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Militiamen showed up proudly bearing the emblems of their groups — American flags with the stars replaced by the Roman numeral III, patches that read “Oath Keepers.” Alt-right types wore Pepe the Frog masks, and QAnon adherents could be seen in T-shirts urging people to “Trust the Plan.” White supremacists brought their variant of the Crusader cross. And then there were thousands of Trump supporters with MAGA gear — flags, hats, T-shirts, thermoses, socks. One flag portrayed President Trump as Rambo; another featured him riding a Tyrannosaurus rex and carrying the kind of rocket-propelled grenade launcher seen on the streets of Mogadishu or Kandahar. The iconography of the American far right was on display on Jan 6. during the violence at the Capitol. The absurdity of many images — the patches that read “Zombie Outbreak Response Team," for instance — only masked a devotion that inspired hundreds from the crowd to mount a deadly attack on Congress.
Persons: , Pepe, White supremacists, MAGA, Trump, Rambo, revel Organizations: Trust, Trump, Capitol Locations: Mogadishu, Kandahar,
ET Capitol Riot Live Updates: Trump Urges No Violence or Vandalism at Planned Demonstrations The fallout from last week’s attack on the Capitol continued as the Army secretary announced that the inauguration would be secured by armed National Guard members. “In lights of reports of more demonstrations, I urge that there must be NO violence, NO lawbreaking and NO vandalism of any kind,” Mr. Trump said. For President Trump, the past week has included a flurry of rebukes from businesses and once-loyal politicians. A majority of House members vote to impeach. Mayor Bill de Blasio said New York City is ending its contracts with the Trump Organization after the deadly riot incited by President Trump at the U.S. Capitol.
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ET Covid-19 Live Updates: Nations Move to Isolate U.K. Over Virus Variant Several countries are barring travelers from Britain, and France has suspended freight transportation. In the United States, Gov. The rollout comes as the virus shows no signs of abating in the United States — parts of California are down to their last I.C.U. At the same time, a large portion of people in the United States have said they will not get vaccinated. is set to embark on a high-stakes coronavirus vaccine rollout.
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Afghan government security forces killed at least 51 Taliban fighters in the southern province of Kandahar, the latest flare-up in violence as the two sides pursue peace talks in Qatar while simultaneously competing for territory at home. The Afghan ministry of defense said the strikes against Taliban positions in five districts on Saturday night, a mixture of ground and air assaults which also destroyed four Taliban ammunition depots, were in response to insurgent attacks. A delegation comprising the army, provincial police and the Kandahar governor were also investigating allegations from local residents that government airstrikes had killed civilians in Arghandab district, the ministry said. The Taliban said 13 civilians had been killed in an airstrike, while a spokesman for the provincial governor said seven civilians had died after the Taliban detonated explosives laden into a Humvee. Col. Sonny Leggett, spokesman for U.S. forces in Afghanistan, said in a statement that the U.S. had conducted a strike against the Taliban in support of Afghan forces in a different district, adding that the Taliban claim of civilian casualties was false.
Persons: Sonny Leggett Organizations: ., Wall Street Locations: Kandahar, Qatar, Arghandab district, U.S, Afghanistan, Arghandab
At least eight former service members and Blackwater security guards convicted of war crimes have filed petitions seeking pardons or clemency from President Donald Trump. Among them is Robert Bales, a former Army staff sergeant who pleaded guilty to killing 16 Afghan men, women and children in 2012. Bales' use of mefloquine was not presented at court-martial to determine whether he had the mental capacity to enter a guilty plea, Maher said. Lorance had served six years of a 19-year sentence when Trump issued his pardon in 2019. According to a November report by the Pew Research Center, Trump has issued far fewer pardons or sentence commutations than any of his recent predecessors.
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Australia's military history in Afghanistan
  + stars: | 2020-11-20 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) sentiment -0.98   time to read: +1 min
The following are key dates in Australia’s near two-decade long military presence in Afghanistan. Australian special forces are deployed and are involved in the establishment of the coalition’s first base, southwest of Kandahar. By mid-2009, Australia’s presence peaks at just over 1,500 personnel. November 2012 - The Australian military begins to withdraw. December 2013 - Then Prime Minister Tony Abbott says the last Australian troops have Afghanistan, though about 400 military personnel remain to train and support the Afghan army.
Persons: George Bush, Tony Abbott Organizations: SYDNEY, Australian Locations: Afghanistan, Australia’s, New York, Washington, Australia, United States, Australian, Kandahar
A Taliban spokesperson said Wednesday that the insurgent force welcomes President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw thousands of US troops from Afghanistan, calling it a "good step." While the Taliban welcomes the move, Afghan national security officials and military leaders have raised concerns about a premature withdrawal. The Taliban said Wednesday that it welcomed President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw thousands of US troops from Afghanistan, calling it a "good step." "It is a good step and in the interest of the people of both countries," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told AFP Wednesday. While the Taliban has welcomed the withdrawal of a substantial number of US forces, the Afghan military has not, according to multiple reports.
Persons: Donald Trump's, Chris Miller, Zabihullah Mujahid, Trump's, Miller, Trump, Mark Esper, Col, Abdul Fattah Ishaqzai, Zabiullah Ghorzang, Javid Faisal, Mitch McConnell Organizations: Pentagon, Taliban, Afghan, AFP, CNN, Department of Defense, New York Times, Afghanistan's National Security Council, Twitter, Republicans Locations: Afghanistan, American, Iraq, Kandahar Province, Kandahar, Vietnam
Timothy Chacon | Flickr CCWASHINGTON — Acting Pentagon chief Christopher Miller said Tuesday that the United States will reduce its military presence in Afghanistan to 2,500 troops and 2,500 troops in Iraq by Jan. 15. The United States has approximately 4,500 troops currently in Afghanistan and more than 3,000 in Iraq. And ISIS could rebuild in Afghanistan the terror caliphate it lost in Syria and Iraq," the NATO chief said, referring to Islamic State militants. In 2003, NATO joined the international security effort in Afghanistan and currently has more than 7,000 troops in the country. Last week, Miller ascended to the Pentagon's acting Secretary of Defense role after President Donald Trump's sudden termination of Secretary of Defense Mark Esper.
Persons: Timothy Chacon, Christopher Miller, Jan, Miller, General Stoltenberg, Ghani, " Miller, Stoltenberg, Donald Trump's, Defense Mark Esper, Al Qaida, Whitney Houston Organizations: Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction, Public, . Air Force, Staff, Flickr, WASHINGTON —, Pentagon, United, NATO, Islamic, Defense, Department of Defense, 82nd Airborne Division, Task Force, Support Aviation Battalion, Avn, Regiment, Brigade, U.S, Army Locations: Kandahar, Afghanistan, United States, Iraq, Syria, U.S, Nawa, Kandahar Province
U.S. Troops Are Packing Up, Ready or Not
  + stars: | 2020-11-17 | by ( Thomas Gibbons-Neff | Najim Rahim | Fatima Faizi | ) sentiment -0.97   time to read: +1 min
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Had it not been for dozens of U.S. airstrikes in recent weeks, the southern hub city Kandahar would be under siege, after Taliban fighters threatened to overrun several surrounding districts, security officials say. Now with President Trump’s orders to cut American forces in Afghanistan by roughly half — from 4,500 to 2,500 — Kandahar’s fate, and the fate of the Afghan security forces spread across the country, are once more in question. “If it were not for the air support of U.S. forces, the Taliban would be sitting inside Kandahar city now,” Col. Zabiullah Ghorzang, an Afghan Army regimental commander in Kandahar Province, said Tuesday. The Pentagon on Tuesday formally announced those troop cuts, stopping short of the full withdrawal by Christmas that Mr. Trump had mused about publicly and ensuring that the war in Afghanistan will transition to a fourth American administration over almost 20 years of conflict.
Persons: Trump’s, , Zabiullah, Trump Organizations: Afghan Army, Pentagon Locations: KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, U.S, Kandahar, Kandahar Province, American
The failed operation, and Beckwith's recommendations afterward, led to the creation of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). The operation was one of Delta Force's first successful hostage rescues and firmly established it as the US military's top hostage-rescue outfit. Bargewell went on to command Special Operations Command Europe (SOCEUR) and to have key positions in JSOC and SOCOM. Bargewell spent almost his entire career in Army special-operations units, including Special Forces and the Rangers, but he left his mark with Delta Force. Paula Bronstein/GettyStanley McChrystal commissioned in the Army in 1976 and served in airborne, Ranger, and Special Forces units during a 34-year career.
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