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Today’s SPECIAL EXTENDED AFGHANISTAN CRISIS EDITION PDB includes a variety of critical issues such as –
Taliban show off U.S.-made weapons and gear in a bid to intimidate, project authority.
Pentagon: Kabul evacuations will continue until last troops are out.
Hundreds of Americans still awaiting evacuation from Afghanistan
U.S. dare not betray the students at the American University of Afghanistan.
The real winner of the Afghan War? Pakistan.
US offers Vietnam help to counter China in South China Sea.
NORTHCOM needs help in space for Arctic communication.
Taliban takeover is a boon for cash-strapped Iran.
READ TODAY’S PDB BELOW:
Biden’s Afghan Disaster
Kabul Airport Explosions Kill Four U.S. Marines, at Least 60 Afghans. Numerous Afghans seeking evacuation flights killed in blasts that followed warnings of possible Islamic State attack.
The Biden administration’s gaseous obfuscation on Afghanistan isn’t helping. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby, a retired rear admiral, recently said that during the long U.S. undertaking in Afghanistan “the goals did migrate over time.”
Taliban show off U.S.-made weapons and gear in a bid to intimidate, project authority. On his tour through the fallen city of Kabul last week, Taliban-aligned militant Khalil Haqqani rose to address a crowd at the capital’s largest place of worship, Pul-i-Khishti Mosque. As he clutched a U.S.-made M4 rifle, his security guards, similarly armed, were draped in the U.S. combat aesthetics that have come to symbolize the last 20 years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq.
COUNTERPOINT: Let’s not pretend that the way we withdrew from Afghanistan was the problem. To state the obvious: There was no good way to lose Afghanistan to the Taliban.
Here’s how Biden could mitigate damage done by the Afghan withdrawal. Historians will have time to sort through the evidence and apportion blame for the tragic end to America’s 20-year military intervention in Afghanistan.
A way out of Biden’s Afghan trap. The U.N. Security Council could authorize the U.S. and allies to enforce a safe zone for evacuations.
After evacuation, Afghan refugees still face numerous obstacles. Significant background checks before traveling to the United States are still happening, administration officials said.
Pentagon: Kabul evacuations will continue until last troops are out. Evacuations will continue as 5,000 troops prepare to pack .
Hundreds of Americans still awaiting evacuation from Afghanistan: State Dept. About 4,500 U.S. citizens are among the 82,000 individuals transported out of the country since Aug. 14.
Qatar helping US fly Afghanistan evacuees to Germany. The planes are not part of the Civil Reserve Air Fleet activation, but are flying similar routes.
8 US bases in Europe prepared to accept as many as 25,000 Afghan refugees. Roughly 2,000 evacuees a day are being sent on to the U.S.
Pentagon scolds lawmakers who made surprise visit to Afghanistan, saying it interfered with the mission. Pentagon officials appear furious over an unannounced visit by two lawmakers to Afghanistan this week, saying that their presence took precious resources away from a precarious situation as the deadline to evacuate thousands of Americans and Afghan allies nears.
Not for the first time, COVID takes back seat to a more pressing crisis. The evacuation of refugees from Afghanistan depends on cramming people into closed spaces—during a global pandemic.
Anyone got any helos sitting around?’: How a private network is using a messaging app to rescue Afghans. Horrified by U.S. government failures to help former colleagues and friends trapped in Afghanistan, the group is using its connections to fill the breach.
The U.S. dare not betray the students at the American University of Afghanistan. President Biden is sticking to the Aug. 31 deadline for removing all U.S. troops from Afghanistan, which means that time is rapidly running out for those desperate to escape Taliban rule.
The real winner of the Afghan War? It’s not who you think. Pakistan, nominally a U.S. partner in the war, was the Afghan Taliban’s main patron, and sees the Taliban’s victory as its own. But now what does it do with its prize?
In quest for legitimacy and to keep money flowing, Taliban pushes for political deal with rivals. The Taliban is scrambling to reach a deal with former Afghan officials to establish a government that could gain international recognition, keep aid money flowing into the country and restore access to billions of dollars in aid.
US offers Vietnam help to counter China in South China Sea. Vice President Harris offered the U.S’s support to Vietnam in several areas including bolstering its maritime security as tensions between the Southeast Asian country and China continue to rise.
Taliban takeover is a boon for cash-strapped Iran. Tehran gets dollars from new oil sales to Afghanistan, while the Taliban get fuel for the ailing Afghan economy.
UK aircraft carrier swaps F-35B stealth fighters with US warship during Pacific exercise. The HMS Queen Elizabeth recently traded F-35B Lightning II stealth fighters with a U.S. amphibious assault ship at sea, another first for the U.K. aircraft carrier on its first operational deployment, according to the U.S. Marine Corps.
NORTHCOM needs help in space for Arctic communication. The biggest focus of collaboration between US Northern Command and US Space Command will be on secure communication capabilities in the Arctic, according to the leader of NORTHCOM/NORAD.
Pentagon announces COVID-19 vaccine mandate, but no set deadline. The Pfizer vaccine is now mandatory for service members.
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