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Today’s SPECIAL EXTENDED AFGHANISTAN CRISIS EDITION PDB includes a variety of critical issues such as – Petraeus questions US ability to counter terrorism after Afghanistan’s fall. Biden faces pressure to extend Afghanistan evacuation mission as Taliban warns against doing so. Afghan fiasco raises hard questions for Europe.
Now we know why Biden wants all U.S. troops out of Kabul in a week.
Afghan aftermath: Will Pacific states see weakened US?
Iran resumes fuel exports to neighboring Afghanistan.
The Afghan who won’t surrender to the Taliban.
SERIOUSLY?! Red wristbands for unvaccinated troops now part of JRTC’s COVID mitigation.
Putin launches construction of new nuclear subs and warships.
READ TODAY’S PDB BELOW:
Biden’s Afghan Disaster
The Taliban’s Aug. 31 ‘red line.’ Now we know why Biden wants all U.S. troops out of Kabul in a week.
Biden faces pressure to extend Afghanistan evacuation mission as Taliban warns against doing so. The United States faced mounting global pressure on Monday to extend its evacuation mission in Afghanistan past President Biden’s Aug. 31 deadline, despite a Taliban warning against doing so.
Taliban says it won’t accept extension to Biden’s Aug. 31 Afghanistan withdrawal deadline. The Taliban said there will be “consequences” if Biden extends his Afghan withdrawal deadline.
Petraeus questions US ability to counter terrorism after Afghanistan’s fall. The “harsh reality” of the fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban raises question on how closely Washington can keep an eye on Islamic extremism, David Petraeus, a former top commander in the Middle East and a former CIA director, said on Monday.
AMERICA IS BACK? Afghan fiasco raises hard questions for Europe. Once again, the United States has dragged its NATO allies into an embarrassing mess they had warned against, bringing calls for more autonomy. But the price of independence is steep.
House Republicans seek answers on US weapons seized by Taliban. Two Republicans on the House Oversight Committee are requesting the Pentagon detail its plans to recover or destroy billions of dollars worth of U.S weapons now in the hands of Taliban fighters following the fall of Afghan national security forces.
Kabul airport mission expands into city as evacuation deadline nears. With 5,800 troops on the ground and flights leaving on average every hour, the U.S. for the first time on Sunday exceeded its previous daily evacuation ceiling, flying out just under 11,000 Americans, third-country nationals and vulnerable Afghans, the deputy director of the Joint Staff for regional operations told reporters on Monday.
TRANSCOM boss vows to ramp up what is already one of the largest airlift operations in history. The head of U.S. Transportation Command, the military organization spearheading the massive humanitarian evacuation effort in Afghanistan, said Monday he expects to ramp up flights out of the country even further as the Aug. 31 deadline to withdraw all American troops and Afghan allies approaches.
The Afghan who won’t surrender to the Taliban. Ahmad Massoud leads the resistance in the province of Panjshir. Can he and his fighters hold out?
NO KIDDING – US VP Harris says China intimidates to back South China Sea claims. U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris on Tuesday accused Beijing of coercion and intimidation to back unlawful claims in the South China Sea, her most pointed comments on China during a visit to Southeast Asia, which she said was critical to U.S. security.
Afghan aftermath: Will Pacific states see weakened US? A trio of Indo-Pacific analysts told Breaking Defense that any discussion of Chinese messaging needs to acknowledge the Chinese are fast and brilliant at shaping a clear and intriguing message. It’s no surprise the Global Times editorial went up in less than 24 hours after the Taliban entered Kabul.
China’s top priority in Afghanistan is stability, experts say. The U.S. must move past blame for Afghanistan to focus on the threat from China, one expert says.
Putin launches construction of new nuclear subs and warships. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday launched the construction of new nuclear submarines and other warships, part of a sweeping military modernization effort amid tensions with the West.
Iran resumes fuel exports to neighboring Afghanistan. Iran resumed fuel exports to Afghanistan a few days ago following a request from the new Afghan government, which feels empowered by the U.S. withdrawal to buy the sanctioned nation’s oil more openly, an Iranian official told Reuters.
North Korea Threat
US withdrawal from Afghanistan: The view from Pyongyang. For North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, the view from Pyongyang has definitely improved from the Kim regime’s perspective of splitting the ROK-US Alliance.
With Pfizer approval, COVID-19 vaccine to become mandatory for troops. The Pfizer vaccine will be the first to become required for service members.
SERIOUSLY?! Red wristbands for unvaccinated troops now part of JRTC’s COVID mitigation. Troops involved in the 54th Security Force Assistance Brigade’s current training rotation at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana, have a new uniform item — a red or green wristband denoting their COVID-19 vaccination status.
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