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Biden’s Afghan Disaster
The Taliban PR Campaign Has Not Ended But Transformed. Messages of liberation and inclusiveness have given way to ones that serve the consolidation of power.
‘It was a mistake.’ CENTCOM admits Aug. 29 drone strike killed civilians, not ISIS. “The strike was a tragic mistake,” Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, head of U.S. Central Command, told a Pentagon news conference.
The US military needs to do more than apologize for its deadly ‘mistake’ in Kabul. The admission and apology were stunning, especially as the unmanned drone strike was among the last US military actions with troops still on the ground in Afghanistan, bringing a 20-year military presence in the country to a painful end.
How the Afghan withdrawal impacts US-China competition. The long-term geopolitical consequences of U.S. withdrawal vis-à-vis China are becoming increasingly apparent.
France recalls its ambassadors to the US and Australia over new national security partnership. The French government has immediately recalled its ambassadors to the US and Australia for consultation in response to America’s recently announced national security partnership with the United Kingdom and Australia.
Trade versus subs: The risky U.S. tradeoff in the Asia-Pacific. Which will matter more, a dozen more nuclear subs on the U.S. side of the ledger or a trade pact that could draw many of the world’s largest economies ever closer toward China?
Will the U.S. Navy defend Taiwan from China? Talk of a ‘prolonged counterinsurgency’ suggests otherwise.
Australia says more US troops to come, plans missile project. About 2,200 US Marines scheduled to come through Darwin in the 2021 rotation as Canberra also eyes enhanced air and maritime capability.
What are the regional reactions to the new US-UK-Australia security pact? China has lashed out at plans by Australia to forge a closer alliance with the United States and the United Kingdom, which includes the sharing of nuclear-powered submarine technology. But other Indo-Pacific nations are reacting more cautiously.
China enters Taiwan air defense zone a day after army budget rise. Taiwan sent combat aircraft to warn away 10 Chinese aircraft, while missile systems were deployed to monitor them.
Joint military drill to kick off in Ukraine as Congress seeks air defense boost for the country. Congress is keen to support Ukraine as the country tries to fill an air and missile defense capability, and lawmakers want to know how the Pentagon can help the ally.
Ukraine spies tried to ensnare alleged Russian war criminals with a fake website, promises of riches and an international sting. Security forces shattered the early morning calm of the lakeside Soviet-era resort outside the Belarusian capital of Minsk, bursting in to arrest 32 Russian mercenaries.
There is chaos’; Iran-backed militias battle activists in a holy Iraqi City. Karbala, the southern Iraqi city whose gold-domed shrines attract Shiite pilgrims from around the world, has become a flash point in Iraq’s internal conflict over the presence of dozens of powerful Iranian-backed militias.
A plan for rooting out extremism in the military: report. Detecting and intervening are the keys, according to Rand Corp.
Milley: Calls to China were ‘perfectly’ within scope of job. Milley spoke for the first time about statements attributed to him in a new book.
Jan. 6 committee seeking records on Milley’s China calls. Both Biden and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin have said they have confidence in Milley as some Republicans in Congress urge his firing.
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