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Biden’s Afghan Disaster
Panjshir Valley, last resistance holdout in Afghanistan, falls to the Taliban. The Taliban on Monday seized Panjshir province, a restive mountain region that was the final holdout of resistance forces in the country, cementing the group’s total control over Afghanistan a week after U.S. forces departed the country.
Chuck Hagel says Afghanistan withdrawal was a good decision executed poorly. President Joe Biden “made the right decision” to withdraw U.S. military forces from Afghanistan and bring an end to America’s longest war, but “there’s no question that a lot went wrong in the execution of that exit,” former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said.
The terrorism era is far from over. A new, more dangerous phase has begun. On Sunday, the Biden administration separately dispatched both Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to the Persian Gulf region.
State Department vows to improve visa process for Afghans, rescue those left behind. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Friday acknowledged significant failures in his department’s Special Immigrant Visa program designed to bring vulnerable Afghan allies to safety in the United States, but pledged that officials are still working to help the thousands of individuals still trapped in Afghanistan.
U.S. bases prepared to process up to 50,000 Afghan evacuees. Eight bases are open and accepting evacuees from Afghanistan, the head of U.S. Northern Command told reporters on Friday, working toward a capacity of 50,000 people.
STRATCOM commander warns of China-Russia coordination; report details AI collaboration. China’s and Russia’s partnership represents a “rapidly growing threat,” US Strategic Command’s Adm. Charles Richard warned
S. Korea tests first submarine-launched ballistic missile – Yonhap. South Korea has test-fired a ballistic missile (SLBM) from a submarine, Yonhap news agency reported on Tuesday, becoming the first country without nuclear weapons to develop such a capability.
U.S. Coast Guard continues to expand presence in the Western Pacific. The U.S. Coast Guard’s status as a military service coupled with its law enforcement roles allows it to effectively contribute to both the military and maritime law enforcement requirements of the Indo-Pacific region, according to the commander of U.S. Coast Guard units operating in the region.
B-52 bombers train with Japanese and Indonesian fighters after deploying to Guam. An undisclosed number of B-52 Stratofortress bombers, along with roughly 230 airmen, have been sent to Andersen Air Force Base on Guam for Pacific Air Forces’ Bomber Task Force.
U.S. startups seek to claw back China’s share of ‘technology minerals’ market. Atop an arid mountain about an hour’s drive from Las Vegas, an excavator scooped up giant boulders mined from a nearby open pit and dumped them into a machine designed to reduce them to pebbles about the size of a marble.
Deployed to Africa, USS ‘Woody’ Williams key platform to train, engage partners in piracy hotspot. The small, rigid-hulled inflatable boat sped from the Brazilian Navy Frigate BNS Independencia (F-44) last week, taking an armed boarding team to a ship suspected of harboring illicit or piracy activities off western Africa’s coast.
US Marines must relearn to protect Pacific supply lines, commandant says. For the first time in decades, U.S. Marines must assume that enemies will contest their supply lines, from the western Pacific all the way back to the United States, the Marine Corps commandant said recently.
Air Force tests new anti-ship tactics and munitions. What was old is once again new. In an effort reminiscent of U.S. aerial attacks in the Pacific theater during World War II, the Air Force announced that an F-15E used a specially developed GBU-31 2,000lb Joint Direct Attack Munition, along with new tactics, on a moving ship.
Soldier, Marine lawsuit challenges mandatory COVID vaccinations for those who’ve had the virus. Two staff sergeants, one Army, one Marine, have filed a lawsuit against three federal agencies, challenging plans to conduct mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations of military troops.
Lawmakers try to ban dishonorable discharges for troops who refuse mandatory COVID-19 vaccines. House lawmakers have backed legislation prohibiting dishonorable discharges for troops who refuse the COVID-19 vaccine, as the Navy gave its sailors 90 days to get the shot this week and the Army and Air Force were poised Thursday to enforce their own timetables.
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