FRIDAY PDB – AFGHAN CRISIS: UK and France Rescues Its Citizens While Biden Keeps US Troops at Airport, Biden’s Sycophants Enabled Disaster, Russia Gains Influence as US Image Crumbles, US Troops Still in Kosovo 20 Years Later, 200 Marines Deploy to Haiti

US Marine Corps (USMC) Brigadier General (BGEN) Ronald S. Coleman (left), Commanding General (CG), Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF) Haiti, is greeted by USMC Colonel (COL) Mark Gurganus (right) upon his arrival in Port-au-Prince, Haiti / TSGT Andy Dunaway, USAF

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Not the President’s Daily Brief, but almost as good – Paul’s Daily Briefing.

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.

And MORE.

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.

Afghanistan Crisis

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.

Russia Threat

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.

Military

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.

Pentagon Watch

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.

END of PDB

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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joe
joe
1 month ago

The Cellar Dweller, mentally challenged, Incompetent in Chief Joe Biden offered to give the Taliban giggles Kamala, AOC and the squad, crazy Nancy Pelosi, and mad Maxine Waters in exchange for the US leaving Afghanistan!

Hey banana pudding Biden, order the destruction of the residual US military equipment!

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1 month ago
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Elizabeth Estrada aka CHIAKIA

LISTEN UP…RESCUE the AMERICANS Stranded in AFGHAN ASAP. BARRICADE the TERRORISTS. THERE is a WAY. HELP the AFGHAN REFUGEES…Get Alot of AMERICAN COS …CHARITIES to HELP. PREZ BIDEN Must RETIRE/RESIGN. HE is INCOMPETENT. From SamuraiQueen. 😄😄😄

grinnie
1 month ago

Elizabeth, Glenn Beck and his Nazarene Fund just raised (in 48 hours) 22MILLION dollars to send planes over to rescue Americans from there. They can bring 3 to 5 thousand back to America. they’re on their way.

Jawad
Jawad
1 month ago

God bless you for your unfailingly positive message. We will not give up. In fact, WE DONATED to the Nazarene Fund today to help the Christians escape from the Taliban monsters. May the Lord see that the $$ is used effectively.

robert mcdermott
robert mcdermott
1 month ago

I have an idea…why don’t we trade Biden and his so called team to the Taliban for safe passage for those who want out ? Just throwing this out there.

libra
libra
1 month ago

I just cannot understand why Traitor Joe would not ask for assistance from the Commanders on the ground in Afghanistan so that the draw down would be safe for all who planned to leave the crap hole of a country safely. Was his closest advisor Dr Jill his only source of advice? He will be the cause of multiple atrocities committed against Americans and those who assisted the American Forces there. It is becoming a real blood bath. Joe has bloody hands already –shame on the monsters who defrauded the Republican voters in 2020. and put this brainless creature into the oval office.. THE DNC also has bloody hands..


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