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  • Mary Wilson
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    US pledges to pay relatives of Afghans killed in August drone strike

    Updated: 5:06 AM CDT Oct 16, 2021
    AP

    The U.S. Defense Department said Friday that it is committed to offering condolence payments to relatives of the 10 people who were killed in an errant U.S. drone strike in Kabul, Afghanistan, in August.

    Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said in a statement that the Defense Department was also working with the State Department to help surviving family members relocate to the United States.

    Kirby said the matter arose in a meeting Thursday between Dr. Colin Kahl, under secretary of defense for policy, and Dr. Steven Kwon, founder and president of the nonprofit group Nutrition & Education International.

    “Dr. Kahl reiterated Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin’s commitment to the families, including offering ex gratia condolence payments,” Kirby said. He did not say how much money would be offered.

    https://www.wisn.com/article/us-pled...trike/37978901

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  • Shiloh
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    Source: https://news.un.org/en/story/2021/09/1101742


    Afghanistan: Rapid decline in public health conditions, WHO warns
    29 September 2021
    Healthcare provision is deteriorating fast in Afghanistan, the UN health agency warned on Wednesday, with cases of measles and diarrhoea shooting up, and polio becoming a “major risk”.

    According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the COVID-19 response has also declined and almost half of the country’s children are at risk of malnutrition.

    Moreover, the agency pointed out that only 17 per cent of the over 2,300 health facilities previously supported by the World Bank, are fully functional, two-thirds of which have run out of essential medicines...

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  • Pathfinder
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    Taliban official: Strict punishment, executions will return

    By KATHY GANNON
    today

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — One of the founders of the Taliban and the chief enforcer of its harsh interpretation of Islamic law when they last ruled Afghanistan said the hard-line movement will once again carry out executions and amputations of hands, though perhaps not in public.

    In an interview with The Associated Press, Mullah Nooruddin Turabi dismissed outrage over the Taliban’s executions in the past, which sometimes took place in front of crowds at a stadium, and he warned the world against interfering with Afghanistan’s new rulers.

    “Everyone criticized us for the punishments in the stadium, but we have never said anything about their laws and their punishments,” Turabi told The Associated Press, speaking in Kabul. “No one will tell us what our laws should be. We will follow Islam and we will make our laws on the Quran.”
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    https://apnews.com/article/religion-...5b5b5435a9de54

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  • sharon sanders
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    World Health Organization (WHO)

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    "This will likely lead to serious reductions in services, threatening the gains we've made in maternal & child mortality over the past 20 years, causing disruption to #COVID19 vaccinations & jeopardising the progress to #EndPolio in #Afghanistan"-
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    "Health facilities have already closed and several NGOs have scaled down their operations"-@DrTedros #Afghanistan
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  • sharon sanders
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    In memory of 11 September 2001 - Samuel Barber - Adagio for Strings, op.11.

    ..and to all those who have suffered since - including now.

    Our deepest condolences.

    The Team at FluTrackers



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  • sharon sanders
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    Kaitlan Collins

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    “As of now, the Taliban are not permitting the charter flights to depart,” Secretary Blinken says, adding the Taliban are claiming “some do not have the required documentation.” Blinken says they are working on it.
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    “We’ve made clear to all parties, we’ve made clear to the Taliban, that these charters need to be able to depart. And we continue every day, virtually every hour to work on that,” Blinken says.

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

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

    BY CAMILO MONTOYA GALVEZ, BO ERICKSON, CHRISTINA RUFFINI, ELEANOR WATSON

    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.

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/afghani...0000-overseas/

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  • Mary Wilson
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    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.

    https://www.cnbc.com/2021/08/30/afgh...ce-aug-14.html

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  • Mary Wilson
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    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.

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/hanktuc...h=6f899be37f8d


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  • sharon sanders
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    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

    https://news.un.org/en/story/2021/08/1098862

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  • Mary Wilson
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    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.

    https://www.voanews.com/south-centra...ghanistan-over

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  • sharon sanders
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    bump this

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

    Event:
    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:
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    https://af.usembassy.gov/security-al...ugust-28-2021/

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  • Mary Wilson
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    Taliban ban on jabs may trigger COVID-19 spike

    20/08/21


    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.

    https://www.scidev.net/asia-pacific/...ovid-19-spike/

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  • sharon sanders
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    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.

    more..

    https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/whi...state-n1277855

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