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I left my whole life, my home in order to continue to have a voice. Once again,I am running from my motherland. Once again, I am going to start from zero. I took only my cameras and a dead soul with me across an ocean. With a heavy heart, goodbye motherland. Until we meet again
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GEN McKenzie, CENTCOM commander: 12 US servicemembers have been killed, 15 wounded, in terrorist attacks at Kabul airport
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Some American citizens have told the State Department that they do not plan to evacuate from Afghanistan unless they can bring Afghan family members with them, administration officials said. That's a group with an uncertain future.
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4,000 people evacuated but a woman and her four year old child have slept near the airport gates for three nights now - Aussie visa in hand.
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In a briefing to congressional staff, the State Department said that 4100 American citizens are still actively seeking to get out of Afghanistan, a Senate aide tells me. Not all the Americans are located in/around Kabul. The US has evacuated approx. 4,400 Americans already.
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“Kashmir jihadist, trainer of Indian Fidayeen from Kerala, on the run again after escape from Kabul jail” - ⁦@praveenswami⁩ on one of the jihadists freed during the Taliban’s victory in Afghanistan. firstpost.com/india/kashmir-…
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Huge respect for @yamphoto for the job he's doing in Kabul right now, capturing the awful situation so many Afghans are in twitter.com/yamphoto/statu…
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For second year in a row, the highest score in Afghanistan's university entrance goes to a female student. Celebrate her name, Selgai (means 'breath'), think of what it has taken her to get there. And then think of the injustice if those like her are deprived again. twitter.com/Etilaatroz/sta…
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The 17-year-old clung to the landing gear as the plane hit 120 miles an hour. His brother had begged him to come home. “I have to try,” he'd said. on.wsj.com/3jaC3pA
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#AFG Deeply disturbed by Taliban soldiers beating up @TOLOnews @ziaryaad in the heart of Kabul city as he was filming a report, his camera, equipments and phone seized by the Taliban soldiers. #PRESSFREEDOM
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A 345-seat chartered plane to evacuate Afghans leaves Kabul empty today because they couldn't get through Taliban checkpoints and US military gates at airport. Crushing. #Afghanistan
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1) Afghan National Army General Sami Sadat says Trump's 'peace deal,' Biden's precipitous withdrawal & endemic corruption in the government & military led to the collapse of Afghanistan. nytimes.com/2021/08/25/opi…
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1. "So why did the Afghan military collapse? The answer is threefold," Afghan Gen. Sami Sadat writes. "First, former President Donald Trump’s February 2020 peace deal with the Taliban in Doha doomed us." nytimes.com/2021/08/25/opi…
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‘A Taliban spokesman urges women to stay home because fighters haven’t been trained to respect them.’ nytimes.com/2021/08/24/wor…
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US embassy issues last alert for US citizens to leave afghanistan or they’re on their own, then recalls it 30 mins later.
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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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"History is going to record this was the logical, rational and right decision to make."--Pres. Biden
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This can’t be emphasised enough .. this political moment is also profoundly painful for so many...#Afghanistan twitter.com/RSkakar/status…
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When it comes to counterterrorism, "We’ve been spiking the ball at the five-yard line, like a football player claiming points before actually scoring a touchdown," @Ali_H_Soufan tells @wrightr in @NewYorker newyorker.com/news/daily-com…
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As a CIA officer, we work with foreigners. Day and night. Recruited assets, developmentals, casual contacts, host country liaison, and even yes - friends. Our role is to know a country to its core-language, culture, customs. So the debacle in Afgh hurts- because it's personal.
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This isn’t enough to stop harassment; has to be clearer. Still good early sign that Taliban this time dont want to police people’s personal life with force. Taliban Kandahar governor: “no one will be threatened for bead, hair, music..clerics will guide them away from sins gently” twitter.com/ZubairAhmad908…
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EXCLUSIVE: Local U.S. Embassy Kabul staff is losing faith in evacuation efforts, per cable obtained by @NBCNews. “It would be better to die under the Taliban’s bullet” than face the crowds again, said one.“Happy to die here, but with dignity and pride,” another said. twitter.com/NBCNews/status…
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In a new message of assurance, this time to the sports sector, Taliban says one of its officials met Afghan national cricket team in Kabul to “discuss future programmes and ways to improve the team’s performance”. Another savvy move. Ultra hardliners disapprove of sports twitter.com/alemara_ar/sta…
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Desperate appeals via missing children posters are now appearing on the wire at #KabulAirport - parents are losing their kids in the chaos and stampedes of the panicked crowd. The atmosphere is one of absolute heartbreak and terror. #afghanistan @NewsHour @pulitzercenter
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President Biden will be speaking soon, providing updates on #Afghanistan and #TropicalStormHenri
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.@JakeSullivan46 tells @CNN that when President Biden said al Qaeda was "gone" from Afghanistan, he really meant that it *currently* doesn't pose a threat to the American homeland, but it could once again. Evidently, the word "gone" was doing a lot of work.
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Source - the first ring of Panjshir was broken and two outposts fell. The Taliban claim to have taken control of two Panjshir outposts.
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"The Kabul Municipality says it has begun work today to remove concrete barriers in various parts of Kabul. According to the municipality, under the plan, all roads and streets in Kabul will be cleared of concrete barriers and opened to all citizens." twitter.com/Shamshadnetwor…
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At least 20 people have died in the past seven days in and around the Kabul airport during the evacuation effort after Taliban insurgents took over the Afghan capital last week, a NATO official said on Sunday.
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Keeps getting harder to swallow. This is Karzai, you know, the guy the airport is named after, and Abdullah Abdullah, former co-president, both of whom we paid $Millions in influence money, smiling and jiving with Taliban senior leadership helping with the transition. twitter.com/drabdullahce/s…
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I just spoke to Ahmad #Massoud on the phone. He told me: “I am the son of Ahmad Shah Massoud; surrender is not part of my vocabulary.” This is the start. The #Resistance has just begun. #Afghanistan #Panjshir #Kabul #LionOfPanjshir @AhmadMassoud01
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Regardless of whether the al-Qaida presence in Afghanistan poses the same international threat it did pre-9/11, it’s absolutely there—and it now includes al-Qaida figures freshly released from NDS prisons by the Taliban, like Abu Ikhlas al-Masri, whom JSOC hunted for a decade. twitter.com/ddale8/status/…
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Yes I can confirm that folks have had issues getting permits twitter.com/michaelgwaltz/…
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Ahmadullah Wasiq, deputy head of Taliban's Cultural Commission visited with our team earlier this afternoon. Management from TOLO were present where issues relating to security, freedom of expression, women’s rights etc were discussed. More on this in our main news bulletin
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The arresting landscape of the Panjshir valley, Afghanistan circa 2002. We had lunch at the house of Ahmad Shah Masoud's in-laws, Ahmad Masoud was a boy then.
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Khalil Haqqani, one of the founders of the Haqqani Network, often blamed for some of the deadliest attacks in Afghanistan, has a $5 million bounty on his head. He appeared in Kabul's old city this week for Friday prayer to address supporters. Photo by brilliant @andrewquilty
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I keep seeing interactions like the one in this thread: Julia laments an awful situation, and the response is, "so you want to stay in Afghanistan forever?" Nope. It can be true that the US should get out AND that we badly betrayed Afghan women. jill.substack.com/p/sometimes-th… twitter.com/juliaioffe/sta…
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“Other senior Taliban leaders seen in the capital in recent days include Khalil Haqqani — one of America’s most wanted terrorists with a $5 million bounty on his head for links to al-Qaeda.” timesofisrael.com/taliban-chiefs…
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I want the world to be silent for a moment so we Afghans can scream our pain in its heart, uninterrupted.
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US Embassy Kabul tells Americans NOT to travel to the airport, unless they're directed to do so, due to "potential security threats".
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Fact check: Biden claims al Qaeda is 'gone' from Afghanistan. Then the Pentagon confirms it's still there - thanks to ⁦@ddale8⁩ for including my thoughts in this piece for ⁦@CNNcnn.com/2021/08/20/pol…
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As the daughter of immigrants, nothing gave me greater, more genuine pleasure today than being asked by my mom to update her resume. What would have taken her ages took me under 30 mins and every word I wrote felt like a giant "thank you" to my mom & all her sacrifices for us.
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Biden: "I have seen no question of our credibility from our allies around the world." Armin Laschet, Merkel's choice for successor in Germany: "It's the biggest debacle that NATO has suffered since its creation."
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1. If you are new to our analysis @LongWarJournal, you should know that we've been documenting how the U.S. got it wrong with respect to al-Qaeda in Afghanistan for more than a decade. There were errors before that, for sure, but that's when we started keeping track.
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Ok, since no one seems to know any of the history of Afghanistan before this week, a refresher: 2/29/20: There are 13,000 US troops there. Trump reaches deal with Taliban. Agrees Afghanistan Gov, which is not part of deal, will release 5,000 Taliban fighters. Requires Taliban...1
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Some questions: Has Organization of Islamic Cooperation created a fund or offered save havens to Afghans fleeing the Taliban? How many statements of support have come from Muslim-majority nations? How many refugees are Muslim-majority nations welcoming? Why do I need to ask?
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