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    The U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, issued a security alert Saturday, advising American citizens in the country against traveling to the airport due to “potential security threats.” “Because of potential security threats outside the gates at the Kabul airport, we are advising U.S. citizens to avoid traveling to the airport and to avoid airport gates at this time unless you receive individual instructions from a U.S. government representative to do so,” the message on the embassy’s website read. All American citizens seeking to depart the city under the full control of the Taliban were instructed to fill out an online form instead of trying to call the embassy with any queries related to repatriation flights. “Do not call the U.S. Embassy in Kabul for details or updates about the flight. This form is the only way to communicate interest in flight options,” the form said in bold letters. (RELATED: Video Appears To Show Baby Being Handed Over Kabul Airport Wall To Escape, Woman Reportedly Follows) US Embassy in Kabul issues updated security alert: Americans should *not* come to Kabul airport...
    The Pentagon is taking heat for saying that a "couple hundred American citizens" were boarded onto planes out of Afghanistan, while the flights overall carried nearly 6,000 passengers.  "Why in the world is this administration not making sure every single American gets out first?" Newsweek opinion editor Josh Hammer tweeted, following a press briefing from Maj. Gen. Hank Taylor, vice director for logistics of the Joint Staff.  As of 3:00 a.m. EST on Friday, "16 C-17s and one C-130 departed Kabul. These flights contain nearly 6,000 passengers, including a couple hundred American citizens," Taylor said Friday.  "The airport remains secure. The evacuation flights are steadily increasing and we are doing everything we can to maximize safe evacuations." SINCE AFGHANISTAN CRISIS BEGAN, BIDEN HAS SPENT ONLY 4 OF 15 FULL DAYS IN WHITE HOUSE He added that since Aug. 14, 13,000 total evacuees have been airlifted out of Afghanistan, and 18,000 people had left since July amid the Taliban’s takeover of the country. Taylor said there are 5,800 U.S. troops on the ground.  Critics, however, lambasted the Biden administration for the comments,...
                      by Andrew Kerr  The Biden administration continued to inform American citizens in Afghanistan as of Thursday evening they could have to pay more than $2,000 to board an evacuation flight out of the country, despite the State Department telling the press hours before that it had no intention of levying any such charges. The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan has stated in multiple security advisories since Monday that any U.S. citizen seeking to evacuate the country must complete an online form in order to secure their repatriation flight. “This form is the only way to communicate interest in flight options,” the embassy said in a security advisory Wednesday. State Department spokesman Ned Price told the Daily Caller News Foundation and other news outlets late Thursday afternoon that the Biden administration has “no intention of seeking any reimbursement from those fleeing Afghanistan.” However, the online form American citizens are directed to fill out to secure their evacuation from Afghanistan continued to state well into Thursday evening that they travelers will have to pay their own way...
    Multiple reports surfacing on Friday claim Taliban forces are reportedly assaulting Western citizens, including Americans, as they attempt to reach the Kabul airport for evacuation, in addition to violently preventing Afghans with appropriate travel papers from escaping. A source tells me, “Situation [in Afghanistan] is rapidly deteriorating… We’ve had Americans get beaten throughout the night.” One of them, an American woman, was beaten “twice” even though she was carrying a U.S. passport. — Sasha Ingber (@SashaIngber) August 20, 2021 Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin confirmed reports of beatings of U.S. citizens at the Taliban’s hand on Friday, calling it “unacceptable.” The UK Guardian reported on Thursday that Australian citizens were “beaten, hit with weapons and whipped by Taliban militants when they presented their documents and insisted there were flights waiting for them.” Taliban forces reportedly repeatedly rejected one man’s Australian passport, insisting it was “fake” or invalid. The Associated Press suggested “many of the Taliban fighters could not read the documents” they were rejecting. Taliban fighters used guns, chains, and whips to keep Afghans from reaching the airport, according to footage...
    The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) on Friday promised evacuation assistance in Afghanistan. “More than 18,000 people have been flown out of Kabul since the Taliban took over Afghanistan’s capital, a NATO official said Friday, pledging to redouble evacuation efforts as criticism of the West’s handling of the crisis intensified,” Reuters reported. Though many foreign nationals have been saved, thousands of Americans remain stranded behind enemy lines with Taliban checkpoints, blocking passage to the U.S. controlled airport with 6,000 troops within the perimeter. Media reports suggest anywhere from 10,000 to 40,000 Americans are in the country. Taliban fighters stand guard at a checkpoint near the US embassy that was previously manned by American troops, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021. The Taliban declared an “amnesty” across Afghanistan and urged women to join their government Tuesday, seeking to convince a wary population that they have changed a day after deadly chaos gripped the main airport as desperate crowds tried to flee the country. (AP Photo) The Associated Press (AP) reported Friday that President Biden is struggling to evacuate all Americans...
    President Joe Biden said Friday his administration provided support for the evacuation of the French embassy to the Kabul airport in Afghanistan. American citizens were informed Thursday by the U.S. Embassy in Kabul that the Biden Administration cannot ensure their safe passage to the Kabul airport. Biden suggested Friday it wasn’t necessary to send U.S. troops out to help escort American citizens stuck in the city to the airport because he “made an agreement with the Taliban.” President Joe Biden boasted during a press conference Friday that his administration supported the evacuation of the French embassy in Kabul while at the same time American citizens are being told the U.S. government cannot escort them to the airport. The U.S. Embassy in Kabul informed American citizens on Thursday that the Biden administration “cannot ensure safe passage to the airport.” The message came one day after Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the U.S. military lacks the capability to escort Americans trapped behind enemy lines to the airport. However, the Biden administration did have the capability to provide support to a...
    "This is one of the largest, most difficult airlifts in history. And the only country in the world capable of projecting this much power on the far side of the world, with this degree of precision, is the United States of America," Biden boasted. "We've already evacuated more than 18,000 people since July and approximately 13,000 since our military airlift began on August the 14th. Thousands more have been evacuated on private charter flights facilitated by the U.S. government," the president said. "The United States stands by its commitment to these people," Biden added. Flights from the Kabul airport were briefly paused on Friday after a facility in Qatar where refugees were being transported for processing reached capacity. But Biden said that flights out of Afghanistan had resumed by the time he began speaking, as his administration had worked to set up a new space where refugees could be processed in Bahrain. The president reiterated that the U.S. government does not know exactly how many Americans were in Afghanistan when evacuation efforts began. He said his administration was...
    President Joe Biden vowed to bring all Americans home from Afghanistan but acknowledged that officials were still determining how many U.S. citizens remained inside the country after Taliban insurgents cemented control. "Any American who wants to come home, we will get you home," Biden said in remarks at the White House on Friday, but he said the "exact number" of Americans still in the country is unknown. "We're working on a way to verify that," Biden said. He also said U.S. troops had left the airport perimeter to retrieve 169 Americans. 'MISCALCULATION': BIDEN STRATEGY TO EVACUATE AFGHAN REFUGEES UNDER FIRE After sweeping through provincial capitols last week, the Taliban seized Kabul on Monday, prompting an urgent evacuation of thousands of vulnerable Americans and Afghan allies. The United States has evacuated 5,700 people from the Kabul airport in the last 24 hours despite halting flights earlier in the day, according to a senior administration official. The number includes American citizens, embassy personnel, special visa applicants, and other evacuees. Some 350 Americans were evacuated on Thursday. "We know...
    Republican Senator Lindsey Graham believes President Joe Biden will have committed a 'dereliction of duty' if every American citizen and every Afghan who aided the US isn't evacuated out of Afghanistan - and that 'Joe needs to go' if they're abandoned. 'If we leave one American behind, if we don’t get all those Afghans who stepped up to the plate to help us out then Joe Biden, in my view, has committed a high crime and misdemeanor under the Constitution and should be impeached,' the South Carolina lawmaker said on Fox & Friends Friday.  His comments come as news surfaced the US paused evacuation flights   Graham noted that France and the United Kingdom have sent troops outside of Hamid Karzai International Airport into Taliban-controlled Kabul to rescue nationals.    He urged the US to embark on a joint operation with other western countries to 'get everybody out who deserves to be out.'  'We're duty-bound to get every American citizen out, we're honor-bound to get those Afghans who fought along our side out,' Graham said.  Lindsey Graham told morning show Fox...
    President Joe Biden is struggling Friday to evacuate all Americans from Afghanistan before the August 31 deadline. Extending the deadline would require “the Taliban’s acquiescence,” according to the Associated Press (AP). “At the current rate it would be difficult for the U.S. to evacuate all of the Americans and Afghans who are qualified for and seeking evacuation by Aug. 31,” the AP reported about the thousands of Americans still stranded in the country since Sunday facing “armed Taliban checkpoints to paperwork problems.” The Pentagon also “declined to say whether Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin had recommended to Biden that he extend the Aug. 31 deadline. Given the Taliban’s takeover of the country, staying beyond that date would require at least the Taliban’s acquiescence.” A source tells me, “Situation [in Afghanistan] is rapidly deteriorating… We’ve had Americans get beaten throughout the night.” One of them, an American woman, was beaten “twice” even though she was carrying a U.S. passport. — Sasha Ingber (@SashaIngber) August 20, 2021 “I think it is just a fundamental fact of the reality of where we are, that...
    Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY) announced Thursday she will draft legislation that will prohibit the United States government from charging Americans for flights to evacuate Afghanistan after President Joe Biden’s botched withdrawal. The congresswoman said she is drafting the legislation after reports have shown Americans are now being asked to pay for their flights. U.S. officials previously said that emergency flights out of Afghanistan would be free. “I was horrified to learn that the U.S. government may be charging American citizens outrageous sums for evacuation flights out of Afghanistan. This is adding insult to injury for those American citizens desperately trying to flee the Taliban,” Tenney said in a statement. The congresswoman added that she is “drafting legislation to make sure American citizens are not charged a dime for a lifesaving flight out of the country.” Afghan people queue up and board a U S military aircraft to leave Afghanistan, at the military airport in Kabul on August 19, 2021 after Taliban’s military takeover of Afghanistan. (Photo by Shakib RAHMANI / AFP) (Photo by SHAKIB RAHMANI/AFP via Getty Images) Tenney said there is...
    Over a dozen Republican lawmakers are calling on President Joe Biden to use “all means necessary” to evacuate Americans from Afghanistan as administration officials admit they have no idea how many American citizens are currently stranded in the country. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, sent a letter to Biden alongside 15 of his colleagues, detailing the U.S. government’s duty to get “American civilians and Afghans who have aided us out of the country as quickly and safely as possible.” “The situation in Afghanistan has gone from bad to worse in a matter of weeks, and we are facing the worst-case scenario – a total Taliban takeover in Afghanistan,” they wrote, blasting the president’s administration for failing to “establish a coherent plan” to do so. They wrote: This must be our top priority. Not only should we protect American citizens in Afghanistan, we must also uphold our promise to the thousands of Afghans who put their lives on the line to work with us to advance our shared security goals. Otherwise, they will...
    The Biden administration continued to inform American citizens in Afghanistan as of Thursday evening that they could be charged more than $2,000 to board an evacuation flight out of the country. The State Department told the press Thursday afternoon that it had no intention of levying any such charges. “All passengers will need to reimburse the U.S. Government for the flight. A promissory note for the full cost of the flight, which may exceed $2000 per person, must be signed by each adult passenger before boarding,” stated the repatriation flight request form on the website of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. The Biden administration continued to inform American citizens in Afghanistan as of Thursday evening they could have to pay more than $2,000 to board an evacuation flight out of the country, despite the State Department telling the press hours before that it had no intention of levying any such charges. The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan has stated in multiple security advisories since Monday that any U.S. citizen seeking to evacuate the country must complete an online form in...
    President Joe Biden’s State Department is said to be charging Americans stranded in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan to be evacuated from Kabul’s chief airport. Politico reports: Even though U.S. officials tell NatSec Daily and others that evacuation flights from Kabul will be free, people trying to catch a plane in the Afghan capital say differently. One person said State Department staff were seeking large payments — up to $2,000 — from American passengers and even more from non-U.S. citizens. When we relayed what this person told us to the State Department, a spokesperson didn’t deny that this is happening. “U.S. law requires that evacuation assistance to private U.S. citizens or third country nationals be provided ‘on a reimbursable basis to the maximum extent practicable.’ The situation is extremely fluid, and we are working to overcome obstacles as they arise,” the spokesperson said. The report comes as global outrage continues over Biden’s botched withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan. The administration has been hit with blistering condemnation because of its inability to pin down the exact number or Americans stranded in the war-torn country...
    State Department spokesman Ned Price said the U.S. was aware of 'congestion' at the airport in Kabul amid the push to evacuate Americans and allied Afghans, as resisted pressure to account for the precise number of evacuees.  'We are aware of congestion around the airport,' Price said at the top of his briefing on the Afghanistan crisis on Thursday, a day after media reports of Taliban guarding military checkpoints using whips and firing in the air to maintain order. Price also provided new data on the number of people State says are ready for evacuation – but would not provide a breakdown on how many of them are Americans. State Department spokesman Ned Price referenced 'congestion' at the airport in Kabul during his press briefing Thursday He said 6,000 people were at the airport and ready to board up to 20 flight heading out of Kabul per day. 'Since Aug. 14 we’ve airlifted 7,000 total evacuees. I can also confirm there are 6,000 people at the airport who have been fully processed by our consular team and will soon...
    President Joe Biden’s administration is reportedly charging American citizens upwards of $2,000 to board evacuation flights out of Afghanistan’s only operational airport. Those that make their way through armed Taliban checkpoints and into the airport could then be charged upwards of $2,000 from the State Department to board evacuation flights, sources on the ground told Politico. Non-citizens are being charged even higher sums, the outlet reported Thursday. Politico reported that the State Department did not deny that it was seeking payments from Americans seeking to flee the country following the Taliban’s swift takeover. “U.S. law requires that evacuation assistance to private U.S. citizens or third country nationals be provided ‘on a reimbursable basis to the maximum extent practicable.’ The situation is extremely fluid, and we are working to overcome obstacles as they arise,” a State Department spokesperson told Politico. Up to 15,000 American citizens remained in Afghanistan as of Tuesday, NBC News reported. The American embassy in Kabul announced on Wednesday that it “cannot guarantee safe passage” for Americans traveling to the city’s airport. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Wednesday...
    He added, "We're aware of congestion around the airport. We are working closely with the Department of Defense to facilitate safe and orderly access for consular processing on the airport compound."How did folks react to Price calling the chaos 'congestion'?As you might expect, a number of observers were dumbfounded by Price's characterization of the dangerous situation around the airport as "congestion": "My chest has congestion," one commenter wrote. "The airport has terrorists with weapons that my tax dollar paid for." "Really?! 'Congestion'? Even the local helicopter traffic guy would follow that up with a suggestion or two of 'alternate ways around' the 'congestion,'" another user observed. "Good Lord — they really should just stop speaking." "These people truly have no shame, no courage, and no integrity," another commenter said. "Congestion? This administration is a damn joke," another user declared. "This is not Spirit Airlines you a**hole," another commenter said. "Wow," another user exclaimed. "They need to start resigning so we can get competent people in place to try and minimize the damage at this point." "What a tool this...
    Former President Donald Trump described on Thursday how he would have handled the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan - but made no mention of saving Afghan allies.      'First you bring out all of the American citizens. Then you bring out ALL equipment. Then you bomb the bases into smithereens,' Trump said. 'AND THEN YOU BRING OUT THE MILITARY. You don’t do it in reverse order like Biden and our woke Generals did.'  Trump claimed if he was in charge there would be, 'No chaos, no death - they wouldn't even know we left!'  President Joe Biden is under fire for his administration being caught flat-footed as the Afghan government collapsed with the Taliban taking control - all before U.S. citizens and Afghan allies were evacuated from the Afghanistan.  Biden has said in order to show confidence in the Afghan government, the U.S. delayed a large-scale evacuation of westerners and Afghans who supported the war effort.  Former President Donald Trump described on Thursday how he would have handled the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan 'First you bring out all of the...
    CNN’s counterterrorism analyst Phil Mudd went off, Thursday, after State Department spokesperson Ned Price admitted that he is unable to give exact numbers regarding how many Americans and Visa holders have been flown out of Afghanistan. Alisyn Camerota first noted that if no one is able to confirm the specific number of people who have been evacuated from Afghanistan, they likely do not know how many have been left behind. “Boy, you are a little more polite than I would be. That was unacceptable. I’m not interested in hearing a U.S. Government spokesperson talk about how unprecedented this is with other U.S. presidents and how other presidents didn’t have to deal with this,” Mudd exclaimed following Price’s press briefing. “I’m interested in understanding why we did only 2,000 people in 24 hours, how we increase that pace over the next 24 hours, what the total number is that we want to get out, and how long that’s going to take. That was pathetic!” Mudd then took shots at Price himself, faulting him for trying to explain the administration’s success as American citizens are...
    Sen. Cotton, R-Ark., argued the dire situation in Afghanistan, as a result of Biden’s "catastrophic miscalculation," could resemble Tehran in 1979. Cotton joined "The Faulkner Focus," Thursday, and added "it would be a catastrophe" if the Taliban gathered "effective hostage control of thousands of Americans."  JOURNALIST WHO WITNESSED FALL OF SAIGON: ‘HEARTBREAKING FOR ME TO SEE THIS ALL OCCUR AGAIN’ IN AFGHANISTAN TOM COTTON: President Biden is confronting the consequences of his catastrophic miscalculation, of his horrific execution, of the decision to withdraw our troops from Afghanistan. And he is spinning that relentlessly to try to convince the American people that everything is OK, the Taliban's cooperating, they're acting like a civilized government when nothing could be further from the truth. In that ABC interview, he even had to be pressed to acknowledge that, yes, perhaps we'll stay on the ground past August 31st. But if our government can't even say how many American citizens we have, what's going to stop Joe Biden from rolling up things and flying out on August 31st with thousands of American citizens left behind?...
    THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IS RELYING ON *THE TALIBAN* FOR THE ‘SAFE PASSAGE’ OF AMERICAN CITIZENS… Biden Credits Taliban For Giving Americans ‘Safe Passage’ (VIDEO)
    Tucker Carlson has ruthlessly criticised the US war in Afghanistan and the government's plans to resettle Afghan refugees, before ensuring all American citizens are safely evacuated.  On Wednesday's edition of 'Tucker Carlson Tonight', the host railed against the war, calling it a 'betrayal of the American public' and the hasty US withdrawal 'a betrayal of the Afghan people.' 'Our leaders made promises to them they knew they couldn't keep. Honorable countries don't do that. It's shameful.' The host went on to say that the US government is eager to 'change the demographic balance of this country' by 'letting in millions of refugees.' 'Millions is not a handful of loyal Afghan interpreters. That's not even a fleet of cargo planes full of loyal Afghan interpreters.  'Millions is a good chunk of the entire population of Afghanistan, brought to our country at our expense to live in your neighborhood at the very moment our national fabric is fraying.' Carlson also said that such a decision cannot be questioned because to do so would be simply labelled as 'racist'. Carlson ruthlessly criticised...
    A bureau set up by Mike Pompeo under President Trump to help Americans abroad was discontinued after a memo was passed and signed in June by the Biden administration.  The Contingency and Crisis Response Bureau, or CCR, was created during the Trump presidency by former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in October 2020. It was meant to provide 'aviation, logistics, and medical support capabilities for the Department's operational bureaus, thereby enhancing the secretary's ability to protect American citizens overseas in connection with overseas evacuations in the aftermath of a natural or man-made disaster,' according to Fox 11 News.  The decision to discontinue this bureau came in June, before the Taliban took over Afghanistan where 15,000 American citizens and refugees are currently trapped.  The Contingency and Crisis Response Bureau (CCR) was created by former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during the Trump presidency which was designed to provide emergency services to Americans abroad The memo that planned to  discontinue the CCR was signed by Deputy Secretary of State Brian McKeon, pictured, on June 11 The memo in question...
    An Afghan translator who lost his fingers to the Taliban for helping U.S. forces in the region pleaded with President Biden on Wednesday to spare his family from the terrorist group as it continues its takeover of the country following the complete withdrawal of U.S. troops.  "The Taliban, they just cut my cousin's neck off a couple of days ago…they are hunting my family and my brother's family," Saber Nasseri told "Hannity" on Wednesday. Nasseri served as an Afgan interpreter for 11 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was captured by the Taliban during that time and sustained permanent injuries for his service. "I fought for this country," he said. "I lost my fingers in the war, the Taliban cut my fingers off and cut my body, I got a lot of shrapnel. I worked for the Navy Seals, U.S. Marines in Afghanistan but right now the Taliban, they are hunting my family," Nasseri emphasized. BIDEN ADMIN DEPENDS ON TALIBAN TO GIVE AMERICANS ‘SAFE PASSAGE’ 6 WEEKS AFTER BIDEN SAID HE DOESN'T TRUST THEM After relocating to the United States, Nasseri and his family were featured in a...
    President Joe Biden said when pressed Wednesday that U.S. troops were 'going to stay' in Afghanistan until they get American citizens out, even if it means running through an August 31 deadline order. He made the statement despite his own order that U.S. troops will leave by an August 31 deadline, acknowledging the effort could run over if American citizens are still stuck in Afghanistan amid security and bureaucratic hurdles.       'We've got like 10 to 15,000 Americans in the country right now. Right? And are you committed to making sure that the troops stay until every American who wants to be out is out?' George Stephanopoulos of ABC News asked Biden in an interview airing Wednesday and Thursday.  'Yes,' Biden replied. 'So Americans should understand that troops might have to be there beyond Aug. 31st?' the Good Morning America host asked him. President Joe Biden said U.S. troops would remain in Afghanistan to get all U.S. citizens out of Afghanistan, suggesting they would stay even beyond an August 31 deadline if necessary 'No,' Biden dodged. 'Americans should understand that...
    (CNN)As reports of harassment and beatings at Taliban checkpoints continued to surface Wednesday, the US Embassy in Kabul warned it could not ensure safe passage for Americans to the airport to escape Afghanistan, despite the Pentagon underscoring alleged Taliban assurances that it will ensure safe transit.Wednesday's alert from the diplomatic outpost, which has been relocated to the airport, stood in contrast to statements made by White House and Pentagon officials about the ability of civilians to access the airport to board evacuation flights out of the country.The apparent disconnect on public messaging among the Biden administration's senior national security staff underscores the chaotic and rushed nature of the evacuation effort, which has been gaining steam in the past few days but still faces enormous logistical and security challenges."The United States government cannot ensure safe passage to the Hamid Karzai International Airport," the US Embassy in Kabul advised American citizens. Biden on chaotic Afghanistan withdrawal: I dont think it was a failureA few hours later, Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman told reporters at the State Department that "it appears the...
    "I have previously said from this podium and in sworn testimony before Congress that the intelligence clearly indicated multiple scenarios were possible. One of those was an outright Taliban takeover following a rapid collapse of the Afghan Security Forces and the government," he said. But Milley noted that the estimated time period for a swift collapse "ranged from weeks, to months, and even years, following our departure. There was nothing that I or anyone else saw that indicated a collapse of this army and this government in 11 days." Milley said that U.S. troops, American citizens, and Afghans who have backed the U.S. are currently at risk. He said that the American military intends "to successfully evacuate all American citizens who want to get out of Afghanistan," noting that they represent "priority number one." "In addition, we intend to evacuate those who've been supporting us for years, and we're not gonna leave 'em behind. And we will get out as many as possible," Milley said. The military is working to evacuate people from the Kabul airport. Milley noted that...
    The Biden administration moved in June to dismantle a system designed to protect American citizens trapped abroad — just months before the Taliban took over Afghanistan, stranding thousands of Americans in the Central Asian country. New reports published on Wednesday detailed that a memo sent around the State Department gave the green light on the "discontinuation of the establishment, and the termination of, the Contingency and Crisis Response Bureau (CCR)." EXILED AFGHAN PRESIDENT GHANI ISSUES FIRST STATEMENT SINCE LEAVING COUNTRY: LIVE UPDATES The sensitive but unclassified memo was signed by Deputy Secretary of State Brian McKeon, just a couple of months before the Biden administration’s botched troop withdrawal that saw Afghanistan fall under Taliban control. CCR was formed under Trump-era Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and was tasked with providing "aviation, logistics, and medical support capabilities for the Department's operational bureaus, thereby enhancing the secretary's ability to protect American citizens overseas in connection with overseas evacuations in the aftermath of a natural or man-made disaster." The agency could have played a role in the response to the Taliban’s takeover of...
    Arkansas Republican Sen. Tom Cotton condemned President Biden and his administration's unfolding disaster in Afghanistan, telling Fox News on Wednesday the president alone overruled his military advisers and set in motion the withdrawal plan that collapsed into chaos over the past several days. Cotton, a retired Army Captain, and Bronze Star recipient, told "The Story" that Biden shortsightedly chose September 11 as a "politically symbolic" end-date, which now, in contrast, will likely serve as a propaganda victory for the Taliban, as they may likely highlight their flag flying over the U.S. embassy in Kabul by that tragic anniversary. "Now we’re trying to rescue thousands of American citizens behind enemy lines. It’s important to get out the Afghans that have helped out and vetted so as not to be a security threat -- but there’s thousands of American citizens in Afghanistan. I’m glad to hear someone from the administration finally say that that is the first priority," he said. Cotton said Biden now risks further catastrophe with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin III informing reporters that the military is focused on Hamid...
    CNN Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr confronted Gen. Mark Milley and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin Wednesday over the urgent need to evacuate American citizens and U.S. allies around the country. During the Pentagon press briefing, Starr noted how “there are Americans clearly all over Kabul, there may be Americans in other parts of the country.” “How can the U.S., the Pentagon, live up to that task of evacuating all Americans? Because we continue to see the violence just outside the airport, and how would you get them from around the country unless you go get them?” she asked. Milley responded by saying the State Department is working with the Taliban “to facilitate safe passage of American citizens” to the airport. “We have capability do other things if necessary.” “Can I ask you what that means?” Starr followed up. “Because you also said there were international special forces there that have the capability to extract. And those words suggest very clearly in the military realm you would go get people.” “That would be a policy decision and if directed we have capabilities...
    Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley provided an update of the evacuation of American citizens and pledged to successfully evacuate all American citizens attempting to flee the war-torn region. "Right now there are troops at-risk. We are the United States military, and we will successfully evacuate all American citizens who want to get out of Afghanistan," Milley said during a joint press conference with Austin. "They are our priority #1. In addition, we intend to evacuate those who have been supporting us for years, and we are not going to leave them behind. And we will get as many out as possible." Nevertheless, Austin noted, "We don't have the capability to go out and collect large numbers of people." DEFENSE OFFICIAL DURING SAIGON OPERATION SAYS PENTAGON 'NOT TRYING HARD ENOUGH' TO EVACUATE AFGHANS Previously, officials have been hesitant to guarantee that all Americans who wish to leave would be evacuated if they were not out by the Aug 31 withdrawal deadline. "We remain laser-focused right now on Hamid Karzai International Airport," Lloyd...
    Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley are holding a news conference at the Pentagon as the U.S. tries to evacuate Americans and at-risk Afghans from Afghanistan amid the Taliban takeover. MIlley gave reporters an operational update as the U.S. attempts to evacuate American citizens as well as at-risk Afghans.  "Our key tasks are to maintain security at the Kabul International Airport, protect the airport from attack, evacuate all American citizens from Afghanistan, who desire to leave this country evacuated any third country national or allies and partners as designated by the Secretary of State evacuated personnel with State Department designated special immigrant visas," Milley said.  He also addressed media reports about intelligence community assessments about the fragility of the Afghan forces, saying that he had previously stated that multiple scenarios were possible, including a Taliban takeover following a rapid collapse of the Afghan security forces and the government. But "nothing we saw" indicated this could happen in the space of 11 days, Milley told reporters. How to watch the Pentagon...
    Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson, author of The Long Slide: Thirty Years in American Journalism, warned that America is becoming a “soviet society” prioritizing conformity and obedience to government over freedom of behavior and thought. “I do think, marginally, people can be more brave and more honest just in their personal lives,” Carlson remarked on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with host Alex Marlow. “There’s no reason to sit at a dinner party and be browbeaten by somebody and not pipe up. You don’t have to argue, but you can quietly speak your conscience in public.” He continued, “The society has become so incredibly conformist. I see it in my kids and their friends. My kids don’t agree with a lot of this crap, but the spirit of the age is, ‘Well, I don’t really want to step outside the herd.’ We don’t celebrate mavericks at all. … It’s such a soviet society, now. What we celebrate is team joiners. ‘Oh, look, this guy got the vaccine. He’s a hero. He took his medicine.’ It’s insane.” A culture of conformity praises compliance while condemning...
    A White House official said around 1,100 U.S. citizens, permanent residents and their families were flown out of Afghanistan on Tuesday. The update comes amid a tumultuous situation in Afghanistan, where the Taliban quickly took over after entering Kabul over the weekend of Aug. 14-15. The Afghan army and government officials fled and the Taliban declared a new government: the “Islamic Emirate Of Afghanistan.” Over 3,200 people – including U.S. personnel – have been evacuated so far in total, according to the official. An additional almost 2,000 Afghan special immigrants have also been relocated to the U.S., the official said. Today’s evacuees were taken out of Afghanistan using 13 U.S. military flights. The U.S. official added that the administration has now “established the flow” and predicted the evacuation numbers will increase in the coming days. President Joe Biden has been criticized for his handling of the U.S. drawdown in Afghanistan as well as the evacuation process. The administration appeared caught off guard when the Taliban entered Kabul, and Biden himself admitted the situation happened faster than he anticipated. (RELATED: FLASHBACK: Biden...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- It's now estimated about half of American aid shipments that were supposed to be used by Afghan government military forces and regular citizens were stolen and siphoned off by Taliban fighters preparing for an eventual US pullout. Experts now question the United States' responsibility going forward.In late 2001, the ABC7 I-Team flew with the U.S. Air Force from Germany to the Afghan zone on missions aimed to helping citizens there, whose country we were also blowing up.It would be the beginning of an unusual 20-year tactic for America's military: drop bombs, then drop food and medical supplies.That first-of-a-kind tactic went on for two decades, with much of the well-intended aid to those who lived in Afghanistan and their Army the US was training, ending up in enemy hands.SEE ALSO | Chaos, security questions remain after Taliban takeover of Afghanistan A Northwestern international relations scholar says the aid that we've been sending there for two decades may actually have helped the current Taliban takeover."Congress has said that most of the aid the US has sent in the past...
    CNN reported Tuesday “shitshow” infighting has begun to occupy the White House as thousands of American citizens are stranded within Afghanistan. The infighting is primarily between the State Department and the United State’s military, which are blaming each other for the failed Afghan evacuation and withdrawal, reported CNN. The State Department claims they were acting on an intelligence assessment that predicted Afghanistan had “more time” before the Taliban could take “total” control of the country, but intelligence officials have rejected that claim. Meanwhile, President Biden said Monday he blamed “Afghan security forces’ unwillingness to fight and the decisions of previous administrations,” while the administration watched the country fall in a matter of hours under “his watch.” CNN continued: Some officials insist that Biden got bad advice from some of his top military and intelligence advisers. One White House official pointed to Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley’s comments from three weeks ago, when he suggested the Afghan forces had the capacity to fight for and defend their country, and that a Taliban takeover was not a foregone conclusion. The military...
    The U.S. government sent a notice to Americans trying to escape Afghanistan after a rapid takeover by the Taliban over the weekend, telling them to make their way to the airport in Kabul, but that it could not guarantee their security on the way there. A congressional aide told CBS News there were no partners left in Afghanistan to safely get the 10- to 15,000 Americans trapped around the country to the capital of Kabul. Instead, a note went out to American citizens requesting to be evacuated from Afghanistan that said: To American Citizens, Thank you for registering your request to be evacuated from Afghanistan.   The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan has confirmed that an undefined number of U.S. government-provided flights will begin soon. Please make your way to Hamid Karzai International Airport at this time. It said in bold and capitalized letters: PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT CANNOT GUARANTEE YOUR SECURITTY AS YOU MAKE THIS TRIP. The below note went out this afternoon to American citizens requesting to be evacuated from Afghanistan, @alanacbs reports. It instructs people to come...
    Thousands of American citizens on the ground in Afghanistan have been told to shelter in place and await evacuation following the Taliban capture of Kabul over the weekend. State Department Spokesman Ned Price said Tuesday the message to Americans in Afghanistan right now is to “shelter in place” until the U.S. Embassy tells them when to travel to the airport and where exactly to go, CNN’s Kylie Atwood reported. Kabul’s airport has been the site of mass chaos in recent days as the U.S. attempts to evacuate personnel amid a throng of fleeing Afghans. The US message to Americans in Afghanistan right now is to shelter in place until they get communications from the US embassy which tell them when they should come to the airport & where exactly to go, says @StateDeptSpox. — Kylie Atwood (@kylieatwood) August 17, 2021 CBS News reported Tuesday that American citizens requesting evacuation from Afghanistan received a note from the embassy telling them an undefined number of U.S. government-provided flights would begin leaving from Kabul soon, and that they should make their way...
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Tuesday would not commit to the US continuing efforts to get 11,000 Americans out of Afghanistan if they were still there at the end of the month.  'Can you offer any guarantee to Americans and Afghan allies that if they remain there past the end of month us troops will help them evacuate?' a reporter asked the press secretary in her first briefing in six days. 'Our focus right now is on doing the work at hand, the task at hand. That is day by day getting as many American citizens, as many SIV applicants, as many members of the vulnerable population who are eligible to be evacuated to the airport and out on planes,' the press secretary said.  Biden has promised to have all troops out of Afghanistan by Aug. 31.  And in another sign of interagency confusion, Psaki said there were 11,000 'self-identified' Americans, but there could be more who come forward to request assistance.  Earlier on Tuesday, Pentagon press secretary John Kirby had said there are between 5,000 and 10,000.   As...
    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki declined to say whether or not Americans stuck in Afghanistan past the August 31 withdrawal deadline would be evacuated.  "Our focus right now is on doing the work at hand and on the task at hand," Psaki said Tuesday in response to a question as to whether she could offer any "guarantee" that Americans still stuck in Afghanistan after the administration’s withdrawal deadline would still be evacuated.  "And that is day by day, getting as many American citizens, as many SIV applicants, as many members of vulnerable population who are eligible to be evacuated, to the airport and out on planes." COLORADO FAMILY STRANDED IN AFGHANISTAN AFTER FLIGHT HOME IS CANCELED Psaki continued: "And we’re going to do that in an expeditious fashion. That is the focus of the president of our Secretary of Defense, have our Secretary of State and everybody on our national security team. So that is where we will keep our efforts." Psaki’s comment received strong criticism from conservatives on social media who were upset that the administration would not...
    Several U.S. media reports have estimated somewhere between 10,000 to 40,000 American citizens are still in Afghanistan as of Tuesday. “An administration official who was not authorized to speak on the record told me that there are an estimated 10,000 U.S. citizens in the country, with the vast majority in or near Kabul. Some are residents, journalists or aid workers who may not want to leave,” Josh Rogin wrote in the Washington Post. A man holds a certificate acknowledging his work for Americans as hundreds of people gather outside the international airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021.  (AP Photo) “Most are scrambling to escape. Some are dual nationals or children of Americans who may not have the proper passport or visas, but the State Department has not told them how to fix their paperwork.” The Daily Mail reported 40,000 Americans are stranded in Afghanistan, while a White House official reported only 700 Americans will be evacuated Tuesday. Monday saw 150 Americans evacuated, a Newsy reporter tweeted: Per a WH official: Hamid Karzai Airport is open, and flights are able to land...
    U.S. troops have secured the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, and flights are able to land and depart to evacuate American citizens and Afghan nationals, a White House official announced to pool reporters Tuesday. The Kabul airport was a scene of chaos Monday morning as throngs of Afghans crowded the runways in an attempt to flee on American planes. The U.S. has now deployed 3,500 troops to their airport with more on the way, clearing the runways for regular landings and departures. (RELATED: 7 Killed In Kabul Airport As Chaos Ensues. Flights Suspended, Then Restarted) “The Hamid Karzai International Airport (HKAI) is open, and flights are able to land and depart, including on the civilian side. As of this morning, there are 3,500 troops on the ground at HKAI. Today, U.S. military flights are taking off from HKAI with American citizens and U.S. Embassy personnel on board. Yesterday, we evacuated more than 700 people, including 150 American citizens,” the official said. Biden’s administration has faced criticism for his handling of the situation in Afghanistan as the Taliban overthrew the...
    The United States must not become a “refugee camp” for Afghanistan, J.D. Vance, author of Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis and Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Ohio, says. On Monday, Defense Department spokesman John Kirby confirmed that the administration is planning to bring up to 22,000 Afghans to the U.S. for resettlement across the nation. First, they will be sent to three military bases. In a statement, Vance said driving a mass refugee wave from Afghanistan to the U.S. “is not the answer.” “We have been at war in Afghanistan for 20 long years and I sincerely believe that it’s time for us to leave,” Vance said: But with that said, Joe Biden’s implementation of this withdrawal has been an abject disaster. From abandoning Bagram Air Base before we got all of our citizens out of the country to leaving high-tech weapon systems for the Taliban’s taking, to unnecessarily pushing President Trump’s withdrawal date from May to the middle of “fighting season” in Afghanistan, President Biden and our generals have failed us all. [Emphasis added]...
    "The situation in Afghanistan may lead to DoS [Department of State] allowing Afghan SIV applicants to be moved to temporary housing locations while still being vetted for parolee status," the document reportedly said. Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby confirmed the plans to Fox News on Sunday, adding that Fort McCoy in Wisconsin and Fort Bliss in Texas are in line to receive refugees. "We want to have the capacity to get up to several thousand immediately, and want to be prepared for the potential of tens of thousands," Kirby said. "Bliss and McCoy have the capability right now — and what's advantageous is with a little bit of work, they could increase their capacity in very short order."????NEW, thread: Pentagon confirms to me the Department of Defense is preparing to house thousands of Afghan refugees… https://t.co/79y6tlWS9l — Jacqui Heinrich (@Jacqui Heinrich)1629085430.0Kirby also indicated that American citizens will not be given priority over the Afghan refugees in the evacuation from Kabul. Rather, the Defense Department will seemingly grab whoever they can, regardless of status, and then sort it out later. "Once we...
    Fox News contributor Marc Thiessen declared President Joe Biden either “incompetent” or “a horrible human being” because of the chaos in Afghanistan after Kabul’s fall to the Taliban. Thiessen, a Washington Post columnist and former speechwriter for George W. Bush, was on America’s Newsroom to comment on the situation after hordes of Afghan citizens stormed Hamid Karzai International Airport. Numerous videos have emerged from the chaotic scene, but the desperation of the situation was most stark in videos of Afghan citizens who clung to the outside of departing planes before falling to their deaths shortly after takeoff. In his reaction, Thiessen compared the Afghan citizens falling from planes to those who fell from the World Trade Center on 9/11. He pronounced the fall of Kabul “the most shameful thing I’ve seen in my entire career in Washington” before tearing into the president. It is shameful that Joe Biden hasn’t spoken to the American people for six days while this plays out. What could he say? How can you defend the indefensible? Either Joe Biden completely miscalculated — in which case...
    Former Obama administration Attorney General  Eric Holder said Thursday on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” that protesters needed to be “in the streets” getting arrested in the political fight over voting laws. Anchor Rachel Maddow said, “What do you make of the direct action strategy that is being brought by voting rights advocates? Obviously, Vice President Harris and President Biden are very much in support of the reforms like The For the People Act, and they’ve advocated for it. We know that. We’ve heard all the speeches. We know their position. Yet you’re seeing increasingly relentless focus by moral leaders getting arrested at the Senate office building, at the Supreme Court, at the White House. We’re expecting this summer of direct action on voting rights to accelerate to where there will be considerable civil disobedience outside the White House, people trying to set off a moral alarm here. What do you make of that strategically, as someone who has been a target of that in the past and someone who knows the people being targeted by these activists?” Holder said, “Power concedes nothing...
    In a show of little confidence for Afghanistan's future without US troops, American negotiators are reportedly seeking assurances from the Taliban that the militant group will not go after the US embassy if they overtake Kabul.  The effort, led by Zalmay Khalilzad, the chief American envoy in negotiations with the Taliban, seeks to avoid an evacuation of the embassy's nearly 4,000 employees, including, 1,400 Americans, two US officials told the New York Times.  The State Department last week warned US citizens to get out of the war-ravaged nation immediately.  Khalilzad arrived in Qatar on Tuesday to warn Taliban officials that their government would not be recognized.   Pleas to leave the embassy untouched seem to go against the president's public assurances that he has still has faith Afghan forces can hold on to Kabul.  Taliban fighters could isolate Afghanistan's capital in 30 days and possibly take it over within 90, a U.S. defense official told Reuters citing intelligence reports as the resurgent militants made more advances across the country.  Taliban militants are seen inside the Ghazni city, eastern Afghanistan, Aug....
                        Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger wants members of the Georgia General Assembly to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot to clarify that the state constitution permits only American citizens to vote. Raffensperger, at a press conference Wednesday, said seeing this through was one of his top priorities when he ran for his seat in 2018. “Fortunately, Georgia code already makes clear that only U.S. citizens are allowed to vote in Georgia, but we are seeing disturbing trends across the country that makes this issue too important to be left up to future legislatures. Everyone should agree that only American citizens should vote in our elections in Georgia. Unfortunately, we are seeing what used to be a bipartisan consensus start to disappear around the country,” Raffensperger said. “Earlier this year the Vermont legislature overrode their governor’s veto to allow non-citizen voting in municipal elections. Lawmakers in Washington, D.C., Illinois, and New York City have recently introduced legislation to allow non-citizen voting. Recent articles in The New York...
    As the White House oversees a crisis of illegal immigration and an overwhelmed system at the southern border, author and historian Victor Davis Hanson noted that the many Democrats who seek to undermine the traditional means of immigration and becoming a citizen are undermining democracy itself. Hanson told "Tucker Carlson Tonight" that as the nation braces for what could be many millions of illegal immigrants coming across the southern border, Democrats realize they have an opportunity to change the demographics of an electorate they know isn't fully on board with their left-wing policies, by essentially neutering the political power of legal American citizens who vote. "It's important that you stress the urgency -- just as we are seeing the efforts to destroy the electoral college or pack the [Supreme] Court or have a national voter law, they feel the constituency of the present demography is not on their side," he said. "[Since] they can't wait to have residents come with green cards and go through a lengthy process of citizenship because they don't think they will be in power or...
    More On: joe biden Biden calls on states to help renters with COVID relief funds US employers increase pressure on workers to get COVID vaccine Shocking footage shows thousands of migrants huddled under Texas overpass It’s in — and big: Senators produce $1T infrastructure bill The Issue: The Biden administration’s policy of letting migrants enter the United States, even with COVID. Miranda Devine is one of the few journalists who is not afraid to point out what a fraud President Biden is (“Dem super spreaders,” Aug. 2). He passionately reads a script off the teleprompter asking America to get vaccinated while sticking his head in the ground as illegal immigrants infected with COVID cross our border. This policy shows the Biden administration has little concern for the American family. When will one of the White House reporters have the courage to ask the president to explain? Nicholas Maffei Yonkers Devine was spot-on with her article. When are Americans going to wake up and realize that this administration doesn’t care about legal Americans? The Democrats keep making the American public...