Is the Taliban no longer allowing Afghans to go to the airport?

Yesterday, a spokesman for the Taliban announced that the militant group would no longer permit Afghan nationals to leave.

“They [the Americans] have the opportunity, they have all the resources, they can take all the people that belong to them but we are not going to allow Afghans to leave and we will not extend the deadline,” said Zabihullah Mujahid. “The way to the airport has been closed now. Afghans are not allowed to go there now, foreigners are allowed to go but we have stopped Afghan nationals to go because the crowd is more, there is danger that people will lose their lives, there might be a stampede.”

This follows an earlier announcement that an extension beyond the “red line” August 31 deadline to leave Afghanistan would have “consequences.” 

The latest count shows that about 58,700 people have been evacuated out of the country in the last several days. 

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The neighbor arrived home to the strong smell of gasoline. Then he saw a red container with a tube attached to it that was running into his wall.

He apparently called in firefighters to figure out what the contraption was. Eventually, officials linked the canister with the suspect, saying they had “irrefutable evidence” to back their claims.

What happened next?

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This is how the White House press secretary is scolding reporters now

As if it weren’t bad enough that thousands of Americans remain unaccounted for in Afghanistan after the Taliban’s return to power last week, now reporters are being reprimanded for using the term “stranded” to describe the U.S. citizens now stuck in the country. 

“I think it’s irresponsible to say Americans are stranded,” said White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki yesterday. “We are committed to bringing Americans who want to come home. We are in touch with them via phone, via text, via email, via any way that we can possibly reach Americans to get them home if they want to return home.”

Well, I happen to think it’s pretty irresponsible that the government totally blew the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan in the first place. Officials cannot even count exactly how many Americans are trapped there. Estimates range between 8,000 and 15,000 people. 

It’s irresponsible that our defense secretary recently declared that the military troops on the ground “don’t have the capability to go out and collect up large numbers of people” that are having trouble reaching the Kabul airport. That means journalists like Susannah George have had to rely on help from other countries to get out. 

It’s irresponsible for the White House to then deny reality by shaming reporters who are calling it like it is, using the term “stranded.” Because that is ultimately what has happened.

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Though she was never killed like the other twenty suspects, her name somehow never made it on the roster of those who were later exonerated.

“Why Elizabeth was not exonerated is unclear but no action was ever taken on her behalf by the General Assembly or the courts,” said a state senator who introduced the bill that would set the record straight. “Possibly because she was neither a wife nor a mother, she was not considered worthy of having her name cleared. And because she never had children, there is no group of descendants acting on her behalf.”

How did this group of 8th-graders act on Johnson’s behalf, some three centuries later? 

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What do we know about the firefight that erupted at the Kabul airport?

One Afghan security guard was killed, and several more were hurt when a firefight erupted at the Hamid Karzai International Airport on Monday, officials say. 

“[The violence] appeared to begin when an unknown hostile actor fired upon Afghan security forces,” said Navy Captain William Urban on behalf of U.S. Central Command. “The Afghans returned fire, and in keeping with their right of self-defense, so too did U.S. and coalition troops. The wounded are being treated at an airfield hospital and are reported to be in stable condition.”

He added: “Our condolences go out to the teammates and loved ones of the fallen Afghan soldier.” 

This incident comes as many Afghan staffers at the U.S. embassy begin to lose hope in the American government that they’ll be safely evacuated out of the country. A recent cable shows that staff members are feeling “deeply disheartened” after the botched withdrawal of U.S. troops from the country. 

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His three-and-a-half-year-old Siberian-Shepherd-Malamute was left at the Albany mansion on Monday, even after the embattled governor packed up his belongings and headed to his sister’s home.

“I read with disbelief in this morning’s Times Union, that Captain, Governor Cuomo’s dog, had been left at the Executive Mansion after Cuomo’s belongings had been moved out of the Eagle Street building,” said the state’s animal protection federation chief, Libby Post.

Apparently, the dog is known for some biting incidents. She listed several shelters that could assist Captain with those “nipping issues”  so he could secure a new home. 

“Captain deserves better. He will be welcomed with open arms (and paws) into one of our shelters.” Post said. 

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And NBC News totally cut away from Biden as he took questions

Not only did Biden dig his heels in yesterday regarding his response to the U.S. withdrawal and Taliban takeover in Afghanistan, but the media appeared to make every effort to protect him from poor coverage. 

Not that any of our readers would have been tuned into NBC News, but if you had, you would have noticed that the presser was cut off just as Biden began taking reporter questions. 

If you’d been watching the NBC News Special Report, you would have heard an AP journalist ask, “Mr. President: we’re nine days away from the August 31 deadline. Will you extend that deadline, or what is your thought process on extending the evacuation operation?”

But you wouldn’t have heard Biden’s answer. 

Because they cut away from the conference, further fueling the belief that 63% of Americans now hold… that the liberal corporate media does whatever it can to paint the president in a favorable light. 

And even his own press secretary wants him to avoid taking journalist questions. 

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How Biden is defending his botched Afghanistan evacuation right now

If you are disgusted with President Joe Biden’s handling of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, you’re in the vast majority. According to a new poll that came out yesterday, a mere quarter of the U.S. population actually supports his approach to the situation in the country, now under Taliban rule. 

And in a presser he gave yesterday morning, Biden continued to defend the way he went about removing American troops: “My job is to make judgments, to make judgments no one else can or will make. I made them; I’m convinced I’m absolutely correct in not deciding to send more young women and men to war for a war that is not warranted.”

Over the last week or so, Biden said the U.S. has managed to evacuate upward of 25,000 people from the country. 

He mentioned that he may push back his deadline to achieve a complete withdrawal, but a spokesman for the Taliban apparently said the date was “a red line.”

And Biden didn’t mention how his administration plans to help Americans reach the airport in the first place. Apparently, the airport is also vulnerable to an attack by Islamic State, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said. 

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Biden’s latest “press conference” is another big fail… this is why

As I previously reported, President Joe Biden briefly broke out of vacation mode Friday to address the ongoing crisis in Afghanistan. 

And, as you might expect, his “speech” was nothing more than blame-shifting and avoiding journalist questions. 

“But the point was that although we were in contact with the Taliban, and Doha, for this whole period of time, at some point it wasn’t expected to be a total demise of the Afghan National Force, which is 300 persons,” he said. 

He continued: “Let’s assume the Afghan National Force had continued to fight and they were surrounding Kabul. It would be a very different story. A very different story, but the overwhelming consensus was that they were not going to collapse…”

Biden turned his back to the reporters, who were still asking questions. 

One of them wanted to know the big thing that’s been on everyone’s mind. 

“Why do you continue to trust the Taliban, Mr. President?”

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Apparently, the gunman caught the attention of the store’s security guard, who saw the ski-mask-wearing shooter standing by the front window. 

“What’s up now?” the man apparently taunted before he shot into the glass. 

He was said to have taken off in a black Mercedes Benz. 

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