Pentagon blames State Department for delaying exit from Afghanistan

Washington 09/29/21, 17:20

During the second day of U.S. congressional hearings with Pentagon leaders, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the delay in evacuating U.S. and Afghan civilians from Afghanistan was the State Department's decision and responsibility, not the military's, Fox News reported. President Biden's three top military advisors, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Joint Chiefs of Staff ...

Fort Bliss houses up to 10,000 Afghan evacuees

Middle East 09/12/21, 18:24

Thousands of unaccompanied children who crossed into the United States will now stay in a Texan refugee camp that also temporarily houses about 10,000 Afghan asylum seekers. The Biden administration held a media tour of Fort Bliss in El Paso, on Sept. 10. Afghans who were successfully evacuated are now being ...

Pentagon requests public opinion on Military bases that honor Confederate soldiers

Washington 09/09/21, 19:06

The Pentagon is requesting public help in renaming military bases that commemorate Civil War Confederate soldiers. The department opened the name panel on Monday, Sept. 6, inviting “interested citizens” to submit comments and suggestions for replacements.  The Naming Commission was established when the National Defense Authorization Act for 2021 was passed in ...

High risk of 9/11 attack warns GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham

Middle East 08/30/21, 20:36

A Republican from South Carolina predicted a high chance of a terrorist attack in the United States on Aug. 29. Sen. Lindsey Graham believes the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan dramatically increases the likelihood of terrorism happening on U.S. soil. "I have never been more worried about an attack on our homeland ...

Pentagon says Taliban freed thousands of Islamic State prisoners

Middle East 08/27/21, 19:45

Joe Biden's administration confirmed Taliban fighters released Islamic State (ISIS-K) prisoners when they seized power in Afghanistan, on Aug. 27. The Pentagon revealed the number of inmates freed from Bagram prison could be well over 1,000. "Clearly, it is in the thousands when you consider both prisons," spokesman John Kirby said in ...

Pentagon: US expecting more attacks

Middle East 08/27/21, 16:53

After the dual bombing outside of Kabul airport a day before, the Pentagon on Friday, August 27, said those would not be the last attacks before the U.S. fully withdraws from Afghanistan.  "We certainly are prepared and would expect future attempts," said Pentagon spokesman John Kirby in a press briefing. "We're ...

Biden asks refugee aid groups to help bring 50,000 Afghans into US

Middle East 08/25/21, 18:07

Joe Biden's administration wants nongovernment organizations to handle up to 50,000 Afghan evacuees without protection visas. The president is recruiting refugee aid organizations to help evacuate Afghan asylum seekers to the United States, even if they did not make it onto the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program list. Biden hopes to welcome ...

Biden: Afghanistan withdrawal depends on Taliban cooperation

Middle East 08/24/21, 22:06

The president will completely withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of August. Joe Biden agreed to meet Taliban extremist demands on the condition there is a contingency plan, and the militant group cooperates. "We are currently on a pace to finish by Aug. 31. The sooner we can finish, the ...

Biden will vet Afghan refugees before granting entry to US

Middle East 08/23/21, 01:02

Joe Biden's administration will carefully select which Afghan evacuees are allowed to enter the United States on Aug. 22. The president promised anyone fleeing Taliban violence will have to undergo a thorough security check before setting foot in the Land of the Free. "Anyone arriving in the United States will have undergone ...

US resumes evacuation flights from Afghanistan after airport runway chaos

Middle East 08/16/21, 23:58

Joe Biden's administration restarted evacuation flights from Afghanistan on Aug. 16. The U.S. military temporarily suspended air traffic after hundreds of civilians hung onto a moving aircraft with their arms and legs. The delay lasted for several hours until the Pentagon finished deploying 2,500 American troops to Kabul Airport. A further ...

No defense: military personnel face honorable discharge for refusing COVID vaccine

News 08/13/21, 18:53

A Republican from Tennessee revealed military personnel will be dismissed, if they refuse to be vaccinated against the deadly disease on Aug. 11. Rep. Mark Green confirmed U.S. soldiers face honorable discharge if they do not accept the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine for any non-exempt reason. Religion and preexisting medical conditions are ...

Police officer attacked and killed outside the Pentagon has been identified

U.S. 08/04/21, 18:51

The police officer who was killed outside the Pentagon on Tuesday, August 3, has been identified as George Gonzalez, an Army veteran and member of the Pentagon Force Protection Agency. According to reports, the officer was ambushed and stabbed in the neck by the suspect. The attacker then shot himself with ...

Pentagon eyes vaccine mandate for troops despite lower than normal death rate

U.S. 08/04/21, 00:04

The U.S. Department of Defense could shift its battle to the COVID-19 pandemic through imposing mandatory vaccines for armed forces. The effort is hoped to curb the number of surging Delta variant cases. Reuters revealed Pentagon officials are deciding whether to mandate vaccinations within military ranks to protect troops from the ...

New Capitol Hill military surveillance system threatens Americans’ privacy

D.C. 07/14/21, 15:52

Following the acquisition of eight units of Persistent Surveillance Systems Ground–Medium (PSSG-M) for the Capitol Police, human rights advocates warn about the threat it could pose to citizens' privacy. The high-definition systems that the Pentagon will install were used in Afghanistan to monitor large areas day and night and increase the ...

Report: As China, Russia stockpile weapons, Pentagon warns of potential nuclear war

U.S. 07/09/21, 04:15

As this country's biggest rivals are accumulating nuclear weapons, the U.S. claims there is a "increased potential" threat of coming nuclear warfare. According to a newly released 2020 Pentagon study on nuclear activities, Russia and China have been upgrading and increasing their respective arsenals over the previous decade. North Korea has escalated ...

Drone attacks US base with explosives at Erbil airport in northern Iraq

U.S. 07/07/21, 02:11

A drone dropped bombs on Erbil airport in northern Iraq, aiming for the U.S. facility on the airport grounds on Tuesday, July 6, according to Kurdish security sources. While hosting U.S. forces, Erbil Airport in northern Iraq was apparently attacked by a drone loaded with explosives, then, the drone came down ...

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