Taliban uses US-built biometric database to track and hunt Afghan targets

Middle East 08/28/21, 06:12

The Taliban is exploiting an advanced U.S. military technology seized from the Afghan government to track and hunt Afghan allies. According to New York Post, the Taliban’s special unit Al Isha uses U.S.-made hand-held scanners to tap into a massive U.S.-built biometric database to identify any person who had helped the NATO allies or ...

Pentagon: US expecting more attacks

Middle East 08/27/21, 16:53

After the dual bombing outside of Kabul airport a day before, the Pentagon on Friday, August 27, said those would not be the last attacks before the U.S. fully withdraws from Afghanistan.  "We certainly are prepared and would expect future attempts," said Pentagon spokesman John Kirby in a press briefing. "We're ...

Evacuation resumes at Kabul airport after two terrorist attacks

World 08/27/21, 15:50

On Friday, August 27, the rescue mission resumed in a race against the narrow window of time left for evacuees in Afghanistan to be airlifted from Kabul airport after two terrorist attacks the day before. According to Reuters, the airport might see more attacks to come from the ISIS-K terrorist group ...

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 ...

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 ...

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