Donald Trump: ‘My personality’ kept America ‘out of war’

U.S. 03/28/22, 16:55

An outgoing and charismatic president helped the nation avoid armed conflict throughout his time in the Oval Office. Donald Trump revealed his extraverted, sensing, thinking, and perceiving character helped prevent the United States from launching wars against other countries. "The fake news media said my personality would get us into a war ...

Biden administration demands release of US hostage in Afghanistan

Middle East 01/30/22, 21:23

Joe Biden's administration wants guerrilla insurgents to free a U.S. military veteran kidnapped in Afghanistan. The president wants the Haqqani network to release Mark Frerichs immediately. Biden warned the Taliban-linked group the matter was not open for discussion almost two years after the U.S. Navy veteran was first taken hostage. "Threatening the safety ...

Despite Afghanistan’s collapsing economy, Taliban proud of their management

World 12/28/21, 16:03

While Afghanistan's economy is completely defunded and on the verge of total collapse and various organizations denounce horrendous human rights abuses, Taliban leaders continue to deny the reality by defending their management and even claim to be better off than in the last 20 years. Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi recently ...

Afghan women slam UN’s ‘shameful silence’ on Taliban abuse

Middle East 10/28/21, 17:13

An intergovernmental organization should do more to stop human rights violations in Afghanistan, activists said on Oct. 26. Several Afghans protested against the United Nations's (UN's) inaction on alleged mistreatment of females. The Taliban regime recently closed multiple girls's schools, and demonstrators consider this to be a clear example of women's ...

Pentagon: Afghan terrorists could strike US in six months

Middle East 10/27/21, 16:13

America's largest government agency predicted the nation could soon face politically motivated terrorism on Oct. 26. The Department of Defense predicts the United States has between six to 12 months to prepare for a hypothetical Islamic State-K or al-Qaeda attack. Under Secretary for Policy Colin Kahl (D) claims Afghan terrorists are interested ...

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 ...

GOP picks former CNN reporter to investigate Afghan withdrawal debacle

U.S. 09/14/21, 23:57

A ranking Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee chose a former broadcast journalist to probe Joe Biden's withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan on Sept. 14. Rep. Michael McCaul (Texas) recently selected former CNN national security reporter Ryan Browne to investigate the Joe Biden administration's "disastrous" withdrawal from Kabul. "I look ...

Ex-convicts seize control of Afghan capitol’s largest prison

Middle East 09/14/21, 21:36

Taliban fighters have been appointed to run the same prison complex that once held them on Sept. 13. Pul-e Charkhi is under new management, and will be run by ex-convicts who once inhabited the very cell blocks they now administrate about 20 kilometers (13 miles) east of downtown Kabul. BL understands this ...

State Secretary Blinken explains Afghan withdrawal to Congress

D.C. 09/13/21, 22:46

Joe Biden's top foreign policy adviser will testify about the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan. Antony Blinken is widely expected to be strongly criticized when he appears before the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate on Sept. 14 and 15. Republicans will seize on their opportunity to grill the secretary of state ...

New video surfaces months after al-Qaeda leader’s rumored death

Middle East 09/13/21, 19:59

A militant Sunni Islamist chief, who many thought was dead, made a video appearance on Sept. 11. Ayman al-Zawahri's video message on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 caught some observers off-guard. The al-Qaeda leader, who was previously rumored to have died several month ago, praised the terrorist group's January attacks on Russian ...

Upstate 9/11 memorial vandalized with ‘Taliban’ graffiti

U.S. 09/13/21, 18:04

A structure dedicated to thousands of lives lost in the nation's deadliest terrorist attack was defaced on Sept. 11. Mourning South Carolinians were shocked to find the Greenville 9/11 memorial covered in graffiti. The words "Taliban" were spray painted on a pair of granite slabs, resembling the World Trade Center's Twin ...

Taliban finally accepts letting foreigners leave Afghanistan

Middle East 09/09/21, 20:15

A U.S. official on Thursday, Sept. 9, said that the new Afghanistan government had allowed some foreign citizens to leave the country, days after reports they held back several flights emerged. According to Reuters, the Taliban had allowed two hundred internationals to leave on charter flights from Kabul, some of which ...

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