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  • #31
    More Epic Fail happening that is a preventable public health debacle.

    John Kirby

    We can confirm that the explosion at the Abbey Gate was the result of a complex attack that resulted in a number of US & civilian casualties. We can also confirm at least one other explosion at or near the Baron Hotel, a short distance from Abbey Gate. We will continue to update.
    John Kirby

    We can confirm that the explosion near the Abbey Gate of the Kabul airport has resulted in an unknown number of casualties. We will continue to update.
    John Kirby

    We can confirm an explosion outside Kabul airport. Casualties are unclear at this time. We will provide additional details when we can.


    • #32
      Explosion outside Kabul airport

      Blast outside Kabul airport kills at least 11 people, including children, Taliban official says.

      26 Aug 2021
      There were chaotic scenes outside the Emergency Hospital as dozens of cars and ambulances brought in the wounded including the elderly and children, Al Jazeera’s Ali M Latifi reported.

      Several countries urged people to avoid the airport earlier in the day, with one saying there was a threat of a bombing. But just days – or even hours for some nations – before the evacuation effort ends, few appeared to heed the call.

      A US official said an initial report suggested the explosion appeared to be caused by a suicide bomb, but cautioned that the assessment could change.
      "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
      -Nelson Mandela


      • #33
        Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Kabul (August 26, 2021)

        Home | News & Events | Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Kabul (August 26, 2021)


        There has been a large explosion at the airport, and there are reports of gunfire.

        U.S. citizens should avoid traveling to the airport and avoid airport gates at this time.

        U.S. citizens who are at the Abbey Gate, East Gate, or North Gate now should leave immediately.

        Actions to take:
        • Be aware of your surroundings at all times, especially in large crowds.
        • Follow the instructions of local authorities including movement restrictions related to curfews.
        • Have a contingency plan for emergencies and review the Traveler’s Checklist.
        • Monitor local media for breaking events and adjust your plans based on new information.
        • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program(STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
        • Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.

        By U.S. Embassy in Kabul | 26 August, 2021 | Topics: Alert, Notification

        "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
        -Nelson Mandela


        • #34
          'Horrific' images emerging from Kabul

          Sky's US correspondent Mark Stone says there are currently images we're unable to broadcast "because they're so horrific".

          The images show the sewage canal area where thousands of people had been waiting outside Kabul airport, and where one of the blasts happened.

          "The idea that it is just 13 people who have died, I think that will quickly become clear that the number is far, far greater," he says.

          "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
          -Nelson Mandela


          • #35


            Several European countries, including Belgium, the Netherlands and Poland, announced their evacuation missions would end on Thursday. Denmark said its last flight left Afghanistan on Wednesday evening. Canada's efforts have also come to an end, General Wayne Eyre, Canada's acting chief of defense staff, said in a virtual briefing Thursday.

            In the wake of the blast, French President Emmanuel Macron warned the situation around the airport had seriously deteriorated. "As we speak, we have 20 buses of dual citizens and Afghans that we would like to be able to repatriate," he said. "I cannot guarantee that we will be successful because the security situation is beyond our control."

            UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the UK will continue its evacuation operation from Kabul despite the "barbaric" attack.




            • #36

              Former Afghan President Ghani Flees with $169m, Holes in Dubai


              Ashraf Ghani

              Former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani reportedly fled his country with $169 million in his cash-stuffed helicopter and has been given asylum in Dubai on ‘humanitarian grounds,’ a source has revealed.

              Ghani fled the country on Sunday night to avoid bloodshed, as the Taliban closed in on the capital Kabul.

              He reportedly took with him four cars and a helicopter loaded with $169 million in bags of cash – but was forced to leave some of the money behind as it would not all fit in the flight...

              Ask Congress to Investigate COVID Origins and Government Response to Pandemic H.R. 834

              i love myself. the quietest. simplest. most powerful. revolution ever. ---- nayyirah waheed

              (My posts are not intended as advice or professional assessments of any kind.)
              Never forget Excalibur.


              • #37

                Aug. 28, 2021, 2:16 PM EDT

                By Lauren Egan and Abigail Williams
                WASHINGTON — In the final hours before the Aug. 31 deadline for the U.S. military to withdraw from Afghanistan, roughly 350 American citizens who want to leave remain in the country, the State Department said Saturday.

                Some of the 350 individuals are thought to be "nearly or already out of the country," a State Department official said. The department has been in contact with an additional 280 "self-identified" Americans in Afghanistan who say they do not want or plan to leave the country.

                The Department has attempted to reach American citizens in Afghanistan via thousands of calls, emails, texts and WhatsApp messages. At least 5,400 Americans have been evacuated from Afghanistan since Aug. 14, the official said, including nearly 300 Americans in the last day.




                • #38
                  Taliban ban on jabs may trigger COVID-19 spike


                  By: Ranjit Devraj

                  [NEW DELHI] Given the Taliban’s hostility to vaccinations, WHO and medical experts fear a rapid and uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 in Afghanistan will await the formation of a new government led by the ‘Islamic Scholars’.

                  The WHO recorded 152,411 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 7,047 deaths in Afghanistan between 3 January and 19 August. On 15 August, the Taliban took over the Afghan capital of Kabul, signifying the collapse of the government of President Ashraf Ghani.

                  ... According to WHO, the country of 40 million people had administered a total of 1,872,268 vaccine doses by 14 August. At least 70 per cent of the population needs to be vaccinated to effectively curb the COVID-19 virus, according to epidemiologists.



                  • #39

                    Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (August 28, 2021)

                    Due to a specific, credible threat, all U.S. citizens in the vicinity of Kabul airport (HKIA), including the South (Airport Circle) gate, the new Ministry of the Interior, and the gate near the Panjshir Petrol station on the northwest side of the airport, should leave the airport area immediately.

                    U.S. citizens should avoid traveling to the airport and avoid all airport gates at this time.

                    Actions to take:



                    • #40
                      bump this


                      • #41
                        US Says Its Military Presence in Afghanistan is Over

                        August 30, 2021 05:05 PM

                        By Jeff Seldin, Ayaz Gul

                        The last planes left the Kabul airport at 3:29 p.m. EST, one minute before midnight in Kabul, said Gen. Frank McKenzie, head of U.S. Central Command.

                        A senior Taliban official told VOA, "All foreign occupation forces withdrew from the country moments ago."

                        Word of the final U.S. flights came even as the White House and the Pentagon promised they would continue to help evacuate Americans and vulnerable Afghans from Kabul up until "the very end," describing the evacuation as the largest airlift in U.S. military history.



                        • #42
                          I guess we are more able to participate in a war somewhere else now.

                          All best wishes and sympathies to everyone affected by the abrupt departure of the US.

                          UN commits to staying in Afghanistan, with basic services close to collapse



                          • #43
                            The War In Afghanistan Cost America $300 Million Per Day For 20 Years, With Big Bills Yet To Come

                            Aug 16, 2021,03:05pm EDT
                            Christopher Helman
                            Hank Tucker

                            ... In the 20 years since September 11, 2001, the United States has spent more than $2 trillion on the war in Afghanistan. That’s $300 million dollars per day, every day, for two decades. Or $50,000 for each of Afghanistan's 40 million people.

                            ... Those headline numbers include $800 billion in direct war-fighting costs and $85 billion to train the vanquished Afghan army, which folded in the weeks since the Pentagon’s sudden early July closure of Bagram Air Force Base eliminated the promise of air support against the advancing Taliban. U.S. taxpayers have been giving Afghan soldiers $750 million a year in payroll. All told, Brown University’s Costs of War Projectestimates the total spending at $2.26 trillion.

                            And the costs are even greater in terms of lives lost. There have been 2,500 U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan, and nearly 4,000 more U.S. civilian contractors killed. That pales beside the estimated 69,000 Afghan military police, 47,000 civilians killed, plus 51,000 dead opposition fighters. The cost so far to care for 20,000 U.S. casualties has been $300 billion, with another half-trillion or so expected to come.

                            We’ll keep incurring costs long after President Biden's pullout from Afghanistan is complete. Naturally, the United States has financed the Afghan war with borrowed money. Brown University researchers estimate that more than $500 billion in interest has already been paid (included in the $2.26 trillion total sum), and they figure that by 2050 the cost of interest alone on our Afghan war debt could reach $6.5 trillion. That amounts to $20,000 for each and every U.S. citizen.



                            • #44
                              U.S. winds down Kabul mission after helping evacuate 116,000 people in just over 2 weeks

                              AUG 30 202110:34 AM EDT UPDATED MON, AUG 30 202112:09 PM EDT
                              Amanda Macias

                              ... Since mass evacuations began on Aug. 14, the U.S. has helped evacuate approximately 116,700 people out of Afghanistan, according to the latest figures from the White House.



                              • #45
                                U.S. housing 20,000 Afghan evacuees in 5 states, with another 40,000 overseas

                                UPDATED ON: SEPTEMBER 1, 2021 / 1:02 PM


                                The U.S. government was housing nearly 20,000 Afghan refugees at military installations in five states as of Wednesday morning, while another 40,000 evacuees remained at bases overseas awaiting processing, according to internal federal data reviewed by CBS News.

                                These figures, which have not been previously reported, provide more detail on the whereabouts of a portion of the approximately 124,000 people the Biden administration said it airlifted from Kabul in the past few weeks.

                                Eight military sites in Virginia, Wisconsin, New Mexico, New Jersey and Indiana have been tasked with temporarily housing Afghan refugees, including those who aided the U.S. war effort and other at-risk evacuees. Collectively, the sites can house approximately 32,000 evacuees, but officials have been instructed to expand that capacity to 50,000 spots by September 15.