- Data Covid-19 USA — Americans have described a necessary, if distasteful, working arrangement as they race to evacuate Afghanistan by Aug. 31.
The day after one of the deadliest suicide attacks in Afghanistan’s history, crowds still gathered at Kabul’s airport. “People are trying to leave the country at any price.”
The former police officer, from the Hazara ethnic minority, had hoped to help his family escape the Taliban. Instead, he is now numbered among the scores killed at the Kabul airport.
Founded in 2015, the Afghan splinter group from ISIS counts as its foes U.S. forces and the Taliban.
The spy agency had plans to de-emphasize counterterrorism operations to focus on rising global powers. History got in the way.
The U.S. and its allies waged war for 20 years to try to defeat terrorists in Afghanistan. A double-suicide bombing demonstrated that they remain a threat.
As she left Southeast Asia, the vice president also delivered a blunt message to China. The United States does not want conflict, she said, but on some issues, “we are going to speak up.”
Pakistan, nominally a U.S. partner in the war, was the Afghan Taliban’s main patron, and sees the Taliban’s victory as its own. But now what does it do with its prize?
Afghan refugees and Americans who recently made it to the Washington area are happy to be in the United States, but they fear for those left behind.
The State Department is frantically trying to track down U.S. citizens. Tens of thousands of Afghan allies will all but certainly be left behind.
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