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, […]

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 […]

Pentagon admits August 29th Kabul drone strike killed 7 children — and no ISIS-K fighters

General Kenneth Franklin McKenzie Jr., the current commander of the United States Central Command, now admits that a drone strike launched on August 29th in Kabul did not kill any ISIS-K fighters. According to Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson, McKenzie acknowledged that the only people who died in the strike were “10 civilians killed, including 7 […]

The real costs of America’s forever wars

The U.S. invaded Afghanistan in late 2001 to destroy al-Qaida, remove the Taliban from power and remake the nation. On Aug. 30, 2021, the U.S. completed a pullout of troops from Afghanistan, providing an uncertain punctuation mark to two decades of conflict. For the past 11 years I have closely followed the post-9/11 conflicts for […]

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 […]

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 […]

‘Don’t be fooled’: OAN tells Americans in Kabul to ignore terror warnings and ‘get to the airport now’

OAN host Christina Bobb advised Americans over the weekend to ignore the U.S. government’s warning about terrorist threats in Kabul. The U.S. State Department has urged all Americans to leave the vicinity of the airport in Kabul due to ongoing terrorist threats. Last week, 169 Afghans and 13 U.S. service members were killed in terrorist […]

Biden had Reaper drone drop ‘ninja bomb’ on ISIS-K operatives in Afghanistan: report

The United States used a weapon known as “the flying Ginsu” or “ninja bomb” against suspected ISIS-K operatives in Afghanistan. “The Pentagon used a special Hellfire missile that packs no explosives to strike Islamic State militants in Afghanistan on Saturday in retaliation for a suicide bomb attack at the Kabul airport last week,” The Wall […]

Americans in Kabul ‘should leave the airport area immediately’: US embassy in Afghanistan

The United States embassy in Kabul is urging Americans to immediately leave the area around the airport in Kabul. “Due to a specific, credible threat, all U.S. citizens in the vicinity of Kabul airport (HKIA), including the South (Airport Circle) gate, the new Ministry of the Interior, and the gate near the Panjshir Petrol station […]

‘Extremely dangerous’: Biden warns another Kubal airport bombing is ‘likely’

The United States took aim at the Islamic State group in Afghanistan on Saturday, killing two high-level targets in a drone strike over the devastating suicide bombing at Kabul airport, as President Joe Biden warned another attack on the frantic airlift was “highly likely”. A series of urgent terror warnings have rattled evacuation efforts overseen […]

Afghan evacuation flights restart after deadly Islamic State suicide bombings

Evacuation flights from Afghanistan resumed with new urgency on Friday, a day after two suicide bombings targeted the thousands of desperate people fleeing the Taliban takeover. The US says further attempted attacks are expected ahead of the Tuesday deadline for foreign troops to leave, ending America’s longest war. Kabul residents said several flights took off […]

Republican hawks are ‘calling for a re-invasion of Afghanistan’: report

Following the deaths of 13 American service members in bombings outside the Bagram airport, leading conservative voices are calling for U.S. troops to resume America’s longest war. “Republican lawmakers, former officials in Donald Trump’s administration, and conservative commentators are reacting to Thursday’s horrific Kabul attack by not only condemning the Biden administration—they’re also calling for […]

Trump bungles name of new ISIS group — and is ridiculed by former GOP congressman for his ignorance

Cable news spent most of Thursday discussing the new ISIS-K threat after the group took responsibility for the bombings outside the airport in Kabul that killed 13 American service members and wounded 15. The Islamic State Khorasan, known as ISIS-K, is the ISIS affiliate in Afghanistan and Pakistan. After phoning into Fox News, Trump seemed […]

Devin Nunes livid after Joe Biden has a moment of silence for fallen troops: ‘What the hell is going on?’

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) lashed out at President Joe Biden during an appearance on Newsmax on Thursday. During a briefing on the terrorist attacks at the Kabul airport that claimed the lives of 13 service members and wounded 15, Biden observed a moment of silence. President Biden observes a moment of silence honoring U.S. service […]