21 October 2021
[email protected]: "Many" Taliban prisoners who were released by the Afghan government as a condition of Doha Agreement went back to join the ranks of Taliban. He also notes under the deal US "agreed to cease conducting air operations against the Taliban. So the Taliban got stronger
Tells lawmakers "Yes," it is legal for the US to conduct airstrikes in #Afghanistan under "same authorities we were using before" Sats those authorities can only be shared in a classified setting
Says that order from Trump, which was changed, was 1st in 20 years to order US forces to zero in Afghanistan, "to my knowledge"
Gen. Milley says Nov. 11, 2020 memo ordering the U.S. military out of Afghanistan by Jan. 15 was signed by President Trump and was two lines long. The other line ordered military out of Somalia. The memo was 'accelerated' order to leave Afghanistan in addition to Doha agreement
3 week ago
The Italian Prime Minister announces an extraordinary meeting of the Group of Twenty on October 12 to discuss the Afghanistan file
US Defense Secretary: I did not support US forces in Afghanistan forever
3 week ago
Erdogan, Putin meeting begins in Russia's Sochi
3 week ago
5 people reportedly wounded in explosion in Kunar capital today. The explosion targeted a vehicle carrying the Taliban-designated head of the provincial department of mines. Incident confirmed by Taliban officials
Some Taliban officials from Kandahar Airport today arrived in Helmand via a plane to help make Bost Airport functional and share related information
State-controlled Bakhtar News says Chinese ambassador has said that Beijing is stepping up efforts to lift sanctions on Taliban3 week ago
State-controlled Bakhtar News says Chinese ambassador has said that Beijing is stepping up efforts to lift sanctions on Taliban
At least 15 suspected criminals were arrested in southeastern Khost province within the last week who were allegedly involved in robbery, human trafficking, and narcotic drug selling and smuggling.  (AT-B)3 week ago
At least 15 suspected criminals were arrested in southeastern Khost province within the last week who were allegedly involved in robbery, human trafficking, and narcotic drug selling and smuggling. (AT-B)
Multiple local sources report: Mawlawi Abdul Zahir Mohammadi, a lawyer & employee of Taliban government's Hajj Department, was assassinated by unknown gunmen in PD-1 of Farah City, yesterday afternoon3 week ago
Multiple local sources report: Mawlawi Abdul Zahir Mohammadi, a lawyer & employee of Taliban government's Hajj Department, was assassinated by unknown gunmen in PD-1 of Farah City, yesterday afternoon
State-controlled Bakhtar News reported TB seized a weapons cache in Balkh3 week ago
State-controlled Bakhtar News reported TB seized a weapons cache in Balkh
3 week ago
Taliban: US drones must stop entering Afghanistan
"Certainly that was not a military recommendation" @SecDef tells @SenTomCotton of 9/11 date for US withdrawal from #Afghanistan
Citing @StateDept, @Secdef says there are fewer than 100 Americans in #Afghanistan "who want to depart & are ready to leave" Says 21, with family members, got out today
Meanwhile another local outlet reported blast + shooting in Jalalabad, Nangarhar
@jiminhofe: "is #alQaida gone from #Afghanistan" @SecDef: "There are remnants of #alQaida still in Afghanistan"
Shamshad reports one civilian wounded in IED blast in PD-1, Jalalabad, Nangarhar today. Another IED was reportedly defused by Taliban
"I think al-Qaeda is still at war with the United States," replies Gen. Milley to a question from @JimInhofe
#Afghanistan government - #Taliban #Doha negotiation - @POTUS "did not see progress being made.there was really not much of a bright future for that process" per @SecDef
Gen. Milley: "We must remember that the Taliban was and remains a terrorist organization and they still have not broken ties with Al-Qaeda.A reconstituted Al-Qaeda or ISIS with aspirations to attack the United States is a very real possibility
Questioning @SecDef on @POTUS interview in August with @GStephanopoulos Biden "said that no military leader advised him to leave a small troop presence in Afghanistan. Is that true"
"The intelligence was clear that if we did not leave in accordance with that [#Doha] agreement, the #Taliban would recommence attacks on out forces" per @SecDef #Afghanistan
Gen. McKenzie acknowledges reporting that he initially recommended to @POTUS that he maintain 2,500 troops in Afghanistan. His advise was that withdrawal would lead inevitably to collapse of Afghan forces and ultimately the Afghan government
#Afghanistan: "We helped build a state, Mr. Chairman, but we could not forge a nation" per @SecDef "The fact that the #Afghan army we & our partners trained simply melted away–in many cases without firing a shot–took us all by surprise. It would be dishonest to claim otherwise"
"As for the mission's end: my judgment remains that extending beyond the end of August would have greatly imperiled our people & our mission" per @SecDef #Afghanistan
"Staying longer than we did would have made it even more dangerous for our people and would not have significantly changed the number of evacuees who we could get out." per @SecDef #Afghanistan
Counterterrorism in #Afghanistan: "Over-the-horizon operations are difficult but absolutely possible. And the intelligence that supports them comes from a variety of sources, not just U.S. boots on the ground" per @SecDef
"Staying at #Bagram – even for counter- terrorism purposes – meant staying at war in #Afghanistan, something that the President made clear he would not do" per @SecDef
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