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    Fox News host and Daily Caller co-founder Tucker Carlson engaged in a fiery debate with Ohio Republican Rep. Mike Turner Wednesday night on whether the United States should send additional troops to Ukraine to defend the country from Russian aggression. Turner was a signatory to a letter to President Joe Biden urging his administration to increase assistance to Ukraine, an ally of NATO. According to Ukrainian officials, Russia has left more than 90,000 troops on its border after recent training exercises. “May I just ask really quick – so the lesson of 20 years in Afghanistan, and the tragic and cowardly and counterproductive exit from Afghanistan, is that we need more troops in Ukraine?” Carlson asked Turner, who cited Biden’s Afghanistan withdrawal as a reason to be tough on Russia. “Why should the average American care about the territorial integrity of Ukraine? Sincerely.” “Ukraine is a strategic import of the Black Sea, most of the reports that you’ve been seeing of Russia being aggressive with our ships, being aggressive with our planes, are in the area of the Black...
    Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH) may have gotten a more combative interview than he bargained for when he appeared with Tucker Carlson on Wednesday night. Last week Turner and 14 other Republican members of Congress wrote a letter to President Joe Biden calling on him “to immediately provide support to the Ukrainians” after satellite images showed a buildup of Russian military forces along Ukraine’s northern border. “Tucker, thank you so much for bringing attention to this issue,” said Turner after Carlson welcomed him to the show. “This is one the mainstream media is not going to be reporting and is incredibly important for people to understand what Russia is doing and really the threat to the United States and the threat to the United States’ allies.” After saying that many military families watch his show, Carlson told Turner, “I wonder if you could explain to them why it is in America’s interest that their kids risk their lives in Ukraine.” Turner said Ukraine is an important strategic ally of the United States, which committed to to Ukraine’s territorial integrity. He alluded...
    American troops stationed in Syria were targeted by a “deliberate and coordinated” drone attack Thursday at the al-Tanf Garrison, Fox News reported. U.S. Central Command Spokesman Capt. Bill Urban confirmed that the al-Tanf Garrison area was subjected to an attack but that there were no confirmed injuries to U.S. personnel, according to Fox. The attack is still under investigation, and military officials did not assign blame for the event. Rocket attack hits American base in Syria at al-Tanf. The base is used to block Syria’s main trade route to Iraq; no US soldiers were injuredhttps://t.co/edxsK9qmZr — Joshua Landis (@joshua_landis) October 21, 2021 “Based on initial reports, the attack utilized both unmanned aerial systems and indirect fire,” Urban said. “All U.S. personnel have been accounted for, and we are not aware of any injuries to U.S. personnel at this time.” American forces are stationed at al-Tanf alongside coalition allies to provide training to Syrian forces fighting Islamic State militants. The base is located along a road connecting Iranian-supported forces from Tehran to southern Israel and Lebanon. (RELATED: Two Bombs Explode...
    Former Taliban commander Haji Najibullah is facing terrorism-related charges for actions in Afghanistan from about 2007 to 2009 that resulted in the deaths of three U.S. Army soldiers. "Najibullah, who allegedly served as a Taliban commander in 2007 and 2008, is charged with numerous terrorism offenses relating to attacks against the U.S. military in Afghanistan, including an attack that killed three U.S. servicemembers, and others relating to taking an American journalist hostage in Afghanistan," said Acting Assistant Attorney General Mark J. Lesko in a press release Thursday. "He will now be held accountable in an American courtroom." Court documents reveal the 45-year-old Afghan national was previously charged in a 2008 kidnapping of an American journalist, with the new indictment charging him with attacks on a U.S. military convoy that resulted in the deaths of three U.S. Army soldiers and their Afghan interpreter in June of 2008. Najibullah is also charged with an October attack that same year in which a U.S. military helicopter was shot down. "As alleged, during one of the most dangerous periods of the conflict in Afghanistan,...
    TALIBAN jihadis released an ISIS-K suicide bomber from jail days before he blew himself up at Kabul airport and slaughtered at least 170 people including 13 American troops. Two US officials reportedly said the mass murderer was released from the Parwan prison at Bagram airbase after American forces abandoned it. 3People carry an injured person to hospital after a suicide bomb attack at Kabul airport on August 26 that was claimed by ISISCredit: Reuters 3The terror attack slaughtered at least 170 people including 13 American troopsCredit: EPA On August 27, two ISIS suicide bombers struck at the Abbey Gate, where desperate Afghans were crowding to try to enter the airport and where US troops were carrying out security checks. The revelation made to CNN that one of them had been released from jail underscores the chaos around the final days of the shambolic withdrawal from Afghanistan. The Parwan prison at Bagram, along with the Pul-e-Charkhi prison near Kabul, housed several hundred ISIS-K terrorists.  The Taliban emptied out both prisons. Eleven days later one of the inmates who carried out the...
    Polling shows that a majority of voters know His Fraudulency Joe Biden lied about Afghanistan and now want him to resign over that fiasco. Rasmussen Reports, one of the most accurate pollsters of the last two decades, asked 1,000 likely voters three critical questions in the wake of Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair General Mark Milley’s bombshell testimony this week. In August, Biden lied to far-left ABC News and the American people when he told left-wing activist George Stephanopoulos the military never advised him to keep 2,500 troops in Afghanistan as a stabilizing force. As we heard in Milley’s congressional testimony, the truth is that Biden was told this, ignored it, and the rest is history. We also learned that former President Donald Trump was persuaded to change his mind about a complete withdrawal and agreed to leave 2,500 troops in place. The military believed this small number of troops would be enough support to stop the Taliban from regaining control of the country. So Biden lied and 13 American servicemembers, and God only knows how many innocent Afghans, died....
    President Emmanuel Macron took to Twitter on Thursday to announce that his forces "neutralized" Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi, the head of ISIS in the Greater Sahara. "This is another major success in our fight against terrorist groups in the Sahel," he said.  There were few details about the military action. FRANCE LASHES OUT AGAINST UK, US, AUSTRALIA SUB DEAL The New York Times reported that al-Sahraoui claimed responsibility on the group’s behalf of the ambush attack in the Tong Tongo region of Niger. A 12-member Army special forces unit was accompanying 30 Nigerien troops on a mission to capture or kill a high-level terror leader in West Africa when they were outnumbered and attacked by more than 100 extremists carrying small arms. GET THE FOX NEWS APP The Times pointed out that the four Americans killed included two Green Berets. Five Nigerien soldiers were also killed. The Associated Press contributed to this report Edmund DeMarche is a senior news editor for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @EDeMarche.
    A New York Times report suggested that U.S. troops were asleep when the Guinean forces left the base, but the Pentagon would not confirm that report. A video posted on social media started rumors that U.S. forces were involved in the coup. The video, first reported by Stars and Stripes, shows crowds shouting "freedom" and "the Americans" in French as three U.S. soldiers in vehicles drove by. One Green Beret in the video smiles at the crowd and shakes hands with people as the vehicle proceeds through the crowded streets. U.S. Africa Command clarified that the soldiers were provided a security escort to the embassy in Conakry and were not participants in the coup. "The U.S. government and military are not involved in this apparent military seizure of power in any way," AFRICOM said. "The United States strongly condemns these actions in Guinea and any attempts at forceful seizures of power or unconstitutional actions." The military leaders of the coup met with Guinean political, religious, and business leaders Tuesday to discuss the formation of a new government, Reuters reported....
    A Californian tribute honoring the 13 fallen servicemembers who lost their lives in Kabul, Afghanistan, has been vandalized after someone shredded 13 American flags and one Marine Corps flag. The memorial, which was made up of 13 American flags and one Marine Corps flag, had been placed on a bridge on Ivy Street in Riverside, California, that overlooked the 91 Freeway, according to a Facebook post by the Riverside Police Department. On Monday, a vandal destroyed the display: Recently after the deaths of our 13 United States Service Members killed in Afghanistan, 13 American Flags and 1 Marine Corp flag were placed on the fence to the Ivy Street overpass to the 91 Freeway in Riverside as a memorial. Sometime yesterday, an observant citizen noticed the flags appeared to be damaged and it was reported to the police. VANDALIZED FLAGS Recently after the deaths of our 13 United States Service Members killed in Afghanistan, 13 American… Posted by Riverside Police Department on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 Breitbart News spoke with Public Information Officer Ryan Railsback of the Riverside Police Department. Officer...
    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....
    Gary Cooper’s only child is determined to keep the legendary actor’s legacy alive. The Oscar winner, who started his Hollywood career in 1925 doing stunt riding for Westerns, passed away in 1961 just six days after turning 60. In his lifetime, the actor who appeared in over 100 films, was idolized as the everyman who commanded the screen with ease. But despite his fame, Cooper felt truly at peace in the outdoors, which stemmed from his childhood on his father’s Montana ranch. His daughter, Maria Cooper Janis, carved out a successful career as an artist, exhibiting her work in the U.S., Europe and Asia. She has tirelessly worked over the years protecting his estate and introducing budding film buffs to her father’s extensive body of work. She previously wrote a memoir, titled "Gary Cooper Off Camera: A Daughter Remembers," which details her upbringing with the film icon. Cooper Janis spoke to Fox News about what it was like growing up with the patriarch, how he felt about Hollywood, as well as his connection with our American troops. PAUL ANKA RECALLS...
    Restaurants, stadiums, and stores across the nation are reserving areas to honor the 13 U.S. troops who were killed in Afghanistan last week after suicide bombers in Kabul blew up at least 170 people. Thad Doumar, owner of Doumar’s Cones and Barbecue in Norfolk, Virginia, told Breitbart News the display in his restaurant is “just a tiny gesture” of gratitude. “We are a military town here, so we hold the military close here. They’re very important to us,” Doumar explained. Norfolk is home to the world’s largest naval base. To honor the 13 U.S. service personnel who gave their lives at the bombing at Kabul airport, we have set up a reserved booth. #usa???????? #somegaveall #honoringthefallen Posted by Doumars Cones and Barbecue on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 Doumar said he wants people who pass by the table to “take a moment of reflection to think about the 13 people’s families, and all the lives that are affected by their absence.” While he doesn’t think the situation in Afghanistan “was well handled,” Doumar said he’s not political. His father served in the military...
    FORMER President Donald Trump accused his successor of showing “tremendous disrespect” for checking his watch as 13 fallen US service members’ coffins killed in last week’s suicide bomb in Afghanistan were solemnly carried off an airplane at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. "Tremendous disrespect was paid by Biden when he kept looking at his watch over and over again - every time a coffin came off the plane, he was looking at his watch," the 45th president said of Sunday’s transfer ceremony.  3Former President Donald Trump accused his successor of showing “tremendous disrespect” to the families for checking his watch as 13 fallen US service members’ coffins killed in last week’s suicide bomb in Afghanistan were solemnly carried off an airplane at Dover Air Force Base in DelawareCredit: Fox News 3Trump said: "The parents and the relatives are angry, as they should be"Credit: AFP CLOCK WATCHER "The parents and the relatives are angry, as they should be," he continued during an interview with Clay Travis and Buck Sexton on their podcast show.  Biden was present at the Air Force...
    WASHINGTON -- A defensive President Joe Biden called the U.S. airlift to extract more than 120,000 Americans, Afghans and other allies from Afghanistan to end a 20-year war an "extraordinary success," though more than 100 Americans and thousands of others were left behind.Twenty-four hours after the last American C-17 cargo plane roared off from Kabul, Biden spoke to the nation and vigorously defended his decision to end America's longest war and withdraw all U.S. troops ahead of an Aug. 31 deadline."I was not going to extend this forever war," Biden declared Tuesday from the White House. "And I was not going to extend a forever exit."EMBED More News Videos After two decades, the United States has completed its withdrawal from Afghanistan. Biden has faced tough questions about the way the U.S. went about leaving Afghanistan - a chaotic evacuation with spasms of violence, including a suicide bombing last week that killed 13 American service members and 169 Afghans.He is under heavy criticism, particularly from Republicans, for his handling of the evacuation. But he said it was inevitable that the final...
    The best antidote to hot takes is hard data, and the latest Daily Kos/Civiqs poll is here with your cure. This survey of 1,271 registered voters was conducted online from Aug. 28-31 and finds that 52% of Americans approve of withdrawing American troops from Afghanistan. Further, 54% of Americans say that the U.S. should take in more refugees from Afghanistan who are seeking to escape Taliban rule. Other noteworthy findings in this month’s poll include: A significant 71% of Americans, including 93% of Democrats and 47% of Republicans, approve of the Biden administration increasing the COVID-19 vaccine supply and administering shots to over 200 million Americans. Half of Americans think that businesses and organizations that serve large groups of people (including airlines, sporting events, and concert venues) should require proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Half of Americans approve of the enhanced child tax credit payments to eligible parents. 55% of Americans approve of Pres. Joe Biden and Democrats passing the American Rescue Plan economic stimulus package. 52% approve of Democrats passing a $1.1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill in the U.S. Senate. Additional issues surveyed include...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A defensive President Joe Biden called the U.S. airlift to extract more than 120,000 Americans, Afghans and other allies from Afghanistan to end a 20-year war an “extraordinary success,” though more than 100 Americans and thousands of others were left behind. Twenty-four hours after the last American C-17 cargo plane roared off from Kabul, Biden spoke to the nation and vigorously defended his decision to end America’s longest war and withdraw all U.S. troops ahead of an Aug. 31 deadline. “I was not going to extend this forever war,” Biden declared Tuesday from the White House. “And I was not going to extend a forever exit.” Biden has faced tough questions about the way the U.S. went about leaving Afghanistan — a chaotic evacuation with spasms of violence, including a suicide bombing last week that killed 13 American service members and 169 Afghans. He is under heavy criticism, particularly from Republicans, for his handling of the evacuation. But he said it was inevitable that the final departure from two decades of war, first negotiated with the Taliban...
    Never in my life did I witness American troops die the way 13 U.S. servicemembers did last Thursday. Throughout the day we heard that an attack was coming. American intelligence was warning it. British intelligence was warning it. So what was President Joe Biden doing leading our soldiers like lambs to the slaughter? Oh, you say — but he agreed with the Taliban to secure the airport! —  a claim that would be laughable, if it weren’t so tragic. Yes, President Biden left our troops’ security in the hands of those who have been hell-bent on murdering them for 30 years. There are so many things the most powerful man on earth could have done to keep our servicemembers alive. Knowing that the threat was very credible, he could have simply halted all airlifts until the ISIS terrorists had been identified and found and delayed the American pullout a few more days to compensate for lost time. He could have sent more troops to secure the airport. Above all else, he could have held on to Bagram Air Base, which...
    By Aamer Madhani and Kevin Freking | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Addressing the nation, a defensive President Joe Biden on Tuesday called the U.S. airlift to extract more than 120,000 Afghans, Americans and other allies to end a 20-year war an “extraordinary success,” though more than 100 Americans and thousands of Afghans remain behind. Twenty-four hours after the last American C-17 cargo plane roared off from Kabul, Biden vigorously defended his decision to end America’s longest war and withdraw all U.S. troops ahead of an Aug. 31 deadline. “I was not going to extend this forever war,” Biden declared from the White House. “And I was not going to extend a forever exit.” Biden has faced tough questions about the way the U.S. went about leaving Afghanistan — a chaotic evacuation with spasms of violence including a suicide bombing last week that killed 13 American service members and 169 Afghans. He is under heavy criticism, particularly from Republicans, for his handling of the evacuation. But he said it was inevitable that the final departure from two decades of war, first...
    Nearly 160 House members signed on to a bill Tuesday that would posthumously award congressional gold medals to the 13 U.S. servicemembers killed in Afghanistan Thursday. The bill, originally brought forth by Michigan Rep. Lisa McClain, garnered support from 137 other Republicans and 21 Democrats. It was unveiled one day after the last American plane took off from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, officially ending the longest war in American history. “These heroic men and women are gone far too soon, and we must honor them for their bravery in helping U.S. citizens and Afghan allies safely evacuate Afghanistan,” McClain said in an accompanying press release. “My heart aches for the families and loved ones of our servicemembers. We will always remember their service and pay tribute to their sacrifice.” (RELATED: 13-Beer Tribute To Fallen Marines Sweeps Bars Across The US) Today, I introduced bipartisan legislation, alongside 158 cosponsors, to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the 13 servicemembers killed in #Afghanistan last week. These valiant men and women will never be forgotten. https://t.co/voOU2yZuko — Representative Lisa McClain (@RepLisaMcClain)...
    President Joe Biden addressed the nation Tuesday afternoon for the first time since American troops fully withdrew from Afghanistan and pinned partial blame on former President Donald Trump for some of the chaos that unfolded during the withdrawal.  "The previous administration’s agreement said that if we stuck to the May 1st deadline that they had signed on to leave by, the Taliban wouldn’t attack any American forces," the president said during his Tuesday speech shifting blame to negotiations Trump had with the Taliban before he took office. "But if we stayed all bets were off, so we were left with a simple decision. Either follow through on the commitment made by the last administration and leave Afghanistan or say we weren’t leaving and commit another tens of thousands more troops going back to war. That was the choice. The real choice between leaving or escalating." DEFIANT BIDEN TAKES 'RESPONSIBILITY' FOR DECISION TO WITHDRAW TROOPS FROM AFGHANISTAN, TOUTS MISSION SUCCESS Biden said that the Taliban was in its "strongest military position since 2001" when he took office. The president also added that August...
    TAUNTING Taliban jihadis staged chilling fake funerals for their vanquished western enemies today as it celebrated the end of the 20-year Afghan war. Footage shows coffins were seen draped with the US, UK and French flag as well as Nato's insignia were paraded through the streets of Khost by crowds flying the Taliban's flag. 18Fake coffins draped with the British, American, French and NATO flags were today paraded through the streetsCredit: Twitter 18Taliban decked out in American gear and flying their flag take control of Hamid Karzai after the last US forces evacuated and the 20 year war endedCredit: Getty Gloating Taliban fighters were also pictured posing for snaps in abandoned fighter jets as satellite shots show the aircraft treasure trove left behind by the US in Kabul who earlier withdrew its last forces from the airport. The grinning jihadis sat in the cockpits of gunships and rode on the bonnets of US Air Force Humvees as they strutted about the airport hours after Joe Biden's troops finally left Afghanistan. Taliban Badri special force fighters were pictured training on...
    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...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has completed its withdrawal from Afghanistan, ending America’s longest war and closing a chapter in military history likely to be remembered for colossal failures, unfulfilled promises and a frantic final exit that cost the lives of more than 180 Afghans and 13 U.S. service members, some barely older than the war. Hours before President Joe Biden’s Tuesday deadline for shutting down a final airlift, and thus ending the U.S. war, Air Force transport planes carried a remaining contingent of troops from Kabul airport late Monday. Thousands of troops had spent a harrowing two weeks protecting the airlift of tens of thousands of Afghans, Americans and others seeking to escape a country once again ruled by Taliban militants. In announcing the completion of the evacuation and war effort. Gen. Frank McKenzie, head of U.S. Central Command, said the last planes took off from Kabul airport one minute before midnight in Kabul. He said some American citizens, likely numbering in “the very low hundreds,” were left behind, and that he believes they will still be able...
    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...
    AN AERIAL shot of Kabul International airport has revealed the treasure trove of military equipment left behind by the US after yesterday's exit. The Taliban were pictured today inspecting the stockpile of abandoned American artillery including high-tech aircraft and vehicles. 13A Taliban fighter poses inside the cockpit of an aircraft left behind by the US militaryCredit: AFP 13A satellite photo shows the trove of abandoned aircraft and vehicles at Kabul airportCredit: AP 13A Taliban member takes pictures of the helicoptersCredit: AFP 13Taliban special forces takeover Kabul airport after the US withdrawal yesterdayCredit: AFP In other pictures, a Taliban member is seen taking pictures on a phone of some of the damaged Chinook choppers left on the runway. Another snap showed Taliban fighters exploring the inside of an Air Force plane. Taliban Badri special force fighters were pictured training on the grounds of Kabul airport just hours after the final American soldier was seen boarding a plane out of Afghanistan. It comes as the Taliban's spokesman said the West's retreat from Afghanistan should serve as a "lesson for the world". The...
    The Taliban's elite forces were seen falling off the back of a truck at Kabul airport today as they celebrated with a victory parade around the runway in looted US military gear. The jubilant fighters packed into the back of the pick-up, with a few sitting and standing precariously on the open tailgate at the rear of the vehicle. Moments later two 'elite' Badri 313 fighters, along with a journalist, tumbled off the back of the truck, landing flat on their backsides in a cloud of black exhaust smoke.  Despite the comical scene, it's the Taliban who appear to have had the last laugh as they jaunt around with US-made guns, in US-made armoured cars after vanquishing the most well-funded army in the world after a 20-year war.  The jubilant fighters packed into the back of the pick-up, with a few sitting and standing precariously on the open tailgate at the rear of the vehicle Moments later two of 'elite' Badri 313 fighters, along with a journalist, tumbled off the back of the truck, landing flat on their backsides...
    The final U.S. soldier to leave Afghanistan after 20 years at war has been named as Major General Christopher Donahue, who was pictured striding onto the last plane out of Kabul on Monday. Donahue, commanding general of the 82nd Airborne Division, left the country on an Air Force transport plane which carried a remaining contingent of troops from Kabul airport. Gen. Frank McKenzie, head of U.S. Central Command, said the last planes took off from Kabul airport at 3:29pm Washington time on Monday, or one minute before midnight in Kabul.   Donahue, 52, has three decades of experience, serving in South Korea and Panama before leading troops in the Middle East and North Africa.  Major General Christopher Donahue, 52, was the last soldier to leave Kabul. He boarded the final U.S. Air Force flight out of Afghanistan, at one minute before midnight on Monday A U.S military aircraft takes off from the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul on Monday A two-star general, he has deployed 17 times in support of operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, and Eastern Europe.  He...
    The last soldier to leave Afghanistan on the day the U.S. concluded its 20-year war has been identified as Major General Chris Donahue, commander of the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division, XVIII Airborne Corps. Donahue was one of the commanders on the ground leading the evacuation mission. General Kenneth F. McKenzie, the commander of the U.S. Central Command, said Monday that the last U.S. aircraft left Afghanistan on August 30 at 3:29 p.m. ET, or 11:59 p.m. in Kabul.  The Defense Department's communications wing, DVIDs, released a photo of Donahue boarding a C-17 cargo plane at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. Also on board was Chargé d'affaires Ross Wilson. Donahue and Rear Admiral Peter Vasely ran the evacuation operation that started August 14 and evacuated more than 122,000 individuals, including 6,000 U.S. citizens. McKenzie admitted Monday that not everyone who wanted to get out of Afghanistan got out, but said he was proud of the U.S. troops who, under the leadership of Donahue and Vasely, evacuated so many.   Major General Chris Donahue, commander of the U.S....
    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...
    “We have made history,” congratulated a Taliban official on Tuesday after the announcement by the United States of the withdrawal of its last soldiers from the country, after 20 years of war. “We have made history. The twenty years of occupation of Afghanistan by the United States and NATO ended tonight, ”declared Anas Haqqani, head of the Islamist movement, on Twitter. “I am very happy after 20 years of jihad, sacrifices and difficulties, to have the satisfaction of seeing these historical moments,” he added. “Let us thank Allah” for this, he added. “All the American troops left Afghanistan, we are very happy. You can hear the celebratory shots, ”congratulated another Taliban spokesperson, Bilal Karimi, who spoke to . by phone. The sound of light weapons and heavy machine gun fire was heard at night 45 minutes after the first American announcement. In another tweet, Haqqani asked his fighters not to fire more shots into the air to prevent the ammunition, falling to the ground, injuring people. With information from .
    President Joe Biden announced Monday evening he would speak Tuesday afternoon regarding the end of the war in Afghanistan even as the last American troops had already left the country. The White House released a 524-word statement Monday evening from Biden marking the end of the war, where he committed to an afternoon address to the American people Tuesday afternoon — roughly 24 hours after the last plane left the country. The president pointed to the Pentagon and his military advisers for the decision to end the war on August 31, the date that he set for withdrawal. “For now, I will report that 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,” he said. He argued that the withdrawal of troops as scheduled was “the best way” to protect the lives of American troops and secure the departure of Americans out of the country. The president said that Secretary of State Antony Blinken would serve as the coordinator for diplomatic efforts to get...
    The last US evacuation flight has left Kabul, marking a bitter end to US' longest war, and Republicans are hitting President Biden for pulling out one day ahead of his self-prescribed deadline.  Many decried the hundreds of Americans left behind, and some renewed calls for the president to step down. 'The Afghanistan war is not over. Joe Biden decided to quit and leave our citizens and allies behind,' Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., wrote on Twitter after Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, head of US Central Command, broke the news. Witnesses in Kabul said the Taliban let off celebratory gunfire as news circulated that the final U.S. flight had left.  President Biden managed to meet his August 31 deadline and American personnel are now free from danger, but 38 million Afghans are at the mercy of the Taliban and over 170 are dead from last week's suicide bombing, including 13 American troops.  On Sunday, President Biden traveled to Dover, Delaware to watch the remains of the troops that were killed in the attack arrive back home. 13 US troops were killed in...
    The Pentagon announced on Monday afternoon that the last American troops had left Kabul airport almost 24 hours ahead of schedule, ending the U.S. war in Afghanistan after 20 years and the deaths of 2372 troops. Witnesses in Kabul said the Taliban let off celebratory gunfire as news circulated that the final U.S. flight had left. It means President Biden managed to meet his August 31 deadline, but at the cost of letting a militant group retake the country and after the deaths of 13 U.S. service members last week.  '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,' said Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., commander of U.S. Central Command. He said the last C-17 lifted off from Hamid Karzai International Airport at 3:29 pm East Coast time.  'And the last manned aircraft is now clearing the airspace above Afghanistan,' he added.  'The last manned aircraft is now clearing the airspace above Afghanistan,' said Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth F....
    President Joe Biden snapped at a reporter who tried to ask him about security at Kabul airport on Sunday after spending much of the day paying tribute to 13 fallen service members killed in Afghanistan. He is under intense pressure to defend his handling of the rapid withdrawal of U.S. forces after 20 years of conflict. And it showed later in the day after returning to Washington, D.C., where he delivered a pep talk to staff at the Federal Emergency Management Agency as Hurricane Ida battered Louisiana. 'I'm not supposed to take any questions, but go ahead,' he said as he turned to the travelling press pool. 'On Afghanistan...' said a reporter before he cut him off. He snapped: 'I'm not going to answer Afghanistan now.' The president turned away from the press pool to talk to FEMA staff as the reporter continued with a question about whether he still believed 'there was an extreme risk at the airport.' After an emotional day meeting relatives of the 13 troops killed by an ISIS-K suicide bomber in Kabul, President Biden returned...
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSunday shows preview: Bombing in Kabul delivers blow to evacuation effort; US orders strikes on ISIS-K Some governors are mismanaging COVID and misunderstanding Federalism The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Afghanistan chaos now a deadly crisis as US troops perish MORE (R-Ky.) on Sunday slammed President BidenJoe BidenUS tells Americans to leave Kabul airport 'immediately,' citing 'credible' threat Britain, France to propose Kabul safe zone for people trying to flee Afghanistan Pollsters confront tough survey landscape after 2020 flubs MORE’s decision to pull U.S. troops from Afghanistan, calling the move “one of the worst foreign policy decisions in American history.” “We're looking at the exit, and over the next two days our heroic military is doing the best they can with a horrible policy decision. This is one of the worst foreign policy decisions in American history, much worse than Saigon,” McConnell told host Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceFox's Wallace: An Afghanistan-based attack on US 'could be curtains' for Biden presidency White House seeks to regain control on Afghanistan The Hill's...
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSunday shows preview: Bombing in Kabul delivers blow to evacuation effort; US orders strikes on ISIS-K Some governors are mismanaging COVID and misunderstanding Federalism The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Afghanistan chaos now a deadly crisis as US troops perish MORE (R-Ky.) on Sunday slammed President BidenJoe BidenUS tells Americans to leave Kabul airport 'immediately,' citing 'credible' threat Britain, France to propose Kabul safe zone for people trying to flee Afghanistan Pollsters confront tough survey landscape after 2020 flubs MORE’s decision to pull U.S. troops from Afghanistan, calling the move “one of the worst foreign policy decisions in American history.” “We're looking at the exit, and over the next two days our heroic military is doing the best they can with a horrible policy decision. This is one of the worst foreign policy decisions in American history, much worse than Saigon,” McConnell told host Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceFox's Wallace: An Afghanistan-based attack on US 'could be curtains' for Biden presidency White House seeks to regain control on Afghanistan The Hill's...
    President Joe Biden made an unannounced trip to Delaware on Sunday morning for a ceremony to honor the 13 service members killed by an ISIS-K suicide bomber in Kabul. Their remains were flown back to Dover Air Force Base, where fallen troops' return to American soil is marked by a solemn movement known as the 'dignified transfer.'   The thirteen killed on Thursday were Navy corpsman Max Soviak, Army Staff Sergeant Ryan Knauss, and Marines Hunter Lopez, Rylee McCollum, David Lee Espinoza, Kareem Nikoui, Jared Schmitz, Daegan Page, Taylor Hoover, Humberto Sanchez, Johanny Rosario, Dylan Merola and Nicole Gee.  The death toll was the highest for any single incident since 2011 and Biden has been accused by some of the troops' families of putting them in harm's way. The president and first lady Jill Biden departed an overcast Washington D.C. on Sunday morning, both wearing black, as they prepare to meet with the families of the fallen troops before receiving the remains.  In a statement on Saturday, Biden said: 'The 13 service members that we lost were heroes who made the...
    October 23, 1983 Thirty-eight years ago, a suicide bomber stunned America into defensive action.   I’m referring, of course, to the 1983 terrorist truck-bombing of the Marine barracks in Lebanon that killed 241 American servicemen.  I was living in Washington, D.C., at the time, and I remember that within hours — as most of us were absorbing the tragic news on television, watching as rescue workers picked their way through the rubble in Beirut — federal authorities worked to prevent a repeat of that bombing in D.C.   All across town, big vehicles—usually garbage trucks—were driven up and placed in front of vulnerable doorways and driveways at the White House, the Capitol, the State Department, and any other structure that might potentially be a target for a Hezbollah terrorist or for some Hezbollah copycat.   Within a few days, those trucks were replaced by fixed obstacles, such as jersey barriers and planters. And those were ultimately replaced by permanent bollards.   Today, decades later, many federal buildings have ever-more complicated traffic-access building security systems.  (In past years, I have written about...
    President Joe Biden tried to prepare Americans for another terrorist attack against U.S. forces in Afghanistan on Saturday, issuing a statement from the White House. “The situation on the ground continues to be extremely dangerous, and the threat of terrorist attacks on the airport remains high,” Biden wrote in a statement released by the White House. “Our commanders informed me that an attack is highly likely in the next 24-36 hours.” Biden insisted he told his generals to take “every possible measure” to protect American forces in Afghanistan. “They assured me that they did, and that they could take these measures while completing the mission and safely retrograding our personnel,” he said, after 14 American troops were killed by terrorists in the region. Biden thanked the slain troops for allowing Americans to continue evacuating people from Afghanistan, despite the ongoing threats posed to the areas near the Kabul airport. “Their bravery and selflessness has enabled more than 117,000 people at risk to reach safety thus far,” he wrote. “May God protect our troops and all those standing watch in these...
    Dressed in US Army fatigues and wearing a helmet and combat boots, a woman walked into the office of Lieutenant Arnold Horwell, a British intelligence officer at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Her visit was unexpected – and she introduced herself as ‘Captain Dietrich’. She said she had heard that her sister was interned there. After overcoming his initial surprise, Horwell recognised the woman as the Hollywood star Marlene Dietrich. British troops had liberated Bergen-Belsen three weeks before, in April 1945. No other Nazi camp had witnessed more prisoners die of disease and privation in the final months of the war.  In March that year alone, 18,168 of an estimated 45,000 inmates died, including schoolgirl diarist Anne Frank and her sister Margot, who had been transported to the camp from Auschwitz. When the SS commandant, Josef Kramer, finally surrendered Bergen-Belsen, British soldiers witnessed a horrific sight. More than 13,000 bodies were strewn all over the grounds. Thousands more died after being liberated. Having failed to fulfil her childhood dream of becoming a concert violinist, Marlene began doing the rounds as a...
    August 28, 2021 0 US troops have begun their withdrawal from Kabul airport, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters on Saturday. At the briefing, US Army Major General William Taylor said two ISIS-K planners were killed and another wounded in Friday’s drone strike in eastern Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province. News in development…. 0
                        After the Department of Defense granted approval for two more Virginia military facilities to process Afghan refugees, half of the total number of refugee resettlement facilities in the United States will be located in the Commonwealth. “The Department of Defense has authorized two additional military installations in Virginia to house Afghan refugees — Marine Corps Base Quantico and Fort Pickett, a National Guard training center an hour southwest of Richmond,” according to Military.com.  Fort Lee in Prince George County was already on the list of military facilities preparing to handle the influx of an unknown number of refugees from Afghanistan, which is expected to be in the tens of thousands. Those refugees are fleeing Afghanistan after the United States’ tumultuous withdrawal of troops from the war-torn nation, which led to a swift Taliban takeover before U.S. citizens and Afghan allies could exit the country. “The Defense Department continues to support the State Department in providing temporary housing, sustainment, and support inside the United States for up to 50,000 Afghan Special Immigration...
    After the attacks Thursday that left dozens dead in Kabul, it is becoming more urgent for people in the United States to get their families in Afghanistan out to safety.Two former Afghan interpreters for the U.S. marines worry if they can't get their family out now, they never will.RELATED: East Bay man escapes Afghanistan but fears for family with US military tiesWhile fighting the War in Afghanistan, the United States enlisted the aid of many Afghan people. Multiple tours, more than two decades of service and countless American lives saved combined.That's the story of two men who were former interpreters for the U.S. marines in Afghanistan."We have seen lots and lots of things," Farhad Ahmadi said. "People died in front of my eyes. It was tragic to be there and watch all of that, but we had to be there to help the people and help the United States.""I was in the the worst place at Helmand Province," Wali said. "I never refused any mission, I just saved so many marines. I did my part, but today I am asking...
    The Pentagon has launched a drone strike in the Islamic State's stronghold in eastern Afghanistan, killing a man believed to be involved in planning Thursday's Kabul airport bombing. The drone hit an ISIS-K member in Nangahar province, U.S. Central Command said.   The retaliation came less than 48 hours after a devastating suicide bombing claimed by the group killed as many as 170 Afghans and 13 American service members at the Kabul airport.  The strike killed one individual, and spokesman Navy Capt. William Urban said they knew of no civilian casualties. It wasn't clear if that individual was involved specifically in the Thursday suicide blast outside the gates of the Kabul airport, where crowds of Afghans were desperately trying to get in as part of the ongoing evacuation from the country after the Taliban's rapid takeover. The airstrike fulfilled a vow President Joe Biden made to the nation Thursday when he said the perpetrators of the attack would not be able to hide.  'We will hunt you down and make you pay,' he said. Pentagon leaders told reporters Friday that they were...
    Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy questioned press secretary Jen Psaki on the logistics of getting American citizens out of Afghanistan once all troops were out of the country. Doocy asked what kind of leverage the United States is expected to have, once there was no U.S. military presence, against the Taliban — who seemed reluctant in many cases to allow Afghan allies and even American citizens and green card holders to pass through checkpoints en route to the airport in Kabul. (RELATED: Biden Puts His Head Down After Peter Doocy Reminds Him Trump Is No Longer President) WATCH: Doocy began with a question about Biden’s promise to hunt down those responsible for Thursday’s terror attack in Kabul, which killed 13 American service members. “The president says we will ‘hunt you down and make you pay,’ what does that look like? Will he order a mission to kill the people responsible or be satisfied if they are captured and brought to trial?” Doocy asked. “I think he made clear yesterday he does not want them to live...
    More than 60 troops died in Afghanistan during Donald Trump's years in office, and the civilian death toll increased exponentially. Multiple Republican members of Congress have called on President Joe Biden to resign or be impeached after ISIS carried out a terror attack in Afghanistan on Thursday that killed 13 American troops and at least 95 Afghan citizens. But Republican lawmakers never called on former President Donald Trump to resign or face impeachment for his record in Afghanistan, even with a dramatic increase in Afghan civilian deaths during his term and the deaths of 63 troops from 2017 to 2020, according to a count from the Defense Department. The GOP lawmakers calling for Biden to face consequences for the attack are some of Trump's biggest supporters on Capitol Hill. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) is circulating an article of impeachment against Biden, tweeting Friday morning: "Biden and all key decision makers are responsible for the deaths of 13 soldiers. The Taliban allowed the ISIS attacks. US officials gave them a...