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Pompeo, the architect of Trump’s withdrawal agreement with the Taliban, takes arrows from fellow Republicans who say he won’t be able to "rewrite history about what actually happened." @meridithmcgraw…
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Ryan Crocker to @jaketapper: "The issue is not that the Taliban controls the country right now. The Taliban don't control the country. Nobody does."
We can confirm that the explosion at the Abbey Gate was the result of a complex attack that resulted in a number of US & civilian casualties. We can also confirm at least one other explosion at or near the Baron Hotel, a short distance from Abbey Gate. We will continue to update.
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We can confirm that the explosion near the Abbey Gate of the Kabul airport has resulted in an unknown number of casualties. We will continue to update.
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.@LTGHRMcMaster to @jimsciutto: "I would not be surprised if ISIS-K... was used as a cutout by the Taliban, so they can humiliate us on the way out and continue to play us."
No one inside Iran doubts that torture is one of the pillars of Evin is built on — and with stories like this, no one outside Iran can, either.…
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SCOOP: Biden admin has asked refugee resettlement agencies to prepare for as many as 50,000 Afghans arriving in the U.S. from Kabul under humanitarian parole, per three people familiar.…
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The idea of an American social credit system is not an abstraction. @joshrogin explains how the Chinese Communist Party has *already* outsourced their social credit system to us.…
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You're already living under the CCP. Part II, with @joshrogin looks into China's influence over Hollywood, Big Tech, Wall Street and education. Plus, what does the US withdrawal from Afghanistan mean for China's interests in the region? Listen here:…
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At least 24 students from California and 16 parents are stranded in Afghanistan after taking a summer trip abroad… @latimes
Resettling Afghan refugees without delay could be a modest saving grace for the bungled departure, write the @PostOpinions Editorial Board…
The world is changing fast, and the United States and Pakistan each have a clear interest in moving past their problems and working together, the country’s national security adviser told @joshrogin in an interview.
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The Taliban stopped an Afghan United Nations staff member as he tried to reach Kabul airport on Sunday. They searched his vehicle and found his U.N. identification. Then they beat him.… cc: @SecBlinken…
Read this from ⁦@petersavodnik⁩. He is one of our most gifted writers. And his reflection on our disgrace in Afghanistan spares no one.…
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This clip of a security control room at Iran's most notorious prison being shut down by hackers is straight out of a movie. Hackers are now leaking stolen CCTV from across the Evin prison to highlight the abuse of inmates, per @AP.
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.@mitchellreports points out already “The Taliban are not complying” with their agreements to allow safe passage. Blinken says he will use every tool at his disposal etc etc etc
Blinken: “The Taliban have made public and private commitments to provide and permit safe passage for Americans… and Afghans at risk going forward, past August 31.”
@thackerpd @R_H_Ebright @joshrogin @alisonannyoung @zeynep Yes, ironic. In our FOIA litigation against NIH for records about the origins of Covid19, NIH is proposing to take about 30 years to produce the documents.
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There are things that are much worse than another Cold War, says @joshrogin. A hot war, for one, and losing what Christopher Hitchens would call 'our way of life.' Listen more on the latest phase of the U.S.-China competition here:…
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Pakistan NSA: "Now that the Taliban has the whole country, they don’t really need Islamabad as much anymore. Assistance & recognition is the leverage. Who has that? It’s the Western countries that have much more leverage in Afghanistan than Pakistan.”…
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Afghanistan’s Falling Man: The 17-Year-Old Soccer Star Who Plunged From a U.S. Military Jet… @WSJ
Reuters photographer was killed after being left behind in retreat, Afghan general says… @Reuters
"...Bruen can prompt eye rolls from Democrats, who see him as media-hungry, but not everyone disagreed with his point..." True to form, some anonymous sources in Washington would have us believe that our names shouldn't be attached our opinions...…
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Today with @RepMeijer I visited Kabul airport to conduct oversight on the evacuation. Witnessing our young Marines and soldiers at the gates, navigating a confluence of humanity as raw and visceral as the world has ever seen, was indescribable.
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Pakistan wants to be treated like an ally, not a scapegoat, @joshrogin writes
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Exactly. The part of the evacuation mission that included trying to get Afghan partners out has failed, in a big way.…
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NEW: Pakistan wants to be treated like an ally, not a scapegoat, National Security Adviser @YusufMoeed tells me in an interview… @PostOpinions
The DC national security establishment is not trying to "punish" Biden for ending the Afghanistan war. For two weeks, the SINGULAR focus I've seen is hundreds of people trying desperately to save their Afghan friends' lives, and mostly failing.
Pelosi on Moulton and Meijer's trip to the Kabul airport: "It was not, in my view, a good idea." Says it's a drain on precious resources and dangerous. "This is deadly serious. We do not want members to go."
Biden people be like: "We are not getting enough credit for half cleaning up our own mess," and "All critics of our incompetence are war hawks" and "Focus on the number of people we didn't condemn to a cruel death, not the number of people we did." Puh-lease.
Surprise, surprise. Tunisian President Saied blew past his own 30 day deadline and did not restore democracy at all. Can we call it a coup now?…
Sunday 22 August 2021: The day I leave my country, my city, my Kabul. A massacre of my dreams and aspirations. A tragic day in my life.
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A kid sells Flags of Islamic Emirate/Taliban right outside the gate of what was once the US Embassy compound in Kabul - The Irony. #Afghanistan
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Devastating scenes at Kabul airport. Knee deep in sewage, waving their papers, begging to be let in. @ABC #Kabul #Taliban #Afghanistancrisis
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Only about 50 of the 1200 students at the American University of Afghanistan got out. The rest, half of them women, are in hiding. The Taliban have killed these students before. Now we are leaving them there. Disgraceful.… by Charles Lane @PostOpinions
“There’s no way to make this story good either. Biden’s problem isn’t a biased press; it’s a recalcitrant reality.”… by @RameshPonnuru
"intelligence officials fell short of a consensus, said the officials... “We should not even be thinking about closing the book or backing off, but rather ratcheting up the effort,” David Relman, a Stanford University microbiologist"…
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Imagine being an American citizen stranded in Afghanistan, being prevented from leaving, and having your President say that was your fault, you clearly did not want to go back home.
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When Afghans reach for help & I can’t, my heart melts. A female reached from Parwan that 4 of her brothers were killed by Taliban, (saddening pics), & r now searching for her (sole remnant). She asked for help to get out. Killing 4 brothers was NOT ENOUGH for Taliban terrorists?
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UPDATE: All intel agencies involved in the review had low confidence in both origin theories & were switching sides as recently as Friday, a source familiar with the process tells me. The White House & DNI Avril Haines were very focused on making the deadline, the source added.…
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Even as he was being arrested by the Taliban, the comedian Nazar Mohammad was making jokes about them to their faces. He was later found dead. “The greatest enemy of authority is contempt, and the surest way to undermine it is laughter” - Hannah Arendt…
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Reaction from an official upset with this excursion: “There wasn’t a fucking Congressional delegation flying into Saigon.”
BREAKING: @sethmoulton & @RepMeijer flew to Kabul airport today "to conduct oversight on the mission to evacuate Americans and our allies," Moulton's office says in a new statement. They have now left Kabul after several hours on the ground. 1/?
There’s no excuse for abandoning Americans in the middle of a crisis like this. This is so wrong.…
The first troops have started to leave Afghanistan. So far, the mission remains focused on the evacuation, but it will soon transition to finishing the withdrawal by Aug. 31st.…
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The U.S. is making progress on evacuations — but this mission is far from finished… by the @PostOpinions Editorial Board
State Dept is messaging that it will still help Afghans flee Kabul after U.S. troops withdraw. They must know this is an empty promise, because without U.S. troops in country, those people are doomed.…
An aircraft from Ukraine to evacuate Ukrainians stuck in Afghanistan was hijacked Tuesday and flown to Iran, Russian media reported, citing Ukrainian officials.…
On Biden's handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal, "the criticism in Europe... is loud and persistent." So not just a DC Blob Deep State conspiracy to shame Biden into endless wars or something.…
The world’s media are focused on evacuations. But there is a crisis brewing in Afghanistan that could affect millions. By @BRRubin.…
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