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Today’s SPECIAL EXTENDED AFGHANISTAN CRISIS EDITION PDB includes a variety of critical national security issues.
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Biden’s Afghan Disaster
In Afghanistan, we’ve opened the gates of hell. The Afghanistan fiasco is the worst strategic blunder since 1938: the year that British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain waved around a copy of the Munich Agreement and proclaimed, “peace in our time.”
Greenlighting the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul is a national disgrace. Americans have been told that the fall of Kabul took the Biden administration by surprise, creating a situation — completely beyond our control — where the United States had to depend on the Taliban for security in the Afghan capital as the U.S. military conducted the evacuation.
America is leaving thousands of people behind in Afghanistan. This is a moral disaster. Those left behind appear to include many local journalists who worked for U.S.-supported media such as the Afghan service of RFE/RL
Slain Marine who cradled baby at Kabul airport loved her job — and more details about those who died. Heart-wrenching details have emerged about some of the 13 U.S. troops killed in a horrific suicide bombing at Afghanistan’s Kabul airport.
Here are the names of the 13 U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan attack. Thirteen U.S. service members died Thursday supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel
State Department vows to evacuate Americans, allies from Afghanistan after military exit. The last U.S. military forces left Afghanistan at midnight on Aug. 31.
Inside the final hours at Kabul Airport. Alone on the airfield after hundreds of other U.S. troops had left, five handpicked joint tactical exfiltration crews blew up the last remaining defenses and took off in the dark.
EXTREMELY DOUBTFUL – Fewer than 200 Americans remain in Afghanistan after US withdrawal. Between 100 and 200 Americans who wanted to leave Afghanistan remain in the country following the final U.S. military withdrawal and evacuation efforts from Afghanistan.
DOUBTFUL – U.S.’s pledge to fight terrorists in Afghanistan will be harder without boots on the ground. President Biden and his aides promise that the U.S. can keep terror threats from Afghanistan at bay from afar with “over the horizon” surveillance and strikes now that U.S. troops have departed. Counterterrorism and intelligence officials say it will be much harder and less effective than the White House suggests.
The future of U.S.-Taliban relations. Blinken says cooperation is possible, but only if Taliban acts appropriately.
Rogers proposes $25 billion defense plus-up ahead of NDAA markup. In a rebuke to President Joe Biden’s anemic proposed defense budget, a key Republican is recommending $25 billion more in spending for the House’s draft defense policy bill.
Russia and China eye a retreating U.S. Beijing will push for more sway in Pakistan; Moscow will try in Central Asia’s former Soviet republics.
6 naval task groups from U.S., U.K., India, Japan, and Australia underway in Pacific. Six task groups from the U.S, U.K., Australian, Japanese, and Indian navies are currently on operational deployments in the Indo-Pacific region amidst an intense fall and early winter period of multilateral exercises
Taiwan’s government reportedly makes last-minute request for Seahawk helos. Taiwan’s government is seeking funding for a long-delayed plan to acquire shipboard anti-submarine helicopters from the United States, as it announces an increased defense budget for the forthcoming fiscal year.
HERO – Marine relieved for viral video now says he’s resigning his commission. Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller released a second video Sunday doubling down on calls for accountability, and apparently resigning his commission.
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