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Kevin McCarthy is perpetuating the GOP's smear campaign against Ilhan Omar. McCarthy is urging Pelosi to remove Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee. McCarthy urged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to strip Omar from the committee based on what he described as "anti-Semitic" and "anti-American" language from the Minnesota lawmaker. "The islamophobic tropes in this statement are offensive," Omar tweeted in response to a statement from 12 fellow House Democrats that condemned her recent remarks. In a separate statement, Omar said she was "in no way equating terrorist organizations with democratic countries with well-established judicial systems."
Persons: Kevin McCarthy, Ilhan Omar, McCarthy, Pelosi, Omar, Nancy Pelosi, Antony Blinken, Rashida Tlaib, Chip Somodevilla, Nobody, we're, Alexandria Ocasio, Cortez, Omar Reps, Ayanna Pressley, Tom Williams, it's Organizations: House Foreign Affairs, Foreign Affairs, Fox, ICC, Hamas, Taliban, Democratic, Minnesota Democrat, Getty, CNN, State, International Court of Justice, Republicans, American Israel Public Affairs Committee, US, Congressional Progressive Caucus Locations: Minnesota, Afghanistan, Israel, Gaza, United States, US, Alexandria, Cortez of New York, Cortez, Washington
A hospital worker receives the first dose of AstraZeneca's vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan February 28, 2021. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail/File PhotoThe two main hospitals treating people with COVID-19 in Afghanistan have had to close their doors to new patients because of a lack of beds, a senior health official and doctors said on Monday. Eid Wali, head of Ali Jinnah hospital, said it had to stop taking new patients when its COVID-19 beds were full. Afghanistan reported on Monday 1,804 new COVID-19 cases and 71 deaths from the disease. Last week, Afghanistan received 700,000 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine made by China's Sinopharm.
Persons: Mohammad Ismail, Ali Jinnah, Mirwais Alizay, Masi Noori, Eid Wali, Wali, Zaman Sultani, China's Sinopharm Organizations: REUTERS, Taliban, Reuters, Amnesty International, Thomson Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan, Afghan Japan, Asia
"We are holding talks to earmark a base in Qatar to create an exclusive training ground for senior members of the Afghan forces," said a senior Western security official in Kabul. Qatar's government and NATO's communications office did not respond to questions about the proposal to use the Gulf state as a base for training Afghan forces. The final exit of foreign forces comes amid a surge in fighting between Taliban fighters and Afghan forces in several provinces. Earlier this month, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance was "looking into how we can provide out-of-country training for the Afghan Security Forces, especially the Special Operations Forces". A Taliban spokesperson said the group was not aware about NATO's plan to train Afghan forces in Qatar.
Persons: Mohammad Ismail, Jens Stoltenberg, , Zabihullah Mujahid Organizations: REUTERS, NATO, Western, Washington DC, U.S ., Taliban, Afghan Security Forces, Special Operations Forces, U.S, , Thomson Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan, Qatar, NATO's, U.S, Western, Resolute, Washington, Australia, New Zealand, Georgia, United States, Britain, Turkey
Opinion | We Cannot Afford to Turn Our Backs on Afghanistan
  + stars: | 2021-06-13 | by ( Robert M. Gates | ) www.nytimes.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
The Taliban may now be resurging, but let’s not forget that since 2001 there has not been another large-scale foreign terrorist attack on the United States. There is little doubt the United States made strategic mistakes in Afghanistan. President Obama, President Donald Trump and President Biden all wanted to bring American troops back home. But presidents also have to consider long-term consequences, and the geostrategic realities are such that even though our military forces are leaving, we cannot turn our backs on Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Taliban forces are on the offensive in the countryside and are raising the level of violence in and around the major cities.
Persons: Osama bin Laden, let’s, Obama, Donald Trump, Biden, United States — Organizations: Taliban, NATO, Al, Afghan Air Force, U.S, Unity Locations: United States, Afghanistan, Pakistan, U.S, Al Qaeda, China, Beijing, Iran, Qaeda, Afghan
Mike Pompeo in an interview said college censorship is scarier to him than the Taliban. None of that scares me as much as what's happening in our universities and on our campuses today," he said. Pompeo said thinking about censorship on college campuses keeps him up at night. Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he finds censorship on college campuses more disturbing than the Taliban. "I get asked all the time, what keeps you up at night," Pompeo said in an interview that aired Friday.
Persons: Mike Pompeo, Kim, Pompeo, John Catsimatidis, he's, Trump, Catsimatidis, " Pompeo, Ben Shapiro, Janet Mock Locations: America
WASHINGTON — A dozen House Democrats publicly criticized their colleague Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., late Wednesday, accusing her of giving "cover" to terrorist and suggesting her remarks about Hamas and the Taliban reflect a "deep-seated prejudice." “Equating the United States and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban is as offensive as it is misguided,” the group, led by Rep. Brad Schneider, of Illinois, said in a statement, urging Omar to "clarify" her remarks. Omar responded to her critics by calling their statement "offensive" and defending her initial remarks. We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban,” she wrote on Twitter, echoing her remarks on the video. In a follow-up tweet, Omar defend her initial remarks: “Citing an open case against Israel, US, Hamas & Taliban in the [The International Criminal Court] isn’t comparison or from 'deeply seated prejudice'.
Persons: WASHINGTON, Ilhan Omar, Brad Schneider, Omar, , Antony Blinken, Jake Auchincloss, Ted Deutch, Lois Frankel, Josh Gottheimer, Elaine Luria, Kathy Manning, Jerry Nadler, Dean Phillips, Kim Schrier, Brad Sherman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz Organizations: House, Rep, Twitter, Hamas, Taliban Locations: United States, Israel, Illinois, U.S, Afghanistan, US, Massachusetts, Florida, New Jersey, Virginia, North Carolina, New York, Minnesota, Washington, California
The Biden administration has pledged to withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan by September 11. But the NYT reported the Pentagon is considering keeping the option of airstrikes even after withdrawal. The talks suggest concern over whether Afghan forces can contain the Taliban without US troops. The Pentagon is looking into the possibility of supporting Afghan forces with airstrikes depending on the threat of the Taliban taking control over a major city in the country, The New York Times reported Wednesday. The Times reported the latest discussions at the Pentagon of maintaining the possibility of air support echo concerns that Afghan forces will struggle to contain the Taliban once US ground forces are gone.
Persons: Biden, Joe Biden, Read, Trump, Laden, Sen, Lindsay Graham, Mitch McConnell Organizations: Pentagon, New York Times, The Times, Ops, Times Locations: Afghanistan, Kabul, al Qaeda
Rep. Ilhan Omar called out a group of fellow Democrats for taking her comments out of context. 12 of Omar's House colleagues accused her of equating the US and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban. Rep. Ilhan Omar called a group of her Democratic colleagues "shameful" for taking her comments on war crime investigations out of context and said they invoke "Islamophobic tropes" on top of "constant harassment and silencing." I haven't seen evidence in either cases that domestic courts both can and will prosecute alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity. "Citing an open case against Israel, US, Hamas & Taliban in the ICC isn't comparison or from 'deeply seated prejudice,' Omar said in a follow-up tweet.
Persons: Ilhan Omar, Omar, State Anthony Blinken, Blinken, she's, Lauren Boebert, Rashida Tlaib, Tlaib, John Haltiwanger Organizations: Omar's, Democratic, State, International Criminal, Afghan, ICC, Hamas, Taliban, Twitter, Fox News, Rep Locations: Israel, United States, Hamas, Afghanistan, Palestine, Rome, US
AOC slammed fellow Democrats for misconstruing Ilhan Omar's comments about war crimes inquiries. Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York on Thursday blasted fellow Democrats for distorting comments made by Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota regarding potential war crimes committed by the US, Israel, Hamas, and the Taliban. Other Democrats, including Reps. Cori Bush, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley, and Betty McCollum, also defended Omar against the mischaracterization and criticism of her remarks on investigations into war crimes. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) June 7, 2021In a tweets responding to the statement from the group of Democrats, Omar said, "It's shameful for colleagues who call me when they need my support to now put out a statement asking for 'clarification' and not just call. At the time, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a rare rebuke of AIPAC, telling reporters, "I don't agree with Congresswoman Omar's comments, but it's very disappointing to see deeply cynical and inflammatory ads twisting her word."
Persons: misconstruing Ilhan, Omar, Alexandria Ocasio, Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Cori Bush, Rashida, Ayanna Pressley, Betty McCollum, Antony Blinken, Blinken, It's unconscionable, Nancy Pelosi, Omar's, she's, Sen, Bernie Sanders of, Netanyahu, Sanders Organizations: misconstruing, Democratic, Twitter, Minnesota, Foreign, Criminal Court, ICC, , Hamas, Taliban, American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Republicans, Jewish Locations: Israel, Alexandria, Cortez of New York, Minnesota, Afghanistan, Gaza, US, Washington, Somalia, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, United States
Turkey should withdraw its troops from Afghanistan under the 2020 deal for the pullout of U.S. forces, a Taliban spokesman said on Thursday, effectively rejecting Ankara's proposal to guard and run Kabul's airport after U.S.-led NATO forces depart. The State Department and the Turkish Foreign Ministry did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Under the February 2020 deal secured with the Islamist Taliban under former President Donald Trump, all U.S. forces were to be out of Afghanistan by May 1. Turkey, with more than 500 soldiers still in Afghanistan training security forces, now has the largest foreign military contingent there. The Taliban's effective rejection of the Turkish plan to secure the airport could prompt other countries to shutter their missions.
Persons: Joe Biden, Tayyip Erdogan, Suhail Shaheen, Lloyd Austin, Hulusi Akar, Donald Trump, Biden, Antony Blinken Organizations: NATO, Washington, US, Reuters, The State Department, Turkish Foreign Ministry, . Defense, Turkish Defense, Pentagon, Thomson Locations: Turkey, Afghanistan, United States, Kabul, Doha, al Qaeda, U.S, Australia
Taliban kill at least 10 Afghans who were working to clear unexploded mines
  + stars: | 2021-06-09 | by ( ) www.cnbc.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
Taliban insurgents shot dead 10 Afghans working for a de-mining agency in an attack on their camp in the north of the country, police said on Wednesday. Taliban insurgents are fighting government troops in 26 out of 34 provinces, government officials say. A Taliban spokesman did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment. Halo Trust also did not immediately respond to a request for comment. After decades of conflict, Afghanistan is strewn with mines and unexploded ordnance and agencies have been working to clear them in the years since the Taliban were ousted in 2001.
Persons: Jawed Basharat, Basharat Organizations: Taliban, United States, Provincial, Halo Trust, Trust Locations: Qara Zaghan, Baghlan province, Afghanistan, United
Afghan gov't and Taliban negotiators meet in Doha to discuss peace
  + stars: | 2021-06-09 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +2 min
Officials, including Afghan former President Hamid Karzai and the Taliban's deputy leader and negotiator Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, attend the Afghan peace conference in Moscow, Russia March 18, 2021. Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool via REUTERSAfghan government and Taliban negotiators met in Qatar's capital Doha this week to discuss the peace process, the first known meeting in weeks after negotiations largely stalled earlier this year. "They discussed topics of the agenda, accelerating the Afghan negotiations process and reaching mutual understanding in this regard," he said. Negotiators had started in Doha in September to find a way to end decades of war. But the talks stalled after a few rounds and violence has escalated since the United States started its final pullout of troops.
Persons: Hamid Karzai, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, Alexander Zemlianichenko, Suhail Shaheen, Trump, Imran Khan Organizations: REUTERS, Twitter, United, United States, Pakistan's, Thomson Locations: Moscow, Russia, Qatar's, Doha, United States, Turkey, United, Washington, Afghanistan
The Taliban have a long track record of threatening and killing Afghans who worked for the United States and NATO allies or with Western-backed organizations. But amid growing calls in Washington for an evacuation of the thousands of Afghans who served alongside U.S. troops and diplomats, the Taliban issued an unusual statement. The Taliban statement said the U.S. troop withdrawal, which is due to be carried out by a Sept. 11 deadline under President Joe Biden’s orders, had changed their attitude towards Afghans who worked with the Americans. “That means these people will have a bull's-eye and a target on their back from the moment we leave the country,” McCaul said. But Blinken said it was not a given that the security situation in Afghanistan would quickly unravel after U.S. forces pull out.
Persons: WASHINGTON, , Biden, Adam Bates, ” Bates, Joe Biden’s, , Zalmay Khalilzad, Antony Blinken, Michael McCaul of, ” McCaul, Blinken Organizations: Taliban, U.S, NATO, International Refugee Assistance, NBC News, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, House Foreign Affairs Locations: United States, Washington, Islamic Emirate, U.S, Afghanistan, Michael McCaul of Texas
ARGHANDAB, Afghanistan—The Taliban are encircling Afghan police and army positions and encroaching on government-held territory, positioning themselves for large-scale offensives against major population centers while waiting for the last American troops to depart Afghanistan. Other American officials indicate the remaining U.S. presence—and the vital air support they provide Afghan government forces—will be gone much sooner, maybe as early as next month. In the ebb and flow of the Afghan war, government troops sometimes still manage to retake areas like Arghandab, a fertile valley on the western edge of Kandahar, the country’s second-largest city. Taliban fighters fled parts of Arghandab in early April, after strikes from U.S. war planes made the difference following months of intense ground fighting. But with air support ending within weeks, government forces will lose a pivotal edge in the conflict.
Persons: Biden, , Saeed Ahmad Locations: ARGHANDAB, Afghanistan, Doha, Qatar, Kandahar, Arghandab,
WASHINGTON — Afghan government forces could lose the single most important military advantage they have over the Taliban — air power — when private contractors and U.S. troops leave the country in coming weeks. Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers unload food items and petrol oil from an Afghan Air Force Black Hawk helicopter at the hydroelectric Kajaki Dam in Kajaki, northeast of Helmand Province, on March 25, 2021. Technicians repair an old Russian MI-17 helicopter of the Afghan Air Force on Feb. 17 2018. "In the absence of contract maintenance support, within some number of months, you will have an Afghan Air Force that has pretty significantly reduced capability, i.e. "What often has tipped the scales in some of the battles between Afghan security forces and the Taliban is close air support," Bowman said.
Persons: WASHINGTON, Biden, Wakil Kohsar, Bradley Bowman, Bowman, Black, Trump, Barack Obama, Lloyd Austin, John Kirby, David Berteau, Christine, Felice Röhrs, Jonathan Schroden, Schroden, Haroon Sabawoon, Joe Biden, We'll, Leon Panetta, Obama Organizations: Taliban, U.S, Defense, Afghan National Army, ANA, Afghan Air Force, Getty, Foundation for Defense, Democracies, Army, Black Hawk, U.S ., Pentagon, NBC News, Defense Department, Professional Services Council, U.S . Blackhawk, Technicians, Center for Naval Analyses, Anadolu Agency, Afghan National Defenses and Security Forces, CIA Locations: Afghan, Kajaki, Helmand Province, AFP, Afghanistan, Iraq, Washington, Kabul, Russian, U.S, United States
At least 11 people killed by a landmine in northern Afghanistan
  + stars: | 2021-06-06 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.94   time to read: +1 min
At least 11 civilians, including children, were killed when their vehicle set off a landmine in northern Afghanistan, local government officials said on Sunday, accusing Taliban insurgents for planting the landmine bombs. A Taliban spokesperson said in statement on Twitter that Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai, the deputy head of the Taliban's political office "reiterated strong commitment to the Afghan peace process in the meeting" with UN officials. Husamudim Shams, the governor of the northern province of Badgis, said 11 passengers, including three children, travelling to the city of Qala-e-Naw were killed in the blast on Saturday. Roadside bombs, small magnetic bombs attached under vehicles and other attacks have targeted members of security forces, judges, government officials, civil society activists and journalists in recent months in Afghanistan. Nearly 1,800 Afghan civilians were killed or wounded in the first three months of 2021 during fighting between government forces and Taliban insurgents despite efforts to find peace, the United Nations said in April this year.
Persons: Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai, Husamudim Shams Organizations: Taliban, UN, United Nations, Thomson Locations: Afghanistan, Qatar, Husamudim, Badgis, Qala
A celebrated Afghan fighter pilot trained by the American military, who hid for months with his wife and 5-year-old daughter from Taliban death threats, arrived in the U.S. after receiving temporary protection status. Citizenship and Immigration Services, or USCIS, last month granted them parole—a temporary protection status for noncitizens in the country, according to his lawyer. During this period he can apply for asylum, the lawyer said. “You can’t even imagine how happy I am,” Maj. Asadi said on the phone from New Jersey on Thursday, his voice giddy with excitement and his daughter playing noisily in the background. It wasn’t immediately clear why the U.S. provided Maj. Asadi and his family safe passage now.
Persons: Naiem, Asadi Organizations: U.S . Citizenship, Immigration Services, noncitizens Locations: Afghan, U.S, Washington, Afghanistan, Kabul, New Jersey
‘Find Him and Kill Him’: An Afghan Pilot’s Desperate Escape
  + stars: | 2021-06-03 | by ( David Zucchino | Kiana Hayeri | ) www.nytimes.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
KABUL, Afghanistan — The Asadi family was up before dawn Tuesday after a fitful night’s sleep. As he and his wife, Rahima, zipped their luggage, they worried that unforeseen obstacles would block the path to their final destination. The decorated Afghan Air Force helicopter pilot had been in hiding with his wife and daughter, Zainab, 5, for seven months. The Taliban had threatened his life, posting Major Asadi’s photo online with the instructions “Find him and kill him,” he said. Major Asadi said even air force commanders often discriminated against him because of his ethnicity.
Persons: Naiem Asadi, Rahima, Zainab, , Major Asadi Organizations: Afghan Air Force, Taliban, Islamic Locations: KABUL, Afghanistan, Hazara, Islamic State
The US has some of the best special operations units in the world, but they can't do everything on their own. The American military relies on allied special operators from places like Britain, Iraq, and Israel to collect intelligence and kill enemy insurgents and soldiers. SAS and SBSA member from the 22nd Special Air Service at Hereford, England. Kommando SpezialkräfteA German Special Forces soldier lines his sites on a target 500 meters away, and awaits direction to engage. Afghan National Army Commando CorpsAn Afghan National Army Special Operations Commando instructor assesses recruits during an exercise in Camp Commando in Kabul, May 6, 2018.
Persons: they're, Sayeret, Israeli Defense Forces Israel's Sayeret, Israel's, Defense James Mattis, Kommando, Carolyn Kaster, Al, it's Organizations: SAS, SBS, 22nd Special Air Service, US Air Force, Air Service, British Army, Service, ISIS, Israeli Defense Forces, Olympic, Command, Commons French, Defense, Special Forces, Army, Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service Iraqi, Terrorism Service, REUTERS, Counter Terrorism, Iraqi Ministry of Defense, Afghan National Army Commando, Afghan National Army Special Operations, Camp Commando, US Army Afghanistan's National Army Commando Corps, Taliban Locations: Britain, Iraq, Israel, Hereford, England, Afghanistan, Uganda, France, Syria, Germany, Baghdad, Al Qaeda, Kabul
Opinion | Were My Criticisms of Israel Fair?
  + stars: | 2021-06-02 | by ( Nicholas Kristof | ) www.nytimes.com sentiment -0.95   time to read: +1 min
When I wrote a couple of columns criticizing Israel as well as Hamas over the recent Gaza war, I had pushback from readers who asked: So what would you have Israel do? “How should, in fact, Israel respond when Hamas launches thousands of rockets?” Ryan asked. Kristof, what do you recommend that Israel do in response to rocket attacks? And in response to the 9/11 attacks, America invaded both Afghanistan and Iraq. Yet it’s also fair to note that this impulse to lash out didn’t work out any better for America than it has for Israel: Pancho Villa escaped, our ruinous Iraq war benefited Iran, and we are now retreating from Afghanistan with the Taliban resurgent.
Persons: Israel, ” Ryan, Joel, Mr, Kristof, Pancho Villa, it’s Organizations: Hamas, Israel Locations: Israel, Mexico, Canada, Mexican, New Mexico, United States, America, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Taliban
KANDAHAR—During a recent trip, Kamaluddin visited a barbershop to obtain the illicit pleasures of clean-shaven cheeks and a fashionable mustache. But the shopkeeper, 25 years old, planned to let it regrow before heading home, wary of incurring the Taliban’s wrath. His father and brother were caught last month using smartphones in their home district of Arghistan, an area effectively ruled by the movement. Kamaluddin recounted the incident as he waited to return from Kandahar, the government-controlled provincial capital. The group has sought in recent months to present themselves as a responsible state actor to regional powers and the West.
Persons: Kamaluddin, Locations: KANDAHAR, Arghistan, Kandahar, , U.S, Kamaluddin
Mortar shell hits Afghan wedding, kills at least six
  + stars: | 2021-05-30 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
At least six Afghan civilians were killed and several more were wounded when a mortar shell hit a house during a wedding ceremony in northern Kapisa province, security officials said on Sunday. The explosion on Saturday evening was in the Tagab district, which has seen fighting between the Afghan government forces and the Taliban insurgents. Shayeq Shoresh, a spokesman for the provincial police, blamed the Taliban for firing the mortar and added that at least six civilians, including women and children, were killed and four more wounded. A Taliban spokesman dismissed the allegation and said the mortar was fired by Afghan security forces. Afghan civilians often bear the brunt of the attacks as they aree caught in the crossfire.
Persons: Shayeq Organizations: Taliban, Washington, United Nations, Thomson Locations: Kapisa, Tagab, Kabul, Afghanistan
Kabul (CNN) A raid on a remote village in Afghanistan kills an ageing al Qaeda leader wanted by the FBI. And that is impossible for Taliban to stop, and to not allow [al Qaeda] to do something outside" the country. The official said al Qaeda is given sanctuary by the Taliban in exchange for expertise in fund-raising and bomb-making. The senior Afghan intelligence official said the peace pledge to the Trump administration "was just like a joke between themselves. In the past decade, he had released a series of audio recordings and videos through al Qaeda media channels.
Persons: al, Husam Abd, Rauf, it's, Biden, Joe Biden, Trump, Abu Muhsen al, Masri, Col Karen Roxberry, Suhail Shaheen, Shaheen, Qaeda, Siraj Haqqani, Mohammad Hanif, Hanif, Ayman al, Zawahiri, Osama Bin Laden Organizations: CNN, FBI, al, Afghan, US, United, White, Afghan National Security, CENTCOM, Treasury, Haqqani Network, UN, Taliban Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan, Syria, Qaeda, Afghan, Ghazni, al Qaeda, Idlib, America's, Doha, United States, Kunsaf, Ghazni province, Manhattan, Britain, Pakistan, Credit, Syrian al, Islamic Emirate, Qaida, Afghanistan's Farah Province
The State Department is overseeing the issue, Milley said in remarks his office released Thursday. It was the first time any senior figure in the administration has confirmed publicly that a possible evacuation was under consideration or that contingency planning for an evacuation was underway. The State Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Advocates cite the U.S. military evacuation of about 6,600 Iraqi Kurds to the U.S. territory of Guam in 1996 and 1997 after Saddam Hussein's regime launched attacks into Iraq's Kurdish region. Asked Thursday about a possible airlift of endangered Afghan partners, Milley said, "That is a way of doing it."
Persons: WASHINGTON, Mark Milley, Milley, Zalmay Khalilzad, Khalilzad, Mike Waltz, Milley's, Waltz, general's, Biden, Saddam Hussein's, that'll Organizations: The Defense Department, State Department, U.S ., Joint Chiefs of Staff, U.S, Embassy, Air Force Academy, The State Department, Defense, National Security Council, Joint Staff, Washington, Taliban, Rep, Armed Services Committee, Andersen Air Force Base Locations: U.S, Colorado, United States, Kabul, Afghan, Afghanistan, Guam, Kurdish
A Wave of Afghan Surrenders to the Taliban Picks Up Speed
  + stars: | 2021-05-27 | by ( David Zucchino | Najim Rahim | ) www.nytimes.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
“There was nothing written, just our word.”A few miles away, Commander Zindani refused to surrender his forlorn outpost near the front line. One of his men, Muhammad Agha Bambard, said he would fight to avenge the deaths of two brothers he said were killed by the Taliban. But he said he intended to fight on — as he told the Taliban commander who regularly phoned to demand his surrender. One police officer was shot dead and Commander Zindani and his outgunned men were taken prisoner. A few hours later, the Taliban released a video showing Mr. Bambard being questioned by a Taliban commander as he lay on a mattress, his face and neck bandaged.
Persons: , , Zindani, Muhammad Agha Bambard, Zindani’s, ‘ I’m, Bambard Organizations: Taliban Locations: Afghanistan
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