US Intelligence community launches review following Ukraine and Afghanistan intel failings

US Intelligence community launches review following Ukraine and Afghanistan intel failings

This post was originally published on this siteThe US intelligence community is carrying out a sweeping internal review of how it assesses the fighting power of foreign militaries amid mounting pressure from key lawmakers on Capitol Hill who say officials have failed twice in one year on the two major...

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Lauren Boebert defends screaming at SOTU during Biden’s pitch to help veterans with burn-pit cancers

Lauren Boebert defends screaming at SOTU during Biden’s pitch to help veterans with burn-pit cancers

This post was originally published on this site Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) was one of few willing to heckle President Joe Biden during his first State of the Union address. The moment came as Biden was talking about America’s promise to veterans and just before he was going to announce...

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Taliban ban Afghans from evacuating amid massive security sweep

Taliban ban Afghans from evacuating amid massive security sweep

This post was originally published on this site The Taliban have clamped down on Afghans leaving the country as, separately, their forces continue a massive security sweep, going house-to-house across the capital Monday in a “clearing operation”. The new travel ban was announced late Sunday by Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid,...

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Taliban holding at least 9 foreigners in Kabul, including 1 American

Taliban holding at least 9 foreigners in Kabul, including 1 American

The Taliban are holding at least nine foreigners in custody in Kabul, including “one American and several British citizens,” The Wall Street Journal reports Friday, per sources familair with the situation.
Among those being held are British reporter Andrew North — a freelance journalist formerly with the BBC — and an Irish photographer “who were in Kabul on assignment for the United Nations’ refugee agency, UNHCR.” The two were recently detained alongside the Afghan journalist and Afghan driver they were working with, adds the Journal. 
“We are doing our utmost to resolve the situation, in coordination with others. We will make no further comment given the nature of the situation,” the U.N. said in a statement on the matter, per The New York Times.
Since December, seven other Westerners have been detained by the Taliban, including one American, adds the Journal. The six others are British citizens. All were detained separately, and most had worked in the security sector, sources told the Journal. 
“These are the first known cases of Westerners detained at length in Afghanistan since the Taliban takeover in August,” the Journal notes.
The detentions could also serve to further inflame tensions between the Taliban and the West, as well as potentially complicate the militant group’s “attempts to seek legitimacy with countries that have maintained crippling economic sanctions since the former government collapsed,” adds the Times.
“I don’t know whether we are seeing some organized collective crackdown or whether you just have some individual situations, but it’s certainly concerning any time individuals with valid foreign credentials are detained,” Mark Jacobson, who worked as deputy NATO representative in Afghanistan, told the Journal, “whether it’s a government that recognizes international convention or the Taliban.”

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Biden Moves to Split $7 Billion in Frozen Afghan Funds

Biden Moves to Split $7 Billion in Frozen Afghan Funds

This post was originally published on this siteThe president intends to use the Afghan central bank’s assets to fund humanitarian relief in Afghanistan and compensate victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

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Republicans again call for Oversight hearing on Afghanistan withdrawal

Republicans again call for Oversight hearing on Afghanistan withdrawal

This post was originally published on this siteRepublicans on the House Oversight and Reform Committee are again calling for the panel to hold a hearing on the U.S. withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.In a letter to committee chairwoman Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y), ranking member James Comer…

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U.S. announces fresh $308 million in aid for struggling Afghans

U.S. announces fresh $308 million in aid for struggling Afghans

This post was originally published on this siteThe United States announced Tuesday that it was giving more than $308 million in humanitarian aid to the Afghan people,.

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Blinken to appoint 2 veteran officials in effort to help Afghan girls and women

Blinken to appoint 2 veteran officials in effort to help Afghan girls and women

This post was originally published on this siteWomen in Afghanistan are increasingly bearing the brunt of the humanitarian crisis after the exit of U.S. military forces in August.

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From the Capitol riot to abortion rights, here are the top political stories of 2021

From the Capitol riot to abortion rights, here are the top political stories of 2021

This post was originally published on this site As we count down to the New Year, we asked our readers what they thought were the top political stories of 2021. Here’s what they picked. (Image credit: Brent Stirton/Getty Images)

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