of the events of 1979 when Zbigniew Brzezinski, then leading a trilateral Commission takeover of the USA using a dim-witted puppet president, managed to launch a program known as “Operation Cyclone”.

Sep 24 03:27

Milley, Austin to testify in front of Senate over Afghanistan collapse

Sep 23 13:14

Two Recent Afghan Refugees Brought To America ARRESTED for Child Rape & Assaulting Woman

Two recent Afghan evacuees are facing separate federal charges at Fort McCoy for attempting to rape a child and assaulting a woman.

Bahrullah Noori, 20, is charged with attempting to rape a child. Mohammad Haroon Imaad, 32, is charged with assaulting his spouse by strangling and suffocating her.

Thepostmillennial.com reports: Both men made initial appearances in Madison on September 16 and are being detained at the Dane County Jail.

Noori and Imaad are scheduled for arraignment Thursday, September 23.
If convicted, Noori faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 30 years and a maximum of life in federal prison on the charges alleging use of force, and a maximum penalty of 15 years on the other two charges. Imaad faces a maximum penalty of 10 years.

Sep 23 07:49

Tulsi Is Back & On The Attack, Demands Joe Be Held Accountable

Former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), formerly a candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, emphasized the value of accountability about the U.S. departure from Afghanistan and a drone strike in the midst of that departure that killed seven children in an interview with FNC’s Tucker Carlson that aired on Monday.

Gabbard claimed that a bigger part of the problem was the policy objective, which included nation-building that never completely had the help of the people in Afghanistan.

Sep 22 11:29

Biden Under Fire For Not Disclosing True Number Of Afghan Evacuees

Lawmakers on Tuesday aired frustration over a lack of data disclosed by the Biden administration, which has boasted of evacuating more than 124,000 people from Afghanistan but hasn't provided a precise breakdown of the different categories of those who fled the country amid and after the U.S. withdrawal.

Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.), talking with Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, stressed a gap between the 60,000 people who have been taken into the U.S. and the total number evacuated.

Sep 22 08:14

Facebook Blocks Ad For Song Critical of Biden’s Afghanistan Withdrawal

Facebook blocked an ad that promoted a song critical of President Joe Biden's botched Afghanistan withdrawal, raising questions about how it applies its advertising rules.

The social media giant twice prohibited Five For Fighting's John Ondrasik from purchasing an ad to promote his new single "Blood On My Hands." Facebook claimed the song, which slams the Biden administration for abandoning hundreds of Americans and thousands of Afghan allies, "violated their policy on either politics or social issues." The song singles out Biden, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley.

Sep 22 08:09

Biden to double refugee admissions to 125K amid border surge, Afghan evac

President Biden will increase the limit on the number of refugees who can be resettled in the United States to 125,000 for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, the State Department informed Congress Monday.

The new limit is double the current cap of 62,500 refugees, which Biden raised in May from the previous limit of 15,000 set by former President Donald Trump.

The increase comes as Biden faces criticism over the ongoing migration surge at the southwestern border as well as the botched withdrawal from Afghanistan — in which US citizens, legal permanent residents and applicants for special visas meant for those who helped America’s military in the two-decade-long war were left in Taliban-controlled territory.

The Wall Street Journal reports that approximately 40,000 Afghan citizens have been brought to the US in recent days, though none have been formally classified as refugees due to the haste with which they were taken out of Afghanistan.

Sep 22 07:49

CDC: Unvaccinated Afghans Bringing in Measles, Other Diseases. Agency Tells Doctors to Watch for Polio

Forget about the rapists, robbers, and human smugglers President Joe Biden brought into the United States with 118,000 other post-war Afghan evacuees.

More frightening is the chance that the Afghans will unleash an epidemic of diseases once thought all but wiped out.

In an “Emergency Preparedness and Response” release published on Monday, the Centers for Disease Control warned that doctors must prepare for a wave of mumps, measles, leishmaniasis, and worse still, polio. Already, 20 people arriving from Afghanistan have been diagnosed with mumps or measles.

Coming soon to a school or restaurant near you: a possibly fatal, infectious disease that blows up into a contagion.

Sep 22 07:28

Taliban Dealing With Early Signs Of Civil War

The extremist Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a series of deadly roadside bombs targeting Taliban fighters in eastern Afghanistan, pointing to conflict between the country’s new Taliban rulers and their long-time rivals.

A string of explosions struck Taliban vehicles in Afghanistan’s provincial city of Jalalabad over the weekend, killing eight people, including Taliban fighters. On Monday, three more explosions were heard across the city, an IS stronghold, with unconfirmed reports of additional Taliban casualties.

Sep 22 06:03

After Psaki Gives Sad Excuse For Biden Over Drone Strike – Tucker Carlson Calls For Firings, Accountability

This week, the Pentagon admitted that their drone strike of an “ISIS-K” agent actually missed big time.

Instead, they blew up a car killing ten people, including an aid worker and 7 children. What’s even worse is that Biden has personally failed to comment on it.

When pressed for answers, his press secretary made up a bogus excuse. From Fox News:

White House press secretary Jen Psaki was hammered Monday following her decision to invoke President Joe Biden’s personal losses and grief while responding to a question on the botched drone strike in Afghanistan…

“As a human being, as a president, and as somebody who has overseen loss in a variety of scenarios, both as a leader and personally, his reaction is it’s a tragedy…” Psaki said.

Sep 22 06:02

The Stain Of Afghanistan Will Stick To Biden

President Biden’s supporters are hewing to one message since the disastrous Afghan exit: “Voters won’t remember it.” That analysis—or hope, really—could well be wrong because the evacuation left Biden with so many problems. None are going away soon.

The most consequential is that many independent voters are deciding that Joe Biden is simply incompetent. This “buyer’s remorse” is new, and it’s growing. Although Democratic voters are still backing the president, he is now deeply underwater with independents, both on overall “favorability” and on his handling of several high-profile issues.

A Quinnipiac Poll, conducted Sept. 10-13, showed only 34% of independents approved his job performance, while 52% disapproved.

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"THE CLIMATE! THE CLIMATE! THE CLIMATE!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Sep 21 12:06

Fallen Afghanistan Presents New Dangers to India

On the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Afghanistan’s new rulers, the Taliban, unfurled their flag over the presidential palace in Kabul, slaughtered men and women in Panjshir Valley, and released a video of al-Qaeda leader Ayman Zawahiri declaring that “Jerusalem will not be Judaized.” The Biden administration’s retreat from Afghanistan last month has left U.S. allies alarmed and bewildered; Quad members England, India, Japan, and Australia watched in horror as Biden handed the Taliban tens of billions in U.S. weaponry, Bagram Air Base, and intelligence dossiers on Afghans who worked with the Quad. As Biden was censured in the U.K. parliament, a retired Indian diplomat posted from New Delhi: “We were not consulted, we were not warned, now we must ask, can we ever trust America again?”

Sep 21 10:24

VIDEO: MSNBC Analyst Says Biden’s Drone Killing Of 10 Civilians ‘Confirms The Rightness And Correctness’ Of Botched Withdrawal

MSNBC Richard Stengel made the bold claim on Monday that the Biden regime’s use of a drone to kill 10 Afghan civilians in a strike that has been classified as accidental actually “just confirms the rightness and correctness” of Biden’s botched and heavily criticized withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Stengel was asked, “It was already a rough patch for the Biden administration to say the least, but where does this mistake leave the White House now, how does it fit into the broader story of Afghanistan?”

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Sep 21 09:52

Pompeo Defends 'Killer' Drone Strike In Backwards Way

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blasted President Biden for the drone attack that killed 10 civilians, including seven innocent children, in Afghanistan, decrying military officials for bowing to “political pressure” and carrying out the strike in a “rush.”

Pompeo called the killing of aid worker Zemari Ahmadi and members of his family on Aug. 29 a “tragedy” and offered his apologies.

He said the drone strike was mishandled by the administration the same way it bungled the US military withdrawal and allowed the Taliban to return to power.

Sep 21 09:32

Operation 'Go It Alone': Disenchanted Europeans May Build Their Own Army

The chaotic Afghanistan withdrawal has renewed talk about striking out and leaning less on the U.S. But is it possible?

German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen , Eric Trappier and Emmanuel Macron attend the 53rd International Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport and the unveiling of the French-German-Spanish New Generation Fighter (NGF) model, June 17, 2019. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier/PoolPhoto by Jacques Witt/Pool/ABACAPRESS.COM Photo by Jacques Witt/pool/ABACAPRESS.COM

Europeans are a moody lot. Whenever they feel neglected by America - meaning most anytime Washington is busy elsewhere - there is much wailing and gnashing of teeth. And endless demands for “reassurance,” as in additional promises to spend and do even more to defend the continent.

Sep 21 07:58

US Seeks NATO Cooperation for Surveillance and Potential Airstrikes in Afghanistan

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley met with his NATO counterparts in Greece over the weekend to discuss cooperation on surveillance and potential airstrikes in Afghanistan, what the Pentagon calls “over the horizon capabilities.”

“We are going to talk about over the horizon capabilities and where allies think appropriate that they can make a contribution, we’re certainly open to that,” Milley told reporters ahead of the meeting. “There are opportunities where alliance members may choose to work closely with us on these over the horizon capabilities.”

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I think the American people have had enough Afghanistan for now!

Sep 21 07:58

ISIS Attacks Taliban Targets in Afghanistan

The US pullout from Afghanistan led to a lot of concern about the ongoing presence of ISIS-K in the post-war country. This weekend, ISIS-K took credit for a pair of attacks in one of their major strongholds, Jalalabad.

ISIS-K has ideological differences with the Taliban, and the two sides were fighting even before the US pullout. Now that Afghanistan is Taliban-run, they’re the main target for ISIS forces.

This weekend saw no less than six IED attacks in Jalalabad, with 35 Taliban casualties, along with several civilian bystanders killed and wounded. The Taliban announced an investigation into the matter.

US operations against ISIS-K almost exclusively centered on Nangarhar Province, which is where Jalalabad is. This tended to involve copious airstrikes, ISIS fleeing the area, and then returning after the US declared them wiped out. As this weekend proves, they remain operationally capable.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wonder if the attacks were really ISIS or a false-flag to justify the US going back in.

Sep 21 07:57

Daesh Does Not Pose Threat to Afghanistan: Taliban's Mujahid

The Taliban caretaker government can restrain Daesh in Afghanistan and the group is not capable of posing a threat to the country, said Deputy Minister of Culture and Information Zabihullah Mujahid.

Speaking to TOLOnews, Mujahid said two groups have been arrested in relation to the last incidents in Nangarhar province.

“Daesh is not a threat, because the thought of Daesh is a hated thought among the people. No one supports them. Second, our combat against Daesh was effective in the past and we know how to neutralize their techniques," Mujahid said.

Daesh claimed responsibility for several attacks in Kabul and Nangarhar province over the last month. Videos in which Daesh claimed responsibility for the attacks were posted by Amaq News Agency, an outlet with links to Daesh.

Sep 21 07:49

After Recognition We Will Address Rights Issues: Mujahid

In reaction to European Union concerns over human rights violations in Afghanistan, Zabihullah Mujahid, deputy minister of the Ministry of Information and Culture of the caretaker cabinet, said on Monday that if the international community recognizes the new government, they will address the concerns over allegations of human rights violations.

“As long as we are not recognized, and they make criticisms (over rights violations), we think it is a one-sided approach. It would be good for them to treat us responsibly and recognize our current government as a responsible administration. Afterward, they can share their concerns lawfully with us and we will address their concerns,” Mujahid told TOLOnews.

Mujahid’s remarks come after the ambassador and head of the EU delegation in Afghanistan, Andreas Von Brandt, on Sunday said the EU is deeply concerned over human rights violations in Afghanistan, especially the violation of women and girls’ right to education and work.

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