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    AMERICAN air defenses and ships are vulnerable to China’s hypersonic superweapons as officials in Washington appear naïve about Beijing’s military intentions, an expert warns.   Elites within the Chinese Communist Party are pursuing an imperialist agenda as the country aims to seek military parity with the US in the coming years. 4Officials in Washington are 'naive' regarding China's development of hypersonic weapons, an expert says 4China's wargames have intensified in recent months as officials have tested underwater explosives - part of a strategy to wipe out US vessels Beijing allegedly tested a hypersonic weapon that orbited the Earth in July, and a second missile was launched during the same test event, according to reports in the Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal. The missile fell "harmlessly" into the South China Sea. Its role remains unknown as commentators speculated that the missile could've been used to target or deflect a power’s defenses against a potential hypersonic attack. Officials in Washington were left scrambling as the test caught them off-guard. Sam Armstrong, of the Henry Jackson Society, told The Sun:...
    A bipartisan group of Congress members touring portions of East Asia spent part of Thanksgiving serving lunch to U.S. troops stationed in South Korea before jetting off to Taiwan - despite protests from the Chinese Embassy. Republican Rep. Nancy Mace of South Carolina was among the lawmakers serving vegetables, potatoes and turkey to some of the 28,000 American troops stationed in the country. 'Enjoyed serving our troops today,' Mace tweeted. 'Many of our soldiers haven’t been able to visit home or have their families visit them since the start of COVID. Incredibly important to give our men and women in uniform a heartfelt thanks.'   Democratic Rep. Mark Takano of California, chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, was among the politicians who helped scoop food onto soldiers' plates and tossed a football with them. President Joe Biden also paid tribute to overseas troops on Thanksgiving while remaining in Nantucket for the holiday. Republican Rep. Nancy Mace (right) joined four Democrats in a tour of three east Asian countries, including South Korea, where she helped serve food to US troops...
    A bipartisan group of five members of Congress served food to U.S. troops stationed in South Korea on Thanksgiving and then headed to Taiwan, defying orders from China. Members on the House Veterans Affairs Committee, including Chairman and Democratic California Rep. Mark Takano, Democratic Texas Rep. Colin Allred, Republican South Carolina Rep. Nancy Mace, Democratic California Rep. Sara Jacobs and Democratic Michigan Rep. Elissa Slotkin, served lunch to troops stationed in South Korea and threw a football around with them. “Happy Thanksgiving from South Korea – Enjoyed serving our troops today!!” Mace tweeted Thursday. “Many of our soldiers haven’t been able to visit home or have their families visit them since the start of COVID. Incredibly important to give our men and women in uniform a heartfelt thanks.” (RELATED: ‘Strategically Poised To Hold The House’ — Pelosi Sends Note To Dems Saying They Are ‘Preparing For Victory One Year Out’) Happy Thanksgiving from South Korea – Enjoyed serving our troops today!! Many of our soldiers haven’t been able to visit home or have their families visit them since the start...
    Donald Trump sent out on Thursday morning a pre-recorded video honoring those who served in the U.S. armed forces, where he took a swipe at President Joe Biden for putting veterans 'through a lot.' 'We will come back,' Trump vowed in his 39-second Veterans Day message sent just after 7:00 a.m. and posted to Rumble, a Canadian online video platform. 'Our country has gone through a lot,' the former president continued. 'The last period of time has been very, very tough – watching what you had to watch. But our country will be back and we'll be stronger than ever. Happy Veterans Day.' Trump's message to veterans took aim at Biden's actions since taking office – including the bungled withdrawal from Afghanistan, which resulted in the deaths of 13 U.S. servicemembers in a suicide bombing outside the Kabul airport. Many veterans of the 20-year war in the Middle East were enraged that the withdrawal was so mishandled and immediately led to the Taliban takeover and collapse of the Afghan government that U.S. forces helped put in place. Donald Trump took...
    A BABY boy who was handed over a fence to US troops at Kabul’s airport amid President Joe Biden’s catastrophic pullout has been missing for three months, it emerged on Friday. US State Department officials confirmed they are searching for 2-month-old Sohail Ahmadi. 4A baby boy, not shown in this photo, handed over a fence to US troops at Kabul’s airport amid President Joe Biden’s catastrophic pullout has been missing for three monthsCredit: Reuters 4US State Department officials confirmed they are searching for 2-month-old Sohail AhmadiCredit: Reuters They added that diplomats were trying “to explore every avenue to locate the child, which includes an international amber alert that was issued through the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children,” Reuters reported.  The baby’s father, Mirza Ali Ahmadi, who served as a former US embassy guard and his wife Suraya along with their five children arrived at the Kabul International Airport on August 19.  The family was among the frantic crowd amassing at the gates of the Afghan airport as troops were pulling out of the country and evacuating civilians onto...
    Republican Sen. Josh Hawley on Thursday accused the Pentagon of preparing U.S. armed forces for culture wars rather than real wars after their humiliating 'defeat' against British Royal Marines in a training exercise. U.S. forces had to ask for a 'reset' halfway through the five-day mock battle in the Mojave Desert as they took heavy simulated losses. It comes with the Pentagon already under intense scrutiny, following the hurried withdrawal from Afghanistan and Taliban takeover.  And this week the US Navy fired a nuclear submarine's commanding Officer, executive Officer and chief of the boat for after their vessel collided with an 'uncharted seamount' in the South China Sea.  Hawley said competitors such as China would be baffled by the U.S. approach. 'They're probably wondering why it is that people like General Milley and Secretary Austin spend so much time recommending books on white rage, on critical race theory and are not more focused on warfighting,' he told the 'Ingraham Angle' on Fox News. Sen. Josh Hawley (l) accused the Pentagon and Gen. Mark Milley (r) of pushing a woke agenda that left...
    U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, reacted Thursday night on "The Ingraham Angle" to news that U.S. troops had been badly beaten by their British counterparts while both groups underwent a training exercise in California. Hawley suggested the incident exemplified misplaced priorities in the U.S. military under the Biden administration – and worried that China might draw some conclusions about U.S. war readiness. CHINA MOCKS ‘POWERLESS’ BIDEN OVER CLIMATE SUMMIT ‘APOLOGY’ U.S. SEN. JOSH HAWLEY, R-MO.: They’re [China] probably wondering why it is that people like General Milley and Secretary Austin spend so much time recommending books on White rage, on critical race theory and are not more focused on war-fighting. Here’s my view …. We’ve got the best soldiers, airmen, Marines in the entire world. Our soldiers are amazing war fighters. Let them fight. Train them to fight. Let them do what they do best – and stop using the military as a giant social experiment, which is what the left seems to want. WATCH THE FULL VIDEO BELOW: Video This...
    Washington (CNN)An hour after a suicide bomb exploded outside the Kabul airport on August 26, killing 13 US service members and scores of Afghan civilians, Fahim Masoud, a US military intelligence officer, made a frantic call to his sister. She, along with Masoud's parents and two other siblings, were in a CIA-organized bus navigating the crushing crowds and constant gunfire around the airport, desperately trying to escape Afghanistan. Masoud, a Second Lieutenant in the Illinois National Guard, had just seen classified information suggesting another attack might be imminent. From his home in Virginia, he told his sister to hand the phone to the bus driver. "I can't tell you where I'm getting this information," he told the driver. "But you need to get out of there." For weeks, Masoud, a native Afghan who became a US citizen in 2015, had been working furiously to get his family out of Afghanistan. He'd rented a safehouse for them to hide out in and cold-called senior US military officials asking for help. Now, even in a bus sent by the CIA to help...
    Donald Trump wanted to bring in 250,000 troops to the border wall to help secure the U.S. southern border with Mexico during the pandemic, but the idea was struck down due to concerns from then-Homeland Security Secretary Mark Esper, a Tuesday report reveals. During spring 2020, Trump wanted more than half the active duty Army, which makes up one-sixth of all U.S. forces, to deploy to the southern border, according to The New York Times. This would have been the largest use of military force within the U.S. since the Civil War. The plan, which was originally put together by Trump's immigration aide Stephen Miller in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, enraged Esper, Homeland Security officials familiar with conversations revealed. Donald Trump (left) wanted to send 250,000 troops to mitigate the southern border in spring 2020 – during the onset of the pandemic – but DHS Secretary Mark Esper (right) was vehemently against it  Stephen Miller, the architect of Trump's immigration agenda, first had the idea – but didn't push it when Esper wanted to ditch the plan to...
    The archbishop assigned to the US military has said that Catholic troops should not be forced to take COVID-19 vaccines if they violate the individual's conscience, regardless of whether cells from aborted fetal tissue were used in their creation or testing. Archbishop for the Military Services Timothy P. Broglio issued his opinion in a statement on Tuesday, seeming at odds with Pope Francis' strong encouragement for all Catholics to get vaccinated.  'Notwithstanding the moral permissibility of these vaccines, the Church treasures her teaching on the sanctity of conscience,' Broglio wrote. 'Accordingly, no one should be forced to receive a COVID-19 vaccine if it would violate the sanctity of his or her conscience.' The latest DoD administrative data shows that about 20 percent of active duty troops are Catholic, a similar rate to the general US population.  Archbishop for the Military Services Timothy P. Broglio has said that Catholic troops should not be forced to take COVID-19 vaccines if they violate the individual's conscience Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin on August 24 issued an order for all military personnel to be vaccinated,...
    A New York City man who tried to help the Taliban fight American forces in Afghanistan was convicted in a federal courtroom last week, officials said Monday.  Delowar Mohammed Hossain, 36, was found guilty Friday in Manhattan federal court of attempting to provide material support to the terror group.  He was arrested on July 26, 2019, at John F. Kennedy International Airport as he was preparing to board a flight to Thailand, the first leg of his journey to Afghanistan, the Justice Department said. He was found with mountain survival gear and thousands of dollars in cash to purchase weapons, authorities said.  TALIBAN SAY THEY WON'T WORK WITH US TO CONTAIN ISLAMIC STATE Taliban fighters escort women march in support of the Taliban government outside Kabul University, Afghanistan. A New York City man was convicted last week of attempting to provide support to the terror group.  (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue) According to federal prosecutors, Hossain began expressing a desire to travel to Afghanistan to kill U.S. troops in 2018. Over a 10-month period, he recruited several others, one of whom...
    A US Marine has shared his dismay at being forced to remove obscene messages insulting the Taliban and ISIS that they daubed on the walls of Kabul Airport.  Three examples of the insults were shared to social media - with one showing a serviceman in front of a tiled wall at Hamid Karzai Airport sprayed with the phrase 'F*** ISIS + Taliban' in black paint, as well as an image of a penis and testicles sprayed in purple. Another photo showed 12 troops with guns in front of an outdoor concrete barrier which had been sprayed with 'F*** ISIS, AFG 2021'. And a third showed three troops stood outside toting a cardboard sign saying 'F**k the Taliban.'  But an unnamed Marine stationed at Hamid Karzai said the graffiti painted on walls was removed at the orders of bosses, saying: 'My boys had to go … pick up every last piece of … trash for who? The Taliban?' a Marine told the Washington Post. 'It was a slap in the face to us.' That order was part of an edict which...
    The nation's top military commander told senators on Thursday that U.S. credibility had been 'damaged by President Biden's hasty exit from Afghanistan. In his first congressional testimony on the withdrawal, Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said his view had long been that leaving the country, without meeting specific conditions, would likely lead to the collapse of the Afghan armed forces and government. Milley was speaking alongside the secretary of defense and the top U.S. commander in the region at the start of two days of intense questioning about the tumultuous withdrawal. 'I think that our credibility with allies and partners around the world, and with adversaries, is being intensely reviewed by them to see which way this is going to go,' said Milley. 'And I think that damage is one word that could be used,  Senators on the Armed Services Committee also heard warnings that the country could still present a terrorist threat to American soil. Officials have said all along that the rapid collapse of Afghanistan in 11 days, as the Taliban advanced rapidly...
    Bomb blasts in Afghanistan's ISIS-K heartland has killed two and injured up to 20 more in the first deadly attack since US and British withdrew last month.  Three explosions rocked the eastern provincial capital Jalalabad on Saturday in attacks targeting Taliban vehicles.   There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but Islamic State militants, headquartered in the area, are enemies of the Taliban.    Islamic State offshoot ISIS-K claimed last months' bomb attack on Kabul Airport that killed more than 170, including 13 US Marines.  Three injured in the blast were civilians and 16 were Taliban fighters, some of whom are in a critical condition. Also on Saturday a sticky bomb exploded in the capital Kabul, wounding two. The target of the bomb was not immediately clear.  The Taliban are facing major economic and security problems as they attempt to govern, and a growing challenge by IS insurgents would further stretch their resources.   Bomb blasts in Afghanistan's ISIS-K heartland has killed two and injured up to 20 more in the first deadly attack since US and British withdrew last month ...
    Top cabinet members failed to dissuade President Joe Biden from pulling all US troops out of Afghanistan, a new book claims.  In the new book Peril, veteran journalist Bob Woodward details how Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin tried to get President Joe Biden to slow down the pullout from the 20-year war.  While Blinken and Austin believed Biden's plan would encourage the Taliban and the US-backed Afghan government to negotiate, the secretary of state's mind was changed after meeting with NATO allies in March.  In the new book Peril, Woodward details how Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin tried to get President Joe Biden to slow down the pullout from the 20-year war According to The Telegraph, Woodward alleges Blinken told Biden that their allies said the United States should use the withdrawal to force political progress in the nation.       'Previously, [Blinken] had been foursquare with Biden for a full withdrawal,' Woodward writes. 'His new recommendation was to extend the mission with US troops for a while to see if it could...
    Former President Donald Trump secretly signed a memo just days after his election defeat that would have withdrawn all remaining US troops out of Afghanistan just five days before he left office, according to Bob Woodward's new book, Peril. The memo, which according to the book got withdrawn after top military and national security officials who were left out of its crafting, intervened with Trump, came months before the Biden administration would oversee a sudden withdrawal - which Trump would slam as chaotic and disorganized. The Nov. 11th memo, titled 'Memorandum for the Acting Secretary of Defense: Withdrawal from Somalia and Afghanistan,' stunned chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, according to Peril, which Woodward coauthored with journalist Robert Costa. The new acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller and his chief of staff Kash Patel were also caught off guard. President Donald Trump signed a secret memo calling for the withdrawal of all US troops from Afghanistan by January 15, 2021 - just five days before he left office, but top security aides scrambled to nullify it, according...
    Donald Trump's White House ordered the Pentagon to delay and minimize reports of brain injuries to U.S. troops in a missile attack in Iraq last year, according to a former senior official. The attack was launched by Iran in retaliation after the Trump administration ordered a drone strike to kill a senior Iranian general, Qassem Soleimani. But Alyssa Farah, Department of Defense press secretary at the time, said the White House sought to avoid giving ammunition to critics who believed Trump had put Americans in harm's way with such a hastily conceived plan.  'There was an effort from the White House to want to say, you know, the Iranians were not successful in harming our targets,' Farah told a new podcast, One Decision, hosted by former CNN journalist Michelle Kosinski and the former head of Britain’s MI6 intelligence agency, Sir Richard Dearlove. 'And I think that went too far, and I think that it ended up glossing over what ended up being very significant injuries on US troops after the fact.' Alyssa Farah said the Pentagon was told by...
    JOE Biden is "more dangerous to the West than the Taliban" and the worst ever president in American history, according to a decorated British army officer. The president has received a barrage of criticism at home and abroad for his handling of the Afghanistan crisis which saw American troops hastily evacuated. 4Joe Biden has received a barrage of criticism for his handling of the Afghan crisisCredit: Alamy 4The decision to withdraw US troops sparked a hasty evacuationCredit: Reuters American troops were first sent to Afghanistan following the September 11 attacks but Trevor Coult, a retired Special Operations Staff Sgt, branded the two-decade conflict a "total waste". He told the Washington Examiner: "6,500 people died, including 3,000 deaths at the Twin Towers and we didn’t achieve a single thing. He destroyed 20 years’ work in less than 24 hours." Coult, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and survived three bomb explosions, branded Biden as the “most incompetent” president in the history of the US. He said: “He has befriended terrorists. The White House is not a friend to the West....
    As Afghanistan readies for a future without the presence of U.S. troops, American military officials will most likely combat ISIS-K through the use of drone strikes, said drone expert Brett Velicovich.  One of the first strikes was carried out on Friday in response to a bombing that killed 13 U.S. service members a day earlier amid evacuations at Kabul's international airport. ISIS-K, an Islamic State affiliate in Afghanistan and Pakistan, claimed responsibility for the terror attack. The Pentagon said the retaliatory strike hit a vehicle carrying an ISIS-K target who was believed to be planning future attacks.  The operation signals a new way of conducting warfare against terror groups, especially in remote areas where there isn't an American boots-on-the-ground presence, Velicovich, a former Army intelligence specialist and author of "Drone Warrior," told Fox News. A U.S. drone strike destroyed a vehicle carrying "multiple suicide bombers" from Afghanistan's Islamic State affiliate on Sunday before they could attack the military evacuation at Kabul's international airport, American officials said. (AP Photo/Khwaja Tawfiq Sediqi) "I think it definitely has to be the way...
    U.S. President Joe Biden is again defending his decision to end the country’s two-decade war in Afghanistan that leaves Taliban insurgents in power, just as they were in 2001. WATCH LIVE: White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Biden, in his speech, would discuss “the tough decisions he made over the last seven months since he took office to bring the war to a close,” with the last troops leaving Kabul on Monday. After Nearly 20 Years, Last US Troops Leave Kabul US commander admits ‘we did not get everybody out’ despite largest US airlift in American military history  Biden “will make clear that as president, he will approach our foreign policy through the prism of what is in our national interests, including how best to continue to keep the American people safe,” Psaki said. She said Biden would commend military commanders and service members for evacuating more than 124,000 Americans, Afghans and others from the war-torn country, even though perhaps 200 Americans and thousands of Afghans who wanted to leave their homeland were left behind in the chaotic end of...
    U.S. President Joe Biden is again defending his decision to end the country’s two-decade war in Afghanistan that leaves Taliban insurgents in power, just as they were in 2001. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Biden, in his speech, would discuss “the tough decisions he made over the last seven months since he took office to bring the war to a close,” with the last troops leaving Kabul on Monday. After Nearly 20 Years, Last US Troops Leave Kabul US commander admits ‘we did not get everybody out’ despite largest US airlift in American military history  Biden “will make clear that as president, he will approach our foreign policy through the prism of what is in our national interests, including how best to continue to keep the American people safe,” Psaki said. She said Biden would commend military commanders and service members for evacuating more than 124,000 Americans, Afghans and others from the war-torn country, even though perhaps 200 Americans and thousands of Afghans who wanted to leave their homeland were left behind in the chaotic end of the U.S....
    U.S. President Joe Biden is set Tuesday to again defend his decision to end the country’s two-decade war in Afghanistan that leaves Taliban insurgents in power, just as they were in 2001. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Biden, in his speech, would discuss “the tough decisions he made over the last seven months since he took office to bring the war to a close,” with the last troops leaving Kabul on Monday. After Nearly 20 Years, Last US Troops Leave Kabul US commander admits ‘we did not get everybody out’ despite largest US airlift in American military history  Biden “will make clear that as president, he will approach our foreign policy through the prism of what is in our national interests, including how best to continue to keep the American people safe,” Psaki said. She said Biden would commend military commanders and service members for evacuating more than 124,000 Americans, Afghans and others from the war-torn country, even though perhaps 200 Americans and thousands of Afghans who wanted to leave their homeland were left behind in the chaotic end...
    SCORES of hero service dogs are facing being tortured and slaughtered at the hands of the Taliban after being abandoned by US troops during the hurried withdrawal from Afghanistan. The specially-trained pooches have been left at the terror group's mercy after the final US jet left Kabul last night, with the innocent animals now facing a "death sentence". 2Service dogs have been abandoned in Afghanistan following the withdrawal of US troopsCredit: Avalon.red 2The animals now face being slaughtered by the TalibanCredit: Getty After 20 years of conflict, the US officially ended its war in Afghanistan prompting Taliban fighters to celebrate. But dozens of service dogs have been left behind, as well as a number of US citizens and billions of pounds worth of military equipment. The abandonment has been slammed by animal welfare charity American Humane, which has branded the situation "senseless". Robin R. Ganzert, the organisation's CEO said in a statement: "I am devastated by reports that the American government is pulling out of Kabul and leaving behind brave US military contract working dogs to be tortured and killed...
    Former President Donald Trump said Tuesday that President Joe Biden should 'apologize to the whole world' for the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, which he called a 'disaster' and a 'humiliation' for the nation. Trump made the comments in a call in with Fox Business Network with host Stuart Varney – with his appearance airing on cable just hours before Biden plans to speak to the nation following the final pullout of U.S. troops after the 20-year war. Trump – who negotiated a May withdrawal date with the Taliban and brought U.S. troop levels down to 2,500 before Biden took office – ripped Biden's execution of the withdrawal, which included a chaotic exit and a terror attack that resulted in the lives of 13 U.S. troops.   'The withdrawal was a disaster,' Trump told Varney. 'They told us to get out they gave us a date and that was it,' said Trump.  President Donald Trump called the U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan a 'humiliation' and demanded President Biden apologize to the country 'That withdrawal was an absolute humiliation of the United...
    Dozens of contracted working dogs have been abandoned by the US in Afghanistan, along with up to 200 civilians and military equipment. An animal welfare group has condemned the 'death sentence' for the animals who now face 'torture' by the Taliban. American Humane has called on Congress to rescue the purpose-trained dogs who perform a wide range of duties and work alongside military dogs. Dozens of contracted working dogs have been abandoned by the US in Afghanistan after the troop withdrawal Afghan Air Force's A-29 attack aircraft and armoured vests are left on the ground inside a hangar at the airport in Kabul  The organization's CEO Robin R. Ganzert said in a statement: 'I am devastated by reports that the American government is pulling out of Kabul and leaving behind brave US military contract working dogs to be tortured and killed at the hand of our enemies.  'These brave dogs do the same dangerous, lifesaving work as our military working dogs, and deserved a far better fate than the one to which they have been condemned.  RELATED ARTICLES...
    U.S. President Joe Biden is set to address the nation Tuesday following the withdrawal of the last American troops from Afghanistan and the end of a two-decade war that leaves the Taliban in power. Biden said in a brief statement Monday that he would specifically speak about his decision not to extend the U.S. troop presence in Kabul beyond the August 31 deadline he set. For weeks, Biden and other members of his administration discussed the possibility of staying longer, balancing the challenges and benefits of a massive operation to evacuate U.S. citizens and Afghan civilians against credible security threats. “It was the unanimous recommendation of the Joint Chiefs and of all of our commanders on the ground to end our airlift mission as planned,” Biden said. “Their view was that ending our military mission was the best way to protect the lives of our troops and secure the prospects of civilian departures for those who want to leave Afghanistan in the weeks and months ahead.” “The Taliban has made commitments on safe passage and the world will hold them...
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki falsely claimed the United States does not have any troops in Yemen or Somalia while defending the full U.S. military withdrawal in Afghanistan. Psaki argued the U.S. would be able to conduct counterterrorism operations in Afghanistan without troops there, based on the examples of Yemen and Somalia. This comes after the U.S. military announced Monday it had completed its Afghanistan withdrawal, with CENTCOM Commander Gen. Frank McKenzie estimating the number of U.S. citizens left behind was “in the very low hundreds” while Secretary of State Antony Blinken said there are “still a small number of Americans” — estimated as under 200 and “likely closer to 100” — who remain. HAQQANI LEADER SAYS 'WE ARE THE TALIBAN' Psaki was asked Monday if Americans worldwide were now at more risk because of the massive amount of U.S.-sourced weaponry the Taliban gained possession of. Leaving an enemy without weaponry isn’t always possible during a withdrawal, she said before making inaccurate claims about U.S. troops abroad. “Our capacities — our over-the-horizon capacities,...
    TALIBAN fighters celebrated the US withdrawal from Afghanistan after 20 years of fighting by firing weapons and fireworks into the skies above Kabul on Monday - as the last American soldier was pictured leaving the country. A Pentagon spokesman confirmed that the last plane had left the country on Monday night just before midnight local time, signaling the end of America's longest war. 7The last US soldier, Army Major General Chris Donahue, is seen boarding a plane to leave AfghanistanCredit: Reuters 7The Taliban celebrated the US withdrawal from Afghanistan with gunfire and fireworksCredit: Rex 7Fighters celebrated as the last US planes departed AfghanistanCredit: AFP Footage taken in Kabul shows Taliban members shooting celebratory gunfire into the air after watching the last US planes take off just before midnight local time. Photos also show Taliban fighters inside the Kabul airport inspecting equipment that was left behind by the US military. Hours ahead of President Joe Biden’s Tuesday deadline to leave, military planes carried the remaining contingent of troops from Kabul airport. Thousands had been working tirelessly to try and...
    As the last U.S. troops exited Afghanistan early Tuesday, veteran organizations have been playing an active role in helping allies escape the country that has fallen under Taliban rule. Among the allies: Akbar, who worked alongside the U.S. military as an interpreter, and who is using an alias to protect his identity. He told Fox News the current Taliban policy has been to hold Afghan interpreters and torture them for information before killing them – and he's desperate to find safety for his family and himself. "The situation is very bad in Afghanistan," Akbar said. "They hold the interpreter, and they get information from them. It’s so bad, they don’t kill him. Right now, they just hold them to get information from them. After that, they just kill the interpreter."  Akbar added that he and his family have received death threats, and there are reports the Taliban already have killed some Afghan interpreters. "These interpreters, these friends of ours, they’re brave," he said. "They helped save lives. They’re an honorable people." LAST U.S. TROOPS HAVE DEPARTED AFGHANISTAN Retired Army Sgt....
    The U.S. Army's XVIII Airborne Corps posted a photo of the last soldier to leave Afghanistan, as U.S. troops sped to finish evacuating the country before the Aug. 31 deadline. "In awe of our Sky Dragon Soldiers," the unit posted on Twitter. "This was an incredibly tough, pressurized mission filled with multiple complexities, with active threats the entire time. Our troops displayed grit, discipline and empathy. Below is a picture of the last Soldier to leave Afghanistan." The post attached a photo of an unknown soldier photo plane at night, marking the last soldier to depart from the country. LAST US TROOPS HAVE DEPARTED AFGHANISTAN CENTCOM Commander Gen. Kenneth McKenzie announced Monday that the last U.S. service members had departed Afghanistan, ending America's longest-ever military conflict at close to 20 years. But the end of America's involvement in the country still left questions to be answered, including the fate of possibly hundreds of Americans whom U.S. troops were forced to leave behind when they departed. "There’s a lot of heartbreak associated with this departure," McKenzie said. "We did not get...
    A FORMER aide Osama bin Laden has returned to Afghanistan just hours before the final withdrawal of US troops. Top Al-Qaeda arms supplier Amin ul-Haq, who was also responsible for guarding terror mastermind, filmed returning to his hometown in the Nangahar province of Afghanistan. 3Amin ul-Haq was filmed returning back to Afghanistan 3Ul-Haq was a close aide to Osaman bin LadenCredit: Alamy Ul-Haq managed to escape with bin Laden when the pair were cornered by US forces in the Tora Bora caves, where they fled to after the American-led invasion following 9/11. His return to Afghanistan will fuel fears that the Taliban will once again harbour terrorists planning to attack the West as they did prior to the attacks on the US. The video shows him waving to admirers from inside a car and at one point it stops and he winds down the window. Some bystanders crowd the vehicle's passenger side, with men taking turns grasping and even kissing his hand.  Two men take a few steps forward along with the slow-moving car in order to take a next...
    Chip Somodevilla/Getty Former President Donald Trump took a break from sending statements that make false and baseless claims of a rigged election, and instead called for military intervention in Afghanistan despite previous negotiations of a complete withdrawal with the Taliban. The withdrawal of US military personnel under the Biden administration has objectively not gone according to plan, and reasonable people would likely agree that it has been disastrous, at the very least from a public relations perspective, if not more. 300,000 Afghan troops appeared to literally roll over to Taliban forces in less than two weeks, giving up control of the entire wartorn nation, along with $85 billion in high-grade arms provided to them over the course of two decades. Trump and his administration had negotiated with the Taliban to take over the country but failed to withdraw all troops during his four years in office. However, President Joe Biden fulfilled that promise but did so in a manner that appears to have made an already unstable political situation impossibly worse, an issue which has been seized upon by critics of...
    A close aide of Osama bin Laden has returned to his home in Afghanistan after 20 years of US occupation just hours until American forces finish their evacuation from the war-torn country by President Joe Biden's deadline, a video purports to show. Amin ul-Haq, a top Al Qaeda arms supplier, returned to his hometown in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province on Monday just over two weeks after the Taliban completed its lightening fast offensive to take over nearly all of the country. Ul-Haq headed bin Laden's security when he was occupying the Tora Bora cave complex. The two men escaped together when US forces attacked the complex, according to NBC. The Al Qaeda leader was killed by US forces in Pakistan in 2011.   In the video, a car carrying ul-Haq is seen driving through a checkpoint amid a small crowd.  At one point the car stops and ul-Haq rolls down the window. Apparent admirers crowd the vehicle's passenger side, with men taking turns grasping and even kissing the top Al Qaeda associate's hand.  Two men take a few steps forward along with...
    Taliban Group indicated that it will let people continue to leave the country if they so require. Photo: Valdrin Xhemaj / . Almost 100 countries pledged this Sunday to make the Taliban keep their promise and allow Afghanistan to leave to those who wish, once US troops leave Kabul in compliance with the withdrawal deadline of Tuesday, August 31. This commitment appears in a joint statement distributed by the State Department in Washington and signed by 95 nations, in addition to the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, and the Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg. The group reported receiving “guarantee” of the Taliban so that people from all those countries, as well as Afghans who have worked with them, can travel safely. They promised that they will continue to issue the necessary documents so that these people can leave Afghanistan and said they have a “clear expectation” that the insurgents will respect those documents and allow them to travel. “We take note of the public statements of the...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has the capacity to evacuate the approximately 300 U.S. citizens remaining in Afghanistan who want to leave before President Joe Biden’s Tuesday deadline, senior Biden administration officials said, as another U.S. drone strike against suspected Islamic State militants underscored the grave threat in the war’s final days. “This is the most dangerous time in an already extraordinarily dangerous mission these last couple of days,” America’s top diplomat, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, said not long before confirmation of that airstrike in Kabul, the capital. The evacuation flow of Americans kept pace even as a new State Department security alert, issued hours before the military action, instructed people to leave the airport area immediately “due to a specific, credible threat.” Biden’s national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, said that for those U.S. citizens seeking immediately to leave Afghanistan by the looming deadline, “we have the capacity to have 300 Americans, which is roughly the number we think are remaining, come to the airport and get on planes in the time that is remaining. We moved out...
    THE family of a Marine killed in the Kabul blast are "disgusted" at the "incompetent" Biden administration and said no US troops needed to die. Rylee McCollum, 20, one of the marines who was killed in the ISIS-K attack on Thursday, was a newlywed whose wife will give birth to their first child in just weeks. 5Rylee McCollum was killed in AfghanistanCredit: Reuters 5The fallen Marine's sister slammed the Biden administrationCredit: Facebook / Roice McCollum His sister, Roice McCollum, told The Sun exclusively that her family believes the entire tragedy, which took the lives of 13 US service members, was avoidable. "As far as Biden goes we are truly disgusted with the administration and how they handled the entire thing," she said. "It was avoidable and none of those Marines needed to be put in that situation. It was incompetent." She went on to describe her hero brother as an "amazing man" who always wanted to join the military. "He wanted to be a marine his whole life and carried around his rifle in his diapers and cowboy boots," she...
    By AAMER MADHANI DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. (AP) — President Joe Biden met in solemn privacy Sunday with the families of the 13 U.S. troops killed in the suicide attack near the Kabul airport and became the fourth commander in chief to bear witness as the remains of the fallen returned to U.S. soil from Afghanistan. First lady Jill Biden joined the president at Dover Air Force Base to grieve with loved ones as the “dignified transfer” of remains unfolded, a military ritual for those killed in foreign combat. The dead ranged in age from 20 to 31, and came from California and Massachusetts and states in between. They include a 20-year-old Marine from Wyoming who had been expecting his first child in three weeks and a 22-year-old Navy corpsman who in his last FaceTime conversation with his mother assured her that he would stay safe because “my guys got me.” Five were just 20, born not long before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, that spurred the United States to invade Afghanistan in order to topple al-Qaida and...
    THE US Embassy in Kabul has warned all American citizens to leave the airport immediately after a "specific and credible threat" - with 300 US citizens still left to be evacuated. The chilling alert came hours after Joe Biden warned another terror attack is "highly likely" to take place in Afghanistan this weekend. 9President Joe Biden said Friday's retaliatory drone strike against ISIS-K target 'was not the last'Credit: Eyevine 9US and UK troops are scrambling to evacuate Afghans and all troops by the August 31 deadlineCredit: Eyevine "Due to a specific, credible threat, all US citizens in the vicinity of Kabul airport... should leave the airport area immediately," the emergency alert reads. But Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has confirmed there are still 300 US citizens still stranded in Kabul waiting to be evacuated. The security warning comes in the wake of Thursday's suicide bombing that slaughtered 170 people, including 13 US troops. Earlier on Saturday, Biden issued a stark threat and said the US drone strike that killed ISIS targets will "not be the last". In his statement, Biden...
    A CRACK team of SAS fighters have volunteered to avenge the deaths of 13 US troops killed in a suicide bomb at Kabul aiport in Afghanistan.  The diehard squad reportedly has 40 members who have asked to stay in the country so they can take the fight to terrorist group IS-K. 9UK and US soldiers have been working on evacuating AfghanistanCredit: Reuters 9More than 170 died and another 200 were wounded during Thursday's barbaric actCredit: AFP 9A SAS squad has volunteered to stay behind and tackle the terrorist threatCredit: Eyevine Sources have claimed that the Who Dares Wins regiment will want to establish a base near to the Afghan-Pakistan border area to conduct undercover strikes.  The ultra-violent Islamic State Khorasan Province jihadists based in eastern Afghanistan were behind the bomb and gun attack which killed 170 people on Thursday.  ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack as the terror group released a picture of the suicide bomber. The terrorist group said one of its suicide bombers had targeted "translators and collaborators with the American army." The SAS squad’s base will be...
    WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden is embarking on a solemn journey Sunday to honor and mourn the 13 U.S. troops killed in the suicide attack near the Kabul airport as their remains return to U.S. soil from Afghanistan.Biden was traveling to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware for a "dignified transfer" movement, a military ritual of receiving the remains of fallen troops killed in foreign combat.The dead ranged in age from 20 to 31, and came from California and Massachusetts and states in between. They include a 20-year-old Marine from Wyoming who had been expecting his first child in three weeks and a 22-year-old Navy corpsman who in his last FaceTime conversation with his mother assured her that he would stay safe because "my guys got me."RELATED | All 13 US troops killed in Kabul Airport attack ID'ed EMBED More News Videos What we know about the U.S. military members killed in Thursday's attack in Kabul. Five were just 20, born not long before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, that spurred the United States to invade Afghanistan in order...
    WASHINGTON (CBS/AP) — President Joe Biden is embarking on a solemn journey Sunday to honor and mourn the 13 U.S. troops killed in the suicide attack near the Kabul airport as their remains return to U.S. soil from Afghanistan. Biden was traveling to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware for a “dignified transfer” movement, a military ritual of receiving the remains of fallen troops killed in foreign combat. READ MORE: Coronavirus In Massachusetts: Todays Developments The dead ranged in age from 20 to 31, and came from California and Massachusetts and states in between. Sgt. Johanny Rosario of Lawrence was 25-year-old who graduated Lawrence High School and attended Bridgewater State University. Rosario is survived by her mother and sister, who both live in Lawrence. She will be laid to rest in Lawrence. Sgt. Johanny Rosario (Image credit Naval Amphibious Force, Task Force 51/5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade) The other victims include a 20-year-old Marine from Wyoming who had been expecting his first child in three weeks and a 22-year-old Navy corpsman who in his last FaceTime conversation with his mother assured her that he...
    The remains of the 13 US troops killed in an ISIS-K suicide blast are currently en route to Dover Air Force Base for dignified transfer, according to the Pentagon. 'The remains of the 13 individuals who were killed are on their way back to the United States, but I am not at liberty to give you their precise arrival,' Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said on Saturday. Kirby declined to confirm whether President Joe Biden would attend the dignified transfer at the base in Delaware, his home state, which is the domestic intake point for US military fatalities abroad. When asked on Friday if Biden would be present at Dover, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said: 'he would consider and want to be a part of any means of honoring the lives that were lost.' Developing story, more to follow.  Dignitaries board the transport plane for a prayer before a dignified transfer in 2019 Military officials salute during a dignified transfer event in 2019 at Dover Air Force Base. The remains of the 13 US troops killed in an...
    THE US is preparing to strike back against ISIS-K after more than 170 people - including 13 American troops - were killed in a suicide bombing at Kabul airport. Warship missiles and drones could be used to wipe out militants as the US seeks revenge, with the Pentagon reportedly drawing up plans after Joe Biden said he'd "hunt down" extremists and "make them pay" following the blast in Afghanistan yesterday. 5Plans are reportedly being drawn up by US officials for retaliatory strikes as General Frank McKenzie vowed to work '24/7' to hunt down militantsCredit: The Mega Agency 5Tomahawk cruise missiles could be blasts at ISIS militants responsible for Thursday's attackCredit: AFP 5 Officials are mocking up retaliatory options for the President and his security teams, including striking targets in the province Nangahar - where the majority of the 2,000-strong ISIS-K fighters are thought to be, reports the Times. It comes as General Frank McKenzie, commander of US Central Command, vowed to work “24/7” to hunt down militants responsible. US aircraft carrier USS Ronal Reagan has two warships and a submarine...
    A young husband with a child on the way who wanted to teach history one day and another man who always wanted to serve in the military were among the 13 U.S. troops killed in a horrific suicide bombing at Afghanistan's Kabul airport, which also claimed the lives of more than 100 Afghans.As military personnel were going through the grim task of notifying the troops' next of kin, some of their names emerged Friday before the government formally announced them. Eleven Marines, one Navy sailor and one Army soldier were among the dead, while 18 other U.S. service members were wounded in Thursday's bombing, which was blamed on Afghanistan's offshoot of the Islamic State group.The U.S. said it was the most lethal day for American forces in Afghanistan since 2011. The White House said President Joe Biden will look for opportunities to honor the servicemembers who lost their lives.Rylee McCollum, a Marine from Wyoming whose wife is expecting a baby in three weeks, was on his first deployment when the evacuation in Afghanistan began, his sister, Roice McCollum, told the...