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  • sharon sanders
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    I just want to say that regular US citizens have no power to change anything that our government does. We sit in horror and watch along with the rest of the world.

    What is going on right now as the US abruptly departs Afghanistan is a perfect example why the typical US citizen does not believe anything that our government says to us. You want to know why people are vaccine resistant despite data that shows deaths are decreased?

    No faith.

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  • sharon sanders
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    I am really having a hard time staying within our guidelines on this thread. There are pictures of at least one person dropping off a departing airplane. There is some news that Germany wants to get about 10k people out in the midst of this chaos. Not to mention the fate of people left behind.....

    I think we are witnessing a huge & preventable public health debacle developing. I am just sick about it.

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  • sharon sanders
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    Possible stampede at airport reported as people try to escape.



    Al Jazeera English

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    At least 5 people killed in Kabul airport as hundreds of people tried to forcibly enter planes leaving the Afghan capital, witnesses tell news media. One witness said it's unclear whether victims were killed by gunshots or in a stampede.

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  • Emily
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    The bill along with the benefits belong to China now.

    https://jamestown.org/program/chinas...n-afghanistan/
    China’s Deepening Diplomatic and Economic Engagement in Afghanistan
    Publication: China Brief Volume: 20 Issue: 6
    By: Syed Fazl-e Haider
    April 1, 2020 03:41 PM Age: 1 year

    ...
    As the U.S plans to draw down its forces in Afghanistan—a key element of the February 29 deal—China is set to further deepen its involvement in Afghanistan (Nikkei Asian Review, January 14, 2019). Beijing wishes to achieve at least two key objectives. First, it wants once and for all to block any contact between the Taliban and ethnic Uighur Muslim militants seeking independence from China (China Brief, April 24, 2019). Second, the PRC wants long-term stability in Afghanistan in order to extend the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)—the flagship project of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)—to the war-wracked country. Beijing sees Afghanistan as a primary link between the Central Asian republics and the CPEC (China Brief, December 10, 2019). To achieve its objectives, Beijing has pursued positive engagement with the Taliban movement that controls more than half of Afghanistan’s territory. These ties have increased over the past couple of years: for example, in 2019 Taliban representatives paid at least two visits to Beijing (in June and September) for talks with PRC officials (CGTN, June 20, 2019; Al-Jazeera, September 23, 2019)...

    https://thekabultimes.gov.af/how-doe...an-make-money/
    How does the Taliban make money?
    August 15, 2021

    ...
    According to the most recent data from the World Bank, the Afghan government spent $11 billion in 2018, of which 80% came from foreign aid.
    ...
    As for potentially losing out on billions of dollars in foreign aid, Levitt said the Taliban could survive that.
    The country as a whole, “not so much,” he added. “But that’s not their [the Taliban’s] goal post.”...

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  • Shiloh
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    Doubt the Taliban will be interested in eradicating polio or improving the lot of women or preservation of ancient monuments....never mind Covid. A tragedy that has implications for all of humanity.

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  • etudiant
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    Truly wonderful, Kafka could not have done better.
    The place is falling under assault and the Embassy staff is evacuating, but '
    U.S. citizens wanting assistance in departing the country should register for any option that might be identified to return to the United States, and must complete this Repatriation Assistance Request for each traveler in their group. '

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  • Pathfinder
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    Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan


    Home | News & Events | Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Kabul, AfghanistanLocation: Kabul

    Event: The security situation in Kabul is changing quickly including at the airport. There are reports of the airport taking fire; therefore we are instructing U.S. citizens to shelter in place.

    U.S. citizens wanting assistance in departing the country should register for any option that might be identified to return to the United States, and must complete thisRepatriation Assistance Request for each traveler in their group. Spouses and minor children of U.S. citizens in Afghanistan who are awaiting immigrant visas should also complete this form if they wish to depart. Please do so as soon as possible. You must complete this form even if you’ve previously submitted your information to the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. Do not call the U.S. Embassy in Kabul for details or updates about the flight. This form is the only way to communicate interest in flight options.

    Assistance:


    By U.S. Embassy in Kabul | 15 August, 2021 | Topics: Alert

    https://af.usembassy.gov/security-al...fghanistan-15/

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  • sharon sanders
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    This picture reminds me of the airlift out of Saigon as communist forces were rushing in:

    https://twitter.com/IhsanTipu/status...226753/photo/1

    https://twitter.com/IntelCrab/status...48508289011712



    Frightening public health situation.
    Last edited by sharon sanders; August 16, 2021, 07:18 AM. Reason: typo

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  • sharon sanders
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    Apparently the government has fallen. The population of Afghanistan is 38 million. There are rumors that the COVID-19 vaccines will be banned. I can not verify this.

    Afghan President Said to Have Fled as Taliban Enter Kabul

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    With rumors rife and reliable information hard to come by, the streets were filled during the day with scenes of panic and desperation.

    “Greetings, the Taliban have reached the city. We are escaping,” said Sahraa Karimi, the head of Afghan Film, in a post shared widely on Facebook. Filming herself as she fled on foot, out of breath and clutching at her headscarf, she shouted at others to escape while the could.

    “Hey woman, girl, don’t go that way,” she called out. “Some people don’t know what is going on,” she went on. “Where are you going? Go quickly.”

    https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/08...ghanistan-news

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  • sharon sanders
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    Please see:

    China - 52 emergency returnees from Afghanistan test positive for COVID-19 after landing in Wuhan, Hubei province - July 7, 2021

    Afghan Officials: Delta Variant Accounts for Nearly 60% of New Infections

    Afghan polio vaccine drive in trouble after three female medics killed - 2021

    Afghanistan reports HP H5N8 bird flu in poultry on farm: OIE

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  • Afghanistan - Not a political thread: Potential large public health threat as government falls - August 15, 2021 - population total is approx. 38 million


    15 Aug 2021

    The Taliban have taken control of Afghanistan’s Jalalabad without a fight, according to officials and a resident, effectively leaving the capital Kabul as the last major urban area under government control.

    The key eastern city, which is also the capital of Nangarhar province, fell early on Sunday morning. It’s capture followed the Taliban’s seizure of the major northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif.

    more..

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/...abul-from-east

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    Apparently some governors handed their areas over to government opposition forces to avoid mass casualties of civilians.
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