‘I don’t need or want your help’: famous Marine jailed for criticizing Afghanistan withdrawal rejects Trump’s help

Middle East 10/05/21, 15:23

U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller, who made headlines for posting a video criticizing the Biden administration's tumultuous military withdrawal from Afghanistan, is confined to a military prison. He rejected help from former President Trump even though his supporters and prominent Republican lawmakers helped raise more than $2 million ...

Kabul faces blackout as Taliban fails to pay electricity bills

Middle East 10/05/21, 03:37

Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan provide half of Afghanistan's electricity, with Iran contributing further supplies to the country's west. This year's drought has had an impact on domestic production, primarily at hydropower plants. Kabul is nearly entirely reliant on imported power from Central Asia as Afghanistan lacks a national power grid.After ...

ISIS narrator charged in the US over role in propaganda videos

Middle East 10/03/21, 20:37

A Canadian national faces federal charges in the United States over his involvement in ISIS propaganda videos; federal prosecutors said Saturday, Oct. 2. The 38-year-old man, Mohammed Khalifa, is a Saudi-born Canadian and is fluent in English and Arabic. According to a Department of Justice news release, the United States believed he ...

Nuclear deal: Iran asks US to activate $10 billion

Washington 10/03/21, 02:17

As the Biden administration is looking to resume a nuclear deal with Iran, its government on Saturday set out the first condition—unfreeze $10 billion of Tehran's frozen funds. The condition was issued indirectly via intermediaries at the United Nations, reports Reuters. "The Americans tried to contact us through different channels (at the ...

Biden defies Supreme Court order to reinstate ‘stay in Mexico’ policy

Middle East 09/30/21, 18:10

Joe Biden's administration will resist a judicial ruling to bring back the previous administration's immigration policy on Sept. 29. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will completely eliminate the Trump-era "Remain in Mexico" program. The move came despite a U.S. Supreme Court decision to reinstate the policy. The program, also known as ...

Trump: Congress should examine why so many ‘warriors died’ in ‘disastrous’ Afghan withdrawal

Middle East 09/29/21, 16:58

Congress should thoroughly investigate what really happened during the Biden administration's "disastrous" military withdrawal from Afghanistan, a former president said on Sept. 28. Donald Trump wants lawmakers to find out exactly how 13 U.S. troops died and taxpayer-funded military equipment was abandoned while evacuating the Middle Eastern country. "Congress should set up ...

Gen. Mark Milley refuses to resign over Afghan withdrawal debacle

D.C. 09/29/21, 02:57

A high-ranking military leader will not stop advising the Oval Office on national defense matters despite a botched withdrawal from Afghanistan on Sept. 28. Gen. Mark Milley refused to stop chairing the Joint Chiefs of Staff, even though he advised Joe Biden's administration on a lackluster U.S. troop evacuation from the ...

Afghanistan: Taliban ban trimming beards in Helmand province

Middle East 09/28/21, 01:51

On Monday, Sept. 27, the Taliban in Afghanistan's Helmand province have banned hairdressers from shaving or trimming beards, claiming it violates their interpretation of Islamic law. Anyone who breaks the rule will be punished."Since I have heard (about the ban on trimming beards) I am heart broken," said Bilal Ahmad, ...

Marine jailed after resigning over Afghan evacuation debacle says report

Middle East 09/28/21, 00:57

A former field grade ranking officer is behind bars after openly expressing disappointment with his U.S. Marine Corps superiors. Task & Purpose confirmed Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller, Jr. is detained in a military prison for criticizing the Biden administration's tactless withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. Scheller's family members are very concerned ...