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  • Russia state TV paints Moscow as savior of eastern Ukraine

    02/23/2022 1:31:18 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | February 23, 2022 | By DASHA LITVINOVA
    MOSCOW (AP) — As the West sounded the alarm about the Kremlin ordering troops into eastern Ukraine and decried it as an invasion, Russian state media painted a completely different picture — of Moscow coming to the rescue of war-torn areas tormented by Ukraine’s aggression and bringing them peace. The fanfare came hours after Vladimir Putin announced Russia’s recognition of the separatist areas in eastern Ukraine as independent states and ordered its troops to “maintain peace” in territory where Russia-backed rebels have been fighting Kyiv’s forces since 2014 — a conflict that has killed over 14,000 people. TV presenters hailed...
  • Rebels ask Russia for military help in eastern Ukraine

    02/23/2022 1:25:37 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | February 23, 2022 | By DASHA LITVINOVA, YURAS KARMANAU and JIM HEINTZ
    KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The Kremlin says that the rebel leaders in eastern Ukraine have asked Russia for military assistance to fend off the Ukrainian “aggression.” The appeal raises the prospect of Russia’s direct military involvement in eastern Ukraine amid Western fears that Moscow is poised to launch an all-out invasion of its neighbor. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the rebel chiefs wrote to Russian President Vladimir Putin to tell him that shelling by the Ukrainian military has caused civilian deaths and forced many people to flee. The move comes after Putin recognized the independence of Russia-backed rebel regions in...
  • Fewer Than 1 in 6 Americans Want U.S. Soldiers in Any Ukraine-Russia War: Poll

    01/21/2022 5:05:38 PM PST · by Its All Over Except ... · 76 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 1/21/22 | Darragh Roche
    Fewer than one in six Americans want U.S. soldiers deployed to defend Ukraine if Russia invades the country, according to a new poll published on Friday, as high level talks got underway in Geneva. A poll from Convention of States Action (COSA) in partnership with the Trafalgar Group found that just 15.3 percent of likely general election voters believed the U.S. should provide troops as "boots on the ground" in the event of an invasion. The figures came as Secretary of State Antony Blinken met Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov for talks in Geneva with tensions between Russia and Ukraine...
  • G7 leaders have released a statement after emergency call

    08/24/2021 9:39:58 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    SKY News ^ | August 24, 2021
    This afternoon he, Joe Biden and other G7 leaders held an emergency summit, after which the following statement was released: "We reaffirm our steadfast commitment to the people of Afghanistan... We express our grave concern about the situation in Afghanistan... "We call for adherence to obligations under international human rights law, including the rights of women, girls, and minority groups, and that international humanitarian law is upheld in all circumstances. We honour the significant sacrifices made by the Afghan people, people of our own countries, and countless others, who have worked toward a more peaceful, just and secure future for...
  • Biden says flights from Kabul resumed, promises to return all Americans home

    08/20/2021 1:04:59 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    NBC News / Comcast ^ | August 20, 2021 | By Shannon Pettypiece, Courtney Kube and Dareh Gregorian
    WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Friday said "significant progress" has been made in getting Americans and allies out of Afghanistan as the White House continued to grapple with fallout from the chaotic mass evacuation. The remarks were to cap a week that brought the biggest foreign policy crisis of Biden’s presidency, as thousands of Americans and Afghans who aided U.S. efforts remain trapped in the country. The crisis abroad threatens to upend Biden’s wider agenda, with criticism coming from allies in Congress, foreign leaders and top national security officials from the Obama administration. Biden has remained defiant in his...
  • Under-pressure Biden tries to reassure US on Afghanistan

    08/20/2021 1:00:20 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    AFP via Yahoo News ^ | August 20, 2021
    President Joe Biden sought Friday to reassure the United States on the dramatic evacuation from Afghanistan, promising no Americans would be abandoned in one of the "most difficult" airlifts in history. Widely criticized over the chaotic and dangerous exit after a sudden Taliban victory, Biden warned that the frantic effort to fly Americans, other foreigners and Afghan allies out of Taliban-occupied Kabul was dangerous. "This is one of the largest, most difficult airlifts in history," Biden said in a televised address from the White House. "I cannot promise what the final outcome will be." He also said the United States...
  • LIVE THREAD: Biden Presser on Afghanistan

    08/20/2021 9:56:34 AM PDT · by mykroar · 658 replies
    Live Presser ^ | 08/20/2021 | mykroar
    Live thread with dear leader
  • Live: Berlin to send helicopters to Kabul to rescue German nationals

    08/20/2021 4:29:37 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    France24 ^ | August 20, 2021
    Germany will send two light helicopters to Kabul to evacuate German nationals in Afghanistan at risk or situated in remote regions, a defence ministry's spokesperson in Berlin said Friday. The helicopters are expected to arrive Saturday morning, the spokesperson told reporters. German special forces using these light helicopters and are specially trained to evacuate citizens in crisis situations. The announcement came as German Chancellor Angela Merkel flew to Moscow on Friday for talks with President Vladimir Putin on her final official visit to Russia before stepping down next month.
  • Pentagon: US, Taliban coordinate as Kabul evacuation speeds

    08/17/2021 10:21:21 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | August 17, 2021 | By ROBERT BURNS, ELLEN KNICKMEYER and ZEKE MILLER
    WASHINGTON — The U.S. military is coordinating with the Taliban while accelerating the airlift of Americans and Afghan allies from the Kabul airport, and also bringing in additional U.S. troops in a scramble to complete the evacuation in two weeks, Pentagon officials said Tuesday. The disclosure by Pentagon spokesman John Kirby that U.S. commanders are speaking with Taliban commanders is an indication that the new rulers of Afghanistan, who swept to power after 20 years of war against the U.S.-supported Kabul government, will not interfere with the evacuation. Kirby would not discuss details of the Taliban arrangement. “There are interactions...
  • Allies round on US over Afghanistan 'debacle'

    08/16/2021 12:00:21 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    France24 ^ | August 16, 2021
    Berlin (AFP) - Allies and critics alike on Monday condemned the United States over the botched end to its 20-year NATO campaign in Afghanistan. Stunned by the Taliban's lightning advance across the country after the departure of Western troops, NATO allies have been left scrambling to evacuate their nationals as well as vulnerable Afghans. In a meeting with her party's top brass, German Chancellor Angela Merkel admitted that developments in the country were "bitter". She said however that once the United States decided to withdraw from Afghanistan, it was clear that Germany and other allies had to follow suit. The...
  • Afghanistan live updates: Planes 'grounded' amid airport chaos - as UK talking to Taliban via third state

    08/16/2021 3:36:55 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    SKY News ^ | August 6, 2021
    The UK is talking to the Taliban via a third state to get assurances over the safety of diplomats still in Afghanistan and Afghan nations who helped allied forces; planes are said to be grounded at Kabul airport amid chaos on the tarmac; the Taliban has seized all major cities. We've been reporting live today as nations worldwide rush to bring their nationals and embassy staff home. In the past hour: Qatar said it was doing its "utmost" to evacuate diplomats in international organisations seeking to leave Afghanistan. The Dutch military said it plans to operate "multiple" flights, with one...
  • Afghanistan's collapse: Did US intelligence get it wrong?

    08/15/2021 6:18:48 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 102 replies
    ABC News / Disney ^ | August 15, 2021 | By James Gordon Meek
    As panicked Afghans watched Taliban fighters roll into the capital city of Kabul Sunday, sealing the collapse of the U.S.-backed government there, many Americans were left wondering how top Biden officials could have been so wrong in their recent proclamations that Kabul would not easily fall. Just days ago, a U.S. military analysis reported by ABC News predicted that Kabul could fall within 90 days -- not by the weekend. "This is a crisis of untold proportions," Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) told NBC News Sunday as Taliban militants swept into Kabul. "This is an intelligence failure. We underestimated the Taliban...
  • Latest on the chaos at Kabul airport (Update)

    08/15/2021 5:24:14 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    BBC News ^ | August 15, 2021
    There are scenes of utter panic and chaos at Kabul's Hamid Karzai international airport as tens of thousands of people try to fly out of the country. People have been flocking there since last evening in a last desperate effort to escape the Taliban. There were earlier reports that civilians had been injured on the tarmac as the attempts to flee at times resembled a stampede. The 6,000 US troops tasked for security duty in Kabul will now instead be sent to secure the entire perimeter of the airport, reports say. The US Department of State and Department of Defense...
  • Taliban enter Kabul as Afghan government collapses [President Biden owns this unfolding chaos]

    08/15/2021 11:34:10 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 97 replies
    BBC News ^ | August 15, 2021 | By Joel Sopel
    It is simply dizzying the speed at which events are unfolding – earlier this week US officials were cautioning that it would be months before Kabul might fall. It’s turned out to be days. And now, for all the diplomatic window dressing, this is turning into a scramble by the Americans to get out. Officials at the embassy were told to destroy sensitive documents, helicopters are ferrying staff to the airport. The Ambassador has left, the US flag lowered. And it’s left the Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, trying to put a brave face on events. Arguments can be made...
  • The Latest: Blinken says Kabul embassy evacuation ‘orderly’

    08/15/2021 7:04:20 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 70 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | August 15, 2021
    WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken says the U.S. is evacuating remaining staff at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul as the Taliban enter the Afghan capital. But he is playing down America’s hasty exit, saying “this is manifestly not Saigon.” Speaking on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday, Blinken said: “The compound itself, our folks are leaving there, and moving to the airport.” Blinken also confirmed that U.S. Embassy workers were destroying documents and other items ahead of fleeing the embassy, but insisted “this is being done in a very deliberate way, it’s being done in an orderly way,...
  • Afghan conflict: Taliban take Mazar-i-Sharif, government's last northern stronghold

    08/14/2021 3:46:01 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    BBC News ^ | August 14, 2021
    Taliban fighters have captured Mazar-i-Sharif, the last major city in northern Afghanistan which was still under government control. The fall of the traditional anti-Taliban bastion marked a major gain for the militants, who have been advancing at speed as US-led forces withdraw. Local officials said Mazar-i-Sharif - the capital of Balkh province and fourth largest city in Afghanistan - fell largely without a fight. Abas Ebrahimzada, a lawmaker from Balkh, told the Associated Press news agency that the national army were the first to surrender, which then prompted pro-government forces and other militia to give up.
  • Biden increases US deployment to Afghanistan, warns Taliban

    08/14/2021 2:34:01 PM PDT · by libstripper · 63 replies
    AFP, via MSN ^ | Aug. 14, 2021 | AFP
    President Joe Biden on Saturday doubled down on his decision to withdraw US forces from Afghanistan despite the Taliban's rapid advances, but pledged to send more troops to evacuate civilians and warned the insurgents not to threaten that mission.
  • Biden authorizes 5,000 troops for Afghanistan amid Taliban advance

    08/14/2021 3:21:16 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 185 replies
    NBC News ^ | August 14, 2021 | By Dennis Romero
    President Biden on Saturday authorized the deployment of 5,000 troops to Afghanistan amid a U.S. pullout that has emboldened the Taliban to take over multiple cities. "I have authorized the deployment of approximately 5,000 US troops to make sure we can have an orderly and safe drawdown of US personnel and other allied personnel and an orderly and safe evacuation of Afghans who helped our troops during our mission and those at special risk from the Taliban advance," Biden said in a statement. “I have ordered our armed forces and our intelligence community to ensure that we will maintain the...
  • In desperation, U.S. scours for countries willing to house Afghan refugees

    08/13/2021 12:56:32 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 47 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 13, 2021 | By Idrees Ali and Humeyra Pamuk, Jonathan Landay
    WASHINGTON, Aug 13 (Reuters) - President Joe Biden's administration has been holding secret talks with more countries than previously known in a desperate attempt to secure deals to temporarily house at-risk Afghans who worked for the U.S. government, four U.S. officials told Reuters. The previously unreported discussions with such countries as Kosovo and Albania underscore the administration's desire to protect U.S.-affiliated Afghans from Taliban reprisals while safely completing the process of approving their U.S. visas. With the Taliban tightening their grip on Afghanistan at a shockingly swift pace, the United States on Thursday announced it would send 1,000 personnel to...
  • Russian general killed in Syria, Moscow so far silent about response

    08/23/2020 6:10:42 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 19 replies
    JPost ^ | 8/23/2020 | Seth Frantzman
    A Russian major-general was killed in Syria last week, but the important incident has not yet led to escalation or repercussions. According to reports Russian Maj.-Gen. Vyacheslav Gladkikh was killed along with the commander of the local National Defense Forces (NDF) during a patrol. A “roadside bomb” killed him, according to footage posted online and reports at Rudaw, Al-Monitor and other channels. This is what is known about the incident. On August 18, the Russian military leader was traveling in Syria’s Deir Ezzor province, apparently on the western side of the Euphrates River, when an improvised explosive device exploded. Rudaw,...