Vacationing California students stranded in Afghan danger zone

California 08/26/21, 16:53

Californian students and parents are stuck in Afghanistan, after taking a summer vacation right before Taliban fighters seized control of the presidential palace. At least 24 Cajon Valley Union School District students and 16 parents are among thousands of Americans waiting to evacuate the Middle Eastern country. They are fleeing a ...

Flight prices in Kabul soar to $6,500 and chaos escalates

Middle East 08/26/21, 15:58

With only two days left to leave Kabul, Afghanistan, desperation is growing. Erik Prince, the former spy founder of Blackwater, a U.S. security services provider, charges high prices for each person he transports. Prince offers chartered planes from outside the country in which each seat costs $6,500. In contrast, the governments ...

Poland stops Afghan evacuation as US withdrawal deadline looms

Middle East 08/26/21, 04:08

Poland became the first Western country to wrap up its rescue mission in Afghanistan ahead of the complete American troop withdrawal due on Aug. 31.  “After a long analysis of reports on the security situation, we cannot risk the lives of our diplomats and of our soldiers any longer,” said Polish ...

‘They’re not US planes’: Twitter users reveal mistake in Defense Department tweet

Middle East 08/26/21, 00:40

On Sunday, Aug. 22, the Department of Defense posted a tweet that did not go unnoticed by Twitter users, who flagged a gross error. The tweet included images showing Afghan civilians aboard a U.S. Air Force C-17 at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, the tweet's description stated. https://twitter.com/DeptofDefense/status/1429574032610009095 At first glance, ...

Biden asks refugee aid groups to help bring 50,000 Afghans into US

Middle East 08/25/21, 18:07

Joe Biden's administration wants nongovernment organizations to handle up to 50,000 Afghan evacuees without protection visas. The president is recruiting refugee aid organizations to help evacuate Afghan asylum seekers to the United States, even if they did not make it onto the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program list. Biden hopes to welcome ...

No-fly list person from Afghanistan made it to UK via rescue flight

Middle East 08/25/21, 01:01

One passenger was evacuated from Afghanistan even though he was banned from traveling to his destination on Aug. 24. Bureaucrats are investigating exactly how a no-fly listed man, fleeing the Taliban, was allowed to board an evacuation flight and become a British security risk. "An individual was flagged to the Home Office ...

Biden: Afghanistan withdrawal depends on Taliban cooperation

Middle East 08/24/21, 22:06

The president will completely withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of August. Joe Biden agreed to meet Taliban extremist demands on the condition there is a contingency plan, and the militant group cooperates. "We are currently on a pace to finish by Aug. 31. The sooner we can finish, the ...

G7 meeting: Taliban should be sanctioned says British PM Johnson

Middle East 08/24/21, 16:56

Group of Seven (G7) nations were urged to consider introducing further sanctions against a militant group on Aug. 24. The United Kingdom believes the world's seven largest developed nations should economically isolate the Taliban. The plan involves the United States, Italy, France, Germany, Japan, and Canada each introducing economic sanctions and withholding ...