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    Russian forces who occupied the Chernobyl nuclear power plant took radioactive “souvenirs” with them before evacuating the area, according to Ukraine’s state nuclear company. Russian troops pulled out of Chernobyl on April 1, five weeks after seizing it, but not before they reportedly engaged in several types of reckless behavior around the facility’s toxic Red Forest area. “These ‘heroes’ will take Darwin's prizes even from those doomed racists who inhaled the dust of the Red Forest while in it,” Ukraine’s state-run nuclear company, Energoatom, said via a Telegram statement Saturday. DRONE FOOTAGE SHOWS RUSSIAN TRENCHES IN RADIOACTIVE CHERNOBYL EXCLUSION ZONE Energoatom also stated the Russian forces “unauthorizedly entered a repository of ionizing radiation sources” and “stole and damaged 133 sources with a total activity of about 7 million becquerels,” which is “comparable to 700 kg of radioactive waste with the presence of beta and gamma radiation.” The "deadly" items were taken as “souvenirs,” Energoatom said, citing Ukraine’s state zone management agency, but warned the Russian troops may be in for a surprise because “carrying...
    RUSSIA has only days to invade Ukraine because of the weather, an expert claims, as fears mount that Moscow could launch a blitz within HOURS. US intelligence warned that Moscow is set to invade the Eastern European nation with a massive missile siege and around 200,000 troops. 5Geopolitical expert Brandon J Weichert believes Russia only has days to launch an attack on Ukraine because of the weather 5Fears are mounting that Russia could launch a blitz within hoursCredit: AFP Geopolitical expert Brandon J Weichert told The Sun that Russian troops have until February 20 to launch an invasion. He warned: “It is the last likely moment when a Russian invasion could occur before the snow melts and the terrain becomes nearly impassable for Russian tanks and troops. “It is clear that Putin thinks his window of opportunity is now. It remains to be seen whether or not he will actually execute it.” He believes it is likely that troops will attempt an attack on Eastern Ukraine, but warned the next 48 hours are “key”. Weichert said that May-June could...
    The head of NATO, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, confirmed Thursday that the coalition would begin withdrawing from Afghanistan on May 1, the original deadline set in a deal brokered by the administration of President Donald Trump, but extended this week under successor Joe Biden. Biden announced Wednesday that American troops would leave Afghanistan by September 11, the 20th anniversary of the al-Qaeda attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. Cooperation between the Afghan Taliban and al-Qaeda led President George W. Bush to invade Afghanistan in the quest to find terrorist leader Osama bin Laden in October 2001. Biden has branded his extension of the 19-year-old war to its 20th birthday a political statement that the war had gone on too long. “I’ve concluded that it’s time to end America’s longest war,” Biden said in his announcement prolonging the war. Trump administration Secretary of State Mike Pompeo brokered a deal with the Taliban late last year that required the group to stop cooperating with foreign terrorist organizations and stop attacking American soldiers in exchange for the United States withdrawing from the country...
    WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden will withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America that were coordinated from that country, several U.S. officials said.Biden will lay out his vision for the way forward in Afghanistan and the timeline for the withdrawal in remarks Wednesday afternoon, The White House said. Punctuating the nearly two decades U.S. troops have fought and died in Afghanistan, the president will then visit Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery to honor the sacrifice of those who died in recent American conflicts.Watch President Joe Biden speak at 2:15 p.m. ET/ 1:15 p.m. CT/ 11:15 a.m. PT on your local ABC station, wherever you stream: Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV and Roku.The decision to withdraw troops by fall defies a May 1 deadline for full withdrawal under a peace agreement the Trump administration reached with the Taliban last year, but leaves no room for additional extensions. A senior administration official on Tuesday called the September date an absolute deadline that won't be affected by security conditions in...
    Washington — President Biden is poised to announce Wednesday plans to pull all U.S. military forces from Afghanistan by September 11, 2021, a move that would bring an end to America's longest war by the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon. Mr. Biden is expected to make remarks "on the way forward in Afghanistan, including his plans and timeline for" the drawdown of U.S. troops, from the Treaty Room at the White House, the same place where former President George W. Bush announced airstrikes in Afghanistan on October 7, 2001. Following his speech, Mr. Biden is scheduled to visit Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery, where service members who died in America's most recent wars are buried. A senior administration official said the September 11 deadline for having troops out of Afghanistan is "not conditions-based." How to watch President Biden's remarks on Afghanistan today  What: President Biden delivers remarks on plans for withdrawing troops from Afghanistan Date: Wednesday, April 14, 2021 Time: 2:15 p.m. ET...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America that were coordinated from that country, several U.S. officials said. Biden will lay out his vision for the way forward in Afghanistan and the timeline for the withdrawal in remarks Wednesday afternoon, The White House said. Punctuating the nearly two decades U.S. troops have fought and died in Afghanistan, the president will then visit Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery to honor the sacrifice of those who died in recent American conflicts. The decision to withdraw troops by fall defies a May 1 deadline for full withdrawal under a peace agreement the Trump administration reached with the Taliban last year, but leaves no room for additional extensions. A senior administration official on Tuesday called the September date an absolute deadline that won’t be affected by security conditions in the country. While Biden’s decision keeps U.S. troops in Afghanistan four months longer than initially planned, it sets a firm end to two decades of war that...
    Reuters April 13, 2021 0 Comments President Joe Biden has decided to withdraw the remaining U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, 2021, 20 years to the day after al Qaeda’s attacks triggered America’s longest war, U.S. officials said on Tuesday. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin are expected to brief the decision to NATO allies in Brussels on Wednesday. Biden may also publicly announce his decision, several sources said, speaking on condition of anonymity. “After a rigorous policy review, President Biden has decided to draw down the remaining troops in Afghanistan and finally end the U.S. war there after 20 years,” a senior administration official told reporters. Biden’s decision would miss a May 1 deadline for withdrawal agreed with Taliban insurgents by his predecessor Donald Trump’s administration. In a statement last month, the Taliban threatened to resume hostilities against foreign troops in Afghanistan if they did not meet the May 1 deadline. But Biden would still be setting a near-term date for withdrawal, potentially allaying Taliban concerns that the United States could...
    WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden has decided to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, 2021, 20 years to the day after al Qaida's attacks triggered America's longest war, three sources familiar with the decision told Reuters. US to drawdown troops in #Afghanistan from May with goal of having all of them out by 9/11 of this year -- the 20th anniversary of the Al Qaeda attacks, announces a senior US official.— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) April 13, 2021 A clear-eyed assessment of the best path forward is to focus on the ongoing peace process between the Taliban and the Afghan peace process and US troops won't be a bargaining chip in those talks, says the official.— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) April 13, 2021 "This is not condition-based," says the senior administration official of the 9/11 2021 deadline.— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) April 13, 2021 However, the withdrawal would be based on certain security and human rights guarantees, the sources said, speaking on condition of anonymity ahead of the formalization of the decision. The sources did not provide further details. U.S....
    President Joe Biden has decided to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, 2021, 20 years to the day after al Qaeda's attacks triggered America's longest war, but several months after a May 1 deadline negotiated by the Trump administration. The decision on a deadline to remove the final 2,500 U.S. forces would finally put an end to the war – amid questions about how much stability and security the U.S. would leave behind amid a fragile government that the military has helped prop up in Kabul. However, the withdrawal would be based on certain security and human rights guarantees, the sources told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity ahead of the formalization of the decision. The sources did not provide further details. President Joe Biden has decided to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, 2021 U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin are expected to brief the decision to NATO allies in Brussels on Wednesday. Biden may also publicly announce his decision, the sources said. Biden's decision, should it be...
    President Joe Biden is reportedly set to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan in the coming months. According to the Washington Post, Biden will announce the move on Wednesday. Former President Donald Trump’s administration had previously negotiated a withdrawal date of May 1, 2021 with the Taliban. The new timeline set by Biden pushes that date back several months to September 11 — a date coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The Taliban has threatened violence against U.S. forces remaining in Afghanistan beyond the May 1 deadline. The Post notes that roughly 3,500 troops are in the area. An unnamed source who was familiar with discussions around the move explained the administration’s reasoning to the Post. “This is the immediate, practical reality that our policy review discovered,” the source said. “If we break the May 1st deadline negotiated by the previous administration with no clear plan to exit, we will be back at war with the Taliban, and that was not something President Biden believed was in the national...
    WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden plans to announce Tuesday a withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan by the upcoming twentieth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, according to three people familiar with the plans.The withdrawal extends the US troop presence past a May 1 deadline set by the Trump administration in an agreement with the Taliban, but only by a matter of months.Biden has been weighing the decision for months with his advisers and signaled he did not believe US troops should remain in the country long past the deadline.Officials were expected to explain the decision further later on Tuesday.The Washington Post was first to report the news.Biden's new September 11 deadline to withdraw US troops would mark a symbolic end to the longest war in American history: Exactly 20 years after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that sparked the initial US invasion of Afghanistan.The Afghanistan troop withdrawal is the first major decision of Biden's presidency regarding US troops abroad, and Biden wrestled with what to do for months leading up to the May 1 deadline set by...
    WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden has decided to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, 2021, 20 years to the day after al Qaida's attacks triggered America's longest war, three sources familiar with the decision told Reuters. However, the withdrawal would be based on certain security and human rights guarantees, the sources said, speaking on condition of anonymity ahead of the formalization of the decision. The sources did not provide further details. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin are expected to brief the decision to NATO allies in Brussels on Wednesday. Biden may also publicly announce his decision, the sources said. Biden's decision, should it be confirmed, would miss a May 1 deadline for withdrawal agreed with Taliban insurgents by his predecessor Donald Trump's administration. In a statement last month, the Taliban threatened to resume hostilities against foreign troops in Afghanistan if they did not meet the May 1 deadline. But it would still set a near-term date with withdrawal, potentially allaying Taliban concerns that Biden would drag out the process. The...
    1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, watch as CH-47 Chinook helicopters circle above during a dust storm at Forward Operating Base Kushamond, Afghanistan, July 17, during preparation for an air assault mission.U.S. Army photo WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden will withdraw all American troops from Afghanistan by September, missing a crucial May 1 deadline that was previously broked by the Trump administration, according to The Washington Post and Reuters. Biden's removal of U.S. forces will coincide with the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks that triggered the nation's entry into what would become its longest war. The announcement comes as Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin meet with NATO partners in Brussels. In February 2020, the Trump administration brokered a deal with the Taliban that would usher in a permanent cease-fire and reduce further the U.S. military's footprint from approximately 13,000 troops to 8,600 by mid-July last year. By May 2021, all foreign forces would leave Afghanistan, according to the deal. The majority of troops in the country...
    President Joe Biden said at his first formal press conference that it would be 'hard to meet' a May 1 deadline to withdrawal U.S. troops from Afghanistan, site of the nation's longest war. 'It’s going to be hard to meet the May 1 deadline,' he said when asked about the impending deadline, negotiated by his predecessor President Donald Trump. 'Just in terms of tactical reasons, hard to get those troops out,' Biden said, when asked about his plans Thursday. 'It’s going to be hard to meet the May 1 deadline,' President Joe Biden said when asked if he would have U.S. troops out of Afghanistan by that date He said the nation was coordinating with allies, and allowed: 'If we leave, we're going to do so in a safe and orderly way.' Asked initially about his past writings that it was time to end the nation's 'forever wars,' Biden added: 'It is not my intention to stay there for a long time.' 'How and under what circumstances do we meet that agreement that was made by President Trump to...
    President Joe Biden said on Thursday that he likely would break an agreement with the Taliban negotiated by the Trump administration to pull out all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by May 1, but he indicated that he will remove those forces by next year. The Trump administration signed a peace deal with the Taliban in February 2020 that called for a full withdrawal from Afghanistan by the end of April. However, commanders in the field have indicated that the group responsible for supporting the al Qaeda terrorists who committed the 9/11 attacks on the United States had not broken ties with the terrorist group or worked to reduce violence in the country. The Taliban has, however, refrained from attacking U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, and the U.S. has suffered no combat casualties since the Doha Agreement was inked. PRESSURE MOUNTS FOR AFGHANISTAN WITHDRAWAL DECISION AS NATO LEADERS CONVENE “It’s going to be hard to meet the May 1 deadline in terms of tactical reasons to get those troops out,” Biden said during his first White House press conference. “If...
    AFGANISTAN is on the brink of all-out war after the Taliban threatens carnage if President Joe Biden does not pull troops by May 1.  It comes as the President admitted it would be "tough" to meet the deadline to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan by May 1, which was agreed with the Taliban in a deal struck by Donald Trump. 8The Taliban have threatened all out war if the US does quite by May 1Credit: Getty 8Joe Biden has admitted the prospect of withdrawing from Afghanistan was 'tough'Credit: Alamy The Taliban insurgents have largely stuck to a promise not to attack US or other foreign troops since the agreement was struck in February last year. The insurgency group said the date to end America's longest war was inflexible. But when asked in an ABC interview, Biden said: "Could happen, but it is tough. "I'm in the process of making that decision now." The Taliban quickly reacted to Biden's comments, with a spokesman saying there would be "consequences" if the United States did not stick to the agreed timetable. This further...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien said on Tuesday it is President Donald Trump's hope that all U.S. troops will be home from Afghanistan and Iraq by May. O'Brien spoke to reporters after the Pentagon announced troop drawdowns in both Afghanistan and May by January 15, five days before Trump leaves office. "By May it is President Trump's hope that they'll all come home safely and in their entirety," O'Brien said. (Reporting By Jeff Mason and Steve Holland, Editing by Franklin Paul) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters. Tags: United States, Iraq, Asia, Middle East, Afghanistan
    An airman observes an Army CH-47 Chinook helicopter at an undisclosed location in Afghanistan, Feb. 9, 2018.U.S. Army photo WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump, who campaigned in 2016 on ending "ridiculous endless wars" in the Middle East, took to Twitter on Wednesday to announce that American forces currently serving in Afghanistan will be home by Christmas. It was unclear if Trump, who is seeking re-election next month, was giving an order via tweet or reiterating a long-held campaign promise in order to appeal to voters. The Taliban welcomed Trump's announcement, saying it was a positive step toward a peace agreement. Earlier this year, the United States brokered a peace deal with the Taliban that would usher in a permanent cease-fire and reduce the U.S. military's footprint from approximately 13,000 to 8,600 by mid-July. And by May 2021, all foreign forces would leave the war-torn country. Trump's tweet Wednesday came on the 19th anniversary of the start of the war in Afghanistan, which has dragged on to become America's longest conflict. Earlier on Wednesday, Trump's national security advisor gave a more conservative timeline...
    President Trump's sudden pronouncement that U.S. troops in Afghanistan “should” be home by Christmas will make the already sensitive negotiations with the Taliban more difficult, U.S. officials told Fox News on Thursday. In the deal the Trump administration signed with the Taliban in February, all U.S. troops will leave Afghanistan by May 2021 if conditions are met. The conditions include that there will be no attacks against U.S. forces. TRUMP SAYS US TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN WILL BE HOME BY CHRISTMAS “We should have the small remaining number of our BRAVE Men and Women serving in Afghanistan home by Christmas!” Trump tweeted late Wednesday. The Taliban said in a statement on Thursday that they welcomed the president’s announcement. However, the president appeared to have gotten ahead of his negotiators and his National Security team. Trump's tweet came hours after his national security adviser, Robert O’Brien, said the U.S. would reduce its forces to 2,500 by early next year. U.S. officials told Fox News that the sudden pronouncement, which appeared timed to help Trump in the presidential election, will make it harder for his negotiators and the...
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