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Biden to stick to Aug. 31 Afghan withdrawal deadline (*)

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden intends to stick to the current Aug. 31 deadline to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, leaving a narrow timeline to finish evacuating Americans and Afghan allies, according to multiple senior administration officials.

There is a contingency plan in place to stay longer if the mission requires it, the sources told NBC News…

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/biden-stick-aug-31-afghan-withdrawal-deadline-u-s-speeds-n1277536
Posted by BeyondGeography | Tue Aug 24, 2021, 12:16 PM (3 replies)

Taliban to US: Don't encourage Afghans to leave, no deadline extension

https://www.bbc.com/news/live/world-58279900

-A Taliban spokesman has said Afghans should not go to the airport or try to leave the country

-At a press briefing, Zabihullah Mujahid also said that women should stay at home for now, for their safety

-US allies have warned they will not be able to evacuate all those fleeing the Taliban by 31 August

-The warning comes as a G-7 summit is to hear allies press President Joe Biden to delay the withdrawal of US forces beyond that date

-US troops control Kabul airport from where some 58,700 people, mainly Afghans working for foreign forces, have been evacuated

-The Taliban say they will not extend the deadline, as it would violate the agreement with the US

-The Taliban's treatment of women will be a red line, the UN warns at an emergency session of the Human Rights Council

https://twitter.com/BBCBreaking/status/1430165188276375563
Posted by BeyondGeography | Tue Aug 24, 2021, 09:06 AM (7 replies)

IS threat forces US changes to evacuations at Kabul Airport

Source: AP

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Potential Islamic State threats against Americans in Afghanistan are forcing the U.S. military to develop new ways to get evacuees to the airport in Kabul, a senior U.S. official said Saturday, adding a new complication to the already chaotic efforts to get people out of the country after its swift fall to the Taliban.

The official said that small groups of Americans and possibly other civilians will be given specific instructions on what to do, including movement to transit points where they can be gathered up by the military. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss military operations.

The changes come as the U.S. Embassy issued a new security warning Saturday telling citizens not to travel to the Kabul airport without individual instruction from a U.S. government representative. Officials declined to provide more specifics about the IS threat but described it as significant, and said there have been no confirmed attacks as yet.

…Tens of thousands of translators and other Afghan wartime helpers, along with their close family members, are seeking evacuation after the Taliban’s shockingly swift takeover of Afghanistan in a little over a week’s time. The fall of Kabul marked the final chapter of America’s longest war, which began after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

Read more: https://apnews.com/article/11e1590d8f9976fae13e7ee83a6b193a
Posted by BeyondGeography | Sat Aug 21, 2021, 11:56 AM (14 replies)

Biden to speak at 3:45 pm (ET)

https://twitter.com/axios/status/1427285703587663888
Posted by BeyondGeography | Mon Aug 16, 2021, 10:10 AM (6 replies)

Josh Marshall: I Think This is Right

I think this is right. From TPM Reader JB …

Just a note here about the ongoing US bugout from Afghanistan, that I suspect we’ll hear more about in the months to come.

President Biden has a long memory; the events of 2009-10, when then-President Obama was jammed by the military leadership into what proved to be an aimless, futile surge of US forces into Afghanistan, have to be a major factor in his thinking. A more deliberate, better planned withdrawal would have been preferable to what we are seeing now in many respects — notably, to get more of America’s Afghan friends out of the country.

Had Biden directed a withdrawal of this kind, how would the US military leadership have responded? If Biden suspected the response would have been a months-long campaign of foot-dragging and leaking — to pressure him toward the military’s preferred course of staying in Afghanistan indefinitely — would he have been wrong?

I misjudge the man if he were not convinced this very thing would happen. There seems little question that 99% of the impetus for withdrawing now from Afghanistan, in a way that cannot be reversed, is coming from Biden personally. As a matter of strategy, and as one of keeping faith with Afghans who depended on us, this withdrawal is suboptimal. Biden is fully responsible for it.

But from his point of view it probably looks like the best option available — the others being, respectively, no withdrawal at all and a protracted, semi-public tug-of-war with senior military officers deeply invested in putting off unpleasant decisions about an Afghan project that has defined so many military careers. Biden looks determined not to let the military leadership do to him what it did to Obama a decade ago.

Public discussion of this subject is not dwelling on Biden’s relationship with the US military leadership. I predict this will change.

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/i-think-this-is-right

Posted by BeyondGeography | Sun Aug 15, 2021, 02:51 PM (1 replies)

Dark Side of the Mushroom - The Chocolate Watch Band

Posted by BeyondGeography | Fri Aug 6, 2021, 12:16 AM (0 replies)

Top high jumpers agree to share gold medal

https://twitter.com/espn/status/1421843045063041031
https://twitter.com/ShayneCurrieNZH/status/1421815642643058688
Posted by BeyondGeography | Sun Aug 1, 2021, 02:06 PM (8 replies)

Jamie Raskin has weighed in on OH-11

https://twitter.com/ninaturner/status/1419649238892482561
Posted by BeyondGeography | Tue Jul 27, 2021, 11:55 AM (6 replies)

Kinzinger: The Republican Party has chosen to make the insurrection another partisan fight

It’s toxic and it’s a disservice to this country because self-governance is at stake.
Posted by BeyondGeography | Tue Jul 27, 2021, 10:41 AM (3 replies)

Watch Rep. @AOC break down the GOP's inflation talking points in 3 minutes

https://twitter.com/nowthisnews/status/1417626121558847491
Posted by BeyondGeography | Wed Jul 21, 2021, 08:07 AM (2 replies)
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