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September 30, 2021

FOX News Reporter Trey Yingst: "Thousands" of US Green Card Holders Are Stranded in Afghanistan by Joe Biden

Joe Biden left Afghanistan with thousands of Americans and US allies stranded in-country and with $83 billion in military arms to the Taliban.

The Democrats don’t care. Their fake news outlets don’t care. They’ve moved on. No biggie.

Democrats want to rewrite the American contract. They will not defend you. They will not rescue you. They will abandon you no matter what the predicament.

On Thursday FOX News reporter Trey Yingst reported from Kabul, Afghanistan. Trey has been in Kabul all week.

Today Trey reported that there were “thousands” of US green card holders still stranded in Afghanistan.

 
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From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member IconOct-1 6:16 AM 
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September 30, 2021

FOX News Reporter Trey Yingst: "Thousands" of US Green Card Holders Are Stranded in Afghanistan by Joe Biden

Joe Biden left Afghanistan with thousands of Americans and US allies stranded in-country and with $83 billion in military arms to the Taliban.

The Democrats don’t care. Their fake news outlets don’t care. They’ve moved on. No biggie.

Democrats want to rewrite the American contract. They will not defend you. They will not rescue you. They will abandon you no matter what the predicament.

On Thursday FOX News reporter Trey Yingst reported from Kabul, Afghanistan. Trey has been in Kabul all week.

Today Trey reported that there were “thousands” of US green card holders still stranded in Afghanistan.

 

 
From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member IconOct-3 6:00 AM 
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October 3, 2021

       "Twenty-eight Americans, 83 green card holders and six Afghans with US Special Immigration Visas, granted to people who worked for the US government during the 20-year war, were aboard the Kam Air flight...Customs had cleared his charter flight to land at in New York but later changed the clearance to Dulles International Airport outside Washington before denying the plane landing rights anywhere in the US."

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/09/outrageous-biden-state-dept-refuses-entry-private-rescue-flight-28-americans-83-green-card-members-afghanistan/

Outrageous! Biden State Dept. Refuses Entry of Private Rescue Flight of 28 Americans and 83 Green Card Members from Afghanistan

The US military knew there was going to be an attack at the Kabul Airport in August.

On Wednesday, August 25th the US State Department issued a warning to US nationals to avoid traveling to Hamid Karzai Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. The US told those waiting outside to leave immediately.

On Thursday, August 26th a suicide bomber blew himself up near the Abbey Gate at the Kabul Airport killing 13 Americans:  11 US Marines, a Navy Hospitalman, and an Army Staff Sgt.

Following the attack, one Marine wrote a text message to The Raid Team.  The Marine who was on the scene disclosed that there was a countdown before the suicide bomber detonated himself.

The Taliban allowed the bomber to get through the perimeter.  The Marines did not allow the bomber to get through the inside perimeter.  He was outside the gate when he detonated his explosive vest by the crowded Abbey Gate at the Kabul Airport.

According to our source, there were also reports of Marines who saw the Taliban laughing after the deadly blast.

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But the Biden administration is refusing entry to a private rescue plane from Afghanistan with 28 Americans and 83 green card holders. Over 50 of the passengers are children!

The Biden administration won’t let them in!

The Daily Mail reported:

The US has barred an evacuation charter flight carrying American citizens and Afghan green card holders from landing in the country.

A Department of Homeland Security official claimed it was because authorities need time to conduct background checks on those on board.

Twenty-eight Americans, 83 green card holders and six Afghans with US Special Immigration Visas, granted to people who worked for the US government during the 20-year war, were aboard the Kam Air flight, according to organizer and veteran Bryan Stern.

He said Customs had cleared his charter flight to land at in New York but later changed the clearance to Dulles International Airport outside Washington before denying the plane landing rights anywhere in the US.

 

 
From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member IconOct-4 6:32 AM 
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October 4, 2021

        "We are going to have to send U.S. military forces back in some form to Afghanistan,"

Our Next War in Afghanistan Is Already Looming. And It May Be Even Harder

The dangers that kept the U.S. in Afghanistan for so long are already accumulating again, little more than a month after the last troops left in a chaotic withdrawal. The al-Qaida terrorist group that drew America into the country two decades ago is poised to come back under the ruling Taliban regime, or it never left at all, depending on whom you ask.

It may be only one to two years before the group could again threaten the U.S. homeland, according to a conservative estimate the Defense Intelligence Agency and the CIA disclosed in September. Then, there was the last spasm of violence before the complete pullout of U.S. forces in Afghanistan -- a suicide bombing that killed 13 troops that was attributed to a competing terrorist group, the Islamic State-Khorasan.

Under that looming terrorism threat, former defense officials, lawmakers and experts believe a new U.S. military intervention in Afghanistan is likely, maybe even inevitable, in what could be an echo of the withdrawal a decade ago from Iraq that cleared the way for the rise of the Islamic State and years of horrific attacks, killings and more war.

"We are going to have to send U.S. military forces back in some form to Afghanistan," said Bradley Bowman, senior director of the Center on Military and Political Power at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies think tank. "I don't have a crystal ball -- I don't know if that is six months or six years -- but the disaster in Iraq took three years to unfold."

Then-President Barack Obama declared the Iraq war over in 2011. Over the next three years, the Islamic State group grew into a Mideast regional power with control of Mosul, Iraq's second largest city. It sponsored attacks in the U.S. and around the world, slaughtered ethnic minorities, and released videos of the beheadings of aid workers, tourists and journalists, including American James Foley, in a display of barbarity that swiftly drew recruits to form a pseudo-state before American forces returned.

Afghanistan, where more than 800,000 U.S. troops fought over four presidencies to ensure it wasn't a terrorist plotting ground, could be the site of the next war on terrorism. But this time, the military may face even tougher conditions, with the region's remote geography, a lack of bases on the ground, a Taliban regime in control of government, and allies who led a quick initial invasion victory 20 years ago either missing or in exile.

The Pentagon insists it can take out terrorist threats with "over the horizon capabilities," or long-distance surgical strikes. But there is skepticism over the effectiveness of such strikes, which would be carried out by troops and aircraft stationed more than a thousand miles away. A botched drone strike on Aug. 29 as the U.S. evacuated Kabul showed how such strikes can go wrong -- 10 civilians, including seven children, killed by mistake due to bad intelligence collected from the air.

"I would love to say we have this magic ability to reach in and kill any bad guy, and maybe we'll kill a few of them," Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), an Air Force veteran who served in the war in Afghanistan, said in an interview. "But man, we run the real risk of just creating more enemies than we do killing them."

 

 
From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member IconOct-6 7:33 AM 
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October 6, 2021

       "Meanwhile, American officials stopped many prescreened Afghans with credible documents, including some U.S. residents, from boarding aircraft, while others that hadn’t been vetted were allowed through...The U.S. government did not have a plan going into this," International Stability Operations Association President Howie Lind told Fox News. "It just turned into this haphazard — some got in, some didn't."

https://www.foxnews.com/world/bidens-afghanistan-decisions-caused-aircraft-to-depart-with-empty-seats-while-abandoning-over-100000-afghan

Biden’s Afghanistan decisions caused aircraft to depart with empty seats while abandoning over 100,000 Afghan

More than 100,000 Afghan allies weren’t evacuated. So why did planes leave with empty seats?

Airplanes repeatedly left Kabul with empty seats during the evacuation, yet more than 100 Americans and likely well over 100,000 Afghan allies were ultimately stranded in Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, American officials stopped many prescreened Afghans with credible documents, including some U.S. residents, from boarding aircraft, while others that hadn’t been vetted were allowed through, international aid experts told Fox News.

"Mistakes were being made by good-meaning people, but operating under very tough circumstances," John Sifton, the Asia Advocacy Director for Human Rights Watch, told Fox News.

The Kabul airport was flooded with people trying to flee the nation, causing intense chaos that led to U.S. officials making mistakes when reviewing documents, international aid experts told Fox News.

"The U.S. government did not have a plan going into this," International Stability Operations Association President Howie Lind told Fox News. "It just turned into this haphazard — some got in, some didn't."

President Biden’s orders, along with the Taliban’s unexpectedly fast seizure of Afghanistan, were the primary factors that led to the rush, according to the experts.

And since the airlift ended, there have been reports that male refugees have sexually abused child brides, possibly married at the last minute in a desperate attempt to flee the country. Others were flagged after evacuation as possibly being ineligible for entry into the U.S., with some in limbo at military bases abroad.

Many abandoned Afghan allies, meanwhile, are in hiding from the Taliban.

"This is a prime example of what it looks like when we don't have a game plan, when we do it fast and loose," Rep. Yvette Herrell, a New Mexico Republican, told Fox News.

‘Points directly back to the commander in chief’

Two major decisions by Biden, compounded with the Taliban’s sudden seizure of Kabul, led to the rush and consequential chaos at the city’s airport: failing to establish a plan to evacuate likely Taliban targets and abandoning Bagram Air Base.

Herrell said the chaos "points directly back to the commander in chief, the lack of leadership, the lack of a game plan."

Rep. Peter Meijer, who traveled to Kabul during the airlift, said Biden repeatedly ignored veterans groups urging the administration to establish a plan to evacuate Afghan interpreters, who put their lives at risk helping the U.S. military fight the Taliban.

"This is tens of thousands of individuals … that we should have been evacuating since April when a bipartisan group of my colleagues in the House urged the administration to clear the backlog," the Michigan Republican told Fox News.

 

 
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October 11, 2021 - Trump Speaks About Afghanistan

 

 
From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member IconOct-26 8:37 AM 
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October 26, 2021

         How many are still alive? How long can they hold out? What is happening to them? Think how different this would have been if Trump were president. This is on the heads of those who stole the election.

April 13, 2017:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/13/politics/afghanistan-isis-moab-bomb/index.html

US drops largest non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan

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THEY LIED: State Department Now Admits There Are Still at Least 363 Americans Stranded in Afghanistan -- Up from 100 in August

Joe Biden faced criticism after stranding thousands of Americans and Afghan green card carriers behind in Afghanistan after the country fell to the Taliban in August.

The Biden regime didn’t let stranded Americans delay their exit from the country. They insisted at the time that “only” 100 Americans were left behind as Americans fled the Taliban terrorists.

But that was a lie.

The Biden State Department on Thursday admitted that at least 363 Americans are still stranded in Afghanistan today! And that is after private groups have rescued hundreds of Americans left in Afghanistan since the US fled at the end of August.

 

 
From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member IconOct-29 7:30 AM 
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October 29, 2021

        "the family ABC chose for this segment comes from India. Their description of Taliban rule as “a living hell” is compelling, but … what happened to the Americans abandoned by Biden?"

https://hotair.com/ed-morrissey/2021/10/26/a-living-hell-abc-features-family-trapped-in-afghanistan-from-india-n424876

"A living hell": ABC features family trapped in Afghanistan ... from India?

The good news: ABC has escalated coverage of those abandoned in the Afghanistan collapse and crying out for rescue. The not-so-good news: the family ABC chose for this segment comes from India. Their description of Taliban rule as “a living hell” is compelling, but … what happened to the Americans abandoned by Biden?

“It’s like a living hell for us now,” Zahra, 20, told ABC News on a phone call while hiding out in western Afghanistan, in a country she hardly even knows.

“When I think about all the things that I’m missing out on — because of these people — I feel like crying,” she said, seeming to be fighting back tears.

While Zahra (ABC News has changed her name and her sister’s to protect them and their family) was born in Afghanistan, she has lived in India since she was 8 and is currently studying petrochemical engineering at a university based in Gujarat.

She visited her family in Afghanistan in late May as COVID-19 worsened in India after her father suggested she and her younger sister, Amina, travel home for the summer, where they all thought it would be safer. The sisters were excited to see their family, having only gone back to their home country a handful of times since they moved to India in 2007 for their education.

They now call the decision to return the “worst mistake of our lives.”

Zahra and her family are no doubt experiencing a living hell. Anyone with a heart would wish them a safe journey home and as much help as possible. This should be a front-page story in India, and is certainly worthy of a feature story here in the US too — given that Joe Biden and his administration allowed this “living hell” to erupt rapidly in the vacuum left by our retreat from Afghanistan.

What seems tougher to explain is ABC’s choice to feature a family from India, rather than a family of one of the hundreds or thousands of Americans Biden abandoned. It takes thirty-three paragraphs into the story to get to the first mention of Americans in any context, and that is a mention of the 13 service members killed in a suicide attack outside the airport during the retreat. You’d have to already know that reference, however, as ABC doesn’t bother to explain the location or the mission at the time of the suicide bombing.

When does the count of Americans still in Afghanistan appear? In the sixty-second paragraph. There isn’t a word about Joe Biden’s withdrawal failure or his decision to pull out the military rather than secure Kabul for a civilian evacuation first. In fact, the words “Joe Biden” never make it into this ABC report, nor the disgraceful conduct of the withdrawal. There is plenty of discussion of the collapse back into the Taliban’s totalitarian rule, but literally no explanation of its cause. ABC treats it as a force majeur rather than the utterly predictable consequence of Biden’s decisions:

As the State Department prioritizes getting the remaining American citizens out — at least 176 people of whom still want to leave, up from the roughly 100 officials said were there last month — Phaneuf said more needs to be done across the board.

“It’s not enough,” the former Marine infantry officer told ABC News.

Neither is this ABC News report. We hope and pray that Zahra and her family get out of Afghanistan soon. We also pray that the American media start covering the fact that Biden abandoned thousands of our fellow countrymen, citizens and legal permanent residents (LPRs) alike, and has no real plan to get them out, nor it appears any sense that it’s their problem. If the media would cover that story, that might force the Biden administration to deal with the issue — and would hold them accountable for a historic disgrace.

The Pentagon stated Tuesday that nearly 450 American citizens are still in Afghanistan following August’s U.S. military withdrawal, more than the Biden administration has previously claimed.

 

 
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November 2, 2021

        "after it emerged that many of the routine documents had now been marked as classified...there is no Ghani government. There is no Afghan government anymore. So we think that information should be immediately released..."

Head of government watchdog accuses Pentagon and State Dept of covering up failures in Afghanistan

A U.S. government watchdog on Friday accused the State Department and Pentagon of suppressing information that lawmakers and the public need to understand the collapse of Afghanistan's former government and military and the chaotic U.S. troop pullout.

John Sopko, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction (SIGAR), spoke out on Friday after it emerged that many of the routine documents had now been marked as classified.  

'The full picture of what happened in August - and all the warning signs that could have predicted the outcome - will only be revealed if the information that the departments of Defense and State have already restricted from public release is made available,' said Sopko.

He published on Friday his latest report into the spending in Afghanistan, as requested by Congress who asked for an explanation of what went wrong.

'There is a lot of information that was classified or withheld from the American people over the years, particularly since 2015, to protect the Afghan government from embarrassment,' Sopko told NPR. 

'And there is no Ghani government. There is no Afghan government anymore. So we think that information should be immediately released to SIGAR and to the American people and Congress in an unclassified format.'

Asked what the information he wanted publishing was, he replied: 'It was, how good was the Afghan government fighting corruption? 

'How good was the Afghan military able to stand on their own? - casualty rates for the Afghan military, efficiency rates, their ability to actually function as an independent military. 

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Noting that Congress tasked him with investigating the collapse of the U.S.-backed Afghan government and military, he said the Pentagon has since 2015 barred from public release a range of data purportedly at the former Ghani government's request.

Most of that information, including casualty data and unit strengths, was 'all you needed to know to determine whether the Afghan security forces were a real fighting force or a house of cards,' he said.

Asked by NPR whether the $89 billion that the United States spent on training and equipping the Afghan army was a waste, Sopko replied: 'I think the obvious answer is yes. 

 

 
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November 7, 2021

The Mangled Afghanistan Withdrawal Strengthens Putin

The mayhem following the Biden administration’s withdrawal from Afghanistan is not only increasing the likelihood of confrontation with China over Taiwan — but it is also having repercussions for regional stability in Eastern Europe.

A central tenet of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s political narrative is defending Russia from an interventionist U.S. foreign policy. Russian state media promotes the view that America’s democracy promotion is synonymous with toppling regimes and inciting anarchy. Libya, a failed state thanks to the poor policy choices of the Obama administration and European allies, is one of Putin’s favorite examples to reference. The Afghanistan debacle has further added credence to Moscow's claims of Western hypocrisy and failed U.S. democratic state-building.

At the beginning of September, on the first day of school in Russia, Putin lectured to students about the lessons to be learned from the U.S. excursion. Railing against the attempt to “[impose] their own norms and standards of life,” he explained that the entire episode has “spelled nothing but tragedies, casualties and losses for the United States.” Multiple state-owned news outlets broadcast the video of the speech, ensuring all Russian citizens could listen. 

According to Moscow, the U.S. led liberal democratic order simply seeks to roil internal tensions where it can seize political advantage from the chaos. The prevailing strategic calculus in the Kremlin is that the West seeks to encircle and infiltrate Russia, rendering it strategically inert, and facilitate regime change in the country. 

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Instead, the image projected is that of a declining power that can’t even safely evacuate its own personnel after having 20 years to do so. The inept U.S. administration and poor military leadership also reflect a decreased capability to defend Washington’s allies. This weakens the strategic position of the United States in Eastern Europe and increases the likelihood of heightened tensions in the region.

The fact is that U.S. President Joe Biden's short tenure has done more to justify Putin’s consolidation of power in Moscow and increase the risk of a military confrontation in Eastern Europe than the entire four years of the previous administration — ironic, given the media’s tireless pursuit of depicting Trump as “Putin’s puppet.”

 

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