Pentagon officials say Afghan govt’s collapse was rooted in 2020 US deal with Taliban

Senior Pentagon officials said Wednesday the collapse of the Afghan government and its security forces in August could be traced to the 2020 US agreement with the Taliban signed in Doha that promised a complete troop withdrawal. Joe Biden has faced the biggest crisis of his presidency over the withdrawal in Afghanistan, drawing criticism from […]

Social media campaign highlights colorful Afghan clothing to protest Taliban dress code

After seeing photos of black-clad Afghan women in full face veils at a pro-Taliban rally in Kabul, Bahar Jalali, an Afghan-American historian, launched a campaign highlighting the vibrant colors of traditional Afghan dresses. “I was very concerned that the world would think that those clothing worn by those women in Kabul was traditional Afghan clothing, […]

WATCH: Gen. Milley slaps down Josh Hawley for ‘conflating some things’ on Afghanistan

Gen. Mark Milley advised Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) that he was “conflating” a strategic loss in Afghanistan with the operational success of withdrawing from the country. During a hearing before the House Armed Services Committee, Hawley asked Milley if he had advised President Joe Biden that withdrawing the 2,500 remaining troops by mid-July would “negatively […]

Afghan army collapse ‘took us all by surprise,’ U.S. defense secretary

By Phil Stewart and Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told Congress on Tuesday that the Afghan army’s sudden collapse caught the Pentagon off-guard as he acknowledged miscalculations in America’s longest war including corruption and damaged morale in Afghan ranks. “The fact that the Afghan army we and our partners trained simply […]

Taliban ask airlines to resume international flights to Afghanistan

(Reuters) – The Taliban government in Afghanistan appealed on Sunday for international flights to be resumed, promising full cooperation with airlines and saying that problems at Kabul airport had been resolved. The statement from the foreign affairs ministry comes as the new administration has stepped up efforts to open up the country and gain international […]

Trump claims to know more about war than ‘dope’ Gen. Milley: ‘I understand this stuff better than anybody’

Former President Donald Trump said this week that the man who he appointed as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is a “dope.” During an interview on Glenn Beck’s radio show, Trump responded to reports that Milley had assured China that he would give an advanced warning if the then-president tried to start a […]

Trump continues attacking ‘weak and ineffective’ Mark Milley for telling ‘sick and demented’ stories about him

Donald Trump appears to be greatly troubled by bombshell new reports on his administration that were published by The Washington Post on Tuesday. “Twice in the final months of the Trump administration, the country’s top military officer was so fearful that the president’s actions might spark a war with China that he moved urgently to […]

Blinken tells irate lawmakers the US was ready on Afghanistan

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday insisted the Biden administration had prepared for worst-case scenarios in Afghanistan, as irate lawmakers accused the White House of presiding over a historic disaster. The famously even-tempered top US diplomat stayed cool as he faced the toughest grilling of his career at the first congressional hearing on […]

All hell breaks loose at congressional hearing after GOP lawmaker accuses Anthony Blinken of treason

A congressional hearing on the withdrawal from Afghanistan devolved into shouting and chaos on Monday when Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL) accused Secretary of State Anthony Blinken of committing treason and then refused to let him respond. Mast started his questioning of Blinken by holding up photos of soldiers who died in Afghanistan during the withdrawal […]

The real reason Afghanistan’s military fell apart so quickly revealed by investigative reporter

CNN’s Jake Tapper on Wednesday interviewed Washington Post reporter Craig Whitlock, who helped uncover an explosive of documents in which American officials for years acknowledged they were losing in Afghanistan even while making rosy claims about the war in public. While discussing the rapid collapse of the Afghan military in recent weeks, Whitlock said that […]

Republicans either can’t figure out the message on Afghanistan — or can’t stop themselves from lying: conservative

After years of lying to the American people, conservative columnist Max Boot said Wednesday that Republicans simply can’t stop themselves from continuing to do it. In his column for the Washington Post, Boot argued that Republican officials can’t decide where they stand on President Joe Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan. Some wanted him to exit faster. […]

Missing Oklahoma Republican official ‘safe’ — after rogue trip to Afghanistan

Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) was last seen attempting to enter Afghanistan with a large sum of cash as part of an effort to rescue Americans still in the country single-handedly. According to Mullin’s spokesperson, the Congressman is alive and hasn’t been captured by the Taliban. The office didn’t say where Mullin was and if he […]

‘The hypocrisy is off the charts!’ CNN host destroys Republicans for rants against Afghani allies

Republicans attacked President Joe Biden over Afghanistan during a press conference on Tuesday, but they’re having a hard time trying to decide what they are most angry at him about. While the administration got everyone out except a select few, those left behind were Afghani allies that many wanted the U.S. and other countries to […]

MSNBC expert schools Republicans on what disastrous withdrawals actually looked like through history

Many Republican lawmakers are spinning the withdrawal from Afghanistan as the worst thing ever to happen throughout the entirety of American history. However, one foreign policy expert schooled the GOP on this historic distortions during an appearance on MSNBC Tuesday. Speaking to MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace, former diplomat Richard Stengel explained that in the course of […]

US had a ‘secret gate’ where the Taliban agreed to escort Americans safely at the Kabul airport: report

The United States reportedly had a secret deal with the Taliban to escort Americans to the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, CNN.com reported Tuesday. An official revealed the U.S. special operations forces had a “secret gate” at the airport and established “call centers” to help Americans get through the process. None of the information was previously […]

The Taliban reportedly have control of US biometric devices – a lesson in life-and-death consequences of data privacy

In the wake of the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul and the ouster of the Afghan national government, alarming reports indicate that the insurgents could potentially access biometric data collected by the U.S. to track Afghans, including people who worked for U.S. and coalition forces. Afghans who once supported the U.S. have been attempting to hide […]

Afghanistan withdrawal was gummed up by the Pentagon fighting with the State Department

While many are focusing on getting as many people out of Afghanistan as possible, Republicans are already promising hearings for the mistakes that were made and focusing on what went wrong. One report from Vanity Fair reporter Adam Ciralsky revealed that turf wars between the State Department and Pentagon hampered the exit from Afghanistan. The […]

America must admit admit the Afghanistan war ‘was a failure’ and has been for years: CNN’s Zakaria

CNN’s Fareed Zakaria delivered a reality check on Monday to people who think that the United States could have prevailed in Afghanistan despite 20 years of failures and setbacks. While appearing with Anderson Cooper, Zakaria explained that the United States was never able to build a state in Afghanistan that was seen as legitimate by […]

American military announces US has left Afghanistan after 20 years of war

The war in Afghanistan ended on Monday after 2,461 U.S. service members were killed and over 20,000 injured. “I’m here to announce the completion of our withdrawal from Afghanistan and the end of the military mission to evacuate American citizens, third country nationals, and vulnerable Afghans,” Gen. Kenneth McKenzie said on Monday. “The last C-17 […]

The Taliban reportedly have control of US biometric devices – a stunning lesson in life-and-death consequences of data privacy

In the wake of the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul and the ouster of the Afghan national government, alarming reports indicate that the insurgents could potentially access biometric data collected by the U.S. to track Afghans, including people who worked for U.S. and coalition forces. Afghans who once supported the U.S. have been attempting to hide […]

Rockets fired at Kabul airport as US troops pull out

Rockets were fired at Kabul’s airport on Monday where US troops were racing to complete their withdrawal from Afghanistan and evacuate allies under the threat of Islamic State group attacks. President Joe Biden has set a deadline of Tuesday to withdraw all US forces from Afghanistan, drawing to a close his nation’s longest military conflict, […]

Afghanistan’s ‘Gen Z’ fears for their future after living without the Taliban for their whole lives

(Reuters) – When 20-year-old Salgy found out last week that she had topped some 200,000 students who took Afghanistan’s university entrance exam this year, she was elated. For months, she had locked herself away in her room in the capital Kabul to study, sometimes forgetting to eat. With her family crowding round their solar-powered TV […]