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Defense, Industry

Taliban under scrutiny as US kills al-Qaida leader in Kabul

August 2, 2022

Via: Federal News Network

The U.S. drone strike that killed al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri on the balcony of a Kabul safe house intensified global scrutiny Tuesday of Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers and further undermined their efforts to secure international recognition and desperately needed aid. The […]


Federal, Policy

It’s not just Hunter Biden: Prepare for a 2023 packed with House GOP investigations

July 19, 2022

Via: POLITICO

House Republicans are planning to bombard Joe Biden’s administration with investigations next year, from Hunter Biden to the border to the chaotic U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. As the GOP prepares for a likely takeover of the chamber next year, committee […]


Defense, Health Care, Industry

Burn pits legislation nears finish line with House approval

July 13, 2022

Via: Washington's Top News

The House on Wednesday approved a significant expansion of health care and disability benefits for millions of veterans who were exposed to toxic burn pits while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. The 342-88 vote all but assures the measure will […]


Federal, Policy

Biden splitting frozen funds for Afghan relief, 9/11 victims

February 11, 2022

Via: Federal News Network

President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Friday to create a pathway to split $7 billion in Afghan assets frozen in the U.S. to fund humanitarian relief in Afghanistan and to create a trust fund to compensate Sept. 11 […]


Federal, Policy

Thousands of Afghans seek temporary US entry, few approved

November 19, 2021

Via: Washington's Top News

More than 28,000 Afghans have applied for temporary admission into the U.S. for humanitarian reasons since shortly before the Taliban recaptured Afghanistan and sparked a chaotic U.S. withdrawal, but only about 100 of them have been approved, according to federal […]


Federal, Policy

Qatar agrees to represent US interests in Afghanistan

November 12, 2021

Via: Washington's Top News

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Friday that the Gulf nation of Qatar has agreed to represent American interests in Afghanistan following the closure of the U.S. embassy in Kabul in late August. Blinken said Qatar will serve as the […]


Defense, Industry

Top US general holds ‘productive’ talks with Russian officer

September 22, 2021

Via: Washington's Top News

The top American military officer held talks Wednesday with his Russian counterpart as the United States struggles to secure basing rights and other counterterrorism support in countries bordering Afghanistan — an effort Moscow has opposed. The six-hour meeting in Finland’s […]


Defense, Industry

The Latest: Putin says US achieved ‘zero’ in Afghanistan

September 1, 2021

Via: Federal News Network

Russian President Vladimir Putin has criticized the United States’ involvement in Afghanistan, charging that its 20-year military presence in the country has achieved “zero.” Putin said Wednesday that for 20 years the U.S. military in Afghanistan “was trying … to […]


Editorial

U.S. Pullout from Afghanistan: Who and What Is Left Behind?

August 30, 2021

Via: Natalie Dunn

At the beginning of the year, President Joe Biden said he would withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan by September 11, putting an end to America’s longest war. The decision came as a consequence of the deal that President Donald […]


Defense, Industry

G-7 leaders can’t sway Biden to delay Afghanistan withdrawal

August 25, 2021

Via: Federal News Network

The United States clashed with some of its closest allies over President Joe Biden’s insistence on sticking to an Aug. 31 Afghanistan withdrawal date that will shut down a frantic international evacuation effort from Taliban rule. Biden insisted after virtual […]


Defense, Industry

US VP Harris: Focus must stay on Afghan evacuation

August 23, 2021

Via: Federal News Network

Vice President Kamala Harris asserted Monday that the U.S. must maintain its focus on evacuating Americans and vulnerable Afghans and shouldn’t get distracted by questions over what went wrong in the chaotic U.S. exit from Afghanistan. Speaking at a news […]


Defense, Industry

Merkel and Putin to discuss Afghanistan, other ‘big’ issues

August 20, 2021

Via: Federal News Network

German Chancellor Angela Merkel traveled to Russia Friday to discuss the crisis in Afghanistan, the separatist conflict in Ukraine and Moscow’s treatment of imprisoned Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, among other issues. Merkel’s visit to Moscow comes as she is nearing […]


Defense, Industry

Was Biden handcuffed by Trump’s Taliban deal in Doha?

August 19, 2021

Via: Washington's Top News

As President Donald Trump’s administration signed a peace deal with the Taliban in February 2020, he optimistically proclaimed that “we think we’ll be successful in the end.” His secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, asserted that the administration was “seizing the […]


Defense, Industry

GOP hits Biden despite divides over Afghanistan withdrawal

August 17, 2021

Via: Federal News Network

When President Joe Biden announced he would stick to his predecessor’s plan to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan, Republican reaction was mixed and largely muted. Foreign policy had become so contentious that the party’s own leaders had no single position […]


Defense, Industry

Biden team surprised by rapid Taliban gains in Afghanistan

August 16, 2021

Via: Washington's Top News

President Joe Biden and other top U.S. officials have been stunned by the pace of the Taliban’s nearly complete takeover of Afghanistan, as the planned withdrawal of American forces urgently became a mission to ensure a safe evacuation. The speed […]


Defense, Industry

Sweeping conquests test US hopes of more moderate Taliban

August 11, 2021

Via: Washington's Top News

Sweeping Taliban conquests in Afghanistan this week are challenging the Biden administration’s hopes that a desire for international respect — and for international aid and cash — will moderate the fundamentalist militia’s worst behaviors when the U.S. ends its war […]


Defense, Industry

Russia, Central Asian allies hold drills near Afghanistan

August 10, 2021

Via: Federal News Network

The troops from Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan on Tuesday wrapped up their drills intended to simulate a joint response to potential security threats coming from Afghanistan. The war games that began last week involved 2,500 Russian, Tajik and Uzbek troops […]


Defense, Industry

Russia: Afghan instability heightens with hasty US retreat

July 16, 2021

Via: Federal News Network

America’s hasty retreat from Afghanistan has destabilized the region and worsened the terrorist threat, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told a conference of world powers and Afghanistan’s neighbors Friday as they sought a common path toward resolving the country’s escalating […]


Defense, Industry

Top U.S. general in Afghanistan to step down Monday

July 12, 2021

Via: POLITICO

The top U.S. general in Afghanistan will step down on Monday, marking the symbolic end to America’s 20-year war, two defense officials confirmed to POLITICO. Gen. Scott Miller, who has led U.S. forces in Afghanistan for the last three years, […]


Defense, Industry

It’s imminent: After nearly 20 years US to leave Bagram

June 29, 2021

Via: Federal News Network

For nearly 20 years, Bagram Airfield was the heart of American military power in Afghanistan, a sprawling mini-city behind fences and blast walls just an hour’s drive north of Kabul. Initially, it was a symbol of the U.S. drive to […]