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Max Cleland, who lost both legs and an arm during the Vietnam War and who became a Senator from Georgia, only to lose his seat after Republicans impugned his patriotism, died on Tuesday at his home in Atlanta. The cause was congestive heart failure, said Jason D. Meininger, a close friend. After a grenade accident in Vietnam in 1968, Mr. Cleland spent 18 months recuperating. He served in local politics in his native Georgia and as head of the federal Veterans Administration, now the Department of Veterans Affairs, before he was elected in 1996 to the U.S. Senate. But it was his treatment at the hands of Republicans while he was seeking re-election in 2002 that made him a Democratic cause célèbre.
Persons: Max Cleland, Republicans impugned, Jason D, Cleland, Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein Organizations: Republicans, Mr, federal Veterans Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S . Senate, Democratic Locations: Vietnam, Georgia, Atlanta
Max Cleland, former US senator from Georgia and Vietnam veteran, died on Tuesday. Fellow veterans cheered when President Jimmy Carter appointed Cleland to lead the Veterans Administration, a post he held from 1977 to 1981. Nothing but a splintered white bone protruded from my shredded elbow," Cleland wrote in his 1980 memoir, "Strong at the Broken Places." And I said, 'This is a great time to run for the state Senate."' "I was totally wounded and wiped out – hopeless and overwhelmed," Cleland wrote.
Persons: Max Cleland, Cleland, — Max Cleland, Linda Dean, Jimmy Carter, Saxby Chambliss, Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, Sen, John McCain, Joe Biden, Biden, Bill Clinton, Chuck Hagel, Kevin Lamarque, Cpl, David Lloyd, Carter, Rosalynn, Sam Nunn, Chambliss, Britain's Prince Harry, Westmacott, Georgia Max Cleland, Jim Lo Scalzo, Barack Obama, Monuments Commission . Sen, Jon Ossoff, George W, Wayne Howell, Cleland's Organizations: U.S . Army, Service, ATLANTA, Veterans Administration, Associated Press, Republican, Former U.S, Senate Armed Services, Defense, Capitol, Reuters, Broken, State, Senate, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Export, Import Bank, Monuments Commission ., AP Locations: Georgia, Vietnam, Atlanta, U.S, Washington, Lithonia, Khe, United States, British, Iraq
The US is reportedly talking to Pakistan about supporting US airstrikes in Afghanistan in exchange for helping Islamabad with its counterterrorism operations. Numerous terrorist leaders have been neutralized over the past two decades, including Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden and ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The US has such an extensive array of weapons at its disposal that it is virtually impossible for organizations like Al Qaeda and ISIS to establish safe-havens. Just last month, a US missile fired by a drone killed a senior Al Qaeda official in northwest Syria, hundreds of miles from where US troops are present. US forces are no longer in Afghanistan, having fully withdrawn last August after 20 years of inconclusive war.
Persons: Daniel R, Biden, Abu Bakr al, Baghdadi, Ahmet Weys, Al Qaeda, Osama Bin Laden, Al, Joe Biden, Ayman al, Zawahiri, Mohsin Raza, America's Organizations: Defense, Newsweek, Service, Pakistan, Anadolu Agency, Getty, CIA, ISIS, US, Al Qaeda, State Department's, Qaeda, UN, Obama, Trump, REUTERS Locations: Pakistan, Afghanistan, Islamabad, United States, Kabul, Washington, Syria, Al Qaeda, Taliban, AFP, Somalia, Al Shabaab, Somali, Al
Ten others were injured in Friday's attack, that followed an altercation between the assailants and residents of Sarkharod town, two residents told NBC News. The two said that they recognized the gunmen as local Taliban members. But he confirmed that three armed men had killed three people and injured 10 after demanding that a wedding party stop playing music in Nangarhar. Separately however, a member of Taliban’s intelligence department told NBC News that the attackers were members of the group. “In some places our Taliban members use force to stop people listening to music but we are trying to avoid such incidents,” he said.
Persons: Zabihullah Mujahid, Osama bin Laden, they’ve, Bilal Karimi, , adulterers Organizations: NBC News, NBC, Journalists, Shariah, , Taliban Locations: Afghanistan’s Nangarhar, Sarkharod, Nangarhar ., United States, Al Qaeda, Afghanistan, Kabul
What led to Sudan's military coup
  + stars: | 2021-10-26 | by ( The Associated Press | ) www.nbcnews.com   time to read: +5 min
The military dissolved the transitional government of Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok as well as the Sovereign Council, a power-sharing body of military officers and civilians that had been ruling Sudan since late 2019. AFP via Getty ImagesGen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan announced that the military would hold power until elections can be held in July 2023. His announcement came hours after the military arrested Hamdok along with several other senior officials and political leaders. The United States, European Union and United Nations have denounced the coup, but much depends on how much leverage they put on Sudan’s military. AFP - Getty ImagesUnder the compromise, the council was to be headed first by military figures before civilians were to lead it.
Persons: Omar al, Bashir, Abdalla Hamdok, Abdel, Fattah Burhan, Burhan, Crackdowns, Hamdok, Osama bin Laden Organizations: Protesters, Sovereign Council, Getty, European Union and United Nations, United Arab Emirates, NBC, AFP, U.S, Israel, Forces Locations: CAIRO, Sudan, Sudanese, AFP, United States, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Al Qaeda, U.S, Kenya, Tanzania
Trump wanted to respond with force after Mexican cartel gunmen killed nine Americans in fall 2019. He pressed top aides repeatedly about sending troops into Mexico to hunt down cartels. After nine Americans — three women and six children — were killed by cartel gunmen in Mexico, Trump publicly called for a forceful response on social media. Behind the scenes, Trump repeatedly asked his top national-security aides about the possibility of sending US troops into Mexico to hunt drug cartels. As The Times reported, the US and Mexico have a history of cooperation on combating cartels, often through joint law-enforcement operations.
Persons: Trump, Donald Trump, , Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Osama bin Laden, Trump's, Stephen Miller, Mark Esper, Miller Organizations: Service, New York Times, The New York Times, Times, of Homeland Security Locations: Mexico, United States, Pakistan, The, White House
Russian presidential envoy to Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov shakes hands with a representative of the Taliban delegation Mawlawi Shahabuddin Dilawar before the beginning of international talks on Afghanistan in Moscow, Russia, October 20, 2021. Russia has led the calls for international aid, conscious that any spillover of conflict from Afghanistan could threaten regional stability. Abdul Salam Hanafi, the deputy prime minister who led the delegation, said: "Isolating Afghanistan is in no one's interests." Its main fear is the risk of instability in Central Asia, and possible migrant flows and Islamist militant activity directed from Afghanistan. As well as saying no militant groups will be able to operate from Afghanistan, the Taliban have said they will safeguard the rights of women and minorities.
Persons: Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov, Mawlawi Shahabuddin Dilawar, Alexander Zemlianichenko, Washington, Dmitry Peskov, Osama bin Laden's, Amir Khan Muttaqi, Abdul Salam Hanafi, Gabrielle Tetrault, Farber, Mark Trevelyan, James MacKenzie, Peter Graff, Timothy Heritage, Mark Heinrich Our Organizations: Taliban, United, Soviet, CIS, Commonwealth, Independent, U.S, pullout, Islamic, Thomson Locations: Afghanistan, Moscow, Russia, MOSCOW, United Nations, China, Pakistan, India, Iran, Soviet Central, United States, Independent States, Central Asia, Afghan, Islamic State, State, Khorasan Province
British army/Imperial War MuseumMost modern Western special-operations units can trace their lineage to the British Special Air Service in World War II. The US Army's Delta Force has a deep relationship with the Australian SAS, and the two units often train in Australia and the US. Australia's primary special-operations unit, the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR), is model on and named after the British Special Air Service (SAS). One was a former Australian special forces Commando, and the other a New Zealander on exchange from the New Zealand Special Air Service. AUKUS special operationsRoyal Australian Navy submarine HMAS Sheean arrives for a pot in Hobart, Australia, April 1, 2021.
Persons: Joe Biden, William Westmoreland, Tim Page, Charlie Beckwith, Tarin Kowt, PO1 John Collins, Osama bin Laden, Mike Spann, Petty, Stephen Bass, Bass, Sheean, LSIS Leo Baumgartner, it's Organizations: Service, Australia, UK, US, SAS, British Special Air Service, Army's Delta Force, Australian SAS, US's Delta Force, Warfare Development Group, Australian Special Air Service Regiment, Boat Service, SBS, 1st Royal Australian, Getty Images Australian, Delta Force, Warfare Development, Navy, Mekong Delta, British, Green Beret, Special Air Service Regiment, Bravo, British SAS, Commando, New Zealand Special Air Service, Royal Australian Regiment, ISAF, Development Group, of Defense, British SBS, CIA, Green Berets, Taliban, Royal Australian Navy, Australian Defence Force, Getty Locations: Australia, China, Beijing, France, North Africa, East, Africa, Vietnam, Mekong, Australian, Zealander, Afghan, Tarin, Afghanistan, British, Al Qaeda, Mazar, Hobart , Australia, South
The United States flag flies inside of Joint Task Force Guantanamo Camp VI at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, March 22, 2016. Earlier this month, U.S. Supreme Court justices questioned why the U.S. government will not let the detainee, Abu Zubaydah, testify. Poland is believed to be the location of a "black site" where the CIA used harsh interrogation techniques against Zubaydah. Zubaydah, now 50, has spent 15 years at Guantanamo and is one of many detainees still held there. He lost an eye and underwent waterboarding 83 times in a single month while held by the CIA, U.S. government documents showed.
Persons: VI, Lucas Jackson, Joe Biden, Abu Zubaydah, Brian Fletcher, Fletcher, Osama bin Laden, Kanishka Singh, Stephen Coates Organizations: United, Task Force, U.S, REUTERS, CIA, Supreme, Reuters, Zubaydah, Thomson Locations: United States, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Palestinian, Pakistan, Poland, Guantanamo, al, U.S, Bengaluru
Taliban delegates are seated in a plane in an unidentified location, in this handout photo uploaded to social media on October 9, 2021. Social media handout/via REUTERSWASHINGTON, Oct 10 (Reuters) - The United States said on Sunday the first face-to-face meeting between senior U.S. and Taliban officials since the hardline group retook power in Afghanistan was "candid and professional" and that the U.S. side reiterated that the Taliban would be judged on their actions, not just their words. He said the two sides also discussed "the United States’ provision of robust humanitarian assistance, directly to the Afghan people." "The discussions were candid and professional with the U.S. delegation reiterating that the Taliban will be judged on its actions, not only its words," Price said in a statement. Biden administration officials told Reuters on Friday the U.S. delegation would press the Taliban to release kidnapped American Mark Frerichs.
Persons: Ned Price, Price, Amir Khan Muttaqi, Mark Frerichs, Osama bin Laden, David Brunnstrom, Moataz Abdelrahiem, Ross Colvin, Peter Cooney Organizations: REUTERS, United, U.S, State Department, U.S ., Al, Biden, Reuters, Taliban, Thomson Locations: REUTERS WASHINGTON, United States, Afghanistan, U.S, Doha, Qatar, Washington, Qaeda, Cairo
US investigators increasingly believe that Havana Syndrome symptoms are caused by directed-energy attacks. In recent months, there have been several high-profile incidents of US officials reporting Havana Syndrome symptoms worldwide. On Friday, President Joe Biden signed a bill to expand access to medical treatment for those Havana Syndrome victims. Biden said in a statement that addressing Havana Syndrome cases has been a "top priority" for his administration to find out who was responsible. Some skeptics have argued that Havana Syndrome cases could be psychosomatic, although this view has been widely dismissed by members of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Persons: Sen, Marco Rubio, William Burns, Osama Bin Laden, Kamala's Harris, Bill Burns's, Joe Biden, Biden, Robert Baloh, " Rubio Organizations: Service, Politico, US, CIA, Intelligence, National Security Council, Senate Intelligence, Senate Intelligence Committee Locations: Havana, Russia, Cuban, Moscow, Vietnam, Hanoi, India, Florida
Liberal justices Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor seemed to agree, with Breyer questioning why Zubaydah remains at Guantanamo. Fletcher said he was not able to commit on whether Zubaydah could testify but could report back to the justices. Zubaydah's lawyers have said he is not permitted to testify under the conditions of his Guantanamo confinement. Zubaydah's lawyers want Mitchell and Jessen to testify and provide documents in the criminal investigation in Poland. The European Court of Human Rights in 2015 determined that Zubaydah was held in Poland in 2002 and 2003.
Persons: Leah Millis, Brian Fletcher, Abu Zubaydah, Neil Gorsuch, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, Breyer, Sotomayor, Fletcher, Zubaydah, James Elmer Mitchell, John Bruce Jessen, Osama bin Laden, Mitchell, Jessen, David Klein, Klein, al Organizations: U.S, Supreme, REUTERS, CIA, Zubaydah, Liberal, Central Intelligence Agency, Guantanamo, Circuit, of Human, Senate, White, United, Pentagon, FBI Locations: Washington , U.S, Leah Millis WASHINGTON, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Poland, Palestinian, Pakistan, United States, Guantanamo, al, U.S, The U.S, San Francisco, California
REUTERS/Larry DowningWASHINGTON, Sept 20 (Reuters) - A CIA officer who was traveling with agency director William Burns to India this month reported symptoms consistent with Havana syndrome, CNN and the New York Times reported on Monday. Some 200 U.S. officials and family members have been sickened by Havana syndrome, a mysterious set of ailments that include migraines, nausea, memory lapses and dizziness. A CIA spokesperson said in a statement to Reuters the agency does not comment on specific incidents or officers. Last month, Vice President Kamala Harris delayed her arrival to Hanoi for three hours after the U.S. embassy there said someone had reported a health incident consistent with Havana syndrome. Burns has said there is a "very strong possibility" that the syndrome is intentionally caused and that Russia could be responsible.
Persons: Larry Downing WASHINGTON, William Burns, Kamala Harris, Burns, Osama bin Laden, Eric Beech, Christian Schmollinger Organizations: CIA, REUTERS, CNN, New York Times, U.S, U.S . National Academy of Sciences, Thomson Locations: McLean , Virginia, India, Havana, U.S, Cuba, Hanoi, Russia
Taliban say no al Qaeda or ISIS in Afghanistan
  + stars: | 2021-09-21 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +3 min
REUTERS/Larry DowningSept 21 (Reuters) - Afghanistan's Taliban rulers said on Tuesday there was no evidence of Islamic State or al Qaeda militants being in the country, days after Islamic State claimed responsibility for bomb attacks in the eastern city of Jalalabad. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid rejected accusations that al Qaeda maintained a presence in Afghanistan and repeated pledges that there would be no attacks on third countries from Afghanistan from militant movements. "We do not see anyone in Afghanistan who has anything to do with al Qaeda," he told a news conference in Kabul. The Taliban were ousted from power by U.S.-led forces in 2001 for refusing to hand over al Qaeda leaders responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks. The Afghan affiliate of Islamic State, known as Islamic State Khorasan (ISIS-K), after an old name for the region, first appeared in eastern Afghanistan in 2014 and later made inroads into other areas, particularly the north.
Persons: Osama Bin Laden, Larry Downing, Zabihullah Mujahid, Mujahid, Raju Gopalakrishnan, James Mackenzie, Robert Birsel Organizations: FBI, REUTERS, Islamic, Islamic State, U.S, U.S ., Thomson Locations: Washington, Islamic State, al, Jalalabad, Kabul, al Qaeda, United States, Afghanistan, Qaeda, U.S, Khorasan, Iraq, Syria, Emirate
UK calls on China and Russia to agree Afghanistan strategy
  + stars: | 2021-09-21 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
British Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss arrives at the White House in Washington, U.S., September 21, 2021. REUTERS/Evelyn HocksteinLONDON, Sept 22 (Reuters) - Britain will on Wednesday call for China and Russia to agree a coordinated international approach to prevent Afghanistan becoming a haven for militants, according to a statement by British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss at the United Nations. Foreign ministers from Britain, China, Russia, the United States and France will meet with U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres during the U.N. General Assembly in New York. Britain, which is currently co-ordinating the so-called P5 group of permanent United Nations Security Council members, will use the meeting to call for greater cooperation to improve international security, with a particular focus on Afghanistan. Last week at a meeting of a China- and Russia-led security bloc Chinese President Xi Jinping said "relevant parties" in Afghanistan should eradicate terrorism and that China would provide more help to the country within its capacity.
Persons: Elizabeth Truss, Evelyn Hockstein LONDON, Liz Truss, General Antonio Guterres, Truss, Osama bin Laden, Xi Jinping, Vladimir Putin, William James, Grant McCool Organizations: British, White, REUTERS, United Nations, U.N, General Assembly, United Nations Security Council, NATO, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S, Britain, China, Russia, Afghanistan, United States, France, New York, British
(CNN) The Sept. 11 terror attacks that rippled through US society and culture 20 years ago also disrupted the fall TV season that was about to begin. While all of television pondered how to respond, those events particularly impacted a trio of new dramas with anti-terrorism and espionage themes: "24," "Alias" and "The Agency," resulting in last-minute scrambling and changes. Two decades later, it's clear early predictions that the trauma from such terrorism on US soil would alter popular entertainment turned out to be wrong. Before that, however, the producers had to edit a sequence in the opening episode that involved a terrorist blowing up an airplane. Remember, World War II movies were very popular during World War II."
Persons: Kiefer, Jack Bauer, Osama bin Laden, Jennifer Garner, Bradley Cooper, James Bond, Lisa de Moraes Organizations: CNN, CBS, CIA, ABC, Washington Locations: London
The third man, Omar al-Bayoumi, had connections at the local Saudi Consulate and a salary funded by the Saudi Defense Ministry. President Joe Biden, who made good on his promise to declassify the FBI report, laying a wreath at the memorial for Flight 93 on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Evan Vucci/APIt's easy to dismiss the al-Bayoumi lunch meeting as inside baseball, something for historians to chew over, which is precisely why it was classified in the first place. Nor have we seen a CIA memo cited by the congressional report, "which discusses alleged financial connections between the September 11 hijackers, Saudi Government officials, and members of the Saudi Royal Family." The Saudi government continues to deny any connection to the attacks, even though 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudi citizens.
Persons: Omar al, Bayoumi, Biden, William Gore, ProPublica, — Omar al, Bayoumi —, Joe Biden, Evan Vucci, Bush, Osama bin Laden's, John F Organizations: Saudi Consulate, Saudi Defense Ministry, Al, Cessna, Boeing, Washington Dulles International Airport, Pentagon, Scotland Yard, FBI, Saudi, CIA, Intelligence, Saudi Embassy Locations: Venice, Los Angeles, LA, Bangkok, San Diego, Washington, England, Persian, Saudi Arabia, Saudi, America, Saudi Government, videoconference
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres poses for a photo during an interview with Reuters at the United Nations Headquarters in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., September 15, 2021. Humanitarian aid, Guterres said, should be used as an instrument to help convince the Taliban to respect fundamental rights, including those of women and girls. Governments pledged more than $1.1 billion in aid this week for Afghanistan and refugee programs in neighboring countries. Guterres emphasized that it is too early to know if the Taliban will respect rights and govern responsibly. He called the situation in Afghanistan "unpredictable," adding: "Nobody knows what will happen, but it's important to engage."
Persons: Antonio Guterres, Andrew Kelly UNITED, Guterres, al, Osama bin Laden, Michelle Nichols, Mary Milliken, Daniel Fastenberg, Grant McCool Organizations: United Nations, Reuters, United Nations Headquarters, REUTERS, Andrew Kelly UNITED NATIONS, United, The United Nations, Thomson Locations: Manhattan , New York City, U.S, Afghanistan, United States, New York, Kabul, United
The Legacy of America’s Post-9/11 Turn to Torture
  + stars: | 2021-09-12 | by ( Carol Rosenberg | ) www.nytimes.com   time to read: +2 min
Mr. Slahi was a clever, curious son in a Bedouin family of 12 children who became the first in his family to study abroad. While working toward an engineering degree in Germany in the 1990s, he traveled to Afghanistan to train in the anti-Communist jihad at a time when the United States endorsed it. U.S. intelligence had also come to believe that Mr. Slahi had hosted three Muslim men in his home in Duisburg, Germany, for a night in November 1999. Mr. Slahi dismissed the encounter as so casual — a matter of offering hospitality to fellow Muslim travelers — that he said he did not remember the suspect named Ramzi when interrogators pressed him on it. Mr. Slahi was questioned by federal security forces in Canada and left for home after two months.
Persons: Bush, Slahi, Osama bin Laden, Ramzi bin al, Ahmed Ressam Organizations: Senate, Intelligence, Mr, Communist, United, Los Angeles International Locations: United States, Germany, Afghanistan, Mauritania, Duisburg, Hamburg, Montreal, Canada
“Absolutely, we're safer,” Michael Leiter, former head of the National Counterterrorism Center, told NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell. “We're safer here at home, because we’ve got an integrated intelligence community and law enforcement in a way that we never had, pre 9/11,” he added. “We're safer globally, because we have a network of allies who have similar structure set up. “We have learned since 9/11 how to protect Americans from terrorism,” she said. That effort has helped to reduce, if not eliminate, the capacity for the disparate al Qaeda and ISIS branches to mount a 9/11 style attack.
Persons: ” Michael Leiter, Andrea Mitchell, , we’ve, , Joe, Elizabeth Sherwood, Randall, Alexandre Fuchs, Biden, John Brennan, William Burns, ” Leiter, John Kirby, Ali Soufan, al, Osama bin Laden, Jihadism, ” Sherwood Organizations: National Counterterrorism Center, NBC, Atlantic Council, World Trade, Getty, ISIS, CIA, NBC News, Pentagon, Former FBI, for Economics Locations: GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba, Afghanistan, Kabul, U.S, New York, Washington, Israel, metastasizing, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, Syria, China, Russia, Persian, Lebanon, North Africa, South Asia, Australia, Europe
Queen Elizabeth says prayers for victims and survivors of 9/11
  + stars: | 2021-09-11 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
Andrew Milligan/Pool via REUTERSLONDON, Sept 11 (Reuters) - Britain's Queen Elizabeth said on Saturday that her prayers remained with victims and survivors of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States and paid tribute to the communities that joined together to rebuild after the devastation. "My visit to the site of the World Trade Center in 2010 is held fast in my memory," Elizabeth said. On Sept. 11, 2001, 19 militants associated with al Qaeda hijacked four commercial airplanes to carry out devastating suicide attacks against the United States. The 9/11 attacks killed 2,977 people, the single largest loss of life resulting from a foreign attack on American soil, according to the 9/11 Memorial Museum. Biden will commemorate the 20th anniversary attacks by visiting each of the sites where hijacked planes crashed, seeking to honour the victims.
Persons: Elizabeth, Prince William , Duke of Cambridge, Earl, Strathearn, Bru, Andrew Milligan, Queen Elizabeth, Joe Biden, al, Biden, Osama bin Laden, Guy Faulconbridge, Jason Neely, Andrew Cawthorne Organizations: Barr's, Holyrood, REUTERS LONDON, World Trade Center, Trade, Pentagon, Washington , D.C, Thomson Locations: Scotland, Cumbernauld , Scotland, Britain, United States, Washington ,, Pennsylvania, U.S, Afghanistan, Qaeda, Pakistan
I drove to the Capitol and ran into the Senate side with my laptop, cellphone, reporter's pad and pens. My bureau chief said cell phone carriers had jammed their signals so the attackers couldn't communicate. Elsa had left her cell phone at her desk while narrowly escaping the initial plane crash and then the collapse of the towers. Covering 9/11, the financial crisis and now the pandemic is public service journalism at its most basic level, and we all take that responsibility very seriously. As I edit stories this week about the 20th anniversary of 9/11, I'm still mourning with the rest of America.
Persons: Heesoon Yim, Dow Jones Newswires, I'd, Elsa Gomez, Morgan Stanley, John Connor, Connor, Dow Jones, John Glenn, Glenn, Gramm, Leach, couldn't, David Rogers, Robert Byrd, Byrd, Sen, I'm, Rumor, Trent Lott, Osama bin Laden, Elsa, Katrina, Todd Beamer's, you've Organizations: Pentagon, Washington , D.C, CNBC, Capitol, Democratic, Capitol Police, Hill, Wall Street Journal, U.S, Senate, State Department, Republican Senate, Congressional, CNN, Health Locations: Washington, Washington ,, New York City, Jersey City , New Jersey, Ohio, West Virginia, Bagels, Baguettes, Jersey City, America
After a two-decade occupation, U.S. forces abruptly pulled out of Afghanistan last month, triggering the collapse of its Western-backed government and the Taliban's dramatic return to power. Some of the mostly young men who spoke to Reuters complained that U.S. forces had not tried to help the Afghan people. "Now there is security and security is good... May God give the Taliban more strength to maintain this (calm) forever," said resident Gul Agha Laghmni. 1/3 A member of Taliban security forces stands guard among crowds of people walking past in a street in Kabul, Afghanistan September 4, 2021. read moreWestern leaders have expressed concern over the outlook for human rights, especially for women, under Taliban rule.
Persons: Abdul Waris, Jalil Ahmad, Gul Agha Laghmni, Stringer Read, Osama bin Laden, al, Shah Raoof, Alasdair Pal, Gareth Jones Organizations: Reuters, REUTERS, Thomson Locations: Kabul, United States, U.S, Afghanistan, America, lampposts, al Qaeda, Guantanamo Bay, Islamabad
At each step in this parade of horrors, we were reminded that the United States was attacked on Sept. 11. After the initial phase of fighting, the Pentagon did not release regular and precise reports of civilian casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is perhaps telling that Palantir Technologies and Lockheed Martin are co-sponsors of a special exhibit at the September 11 Museum: a room dedicated to the Navy SEALS raid that killed Osama bin Laden in 2011. A cheese platter in the shape of the United States, with hearts marking the sites of the terrorist attacks, was removed from sale in 2014, after a public outcry at the vulgarity of the display. The story America told about itself after Sept. 11 was one of heroism and resilience in the aftermath of a brutal attack; the invasion of other countries, and the interruptions of their political destinies, had no place in it.
Persons: , ” Mark Kimmitt, George W, Bush, Barack Obama, Osama bin, Saddam Hussein, Lockheed Martin, overcharges, Osama bin Laden, onesies Organizations: Pentagon, Army, State Department, Companies, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Lockheed, U.S . Army, Technologies Locations: United States, Afghanistan, Iraq, U.S, Blackwater
UK PM Johnson: 9/11 attacks failed to divide us
  + stars: | 2021-09-10 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson addresses lawmakers about the withdrawal from Afghanistan, in London, Britain September 6, 2021. UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/Handout via REUTERSLONDON, Sept 10 (Reuters) - The Sept. 11, 2001, al Qaeda attacks in the United States failed to divide those who believe in freedom and democracy, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a video message marking the 20th anniversary of that day. Nearly 3,000 people were killed, including more than 2,600 at the World Trade Center in New York, after hijackers seized control of airplanes and used them to attack the World Trade Center's twin towers and the Pentagon just outside Washington. The message will be played at an event held in London's Olympic Park, where there is a memorial sculpture created from steel salvaged from the collapsed World Trade Center towers. Johnson linked the 9/11 anniversary with the recent return of Taliban rule in Afghanistan following the withdrawal of American, British and other NATO forces.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Jessica Taylor, Handout, Johnson, Osama bin Laden, William James, Jonathan Oatis Organizations: Britain's, REUTERS LONDON, World Trade, Trade, Pentagon, NATO, Thomson Locations: Afghanistan, London, Britain, al Qaeda, United States, British, New York, Washington, Al Qaeda, U.S
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