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Since entering service with the Soviet Army in 1949, the RPG has become one of the world's most iconic weapons. The RPG has been updated several times in the ensuing decades, and it remains as popular and as dangerous as ever. Simple and effective, the broomlike RPG-7 became one of the most effective antitank weapons of the postwar period. The development of shaped-charge antitank weapons dramatically improved the infantry's odds of stopping an armored attack. Bundesarchiv/Gerhard GronefeldShaped charges developed for military use became known as high-explosive antitank (HEAT) warheads.
Persons: III, Charles Munroe, Panzerfaust, Bundesarchiv, Gerhard Gronefeld, Patrick AVENTURIER, Alex Bowie, Gordon Rottman, Mahmoud Hassano, Kyle Mizokami Organizations: Soviet Army, Service, Red Army, US Naval Academy, German Army, Soviets, NATO, American, Pershing, British, North Vietnamese Army, Getty, Warsaw, German Red Army, Irish Republican Army, British Army, Hawk, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, Afghan, Iraqi Army, Coalition, US Army, Hamas, Islamic, Russian Ground Forces, Free Syrian Army, REUTERS, Abrams, Challenger, Japan Security Watch Locations: German, Berlin, Phnom Penh, Soviet Union, Viet, Vietnam, Soviet, Khmer, Cambodia, Central America, Southeast Asia, Africa, American, Northern Ireland, Mogadishu, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syrian, Islamic State, Aleppo, United States, Russia, San Francisco
(CNN) A Somali government spokesman was injured on Sunday in an "odious terrorist attack," the country's Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble said. The Prime Minister "strongly condemns the odious terrorist attack targeting Government Spokesman, Mr Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimu who sustained injuries today but is in [a] stable condition," the Somali Prime Minister said Sunday on Twitter. He also wished Moalimu a "quick recovery." State media outlet SNTV News reported on Sunday that Moalimu was injured "in a cowardly terrorist suicide attack [that] targeted his car," in Waaberi, a district of the Banaadir region of Somalia. Waaberi district is a neighborhood in the southwestern part of the capital city MogadishuWhile the state media report did not name a suspect or organization responsible for the attack , Somalia has been racked by terrorism from militant group Al-Shabaab -- an affiliate of al Qaeda -- in recent years.
Persons: Mohamed Hussein Roble, Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimu, Moalimu, Read Organizations: CNN, country's, Somali, Twitter, SNTV Locations: State, Waaberi, Banaadir, Somalia, Mogadishu, Shabaab, al Qaeda
Car Bomb Kills 8 in Somalia’s Capital
  + stars: | 2022-01-12 | by ( Abdi Latif Dahir | )   time to read: +1 min
NAIROBI, Kenya — A large explosion killed at least eight people and injured nine others in Mogadishu on Wednesday, according to the head of an ambulance service, the latest attack to hit Somalia’s capital as the country grapples with political infighting and a growing humanitarian crisis. The car explosion occurred just before noon on a road leading to Mogadishu’s international airport, according to Abdulkadir Adan, the founder of the ambulance service, Aamin Ambulance, Mogadishu’s only free ambulance service. The road also services a major police academy and a compound where United Nations and foreign government staff members and officials live. Somali Memo, a news website affiliated with Al Shabab, said the militants claimed responsibility for the attack on Wednesday. It said the group had targeted “a convoy of vehicles carrying white security officers.”
Persons: Abdulkadir Adan, Al Shabab, Organizations: Aamin, Nations, Al Locations: NAIROBI, Kenya, Mogadishu, Shabab, Somalia
In 2004, the "Night Stalkers" were transporting special-ops forces to counterterrorism missions in Iraq. Those missions, like outside Baghdad in March 2004, put the Night Stalkers in harm's way. A central part of the US-led counterinsurgency was a brutal counterterrorism campaign led by the US's elite Joint Special Operations Command. Iman Broady-ChinThe 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, also known as the "Night Stalkers," is the world's premier rotary-winged special-operations unit. A daylight mission was highly unusual, as Night Stalkers prefer to operate in the dark.
Persons: Saddam Hussein's, Iman Broady, Chin, Greg Coker's, Greg Coker, Coker, Waits, Stalkers, Stavros Atlamazoglou Organizations: US, Special Operations Aviation Regiment, Service, Iraqi Army, Coalition, Special Operations Command, Army Delta Force, Rangers, US Army Rangers, 160th Special Operations Aviation, US Army, Staff, FIM, Air Force, Air Commandos, Pentagon, Department of Defense, Squadron, Hellenic Army, 575th Marine Battalion, Army, Johns Hopkins University Locations: Iraq, Baghdad, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Iran, Mogadishu, Somalia, Amiriyah, Afghanistan, Fallujah, Ramadi, Pakistan
Ahmed Farah, Somali-Dutch film producer and director of the film Ayaanle, is seen at a rooftop of a building in Eastleigh district of Nairobi, Kenya November 9, 2021. "I only have two lines," the character - whose name, Ayaanle, is also the film's title - complains bitterly. To recoup the bribe, he impersonates a member of Somalia's al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab insurgency to scam $500 from a gullible Western journalist. But there were upsides too: the Eastleigh community rallied around the film, donating refreshments, or homes to use as sets. Most of the crew and actors had experienced the kind of police harassment shown in the film, Abdirahman said, and many were nervous about publicly acting like terrorists - especially when police were around.
Persons: Ahmed Farah, Jackson Njehia, Allahu Akbar, Ayaanle, Barkhad Abdirahman, Philips, Tom Hanks, Farah, Abdirahman, Abdiraman, that's, Katharine Houreld, Raissa Organizations: REUTERS, National, Somali, Britain's, Eastleigh, MTV, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Somali, Dutch, Eastleigh district, Nairobi, Kenya, Jackson, Jackson Njehia NAIROBI, Hollywood, Finnish, Mogadishu, Eastleigh, Somalia's al Qaeda, Western, Jazeera, Somalia
(CNN) At least eight civilians were killed and 17 others injured, including 13 school children, after a suicide car bomb exploded in Somalia's capital Mogadishu Thursday morning, according to state media. The blast occurred in Mogadishu's Hodan district, near two schools and the residence of former president Abdikasim Salat Hassan, according to the Somali National News Agency (SNNA). Police say the target was an armored vehicle guarding the United Nations, according to SNNA. The eastern African Somali capital has been rattled by bomb attacks with dozens either killed or injured. The string of bombings has been linked to notorious terror group Al-Shabaab, which has in the past claimed responsibility for some of the attacks.
Persons: Abdikasim Salat Hassan Organizations: CNN, Somali National News Agency, Police, United Nations Locations: Somalia's, Mogadishu, Mogadishu's Hodan, Shabaab
NAIROBI, Kenya — A large explosion outside a school in Somalia’s capital on Thursday killed at least eight people and injured 17 others, the police said. It was the latest in a series of deadly attacks as Somalia experiences a tense election period and an enormous humanitarian crisis. Somali Memo, a news website affiliated with the Al Qaeda-linked extremist group Al Shabab, said the group took responsibility for the attack, which occurred on a key road in the northwestern Hodan district of the capital, Mogadishu. At least 13 students from one of those schools, Mocaasir, were injured in the explosion. Photos and videos from the scene showed mangled school buses and heavily damaged classrooms.
Persons: Aden Hassan, Al, Al Shabab Organizations: United Nations Locations: NAIROBI, Kenya, Somalia, Al Qaeda, Hodan district, Mogadishu, Mocaasir
Analysts and residents have expressed fears that the fighting is derailing the former allies from their common effort to defeat the al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab insurgency. Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimu, a spokesman for the federal government and Ahmed Shire Falagle, Galmudug state's information minister did not respond to requests for comment. ASWJ, a group of moderate Sufi Muslims, has been at the forefront in the fight against Al Shabaab. ASWJ says the federal government has failed to end al Shabaab insurgency and that security is worsening in Galmudug state. Galmudug state security minister Ahmed Moalim Fiqi resigned earlier this month, accusing federal officials of refusing his calls not to attack ASWJ.
Persons: Hassan Yare, ASWJ, Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimu, Ahmed Shire Falagle, Al, Ahmed Moalim Fiqi, Giulia Paravicini, Katharine Houreld, Angus MacSwan Organizations: Somali, Wal, Reuters, United Nations, Thomson Locations: MOGADISHU, Somalia's Galmudug, Guriceel, Al Shabaab, Galmudug
MOGADISHU, Somalia — The C.I.A. convoy rolled out of Mogadishu in the dead of night, headed south along a crumbling ocean road that led deep into territory controlled by Al Shabab, one of Africa’s deadliest militant groups. The vehicles halted at a seaside village where American and Somali paramilitaries poured out, storming a house and killing several militants, Somali officials said. The blast last November killed three Somalis and grievously wounded an American: Michael Goodboe, 54, a C.I.A. His was a rare American fatality in the decade-old shadow war against Al Shabab, the world’s wealthiest and arguably most dangerous Al Qaeda affiliate.
Persons: Al Shabab, grievously, Michael Goodboe, Goodboe Organizations: Navy, Al Locations: MOGADISHU, Somalia, Mogadishu, American, U.S, Germany, Al Qaeda, United States
This round of fighting broke out early Saturday and continued into Sunday, residents told Reuters. ASWJ is a group of moderate Sufi Muslims which has played a key role in the fight against the al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab insurgency. ASWJ accuses the government of not doing enough to fight Al Shabaab, while the government accuses ASWJ of acting without its permission. "Many parts of Galmudug and the entire country is under al Shabaab. Later on Saturday, Al Shabaab militants hit a Galmudug airport with mortars, airport workers said, compounding fears that the group would take advantage of the chaotic infighting.
Persons: Al, Farah Abdullahi, ASWJ, Al Shabaab, Guriceel, Abdi Ladiif Fayfle, Ahmed Moalim Fiqi, massacring ASWJ, Al Shaabab, Omar Mahmood, Abdi Sheikh, Ayenat Mersie, Maggie Fick, Raissa Organizations: Somali National Army, Reuters, Fayo Care, Istarlin, Hanano, SNA, Al, Thomson Locations: MOGADISHU, Somali, Galmudug, Guriceel, Al Shabaab, U.S, al Shabaab, Al, ASWJ, Somalia
MOGADISHU, Oct 22 (Reuters) - Somalia's president and prime minister resolved a dispute over appointments to security bodies, allowing a stalled process to elect a new parliament and president to go ahead, the government spokesman said late on Thursday. Somalia was meant to choose a new president this month, culminating a complicated indirect election process that would also select a parliament. But that was halted during a dispute between President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed and Prime Minister Mohammed Hussein Roble over who would head the National Intelligence Service Agency. The president and the prime minister had each appointed a different candidate to replace the head of the agency, who was suspended last month after an agent went missing. Under the agreement, the president's appointee will now take up the post in an acting capacity, while the man chosen by the prime minister will be given a different role as a state minister.
Persons: Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, Mohammed Hussein Roble, Mohamed, Duncan Miriri, Peter Graff Organizations: National Intelligence Service Agency, Thomson Locations: MOGADISHU, Somalia, Mogadishu
A fisherman paddles his boat in the Indian Ocean next to Jazeera beach near Somalia's capital Mogadishu, October 2, 2015. The International Court of Justice said in its ruling on Tuesday that the revised maritime border along the exclusive economic zones for the continental shelves of Somalia and Kenya had achieved an equitable solution. Somalia, which welcomed the ruling, filed the case in 2014 at the United Nations' highest court dealing with disputes between states. While Kenyatta described the ruling as a zero-sum game that would strain relations between Kenya and Somalia, he said Kenya aimed to resolve the dispute diplomatically. Admiral Abdi Hamiid Mohamed Ahmed, commander of Somalia's marine forces, said they were ready to guard their territorial waters.
Persons: Omar, Uhuru Kenyatta, Tuesday's, Kenyatta, Admiral Abdi Hamiid Mohamed Ahmed, George Obulutsa, Abdi Sheikh, William Maclean Organizations: REUTERS, Court, Justice, United Nations, African, Thomson Locations: Jazeera, Somalia's, Mogadishu, Omar NAIROBI, Kenya, Somalia, of Africa, Africa, Nairobi
Last month, al Shabaab captured the strategic Galmudug town of Amara from federal forces. read moreThe group has said it wants to take control of towns and regions to better protect them from and fight al Shabaab. Residents of the captured towns said the fighters captured troops and equipment from the national army and were greeted with celebrations by some. "We do not want the so-called Somali government that does not fight al Shabaab," said Halima Osman from Mataban. read moreExperts warn that political instability could benefit al Shabaab.
Persons: Shabaab, ASWJ, Captain Nur Abdullahi, Sheikh Ismail Farah, Al Shabaab, al Shabaab, al, Farah, Abdullahi, Osman Mohmaud, Halima Osman, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, Abdi Sheikh, Ayenat, Raissa Organizations: Somali National Army, Reuters, SNA, Residents, Thomson Locations: MOGADISHU, Somali, Somalia, Galmudug, Mataban, al Shabaab, Al, Amara, Shabaab
General Director of Banadir Hospital, Fartun Sharif inspects the medical oxygen cylinder tanks at the public oxygen plant, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, at the Banadir Hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia September 28, 2021. Global demand for medical oxygen has surged with the COVID-19 pandemic, and many countries have experienced desperate shortages. Medical oxygen production needs experts to operate and maintain equipment. It also requires reliable electricity and water supplies, which most Somali public hospitals do not have. He said the oxygen will be distributed among the public hospitals in the capital Mogadishu free of charge.
Persons: Sharif, Omar, Abdullahi Nur Osman, Abdi Sheikh, Abdirahman Hussein, Maggie Fick, Katharine Houreld Organizations: Banadir, REUTERS, Hormuud Salaam Foundation, Children Hospital, World Health Organization, Thomson Locations: Mogadishu, Somalia, Omar MOGADISHU, COVID, Turkey, Shabaab, India
Suicide car bomb in Somali capital kills at least 7 -official
  + stars: | 2021-09-25 | by ( )   time to read: 1 min
MOGADISHU, Sept 25 (Reuters) - A suicide car bomb killed at least seven people in the Somali capital on Saturday at a street junction near the president's residence, an official said. "A suicide car bomb that exploded at Ceelgaab junction killed seven people and injured eight others," Muawiye Mudeey, district commissioner of Mogadishu's Hamarjajab district told Reuters. It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the attack, but al Shabaab, which wants to overthrow the government and impose its interpretation of Islamic law, frequently carries out such bombings. A Reuters witness at the scene of the blast reported seeing seven cars and three rickshaws destroyed by the blast, and the whole junction covered in blood. Reporting by Abdi Sheikh; writing by George Obulutsa; editing by Jason NeelyOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: al, Abdi Sheikh, George Obulutsa, Jason Neely Organizations: Reuters, Thomson Locations: MOGADISHU, Somali, Mogadishu's Hamarjajab, al Shabaab
Civilians and Somalian security officers gather at the scene of a suicide car bomb at a street junction near the president's residence, in Mogadishu, Somalia, September 25, 2021. "Al Shabaab is behind the blast. Al Shabaab massacres civilians," he said. Al Shabaab confirmed it was behind the attack. "A Mujahid driving a suicide car bomb targeted a convoy of cars going into the (presidential) palace," Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab military operation spokesperson, told Reuters by phone.
Persons: Omar, Abdifatah Aden Hassan, Al Shabaab, Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimuu, Hibaq, Mohammed Hussein Roble's, Abukar, Abu Musab, Abdi Sheikh, Feisal Omar, George Obulutsa, Clelia Organizations: REUTERS, Police, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Mogadishu, Somalia, Omar MOGADISHU, Somali, al Qaeda, Shabaab, Al, Al Shabaab, al Shabaab
She left Somalia when she was six and moved between Kenya and Uganda before settling in Cairo aged 19. "But if our own movies come to cinema and TVs then every single Somali person and child will be shaped and influenced by their own culture." The National Theatre, a gift from China's Mao Zedong, opened its doors in 1967. The building reopened again in 2020. Mogadishu resident Hassan Abdulahi Mohamed remembered spending half a Somali shilling on a movie ticket and one shilling on snacks at the theatre in the 1960s.
Persons: Omar, chattered, Kaif Jama, Jama, Ibrahim CM, China's Mao Zedong, Siad Barre, Hassan Abdulahi Mohamed, Abdirahman Hussein, Ayenat Mersie, Andrew Heavens Organizations: REUTERS, National Theatre, Theatre, Union, Thomson Locations: Mogadishu, Somalia, Omar MOGADISHU, Somali, Kenya, Uganda, Cairo
Somalia's newly elected President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo addresses lawmakers after winning the vote at the airport in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, February 8, 2017. REUTERS/Feisal Omar/File PhotoMOGADISHU, Sept 17 (Reuters) - Somalia's President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed on Friday accused neighbouring Djibouti of illegally detaining his national security adviser, a criticism which appeared linked to a destabilising row between the president and his prime minister. The president then stepped in and appointed someone other than Roble's choice to head NISA, and gave Yasin a job as his security adviser. Mohamed has not gotten on well with the Djibouti government, Omar said, after he embraced Eritrea and Ethiopia and left Djibouti feeling isolated. The confrontation was resolved when the president put Roble in charge of security and organising delayed legislative and presidential elections.
Persons: Somalia's, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, Feisal Omar, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, Fahad Yasin, Abdirashid Hashi, Hashi, Yasin, Mohammed Hussein Roble, NISA, Mohamed, Roble, Mahmood Omar, Omar, Ikran Tahlil Farah, Abdi Sheikh, Abdiqani Hassan, Duncan Miriri, William Maclean Organizations: REUTERS, National Intelligence Service Agency, Crisis, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Somalia's, Mogadishu, MOGADISHU, Djibouti, Somalia, Brussels, Eritrea, Ethiopia
MOGADISHU, Sept 8 (Reuters) - Somalia's president has appointed a new head of intelligence, his office said late on Tuesday, intensifying a row with the prime minister, who had named another person to the job. The rift between President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed and Prime Minister Mohammed Hussein Roble threatens to derail an indirect election of lawmakers and president. Mohamed, who called the prime minister's move unconstitutional, designated Yasin Abdullahi Mohamed as the new acting head of the agency. Roble accused the president of interfering with the investigation of the unsolved murder of the agent, adding that he was concerned by his move to name a new caretaker intelligence chief. Reporting by Abdi Sheikh; Writing by Duncan Miriri; Editing by Clarence FernandezOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, Mohammed Hussein Roble, Roble, Fahad Yasin, Mohamed, Yasin Abdullahi Mohamed, Yasin, Abdi Sheikh, Duncan Miriri, Clarence Fernandez Organizations: National Intelligence Service Agency, Thomson Locations: MOGADISHU
Somalia parliamentary vote is pushed back to November
  + stars: | 2021-09-06 | by ( )   time to read: +1 min
Somalia's President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed addresses delegates at the Somali election negotiation in Mogadishu, Somalia May 27, 2021 REUTERS/Feisal Omar/File PhotoMOGADISHU, Sept 6 (Reuters) - Voting for members of Somalia's lower house of parliament has been rescheduled for late November, a move that will delay the indirect election of a president. But an election implementation commission has drawn up a new timetable for the drawn-out process showing that lawmakers will be picked between Oct. 1 and Nov. 20. The timetable, seen by Reuters, did not give a date for when the lawmakers will elect a president. A delay in holding the election, and a row over President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed's attempt to extend his rule, caused a political crisis and an armed standoff in the streets of the capital. read moreReporting by Abdi Sheikh, Writing by Duncan Miriri, Editing by Timothy Heritage and Maggie FickOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, Feisal Omar, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed's, Abdi Sheikh, Duncan Miriri, Timothy Heritage, Maggie Fick Organizations: REUTERS, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Mogadishu, Somalia, MOGADISHU
Somali PM suspends intelligence chief amid political rift
  + stars: | 2021-09-06 | by ( )   time to read: +3 min
Somalia's President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed addresses delegates at the Somali election negotiation in Mogadishu, Somalia May 27, 2021 REUTERS/Feisal Omar/File PhotoMOGADISHU, Sept 6 (Reuters) - Somalia's prime minister suspended the intelligence chief on Monday, prompting a public rebuke from the president and highlighting growing divisions at the heart of the political elite. Soon after, President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed issued his own statement calling the prime minister's move unconstitutional. Somalia's police chief called an emergency security meeting on Monday, officers told Reuters on condition of anonymity without going into further details. read moreThat confrontation was resolved when the president put the prime minister in charge of security and organising delayed indirect elections. read moreReporting by Abdi Sheikh, Writing by Duncan Miriri, Editing by Timothy Heritage, Maggie Fick and Andrew HeavensOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, Feisal Omar, Mohammed Hussein Roble, Fahad Yasin, Yasin, NISA, Mahmood Omar, Roble, Ikran Tahlil Farah, Shabaab, Rashid Abdi, Abdi Sheikh, Duncan Miriri, Timothy Heritage, Maggie Fick, Andrew Heavens Organizations: REUTERS, Somalia's National Intelligence Service Agency, Crisis, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Mogadishu, Somalia, MOGADISHU, Nairobi
Several Green Berets told Insider which ones they thought reflected the Special Forces experience. Special Operations movies, the few that have been made, are even more difficult for me to enjoy," a retired Green Beret told Insider. "12 Strong" is "a more recent film about a Special Forces detachment that infiltrates Afghanistan early in late 2001. I think this movie has good acting, represents Green Berets well, and most importantly it's based on a true story," the retired Green Beret said. "Hero or villain, Col. Kurtz shows the [Army Special Forces] Regiment's capabilities and the force-multiplier aspect of SF," the Green Beret added.
Persons: Jerry Bruckheimer, Nikolaj Coster Waldau, Gary Gordon, Martin Sheen, Kurtz, Marlon Brando, John Milius, Daisy, Stavros Atlamazoglou Organizations: Hollywood, Green Berets, Special Forces, Service, Green Beret, Green, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, CIA, US, Delta Force, Army Special Forces, Delta, Columbia, Task Force, Rangers, Hawks, American, SOF, Pentagon, Forces, National Guard Green Beret, Congress, US National Film Registry, Hellenic Army, 575th Marine Battalion, Army, Johns Hopkins University Locations: Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Mogadishu, Somalia, Somali, Vietnam, Hollywood
WASHINGTON — The U.S. says it will remain intimately engaged in diplomacy in Afghanistan on topics from counterterrorism and humanitarian aid to women’s rights — all without having a single diplomat posted there. A new diplomatic mission has begun.”President Joe Biden took the idea even further in remarks Tuesday, laying out an expansive set of economic, security and human rights goals for U.S. diplomacy in Afghanistan. Bodde said he managed to get into Libya three or four times for quick rounds of shuttle diplomacy. It will be led by Ian McCary, who had been the deputy chief of mission in Afghanistan, the second-ranking U.S. diplomat in the country. “One will be maintaining channels to Taliban representatives in Doha.”Despite Doha’s significant distance from Kabul, Qatar is a natural pick for the remote U.S. mission.
Persons: WASHINGTON, , Antony Blinken, Joe Biden, , Robert Ford, There’s, hasn’t, Peter Bodde, , Bodde, we’d, ” Bodde, Biden, Ian McCary, Ned Price, ” Price, interlocutors, Bashar al, Assad, Ford, Obama, Stephen Schwartz, hadn’t, ” Schwartz Organizations: State Department, Swiss Embassy, U.S, Embassy, U.S ., Libya’s Government, National Accord, Al Udeid, Al Udeid Air Base, Taliban, Ford, Diplomats Locations: The U.S, Afghanistan, Kabul, U.S, Doha, Qatar, Syria, Jordan, Iran, North Korea, Washington, Switzerland, Sweden, Swiss, Libya, Tunisia, Tunis, Libya’s, Tripoli, Al, Al Udeid Air, Amman, Turkey, Somalia, Mogadishu, Nairobi, Kenya
Joe Biden Bets on Cynicism
  + stars: | 2021-08-30 | by ( William Mcgurn | )   time to read: +1 min
Even as the last American warplanes lifted off from Kabul on Monday, there were those holding out hope that Joe Biden might yet reconsider letting the Taliban dictate the terms of our exit. These people profoundly misunderstand the president and the political equations driving his decisions. For Mr. Biden, the top priority was to use the 20th anniversary of 9/11 to take a victory lap as the president who ended America’s longest war. When Kabul fell, it added a new imperative: avoid any U.S. combat casualties that would mar the moment. Critics who accuse the president of having no strategy miss the point: What we are seeing is the strategy.
Persons: Joe Biden, Biden, Critics, Mr, , , Ditto Organizations: Central Intelligence Agency Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan, Saigon, Mogadishu
In addition to ground convoys, the US military conducted several helicopter extractions from sites around Kabul, according to the Pentagon. The US Army's 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment is the unit the military often turns to for such evacuations, especially from hostile territory. "Flying in the urban terrain is the toughest of all environments. Planning is critical for rotary-wing operations, and navigation is very difficult in urban terrain. "Military aircraft have a variety of self-defense systems," but charter planes and other aircraft without such systems are "more vulnerable," McKenzie said.
Persons: Rahmat Gul, Greg Coker, Coker, Waits, Sgt, Donald R, , Bird, Frank McKenzie, Lance Cpl, Nicholas Guevara, McKenzie Organizations: Service, CIA, Pentagon, US, Special Operations Aviation Regiment, AP, 82nd Airborne Division, US Air Force, Command, Aviators, Hamid, Allen, U.S . Air Force, Afghan Mujahideen, Soviet, Delta Force, Rangers, Black Hawks, US Central Command, US Marine Corps, ISIS, Military, SA Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan, U.S, Afghan, Mogadishu, Iraq
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