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Today’s SPECIAL EXTENDED AFGHANISTAN CRISIS EDITION PDB includes a variety of critical issues such as – Hunted by the Taliban, U.S.-allied Afghan forces are in hiding. How Biden broke NATO. 25% of Afghan Air Force fled, remainder in disarray, sources say.
USS Ronald Reagan’s Super Hornets providing air support over Kabul.
Marine wounded in Afghanistan during first days of airport defense.
US NEGOTIATING with Taliban? Few answers for Afghan evacuees seeking safe passage to Kabul airport.
Putin rejected role for US forces near Afghanistan at summit with Biden.
Trump’s deal with the Taliban draws fire from his former allies.
200 US Marines head to Haiti in wake of devastating earthquake.
Space Force met its 18-month deadline to get up and running.
SERIOUSLY? The biggest concern for Navy commanding officers? COVID.
READ TODAY’S PDB BELOW:
Biden’s Afghan Disaster
NEGOTIATING with Taliban? Few answers for Afghan evacuees seeking safe passage to Kabul airport. State Department officials said they are negotiating with Taliban leaders to allow more American citizens and Afghan nationals access to the evacuation site.’
As US military sticks to airport, British and French forces are rescuing their citizens in Kabul: reports. As the Defense Department continues to stick to its plans of not reaching out into Kabul to assist U.S. personnel and Afghan helpers evacuate, British and French forces have done so to rescue their citizens, multiple outlets report
Hunted by the Taliban, U.S.-allied Afghan forces are in hiding. The Afghan forces disintegrated ahead of the Taliban’s rapid advance. Now, the militants are searching for thousands of Afghan soldiers and security officials.
Biden’s ‘team of sycophants’ enabled his Afghanistan disaster. In 2014, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) took to the Senate floor to deliver a blistering speech opposing Antony Blinken’s nomination as deputy secretary of state.
How Biden broke NATO. The chaotic Afghan withdrawal has shocked and angered U.S. allies.
So much for easy counterterror ops. The President is coming up empty in his search to replace Afghan bases.
Trump’s deal with the Taliban draws fire from his former allies. The former president and his secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, are attacking President Biden over Afghanistan even as their own policy faces harsh criticism.
25% of Afghan Air Force fled, remainder in disarray, sources say. The Afghan Air Force was once considered the Kabul government’s lethal advantage over the Taliban. Now, aircraft and personnel that have not left the country may fall into Taliban hands, but sources say maintenance problems and insufficient aircrews likely will diminish their value.
Taliban combat protests as thousands seek to flee Afghanistan. Fighters again use violence to quash opposition and repel crowds from airport, as U.S. moves to increase evacuations.
USS Ronald Reagan’s Super Hornets providing air support over Kabul. Pentagon officials said Thursday that U.S. jets had been providing overwatch throughout the withdrawal from Afghanistan, and called recent reports of low passes over Kabul “erroneous.”
Marine wounded in Afghanistan during first days of airport defense. The Marine was shot Monday as Marines were trying to establish the perimeter around the airport and create a defensive.
Putin rejected role for US forces near Afghanistan at summit with Biden. After Afghan withdrawal, U.S. military hopes to position forces temporarily near Afghanistan, but Putin told Biden that Moscow objects.
With Afghan collapse, Moscow takes charge in Central Asia. Along with Pakistan and China, Russia has gained broad influence in security matters at the expense of the United States and India.
About 200 US Marines head to Haiti in wake of devastating earthquake. The 200 Marines will be used to provide security to a joint U.S. task force.
‘Forgotten Battalion’ of US soldiers still preserving peace in Kosovo two decades on. The U.S.-led NATO force that has been keeping the peace for more than 20 years is on guard against disinformation campaigns aimed at stoking inter-ethnic tensions in Europe’s youngest nation, officials said.
The Space Force met its 18-month deadline to get up and running. Here’s what’s next. When Congress created the U.S. Space Force in December 2019, the Pentagon hadn’t launched a new military service since 1947. Lawmakers wanted the idea to become reality in just 18 months.
What discipline could you face for refusing the COVID vaccine when it becomes mandatory? The Navy’s top medical officer shared his thoughts on sailors and Marines’ who are resisting the vaccine.
SERIOUSLY? The biggest concern for Navy commanding officers? COVID. Cmdr. Bralyn Cathey doesn’t hesitate when asked what worries him most as the commander of the destroyer John Finn. “COVID,” he replies quickly and decisively.
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