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    Afghanistan's supreme leader today appeared publicly for only the second time in six years, telling worshippers celebrating Eid al-Fitr that the Taliban had won 'victory, freedom and success' since taking power last year. Speaking just two days after a bomb ripped through a mosque in Kabul, an atmosphere of heightened security surrounded the man introduced as Hibatullah Akhundzada, the chief of the Taliban. 'Congratulations on victory, freedom and success,' he told thousands of worshippers at the Eidgah mosque in the southern city of Kandahar, the hardline Islamist group's de facto power centre. 'Congratulations on this security and for the Islamic system.' While the number of bombings across the country has dropped since Kabul fell to the Taliban last August, attacks soared over the final two weeks of the fasting month of Ramadan, which ended Saturday for Afghans. Dozens of civilians have been killed in the primarily sectarian attacks - some claimed by the Islamic State group - targeting members of the Shiite and Sufi Muslim communities.  Friday's bombing of a Sunni mosque in the capital meanwhile killed at least 10...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden said in August that the US military withdrawal from Afghanistan would not signal the end of US support to the Afghan people, pledging active humanitarian support and diplomatic engagement. But the policies of the US and other Western powers have done the opposite, instead delivering isolation, economic mayhem and human misery. Following the Taliban takeover in August, Western states froze all development aid, worth 75% of the Afghan government's budget. Many civil servants, including doctors and teachers, have not been paid since August. Western powers froze $9.5 billion in Afghan assets in foreign banks -- the vast majority of which is held in the US. Meanwhile, sanctions on the Taliban have become de facto bans on private-sector engagement with the government, despite exemptions for humanitarian activity.This would have caused problems for any economy. But foreign aid represented over 40% of GDP for Afghanistan. The international house of cards that was Afghanistan's economy has come falling down.Afghanistan has risen to the top of the International Rescue Committee's 2022 Emergency Watchlist as it nears economic collapse and the...
    On Google shopping, you can purchase clothes featuring Che Guevara, a homophobic and racist Marxist revolutionary; Pol Pot, leader of the Marxist Khmer Rouge that killed more than 1.7 million people through work, starvation, and torture in four years; Joseph Stalin, the Russian communist despot believed to have killed 20 million; and Chairman Mao, the Chinese communist tyrant that killed 45 million in four years. The big tech shopping platform has no problem selling shirts celebrating Antifa, which contributed to the record-high damages in the 2020 riots. Google also has no issues with apparel praising Rene Boucher, the convicted neighbor of Rand Paul who attacked the Republican senator and broke his ribs in 2017. Besides Kyle Rittenhouse, the only other search terms that were found to be seemingly banned from Google shopping were "Adolf Hitler," "Nazi," "Taliban," "QAnon," and "Proud Boys."
    The Defence Secretary today blamed Donald Trump for the speedy collapse of Afghanistan into the hands of the Taliban.  Ben Wallace told MPs that a 2020 deal struck by the Trump administration with the Islamic extremists 'couldn’t have been more helpful to the regime in achieving its victory'. He made the claim as he faced a grilling over the speedy military collapse of Afghanistan, which sparked an emergency evacuation of western forces and diplomats in the summer. The deal signed in Doha, Qatar led the way for US forces to withdraw from the battle-scarred country by September this year. Mr Wallace told the Defence Committee the Americans had 'sent a message to the world that you don't have any faith in the government in post'. 'It (the deal) removed from the battlefield the one thing the Taliban feared ... the terms of the deal probably could not have been more preferably for the Taliban achieving their victory, their aim,' he said. He denied that Nato soldiers had been militarily defeated but admitted: 'Our resolve was found wanting'. And he said...
    Half of Afghanistan's population is facing severe food shortages this winter, the UN has warned, as it calls for millions of dollars in funding to head off the crisis. Some 23million Afghans are at risk of malnutrition between November and March next year as food supplies in the aid-dependent nation run out, the UN's World Food Programme has warned today. It says $220million-per-month 'may' be needed to keep the country fed, after the collapse of the government and Taliban take-over combined with drought and the Covid pandemic to devastate supplies. But world leaders are hesitant to hand over cash amid warnings it will be pilfered by the new Islamist regime and fears it will legitimise a government that includes wanted terrorists. 23 million people in Afghanistan are facing malnutrition and possible starvation this winter as food supplies run desperately low, the UN has warned (file image) David Beasley, executive director of the World Food Programme, said the future facing Afghanistan 'is now among the world’s worst humanitarian crises - if not the worst' as he sounded the alarm on Monday....
    Afghan interpreters left behind by the British are increasingly frustrated at the UK's inability to rescue them as the US plans to resume mercy flights. Many translators who had worked alongside our troops have been forced into hiding since the Taliban took over two months ago. But while they get messages from the UK asking for patience, they have seen individuals affiliated to America leave. At least nine mercy flights have left the Afghan capital but former British translators have been unable to secure seats. The US veteran-organised journeys have put pressure on Washington to put its own flights in place, which it now plans to do. 'As soon as we have the right combination of documentation and logistics, we will get going again,' a senior official told the Wall Street Journal. Last night Hussain, a 48-year-old translator who recently left his home after receiving death threats, questioned the UK's failure to announce a similar commitment to resume flights. Former Afghan interpreters previously protested in front of the Home Office, demanding evacuations from Kabul continue RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1...
    A US Marine has shared his dismay at being forced to remove obscene messages insulting the Taliban and ISIS that they daubed on the walls of Kabul Airport.  Three examples of the insults were shared to social media - with one showing a serviceman in front of a tiled wall at Hamid Karzai Airport sprayed with the phrase 'F*** ISIS + Taliban' in black paint, as well as an image of a penis and testicles sprayed in purple. Another photo showed 12 troops with guns in front of an outdoor concrete barrier which had been sprayed with 'F*** ISIS, AFG 2021'. And a third showed three troops stood outside toting a cardboard sign saying 'F**k the Taliban.'  But an unnamed Marine stationed at Hamid Karzai said the graffiti painted on walls was removed at the orders of bosses, saying: 'My boys had to go … pick up every last piece of … trash for who? The Taliban?' a Marine told the Washington Post. 'It was a slap in the face to us.' That order was part of an edict which...
    Former prime minister Paul Keating has slammed the new nuclear submarines deal between the US, UK and Australia, arguing the US military can't beat a bunch of Taliban rebels in pick-up trucks. In a damning assessment of the agreement jointly announced this morning by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, US President Joe Biden and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Mr Keating said the deal represented a further 'dramatic loss of Australian sovereignty'.  Mr Keating, the famously acid-tongued Labor PM from 1991-1996, released a statement that questioned the wisdom of Australia locking in its military equipment and defence forces with the US to counter the growing power of China. 'If the US military with all its might could not beat a bunch of Taliban rebels with AK-47s rifles in pick-up trucks. what chance would it have in a full-blown war with China, not only the biggest state in the world but the occupant and commander of the biggest land mass in Asia,' Mr Keating wrote. Paul Keating, who was prime minister of Australia from 1991-1996, released a statement questioning the wisdom...
    Secretary of State Antony Blinken admitted before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday that he is not sure whether the target killed in a US drone strike was an aid worker or a terrorist, but assured the Biden administration is looking into the matter.  Blinken, in his second day of testimony over the Biden administration's chaotic Afghanistan withdrawal, faced questioning from Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.  'The guy the Biden administration droned, was he an aid worker or an ISIS-K operative?' Paul asked. A New York Times report claimed that the vehicle struck by a US drone was driven by US aid group worker Zemari Ahmadi, identifying one of the 10 killed in the retaliatory strike after a suicide blast outside Kabul airport killed 170.  'The administration is of course reviewing that strike and I'm sure that a full assessment will be forthcoming,' Blinken said. 'So you don't know if it was an aid worker or an ISIS-K operative?'  'I don't know because we're reviewing it,' Blinken said.  'You'd think you'd kind of know before you off somebody with a Predator...
    The Taliban has thanked the world for pledging more than a billion dollars in emergency aid to Afghanistan, and urged the US to show 'heart' by donating more. Amir Khan Muttaqi, the regime's acting foreign minister, told a press conference the terror group would spend donor money wisely and use it to alleviate poverty. He was speaking a day after the United Nations said a total of $1.2billion in aid had been pledged to Afghanistan, $64million of which came from the US. Amir Khan Muttaqi (pictured), the regime's acting foreign minister, told a press conference the terror group would spend donor money wisely and use it to alleviate poverty 'The Islamic Emirate will try its best to deliver this aid to the needy people in a completely transparent manner,' Muttaqi said. He also asked Washington to show appreciation for the Taliban allowing the US to complete a troop withdrawal and evacuation of more than 120,000 people last month. 'America is a big country, they need to have a big heart,' he said. Muttaqi said Afghanistan, which is also facing...
    (CNN)On that ghastly day, September 11, 2001, I never saw what happened in real time. I was on assignment in West Africa, in the midst of Sierra Leone's civil war. But I recall vividly as I was interviewing the hacked-up victims of the Revolutionary United Front guerrilla army -- their lips, ears, limbs macheted off, their stories too awful to imagine -- something big was happening on the other side of the world. We had no mod-cons like social media alerts or even proper mobile phone connection. But my London-based producer was trying desperately to reach us, with the first news of a plane -- maybe a small prop plane, maybe an accident -- hitting the World Trade Center in New York. And that I should be prepared immediately to redeploy. Easier said than done in a place with no functioning airport, no scheduled flights, no live TV to monitor events. We eventually chartered a puddle-hopper out and got first to the Cote d'Ivoire Ivory Coast airport up the coast. There the full horror was now evident to see on...
    Zeldin, who has served in Congress since 2015, announced an Empire State gubernatorial bid earlier this year. "After completing the Army ROTC program, Congressman Zeldin served four years on Active Duty," according to the biography on his website. He is presently an Army Reserve Lieutenant Colonel. "Creating a nation as a safe haven of terrorism, and likely allowing the rise of groups like al Qaeda and ISIS, that has ramifications beyond Afghanistan's borders," he noted, according to Fox News. "Having a president and a commander in chief who doesn't seem to grasp how, and why, adversaries should be confronted, and how to communicate honestly on these foreign policy issues with the American public, all creates an increased vulnerability here at home."
    The Taliban are willing to establish relations with all countries except Israel, a spokesman for the Islamist militant group has announced. Suhail Shaheen told Russian state-owned news agency Sputnik: 'In a new chapter if America wants to have a relation with us, which could be in the interest of both countries and both peoples, and if they want to participate in the reconstruction of Afghanistan, they are welcome.' But he went on: 'Of course, we won't have any relation with Israel. We want to have relations with other countries, Israel is not among these countries.' The Taliban has a history of supporting al-Qaeda, which routinely makes threats against the State of Israel and uses anti-Semitic rhetoric in its jihadist propaganda.   Last month, Shaheen caused surprise when he gave an interview to Israel's Kan public broadcaster. Just hours after it aired, the Taliban spokesman tweeted that he had been 'duped' into giving it. The Taliban are willing to establish relations with all countries except Israel, spokesman Suhail Shaheen has announced Israel's Prime Minister Naftali Bennett speaks during the weekly cabinet meeting...
    Joy Behar said the U.S. needed to “worry about the Taliban in America” as she blasted Texas’ new law banning abortion at six weeks of pregnancy, comparing the move to terrorism. The comments came during a panel discussion Tuesday on “The View” as the co-hosts were talking about how the United States Supreme Court denied a recent request to block the new law. (RELATED: Supreme Court Takes Up Major Abortion Case Directly Challenging Roe V. Wade) “So last week’s Supreme Court allowed Texas law to go into effect that bans abortion after six weeks and deputizes private citizens to snitch on anyone who helps a woman gets an abortion that she may need,” Whoopi Goldberg shared. “Seven other states are set to follow suit. Apparently the Republicans found a way to do this. I have a question. May I pose it to y’all?” (RELATED: ‘Texas Taliban’: Abortion Law Is As Bad As Literal Terrorists, According To Liberal Activists) “They made this law as if women are laying around trying to get pregnant,” she added. “When you say that you can’t...
    The organizer of a successful operation to evacuate an American family trapped in Afghanistan says the State Department is now trying to take full credit for the daring rescue mission.  The Texas-based family - consisting of a mom named Mariam and her three children - finally managed to get out of Afghanistan on Monday with the help of Army combat veteran Cory Mills.  The family travelled overland to a neighboring country with Mills' guidance after they were left behind in Afghanistan when President Joe Biden ordered the withdrawal of all US troops on August 31.  Mariam and her children - who live northwest of Dallas - had gone to visit her parents in Kabul when the Taliban suddenly overtook the city and they became trapped.  The family tried to get out of Afghanistan on an emergency evacuation flight, but a member of the Taliban purportedly pointed a pistol at Mariam's head as the family arrived at the airport.    Mills and his private team subsequently stepped in. They helped get Mariam and her family to a safehouse and organized for them to...
    What is the administration saying? In response to questioning from TheBlaze on Monday, the State Department effectively threw its hands in the air and conceded there's not much it can do at this point. "We understand the concern that many people are feeling as they try to facilitate further charter and other passage out of Afghanistan. However, we do not have personnel on the ground, we do not have air assets in the country, we do not control the airspace — whether over Afghanistan or elsewhere in the region," a State Department spokesman said. The spokesman added that the department also does not have a "reliable means" to verify the identity of the passengers. "Given these constraints, we also do not have a reliable means to confirm the basic details of charter flights, including who may be organizing them, the number of U.S. citizens and other priority groups on-board, the accuracy of the rest of the manifest, and where they plan to land, among many other issues," the spokesman said. Despite all of this, the spokesman noted the State Department...
    This Saturday is the 20th anniversary of 9/11, one of the darkest days in American history. To mark the occasion, President Biden will travel to Ground Zero in New York where the Twin Towers were destroyed, to Virginia where a plane was flown into the Pentagon, and to a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania where Flight United 93 also crashed after an on-air battle between terrorists and hero passengers. This would be a sombre enough experience for any American President given that nearly 3,000 people were killed on that infamous day back in 2001 which represented a terrible failure of US intelligence. But now it will also be a moment of bitter shame and humiliation too, thanks to Biden's appalling mishandling of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan and abject surrender to the very people who helped commit the attacks by harbouring the terrorists who carried them out. Biden's trip on 9/11 will be a moment of bitter shame and humiliation, thanks to his appalling mishandling of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan and abject surrender to the very people who helped...
    Sen. Bill Hagerty said the collapse of Afghanistan made it even more important for Washington to rebuild alliances damaged by President Biden's hasty withdrawal The shambolic withdrawal from Afghanistan and the increased risk of terror threats should be a wake-up call to Washington to rebuild trust with partners infuriated by President Biden's handling of the exit, said Senator Bill Hegarty on Sunday after returning from a visit to London and NATO headquarters. He said he heard a deep sense of anger during his meetings with British MPs and ministers, and with representatives of NATO allies, at the way Biden's Aug. 31 deadline put their citizens' lives at risk. 'The frustration was palpable,' he said after flying back at the weekend. 'You have a moment of reckoning like this ... sometimes it provides the opportunity to engage in a new manner, to bring new energy to a situation. 'And we've got new challenges that are going to emerge from this.  'A vacuum has been created in Afghanistan, a vacuum that jihadists and terrorists can flood into.  'This poses incredibly...
    A Sydney man is desperately trying to secure a visa for his two sisters, who are in hiding in Kabul and among thousands trying to reach Australia. 'If the Taliban hear about us or find us, they will kill us,' a woman says by phone from the Afghanistan capital. She and her sister have spent the past week hiding in a single room in Kabul, fearing for their lives. A Sydney man is desperately trying to secure a visa for his two sisters who are hiding in fear in Kabul (Pictured: First Australian citizens and visas holders arriving in Perth from Afghanistan) The sisters are particular targets for the Taliban because they are unmarried, educated, and have worked with a western NGO. They fled Mazar-e-Sharif two days before the Taliban swept through that city but, like so many others, when Kabul fell in mid-August they had nowhere left to run. Such is the risk, AAP has chosen not to name them. The sisters' lifeline is on the other side of the world - their brother in Sydney, who was...
    "They will, in the coming days, announce a government," he continued. "That government is gonna go around seeking diplomatic engagement, even recognition from other countries, including the United States. In fact, the Taliban spokesman today said he was looking for positive relations on behalf of the Taliban, especially with the United States." "We're not just going to grant positive relations to the Taliban; they are going to have to earn everything from the international community through actions — not words," Sullivan claimed. "That begins with safe passage for Americans and Afghan allies, and that also includes them living up to their counterterrorism commitments, including that Afghanistan can never again be used as a base from which to attack the United States or our allies again." Biden Thinks We Can 'Fight Terrorism Without Endless Wars': Jake Sullivan youtu.be The Taliban have claimed they are "reformed," that Afghanistan will be "inclusive" under their control, and that everyone in the country, including those who worked with Americans, has been granted "forgiveness" and "amnesty." But out of the other side of...
    Jake Sullivan wouldn't classify the Taliban as an enemy of the U.S. – or really put them under any classification – during a Tuesday interview upon the president declaring an end to the 20-year war in Afghanistan. 'What is the Taliban? Are they now our frenemy, are they our adversary, are they our enemy? Are they our – what are they?' MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace asked Sullivan. 'Well, it's hard to put a label on it,' Biden's national security adviser responded. He added: 'In part because we have yet to see what they are going to be now that they're in control – physical control of Afghanistan.' Earlier this month, as U.S. forces began pulling out of Afghanistan, the Taliban was able to overrun the country in just over a week. And after 11 days, the Islamic militant group had control of the capital city of Kabul. President Joe Biden's National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan refused to say Tuesday if the Taliban are an 'enemy' of America The group also started making public statements, declaring they were now the...
    Doha, Qatar — The Taliban continued celebrating the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan on Tuesday, proudly showing off equipment the U.S. military left behind. But as CBS News correspondent Charlie D'Agata reports, taking over the country was the easy part. Now it must figure out how to run it. The Taliban has said it will announce the leadership of Afghanistan's new government within just a few days, after what it said were consultations with former government officials and others. One thing the new government will not feature, according to a senior Taliban official who spoke to BBC News, is any women in cabinet roles. Biden forcefully defends Afghan withdrawal But convincing the rest of the world, and Afghans, that it's capable of running a country will require more from the Taliban than political appointments and announcements. Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, the last ground held by U.S. forces before they left completely on Monday evening, is a case in point. Taliban members holding American-supplied guns have popped up in videos online bad-mouthing the now-vacant U.S. forces....
    The Biden administration argues it has financial “leverage” over the Taliban to shape its behavior in the form of billions of dollars in Afghan national bank reserves frozen in the United States and hundreds of millions in paused international aid. National security adviser Jake Sullivan said Tuesday the U.S.’s mission to get the remaining Americans out of Afghanistan had "shifted from a military mission to a diplomatic mission,” adding, “We have considerable leverage over the Taliban to ensure that any remaining American citizen will be able to get out … We will work through every available diplomatic means with the enormous leverage that we have and that the international community has to make that happen.” When asked about the prospect of giving aid to the Taliban, Sullivan said, "humanitarian assistance” such as health and food aid “should go directly to the people of Afghanistan” through international and nongovernmental organizations, insisting “it’s not gonna flow through the Taliban,” and “it will not flow through the government.” But Sullivan also said: “When it comes to our economic and development...
    VIDEO2:3502:35Countries must practice caution with Taliban 'to avoid another 9/11': ExpertCapital Connection A repeat of the devastating Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks could happen if the international community abandons Afghanistan, a peace negotiator for Afghanistan told CNBC. The U.S. on Monday announced that the last evacuation flight had left Kabul, marking the final withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan and an end to 20 years of war. Khalid Noor, a member of the former Afghan government's peace negotiating team, said the world made a mistake when it abandoned Afghanistan after Soviet troops withdrew from the country in 1989. If that happens again, terrorist groups will emerge and plan attacks around the world. "We have said this very clearly — that the international community, if they repeat the same mistake they did in the past, that the war and … terrorism will reach their gates once again, will reach their cities once again," said Noor, who was part of the Afghan delegation in Qatar that negotiated with the Taliban in July 2019.Once again, they will … witness another 9/11.Khalid Noormember, member of...
    President Joe Biden reportedly encouraged then Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to convince the world that his government was holding its own against the Taliban. According to Reuters, Biden spent part of his last phone call with Ghani stressing the importance of “perception” when it came to the Afghan Security Forces and the government’s ability to prevent the Taliban from taking control of the country. (RELATED: Afghanistan President Blames US Troop Withdrawal For Worsening Security Amid Taliban Gains) A transcript of the call, reportedly provided to Reuters on condition of anonymity, detailed a July 23 phone call during which Biden pressured Ghani to “change perception” by publicly adopting a new military strategy. In call before Afghan collapse, Biden pressed Ghani to ‘change perception’ that fight with Taliban was not going well @AramRoston @nanditab1 https://t.co/lLTO6aFVpV — Tim Ahmann (@ahmannt) August 31, 2021 “I need not tell you the perception around the world and in parts of Afghanistan, I believe, is that things are not going well in terms of the fight against the Taliban. And there is a need, whether it...
    Officials with the U.K. government said Tuesday it was too early to decide how and even if it will work with the Taliban to handle the Islamic State in Afghanistan. A spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the decision on whether to work with the Taliban will depend on whether the militant group upholds its pledges on issues such as human rights. "At this stage, it is too early to dictate if and how we would work with the Taliban going forward," the spokesman told Reuters. "A lot will depend on their actions from now. As we have said throughout, we intend to put pressure on them to uphold these standards and claims." 'HUNDREDS' OF US CITIZENS LEFT BEHIND AS TROOPS LEAVE AFGHANISTAN The remarks out of the United Kingdom come several hours after the Defense Department released an image of what it described as the "last American soldier to leave Afghanistan " as U.S. forces withdrew from the country ahead of President Joe Biden's Tuesday deadline. The U.K. wound down its presence and evacuation efforts from Kabul...
    The last American troops are on their way home, confirming that the war in Afghanistan is all over bar the shouting. Whichever way you cut it, this was a humiliating defeat for the U.S.-led NATO alliance, Britain included. Militarily, the game’s up. Yet the shouting goes on, as Western politicians try to salvage some face from the rubble. Last night, an emergency session of the G7 was taking place, wondering how the West can still put pressure on the Taliban. Incredibly, Boris Johnson has dangled the possibility of establishing formal diplomatic relations with the new regime in Kabul. There’s even talk of unfreezing billions of dollars in seized Afghan assets and increasing foreign aid in exchange for the Taliban guaranteeing safe passage to all those who want to leave. The Prime Minister is offering to double our humanitarian and development aid to £286 million if the Taliban promise not to allow their country to once again become a haven for international terrorists targeting the West. He said: ‘We will use every lever we have to help the people of Afghanistan...
    Former President Donald Trump called on the present Biden administration to get "every penny" of U.S. equipment out of the region or "bomb the hell" out of the country. Trump, who has repeatedly ridiculed President Joe Biden 's handling of the military's withdrawal from Afghanistan, criticized reports of U.S. military equipment being seized by the Taliban — including tanks, trucks, weapons, and other gear left behind by U.S. forces. US DRONE STRIKE IN KABUL RESULTS IN 10 CIVILIAN DEATHS: REPORT "Never in history has a withdrawal from war been handled so badly or incompetently as the Biden Administration’s withdrawal from Afghanistan," Trump wrote in an email statement on Monday. "In addition to the obvious, ALL EQUIPMENT should be demanded to be immediately returned to the United States, and that includes every penny of the $85 billion dollars in cost." As the U.S. is poised to meet the Tuesday troop withdrawal deadline and slow its evacuation efforts, it appears that the military plans to leave behind hundreds of thousands of pieces of military equipment in Taliban hands. The Pentagon...
    Chip Somodevilla/Getty Former President Donald Trump took a break from sending statements that make false and baseless claims of a rigged election, and instead called for military intervention in Afghanistan despite previous negotiations of a complete withdrawal with the Taliban. The withdrawal of US military personnel under the Biden administration has objectively not gone according to plan, and reasonable people would likely agree that it has been disastrous, at the very least from a public relations perspective, if not more. 300,000 Afghan troops appeared to literally roll over to Taliban forces in less than two weeks, giving up control of the entire wartorn nation, along with $85 billion in high-grade arms provided to them over the course of two decades. Trump and his administration had negotiated with the Taliban to take over the country but failed to withdraw all troops during his four years in office. However, President Joe Biden fulfilled that promise but did so in a manner that appears to have made an already unstable political situation impossibly worse, an issue which has been seized upon by critics of...
    The UK Government today said it had received assurances from the Taliban that anybody wishing to leave Afghanistan after August 31 will be allowed to do so. British troops have already left Kabul and US military personnel will be out of Afghanistan before the August 31 deadline set by US President Joe Biden. But there have been fears over the potentially thousands of Afghans who may have been eligible for resettlement schemes, who could not make it to Kabul airport for evacuation or were not processed in time. Taliban stand guard outside the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul today  Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Sunday that if the Taliban regime wanted diplomatic recognition and aid funding, they would have to ensure "safe passage" for those who want to leave. And in a joint statement with the US and more than 90 other countries, it was confirmed that the Taliban had said anyone who wished to leave the country could do so. The joint statement said: "We have received assurances from the Taliban that all foreign nationals and...
    DURING their previous reign of terror, the Taliban found the stadium in Kabul useful for publicly cutting off the heads of people they did not approve of. It is possible one of those heads belonged to the father of Nadia Nadim, who escaped Afghanistan with her mother and four sisters and now plays football for Paris Saint-Germain. 2Nadia Nadim previously escaped Afghanistan and now plays for PSGCredit: Rex 2The Taliban have seized control of the country which is bad news for women's footballCredit: AP There was no forgiveness in the last regime. Neither should we expect any from this one, so it was wise of the women’s international football squad to flee in a hurry while Kabul’s airport was still open to acts of such mercy. They will be much, much safer hiding away in Australia although heaven help their families back home. Whichever heaven you might believe in. According to their version of Sharia Islamic law, Taliban men are superior beings, allowed to behave to women in ways from which baboons would shy away. They put up with football,...
    As the Afghan victims of the horrific Kabul airport suicide bombing were being buried, friends and relatives spoke of ‘the best and the brightest of their generation being cruelly cut down in their prime.’ The faces of the tragic, mainly young, victims came from all corners of Afghan society, but they all shared a hope for a better life away from the Taliban’s rule. The funerals taking place across the city today ranged from that of a talented young woman journalist to a member of the Afghan national taekwondo team. Several families were devastated by the loss of more than one cousin or sibling, and one family lost four young men. Afghan TV presenter Muslim Shirzad, 30, who tweeted many of the images of this tragic gallery of smiling victims, said families and friends had contacted him with the sad news. Najma Saddique, 21, from Kabul (pictured left) and her sister Zuhal (right). Ms Saddique was in her third year of a journalism course at the city’s university when she was killed in the horrific Kabul airport suicide bombing on Thursday ...
    Glenn explained that despite the Taliban's designated deadline for evacuations on Aug. 31, the window for getting people out appears to be closing even sooner. "Two nights ago, when I was flying over here, I was told that we had maybe 72 hours. Last night, I was told we had 24 hours, and today I am hearing, we are hours away from [losing] any access and the opening of any gates. The Americans that are being left behind ... those people will be killed. It's shocking, what is happening," Glenn said. Though the Nazarene Fund has already been able to rescue hundreds of Afghan Christian families, Glenn expressed frustration the United States government "making a bad situation much, much worse by having them cut our deadline." He also reacted to Politico's report that "U.S. officials in Kabul gave the Taliban a list of names of American citizens, green card holders and Afghan allies to grant entry into the militant-controlled outer perimeter of the city's airport." "Please tell me, dear God, that no one...
    With the Taliban now in control of Afghanistan, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been insisting that he had a perfectly solid plan for withdrawing U.S. troops from that country — and that President Joe Biden dropped the ball. But some Republicans, journalist Meridith McGraw reports in an article for Politico this week, aren't buying that and are saying that the Pompeo/Donald Trump plan for troops withdrawal was fundamentally flawed from the beginning. Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois are two right-wing Republicans who have been vehemently critical of both Biden and Trump over Afghanistan, arguing that the Trump/Pompeo plan for withdrawal was defective and that Biden was wrong to go along with it. And those House Republicans are not the only ones in the GOP who have been calling Pompeo out. "While the chaotic drawdown of the war in Afghanistan has taken a toll on President Joe Biden's standing back home, it's also complicated political matters for one prominent Republican with eyes seemingly on the White House," McGraw explains. "Few GOP officials have...
    The US Ambassador to Afghanistan said getting to the airport in Kabul is 'safe' barely two hours before two explosions reportedly killed at least 13 people and injured three members of the US military, likely among others.  Pentagon spokesman John Kirby confirmed both blasts on Twitter.  'We can confirm that the explosion at the Abbey Gate was the result of a complex attack that resulted in a number of US & civilian casualties. We can also confirm at least one other explosion at or near the Baron Hotel, a short distance from Abbey Gate. We will continue to update,' Kirby wrote. The Taliban told Reuters at least 13 people were killed in the airport blast, and children were among those crowding the area.  But around 8 a.m. Eastern on Thursday morning Ross Wilson, the chief diplomat in Kabul, told Good Morning America that it was still possible to get to Hamid Karzai International Airport safely. 'There are safe ways to get here, there are safe ways - relatively safe ways to access the airport, and we're doing everything we can...
    In the nearly two weeks since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, it has endeavored to convince the world that it plans to be a functional national government – yet the jihadists have offered no indication they plan to address the largest public health crisis facing the world today, the Chinese coronavirus pandemic. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid has held two press conferences since the takeover of Kabul on August 15, opening the floor to questions from international journalists. Questions arose on both occasions regarding what a Taliban regime would look like, who the jihadists would appoint to run various ministries, and if they intend to allow girls to go to school and women to work. Schoolgirls attend class in Herat on August 17, 2021, following the Taliban’s takeover of the country. (Aref Karimi/AFP via Getty Images) No journalist has asked Mujahid if the Taliban intends to impose coronavirus lockdowns, mask mandates, or if the terrorists have organized a plan to acquire and distribute vaccines. Afghanistan has previously received shipments of the vaccine products by European company AstraZeneca, American company Johnson...
    Alarming footage has emerged showing what appears to be a Taliban test of a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter. The one-minute clip uploaded to Twitter shows a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, described as having been captured from Afghan security forces, moving along the tarmac at a seemingly otherwise deserted location. Two men watch the chopper complete a loop of the area, where two cars are also visible in shot. 'Taliban testing a captured Afghan UH-60,' the post accompanying the video read. At no point did the helicopter leave the ground. It is not clear if the UH-60 is the same that was seized by the Taliban on August 14 when images and footage of members of the group operating the $6million piece of equipment were shared on social media. Alarming footage has emerged showing what appears to be a Taliban test of a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter The one-minute clip uploaded to Twitter shows a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, described as having been captured from Afghan security forces, moving along the tarmac at a seemingly otherwise deserted location A...
    Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the Washington Examiner Tuesday that she believes the U.N. may recognize the Taliban as the legitimate government of Afghanistan, citing the organization's "horrendous track record" of legitimizing "the world's worst regimes." Haley, who served as ambassador to the U.N. under the Trump administration, told the Washington Examiner that she hopes the U.N. will refuse any attempts by the Taliban to represent Afghanistan internationally, calling the terror group "barbaric." "The U.N. should refuse to allow the Taliban to represent Afghanistan," Haley said. "The U.N. already has a terrible track record when it comes to giving human rights abusers a seat at the table, but this would be a new low. A barbaric group like the Taliban that harbors some of the world’s worst terrorists and sets off suicide bombs in marketplaces has no place in an organization founded to maintain international peace and security." TALIBAN WORDS ON WOMEN BELIE DECADES OF ATROCITIES But the former South Carolina governor expressed skepticism that the international body would refuse to recognize the...
    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.   Biden said the U.S. was 'on pace' to complete its mission by Aug. 31 but said he had asked officials to draw up contingency plans if U.S. troops had to stay longer. Each day of operations brings added risk to our troops, but the completion by the 31st depends upon the Taliban continuing to cooperate, allow access to the airport for those who are transporting out and no disruptions to our operations. 'In addition, I've asked the...
    Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., called on President Biden to take a tough stance against the Taliban in the face of their threats over what would happen if the U.S. overstays their Aug. 31 withdrawal deadline to evacuate Americans and allies from Afghanistan. In a blistering statement, Sasse said Biden should be calling the shots, not the Taliban, who said there would be "no extensions" of the deadline the Biden administration had set for withdrawal.  BIDEN ADMIN DOUBLES DOWN ON PSAKI CLAIM AMERICANS NOT STRANDED IN AFGHANISTAN "Damn the deadline. The American people are not going to surrender our fellow citizens to the Taliban," Sasse said in a statement issued by his office Tuesday. "Americans want us to stay until we get our people out, and so do our allies. The Biden administration needs to cut the Stockholm syndrome." The Pentagon, meanwhile, said Tuesday morning that they plan on sticking with the Aug. 31 deadline. At a press briefing they stated that the number of U.S. troops will be reduced to "zero" by that date, and that there is "no question"...
    “We are not in favour of allowing Afghans to leave” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid adds it would be a “viola… https://t.co/yORuaQXQOp — BBC Breaking News (@BBC Breaking News)1629812926.0 "The way to the airport has been closed now," the spokesman continued. "Afghans are not allowed to go there now. Foreigners are allowed to go, but we have stopped Afghan nationals to go because the crowd is more, there is danger that people will lose their lives, there might be a stampede."KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban spokesman says US must complete evacuations from Afghanistan by Aug. 31 withdrawal date, ‘no extensions.’ — Julie Pace (@Julie Pace)1629812737.0The news comes as President Joe Biden considers pushing back the end date for withdrawals as an unknown number of Americans and Afghan nationals who worked with the U.S. government remain trapped inside the country. Those individuals are believed to be in imminent danger. Several reports have surfaced in recent days indicating that Taliban fighters are executing door-to-door searches and carrying out execution campaigns on women, Christians, and those who worked with the West during the last...
    Taliban fighters in a vehicle patrol the streets of Kabul on August 23, 2021 as in the capital, the Taliban have enforced some sense of calm in a city long marred by violent crime, with their armed forces patrolling the streets and manning checkpoints. WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP via Getty Images The UK government could make it illegal for Britons to enter Afghanistan, over fears they may join Islamist terror networks, reported The Telegraph.   A person convicted of entering or remaining in designated areas could face a prison sentence of up to 10 years.  With the fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban, there are fears the country could once again become a breeding ground for terrorist organizations. 10 Things in Politics: The latest in politics & the economy Loading Something is loading. Email address By clicking ‘Sign up’, you agree to receive marketing emails from Insider as well as other partner offers and accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. The British government is examining a proposal that would make it illegal for citizens to enter Afghanistan, over...
    Fox News Investigative journalist and "No Agenda" host Lara Logan said Monday that President Joe Biden and his administration is getting the outcome he desires in Afghanistan because the United States military has the capability to summarily rectify the intensifying problems with the evacuation effort. Logan told "Tucker Carlson Tonight" both Biden and the Taliban are sources of "misinformation and propaganda" about the facts on the ground and exactly how to solve the crisis. "The most important thing that I think Americans should understand is that both this country's enemies and the Biden administration want you to accept that there is nothing that can be done, that this outcome that you see where the United States a world superpower is humiliated, defeated, and shamed on the world stage that it … bows at the feet of terrorists, that we have to recognize the Taliban as a legitimate government of Afghanistan," she said, "that they haven't fought an aren't fighting right now." She continued, "This foregone conclusion was what they want you to accept – because as long as we are...
    The Taliban has threatened a 'reaction' if the US or UK extend the deadline for the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. Joe Biden has set a deadline of August 31 for all Americans to have left the country, but UK military sources said another fortnight was needed to evacuate everyone. Taliban spokesman Dr Suhail Shaheen has warned of 'consequences' if Western forces stay beyond the end of the month. He told Sky News: 'It's a red line. President Biden announced that on 31 August they would withdraw all their military forces. So if they extend it that means they are extending occupation while there is no need for that. 'If the US or UK were to seek additional time to continue evacuations - the answer is no. Or there would be consequences.  'It will create mistrust between us. If they are intent on continuing the occupation it will provoke a reaction.' Dr Shaheen also claimed people are not fleeing Afghanistan because they are scared, saying it was purely 'economic migration', despite the desperate scenes at Kabul airport. He added it was...
    Exhausted, frustrated and crushed by the mass of people desperate to reach Kabul airport, ex-military translators and their families told of their failed bids to escape yesterday. Some approved for evacuation failed to make it through Taliban checkpoints – one held at gunpoint and photographed, another beaten and turned back. Others complained of spending more than 60 hours in the crush of people where at least seven died and dozens were carried away unconscious. Dozens of those who risked their lives as interpreters beside UK troops were said to have been notified for flights over the weekend but some were too scared to pass Taliban checkpoints. Pictured, former translator Salim and his wife Brekhna Those that did make it spoke of the kindness of paratroopers manning the gates, which at times had to be closed. British soldiers gave food, water and even clothes to those in need. Women tried passing their children above their heads to soldiers to escape the crush. The Taliban had fired in the air and used batons to force crowds to form orderly queues outside the...
    The Taliban say they want to rule Afghanistan within the strict rules of Sharia. What does that mean? We asked two experts; Laila Al-Swaini and Anne Quakenbose. Laila al-Swaini is a lawyer and Arab and served as head of UN law work in Afghanistan between 2007 and 2009. Anne Guacanbose is a corporate gender, peace and security expert courtesy. God’s will Sharia is the rules you have to follow to live as a good Muslim. “Every Muslim must follow the will of God, which is first found in the Quran and Hadith. The latter describes the words and customs of the Prophet Muhammad, “says Laila al-Swaini. But those rules are interpreted differently in different areas within a particular bandwidth. So not in the strict sense of the word Sharia. The Taliban variant is considered very strict, and according to many Muslims their strict rules no longer fall under Sharia. Origin of Sharia “For centuries, scholars have derived new Sharia rules derived from discussing the interpretation of the Qur’an...
    The Daily Beast reporter Diana Falzone jumped into journalism mode after news broke about the chaos in Afghanistan. She reached out to a few different female reporters in the country on social media to get their perspective on what is happening, and what she heard from them is terrifying. According to Falzone’s sources, whose stories were relayed to Molly Jong-Fast by Falzone on this bonus episode of The New Abnormal, the Taliban are beating people in the streets, including children, they’ve allegedly shot one woman, and are allegedly going into homes in the middle of the night to film themselves shooting people who they think have worked with the United States. They’re even asking for the number of women in each household to marry them off, or as Molly says, are bringing women back to the dark ages. Subscribe to The New Abnormal on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Amazon Music, or Overcast. To listen to our weekly members-only bonus episodes, join Beast Inside here. Already a member? You can listen here and sign up for new episode email...
    Donald Trump has blasted Joe Biden over the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan and accused him of giving the US military away to the Taliban as he appeared at a rally for thousands of supporters in Cullman, Alabama. 'This will go down as one of the greatest military defeats of all time,' Trump said. Trump called the situation in Afghanistan a humiliation, claiming it's not a withdrawal but rather 'a total surrender'. The former President told the massive crowd gathered in the deep red state that 'this would have never happened if I was president.' He said: The issue here is not whether to leave Afghanistan, the issue is Joe Biden's staggering incompetence and gross negligence. Creating the greatest strategic humiliation that we've ever seen as a country.   'With me in office the Taliban would not have ever dreamt of capturing our airfield or parading around with our American weapons. 'There would have been no emergency Embassy evacuation and no taking down of our flag. Because we would have established clear lines that the Taliban would never have dared to cross....
    Moscow — In the Taliban's rapid takeover of Afghanistan following the chaotic withdrawal of U.S. forces this week, Russia sees an opportunity to step up its role as a regional power in its own backyard. But it also faces a host of risks, prompting the country to pursue a dual approach: diplomacy with the Taliban and displays of strength along its border. The Kremlin appears to be willing to engage with the Taliban in order to secure its interests. Since the group took over Kabul, Moscow representatives have cautiously reached out for talks to secure its diplomatic compounds in the area. Russian ambassador to Afghanistan Dmitry Zhirnov even publicly praised the Taliban on Russian state TV. "We are now being guarded by the Taliban, their big unit. They made a good impression on us, adequate guys, well-armed, they stood along the outer perimeter of the embassy so that no one could penetrate us — no terrorist, no crazy person," Zhirnov said.  Russian President Vladimir Putin's special envoy to Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov, hinted Russia might recognize the Taliban as a governing force...
    The terrorists of this Afghanistan are helping each other 1:45 (CNN) – Ever since the Taliban came to power in Afghanistan and seized provincial capitals with lightning speed, it has been difficult to get an idea of ​​what life is like in Afghanistan outside the capital, Kabul. Especially for women. On Thursday, CNN approached three women in their twenties and well-educated to get an idea of ​​how their lives have been affected by the rapid regime change and how they feel about their future under the Taliban regime. All three were girls when the Taliban were previously in control, before they were overthrown in 2001. CNN does not use their names for their own protection. They fled to Kabul Afghan families shot dead in Kabul on August 11 after fleeing the provinces of Kunduz, Takar and Baghlan due to clashes between the Taliban and Afghan security forces. A woman has taken refuge with her family in Kabul after a house was hit by a missile in the northern city of Kunduz. “Kunduz is not the place to be now....
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