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An August 29 drone strike in Kabul killed 10 Afghan civilians, including seven children. Drone strikes conducted by the US, in Afghanistan and beyond, have often resulted in civilian casualties. Such concerns underscore the need for greater transparency from the government when it comes to drone strikes, Brooks said. Drone strikes, which the US has conducted everywhere from Somalia to Yemen, tend to occur in remote areas and far from reporters or watchdogs. The use of drone strikes in counterterrorism operations began under the Bush administration.
Persons: Biden, Joe Biden, Jen Psaki, I'm, Daphne Eviatar, Marcus Yam, Ahmadi, Rosa Brooks, Brooks, Michele Flournoy, we've, Charles Lister, Lister, Ethan Miller, Mary Ellen O, Connell, " O'Connell, Eviatar, Pentagon would've, Mohamed al, Sayaghi Biden, Bush, Barack Obama, Obama, Trump, Donald Trump Organizations: Service, ISIS, Amnesty International, Human, New York Times, Georgetown University, Investigative Journalism, intel, Middle East Institute, Mechanics, Creech Air Force Base, Air, Notre Dame Law School, US, Washington Post, Pentagon, Amnesty, REUTERS Locations: Afghanistan, Kabul, American, Syria, Indian Springs , Nevada, Somalia, Yemen, U.S, Sanaa
A Food and Drug Administration advisory group on Friday voted against calling for all adults to get a Covid-19 booster shot, after President Joe Biden announced last month that booster shots would be made widely available starting Sept. 20. The idea of ramping up booster shots has come under sharp criticism from scientific authorities around the globe, including the director-general of the World Health Organization and leading journals such as Nature and Science, due to extreme global vaccine inequity and the unclear benefits of providing booster shots on such a wide scale. The U.S. has countered criticism by pointing to efforts to increase vaccine manufacturing capacity abroad and focusing on long-term financial investments. Meanwhile, when fully vaccinated Americans get Covid, those without additional risk factors overwhelmingly experience only mild versions of the disease. The Biden administration must shift from a widespread domestic booster campaign to a more targeted one — focusing on providing booster shots to vulnerable individuals in the United States such as the immunocompromised or elderly, and emphasize providing efficient and widespread coverage abroad.
Persons: Joe Biden, Biden, Organizations: Drug Administration, Moderna, Pfizer, World Health Organization, Science, White, FDA, Centers for Disease Control, United Nations Locations: U.S, Africa, East, Asia, Somalia, Burkina Faso, United States
Adding the costs of financing the global transition to a low-carbon economy to limit global warming, and total funding out to 2050 comes in at $200-$220 trillion, the report added. The SDGs are a global "to-do" list addressing such issues as war, hunger, land degradation, gender equality and climate. However there are imbalances in the way the money is being invested, the report said. While climate change-related goals represented 20% of the funding gap, the theme was currently attracting 44% of the committed capital, the report said. Among other leading financial companies involved in the initiative include BlackRock (BLK.N), JPMorgan (JPM.N), Bridgewater Associates and Schroders (SDR.L), the report said.
Persons: Zohra, Carpentier, Chantal Line Carpentier, Ketan Patel, Simon Jessop, William Maclean Organizations: REUTERS, United Nations, Force, Good Initiative, Reuters, UN Conference, Trade, Development, New York Office, Good, Greater, Greater Pacific Capital, BlackRock, JPMorgan, Bridgewater Associates, Thomson Locations: Dollow, Somalia, Greater Pacific
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
World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, gestures during a news conference in Beirut, Lebanon September 17, 2021. However, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus lacks the support of his native Ethiopia due to friction over the Tigray conflict, the sources told Reuters. An Ethiopian former health minister from the Tigray region, Tedros became the WHO's first African director-general in 2017. The formal appointment is scheduled for May 2022 at the World Health Assembly. One of the sources following the election said several countries outside Africa would be willing to nominate Tedros, if needed.
Persons: Tedros Adhanom, Mohamed Azakir, Tedros, Trump, Billene Seyoum, Dina Mufti, Africa's, Kamau, Okello Oryem, Donald Trump, Biden, Emma Farge, Francesco Guarascio, Giulia Paravicini, Duncan Miriri, Elias Biryabarema, Katharine Houreld, Josephine Mason, Angus MacSwan Organizations: Health Organization, WHO, REUTERS, Health, Reuters, Ethiopian, Ethiopian Foreign Affairs Ministry, World Health Assembly, African, U.S, Thomson Locations: Beirut, Lebanon, GENEVA, Ethiopia, Tigray, Addis Ababa, Ethiopian, China, Tedros, Sudan, Somalia, South Sudan, African, Kenya, Kampala, Africa, West, Geneva, Brussels, Addis Abbaba, Nairobi
Among those polled who were registered voters, around 31 percent said they would not support Rubio and Scott if they oppose permanent legal status, and 26 percent said they would, with 19 percent saying they did not know. “Including immigration is so relevant for an economic recovery and for the growth of the country,” said Maria Antonieta Díaz, founder of the Venezuelan American Alliance. She said the poll proves that support among Venezuelans for Scott and Rubio will dwindle if they don’t support permanent legal status for TPS holders. Yet half of them said that Biden's extension of TPS to Venezuelans in March and the promise of a pathway to permanent status increased their support for him. Including permanent residency for TPS holders and other immigrants could allow Democrats to avoid making concessions to Republicans who are divided on immigration policy.
Persons: Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, Rick Scott, Rubio, Scott, , Maria Antonieta Díaz, Eduardo Gamarra, Trump, Nicolás Maduro, Joe Biden, Gamarra, ” Scott, Maduro, Elizabeth MacDonough Organizations: MIAMI, Venezuelan, TPS, Venezuelan American Alliance, Immigration Partnership, Coalition Fund, American Business Immigration Coalition, Integrated Communications & Research, Florida International University, Trump, Republicans, South, Democratic, NBC, Facebook, Twitter Locations: Florida, Venezuela, , Afghanistan, U.S, Venezuelan, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, Yemen
Why are coups making a comeback in Africa?
  + stars: | 2021-09-12 | by ( Analysis Remi Adekoya | For Cnn | )   time to read: +7 min
Different decade, same problemsIn the early postcolonial decades when coups were rampant, Africa's coup leaders virtually always offered the same reasons for toppling governments: corruption, mismanagement, poverty. Threat to democratic gainsWhat is clear is that these coups pose a serious threat to the democratic gains African countries have made in recent decades. We should, unfortunately, prepare ourselves for the eventuality of more coups in Africa in the coming years. As are Mali, Niger, Chad and now Guinea where coups and coup attempts have recently occurred. This increasing probability of coups will make Africa in general less predictable and stable, a negative for investors that could end up worsening the economic situation.
Persons: Mamady Doumbouya, Alpha Conde, Omar al, Bashir, Robert Mugabe, Guineans, Joseph Sany, I'm, Conde, Uganda's Yoweri Museveni, Alassane Ouattara, Rawlings, Ghanaians Organizations: CNN, Sudanese, Africa Center, United States Institute of Peace, African, Democratic Locations: Africa, Mali, Guinea, Niger, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, South Africa, Ghana, Botswana, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Somalia, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Africa's
“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
REUTERS/Jose Luis GonzalezSept 9 (Reuters) - The United States will extend deportation relief and work permits for more than 300,000 Salvadorans, Hondurans and other immigrants in the United States and enrolled in a program known as Temporary Protected Status (TPS), according to an announcement on Thursday. The renewals for El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Sudan will last until Dec. 31, 2022, according to U.S. Biden, a Democrat, has championed and broadened the TPS program, which gives work permits and deportation relief to immigrants in the United States who come from countries hit by violence or natural disasters. Since Biden took office on Jan. 20, his administration has granted deportation relief to about 500,000 Venezuelans and Haitians through the TPS program. Biden announced on Aug. 5 that he would also offer deportation relief to what could be thousands of Hong Kong residents in the United States, citing anti-democratic actions by China in Hong Kong.
Persons: Jose Luis Gonzalez, Donald Trump's, USCIS, Joe Biden's, Biden, Ted Hesson, Daniel Wallis Organizations: U.S Border Patrol, REUTERS, El, . Citizenship, Immigration Services, TPS, Democrat, Republican, Thomson Locations: Honduras, Rio, El Paso , Texas, U.S, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, United States, El Salvador, Haiti, Nepal, Nicaragua, Sudan, Myanmar, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, Hong Kong, China, Washington
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
Like Hanif, other young American Muslims have grown up under the shadow of 9/11. “Your sense of who you were was becoming more formed, not just Muslim but American Muslim,” he says. “What distinguished you as an American Muslim? “You go to school with other people of different backgrounds and you realize ... what the promise of the United States is,” he says. Born in Somalia, Olow fled civil war with her family and lived in refugee camps in Kenya for years before coming to the United States when she was 10.
Persons: Shahana Hanif, Hanif, “ It’s, , They’ve, That’s, Youssef Chouhoud, wasn’t, George W, Bush, Ishaq Pathan, ’ ” Pathan, Pathan, “ Allahu akbar, ” Pathan, Shukri, Olow Organizations: World Trade, New, New York City Council, The University of Chicago, The Associated Press, NORC, for Public Affairs Research, Christopher Newport University, San, Islamic Networks Group Locations: Brooklyn, New York, Virginia, American, Connecticut, United States, Morocco, San Francisco Bay, Somalia, Kenya, Kent, Seattle
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
The talks follow earlier efforts by Turkey to ease tensions with UAE allies Saudi Arabia and Egypt, with a delegation from Cairo due in Ankara on Tuesday. "The cost of strained ties is not sustainable in the region when it comes to Turkey, the UAE and Saudi Arabia," a second Turkish official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Unlike Saudi Arabia, which maintains an unofficial boycott of Turkish exports, the UAE says it remains Turkey's largest regional trading partner. "For Saudi Arabia and the UAE this is not the priority file that it used to be," said Galip Dalay, a fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy in Berlin. Turkey still blocks access to the websites of some UAE organisations, including the state news agency, but the government has halted what was once a regular barrage of criticism directed at the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
Persons: Abu, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Nahyan, Tayyip Erdogan, Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, Erdogan, Sheikh Mohammed, Libya's U.N, riche, Bashar al, Assad, Donald Trump, Galip Dalay, Dalay, Orhan Coskun, Alexander Cornwell, Aziz El Yaakoubi, Dominic Evans, Andrew Heavens Organizations: Emirates Humanitarian City, ​ United, ​ United Arab Emirates, REUTERS, UAE, Turkish, Turkey, United Arab, Muslim Brotherhood, Qatar, Muslim, Robert Bosch Academy, Thomson Locations: Afghanistan, Abu Dhabi, ​ United Arab, Handout, ANKARA, United Arab Emirates, East, Turkey, Israel, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Cairo, Ankara, Tunisia, Syria, Somalia, Damascus, Libya, Berlin, Riyadh, Egyptian, Dubai
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
Al Shabaab fighters last month attacked a military base in the Galmudug town of Amara and took control of it after battling with government special force units, known as Danab and Darawish. Amara is a strategic town that lies on the route to the coastal town of Harardheere, another al Shabaab stronghold. The governor of Puntland's Mudug region, Abdilatif Muse Nuru San Yare, told Reuters they had sent troops with experience in fighting al Shabaab to Galmudug. "We have sent troops to Galmudug who know how to fight al Shabaab and it is an alliance to eradicate al Shabaab," Yare said. "Since Puntland....has experience in fighting al Shabaab, we have asked them to help us expel al Shabaab," Galmudug's Deputy Security Minister, Abdulahi Abdisalan, told Reuters.
Persons: Al Shabaab, Darawish, Amara, Yare, Galmudug, al, Abdulahi Abdisalan, Abdiqani Hassan, Elias Biryabarema, Alex Richardson Organizations: Reuters, Thomson Locations: GAROWE, Somalia, Puntland, Galmudug, Shabaab, Al, Amara, Harardheere, al, Puntland's Mudug, al Shabaab
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
America's global war on terror has a pricetag of $8 trillion, according to a new Costs of War report. Costs of War also puts the number of people directly killed by the war at up to 929,000, including at least 387,072 civilians. The report attributes $2.3 trillion to the Afghanistan and Pakistan war zone, $2.1 trillion to the Iraq and Syria war zone, and $355 billion to other war zones. In a report released last year, Costs of War estimated that the war on terror has displaced at least 37 million people on top of the hundreds of thousands of people killed in direct war violence. Dr. Stephanie Savell, co-director of the Costs of War Project, said in a statement on the new report.
Persons: Brown, Neta, Crawford, Biden, Al, Stephanie Savell Organizations: Service, US, Al Locations: Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Al Shabaab, Al Qaeda, Somalia
On this day of history, with America's war in Afghanistan officially over , I asked a cross-section of journalists and activists to weigh in on what's next. Pretend to be an assignment editor, I said, and answer this question: "With the US officially leaving Afghanistan, what's the No. >> Paul Rieckhoff, founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America: "The plight of the Afghan people. The last US troops have left Afghanistan, and the Taliban control the airport. -- LA Times photog Marcus Yam: Taliban fighters stormed the Kabul airport " wielding American supplied weapons, equipment & uniforms -- after the U.S. Military have completed their withdrawal.
Persons: Barbara Starr, Biden, Paul Rieckhoff, It's, Jane Ferguson, Will Bunch, Noah Rothman, Katrina vanden Heuvel, Barbara Lee, Joseph Azam, what's, Kathleen Carroll, Matthieu Aikins, Al Jazeera's Charlotte Bellis, Marcus Yam, Nabih Bulos, Lyse Doucet, aren't Organizations: CNN, CNN Pentagon, Afghanistan Veterans, Philadelphia Inquirer, - American, Protect Journalists, U.S . Military, Fighters Locations: Afghanistan, what's, Iraq, America, Kabul, Somalia, Syria, Africa, KABUL, American
Zach Van Meter, a private-equity investor from Naples, Fla., phoned the government of Somaliland last week, asking if it would host thousands of Afghan refugees. “He just called me out of the blue,” said Bashir Goth, the Washington representative for a region of Somalia seeking independence. Two days later, on Aug. 25, Somaliland’s acting foreign minister signed a tentative accord with charities working with Mr. Van Meter, agreeing to temporarily house as many as 10,000 Afghan evacuees in Berbera, a port on the Gulf of Aden. It was part of an on-the-fly effort that Mr. Van Meter said has helped about 5,000 Afghans escape their country in the past two weeks, in one of the most successful known private efforts to extract Afghans. The self-named Commercial Task Force dispatched former commandos to Kabul to retrieve evacuees, said Mr. Van Meter, president of New Standard Holdings, a private-equity company, and others affiliated with the group.
Persons: Zach Van Meter, , Bashir Goth, Van, Van Meter, Kabul’s Hamid Karzai Organizations: Washington, Willard InterContinental, Task Force, New Standard Holdings, United Arab, Airport Locations: Naples, Fla, Somaliland, , Somalia, Berbera, Aden, Washington, Kabul, United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi
“We conduct effective counterterrorism missions against terrorist groups in multiple countries where we don’t have permanent military presence,” Mr. Biden said this month. But instead, Mr. Ghani fled, the Afghan army abruptly abdicated and the Taliban swept into power as the de facto government. The current and former officials briefed on the deliberations over the drone strike policy spoke about the delicate internal discussions only on the condition of anonymity. But, he added: “Afghanistan is going to have to be very fluid. I would hate to have to write guidance for Afghanistan right now.”
Persons: ” Mr, Biden, We’ve, Ashraf Ghani, Al, Ghani, Luke Hartig, Obama, Organizations: Islamic, National Security, New York Times, National Security Council Locations: Afghanistan, United States, Al Qaeda, Islamic State
KAMPALA, Aug 27 (Reuters) - The Ugandan military said on Friday they had arrested a man who was planning a suicide bombing at the funeral of a top police official and had seized materials including a suicide vest and bombs during his arrest. The man was detained at a hotel in Pader town, about 400 km (60 miles) north of the capital Kampala, said military spokesperson Brigadier Flavia Byekwaso. The military said in a separate statement that the man had accomplices who were on the run and efforts were underway to arrest them. He was a former senior military officer who had previously commanded Uganda's troops in Somalia. ADF is a Ugandan Islamist insurgent group based in the jungles of eastern Congo, across the Ugandan border.
Persons: Flavia Byekwaso, Paul Lokech, Al Shabaab, Somalia's, Elias Biryabarema, Ayenat Mersie, Frances Kerry Organizations: Allied Democratic Forces, ADF, African Union peacekeeping, Thomson Locations: KAMPALA, Pader, Kampala, Somalia, al Shabaab, Ugandan, Congo, Al, Uganda
There’s an old line: “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” And so it was with the Iraq War. There were many lessons to be learned from the Iraq war, but this, for me, was the most central: We don’t know what we don’t know, and, even worse, we don’t always know what we think we know. At least for my adult life, on foreign policy, our political problem has been that the parties have agreed on too much, and dissenting voices have been shut out. The consequences come for those who admit America’s foreign policy failures and try to change course, not for those who instigate or perpetuate them.
Persons: George W, Bush, Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, Hillary Clinton, Colin Powell, Joe Biden, Saddam Hussein, Clinton, Powell, Blair, Robert Draper, , Hussein, ” Ben Rhodes, Barack Obama, Biden Organizations: America, Iraq Locations: Afghanistan, America, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, Libya
Sinopharm, Sinovac and China's trade ministry did not respond to requests for comment about when the Chinese vaccines would be delivered. The Chinese vaccines have been allocated to 60 countries, mostly in Africa, which is expected to receive a third of the 100 million doses. GAVI has secured a combined supply of up to 550 million vaccines from the two companies until next year. Including the Chinese vaccines, the facility expects to deliver about 500 million doses by the end of September, its latest forecast shows. Asian countries are expected to receive more than 25 million Chinese vaccines, of which nearly 11 million Sinovac doses would go to Indonesia, making it the largest recipient of Chinese shots through COVAX.
Persons: China's Sinovac, Sinopharm, Nicholas Crisp, Sinovac, GAVI, Francesco Guarascio, Alex Winning, Stanley Widianto, Libby George, Roxanne Liu, Maggie Fick, Clement Uwiringiyimana, John Zodzi, Abdi Sheikh, David Clarke Organizations: VACSERA, REUTERS, Sinovac BRUSSELS, Health, India, Global Alliance, Vaccines, WHO, Reuters, COVAX, Moderna, Thomson Locations: Cairo, Egypt, Africa, Indonesia, JOHANNESBURG, JAKARTA, Asia, Sinopharm, South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Rwanda, Togo, Somalia, Sinovac, Ukraine, Europe, Latin America, East, Brazil, Chile, Johannesburg, Jakarta, Lagos, Beijing, Nairobi, Kigali, Lome, Mogadishu
They stem from an approach in which military seizures of territory are intended to fight international extremist movements and ideologies, in Afghanistan and elsewhere. The misuse of military power in counterterrorismUS soldiers stand guard as Afghans wait to board a US military aircraft to leave Afghanistan in Kabul, August 19, 2021. Photo by SHAKIB RAHMANI/AFP via Getty ImagesBoots-on-the-ground military forces aren't good at nation-building or democracy-fostering. In Afghanistan, decades of Western military superiority failed to uproot the Taliban's ideological narrative regarding the corrupted nature of Afghan leaders and their allies and their betrayal of Islamic traditions and practices. Locally based political movements that seek democracy and civil liberties — in Afghanistan or elsewhere — can benefit from US support, but not from military force.
Persons: Arie Perliger, Joe Biden's, Daniel Love, Al, SHAKIB RAHMANI, Al Qaeda, Frank McKenzie, William Urban, University of Massachusetts Lowell Organizations: University of Massachusetts Lowell Business, Service, Special Forces, Afghan National Army, US Army, UN, Center for, US, National Defense University, West Bank, Getty Images, Islamic State, Afghanistan US Marine Corps, US Central Command, U.S . Navy, AP, Security Studies, Criminology, Justice Studies, University of Massachusetts, Creative Locations: Afghanistan, United States, Helmand Province, Iraq, Al Qaeda, Tunisia, Gaza, Lebanon, Somalia, Kabul, AFP
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