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Today’s SPECIAL EXTENDED AFGHANISTAN CRISIS EDITION PDB includes a variety of critical issues such as – Biden’s Afghanistan surrender. The President tries to duck responsibility for a calamitous withdrawal. Afghan government collapses as Taliban sweeps in, US sends more troops to aid chaotic withdrawal. Anger, worry among members of Congress as Afghanistan government falls. Concerns over US terror threats rising, more troops deployed as Taliban takes over.
Disaster in Afghanistan will follow us home.
This one will hurt for a long time: US veterans’ despair as Taliban claim much of Afghanistan
See Russia and China launch joint military drills.
Marines in Hawaii try advanced base ops at Large-Scale Exercise 2021.
Missile Defense Agency dials up the speed in quest for hypersonic interceptor.
READ TODAY’S PDB BELOW:
Biden’s Afghan Disaster
Disaster in Afghanistan will follow us home. Biden’s heedlessness, on the cusp of a sweeping Taliban blitzkrieg that on Sunday saw them enter Kabul, will define his administration’s first great fiasco.
Biden’s Afghanistan surrender. The President tries to duck responsibility for a calamitous withdrawal.
Biden’s Afghanistan exit raises questions about his foreign-policy record. U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan could create a haven for terrorist groups, experts warn.
Biden administration scrambled as its orderly withdrawal from Afghanistan unraveled. By the middle of the week, as cities across Afghanistan were falling like dominoes to the Taliban and U.S. diplomats appeared increasingly at risk, President Biden’s plan for an orderly end to the United States’ longest war was quickly falling apart.
Afghan government collapses as Taliban sweeps in, US sends more troops to aid chaotic withdrawal. Taliban fighters took control of Kabul on Sunday, delivering the militant Islamist group the prize it has long sought: authority over all of Afghanistan as the Western-backed government collapsed, President Ashraf Ghani fled, and the long-dominant American presence appeared to be coming to an abrupt and chaotic end after nearly 20 years.
More Marines arrive in Kabul to aid urgent embassy airlift amid Taliban advance. After an advance group of Marines arrived on Friday, more flowed into the Kabul international airport on Saturday.
‘Saigon on steroids’: The desperate rush to flee Afghanistan. Kabul airport descends into chaos as Afghan civilians besiege the terminal and Western countries scramble to evacuate personnel, in a dizzying coda to America’s longest war.
Anger, worry among members of Congress as Afghanistan government falls. Lawmakers received briefings early Sunday morning from administration officials on the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan.
This one will hurt for a long time: US veterans despair as Taliban claim much of Afghanistan. U.S. troops who deployed to Afghanistan over the past two decades say the Taliban’s rapid conquest of much of the country in the past week has left them stunned and dismayed.
Afghanistan’s collapse: Did US intelligence get it wrong? American intelligence sources say they correctly predicted the fall of Kabul.
Concerns over US terror threats rising, more troops deployed as Taliban takes over. Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told senators on a briefing call Sunday that U.S. officials are expected to alter their earlier assessments about the pace of terrorist groups reconstituting in Afghanistan.
Afghanistan takeover by Taliban worries governments in the region, Europe that chaos will spread. Pakistan and Iran are among countries most vulnerable to a wave of refugees, but European governments are also raising concerns.
The Afghan allies left behind. President Ashraf Ghani was able to flee Afghanistan on Sunday, preventing the spectacle of a public execution by the Taliban. But tens of thousands of other Afghans who assisted the U.S. over 20 years aren’t so fortunate and now face a potentially gruesome fate
See Russia and China launch joint military drills. Russia’s defense minister on Friday hailed joint war games with China this week as a sign of increasingly close military cooperation that should expand further.
Marines in Hawaii try advanced base ops at Large-Scale Exercise 2021. During World War II, the Navy and Marine Corps locked arms during the years-long strategy of island-hopping toward Japan.
Navy displays ‘air wing of the future’ on upgraded carrier off Hawaii. The U.S. Navy exhibited the working parts of its Large-Scale Exercise 2021 on Saturday, a display of technology and sea power the Navy’s highest-ranking officer said makes its worldwide fleet too formidable and too diffuse to challenge.
Missile Defense Agency dials up the speed in quest for hypersonic interceptor. While the Missile Defense Agency hit the pause button on its effort to bring a defensive hypersonic weapon online, it’s now ready to move forward and is engaging industry in the first phase of the effort.
No COVID shot? Fort Jackson BCT to require families to be fully vaccinated for graduation. Later this month, the Army will begin requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination from family members of Fort Jackson, South Carolina, basic combat training graduates who want to access the installation for family day and graduation ceremonies.
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