India Evacuates Kandahar Consulate as Taliban Forces Continue to Gain Control.

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      India evacuated about 50 diplomats and other staff members from its consulate in the Afghan city of Kandahar on Sunday.

      July 11,2021

      The staff members traveled back to Delhi on Saturday night, in an Indian Air Force flight.

      “India is closely monitoring the evolving security situation in Afghanistan. The safety and security of our personnel is paramount,” said a spokesperson for India’s Ministry of External Affairs. The ministry said this was a temporary measure.

      ⦁ The Taliban claimed to have gained control of over 85% of Afghanistan.
      ⦁ US pullout from the country is 90% complete. President Joe Biden said the US mission would fully withdraw by August 31.
      ⦁ Australia on Sunday became the latest nation to confirm all of its troops have returned from Afghanistan.
      ⦁ Russia had closed its consulate in the city of Mazar-i-Sharif last week.
      ⦁ China had evacuated more than 200 nationals from Afghanistan earlier this month.
      ⦁ In June, Australia shut down its embassy in Kabul, saying it would be reopened “when circumstances permit.”

      (Above) Car bomb attack in Kandahar province, Afghanistan July 6, 2021. — REUTERS/Stringer

      Taliban forces enter Kandahar, Afghanistan’s second-largest city.

      Link with video…

      Afghan Forces Repel Taliban Assault on Provincial Capital, Governor says…

      KABUL/MUMBAI, July 11 (Reuters) – Afghan security forces, with the help of air strikes, repelled an assault by Taliban fighters on the provincial centre of a key northern province bordering Tajikistan on Sunday, officials said.
      The Taliban assault was the latest in a string of offensives that has seen insurgents capture territory across Afghanistan as U.S.-led foreign forces are in the final stages of withdrawing troops after almost 20 years of fighting.
      “The enemy’s offensive attacks were repelled, and they suffered heavy and unprecedented casualties, as a result of which 55 enemy soldiers were killed and 90 were wounded,” the governor of Takhar province Abdullah Qarluq said.
      Reuters could not independently confirm his account.



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      Since he extended the previously negotiated withdrawal deadline, it’s under his name.

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        Republicans will blame Biden and Democrats will find a way to blame Trump. That’s our two-party system.

        This is by Glenn Greenwald — January, 2019

        When Trump announced his intention to withdraw half of the U.S. troops in Afghanistan, Democrats were far more supportive of keeping troops there than Republicans and Independents.

        Obama ran in 2008 on a pledge to end the war in Afghanistan and bring all troops home.

        Throughout the Obama years, polling data consistently showed that huge majorities of Democrats favored a withdrawal of all troops from Afghanistan:

        With Trump rather than Obama advocating troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, all of that had changed.

        The new polling data showed far more support for troop withdrawal among Republicans and Independents, while Democrats were split or even opposed.

        Among 2016 Trump voters, there is massive support for withdrawal: 81 percent to 11 percent; Clinton voters, however, oppose the removal of troops from Afghanistan by a margin of 37 percent in favor and 47 percent opposed.

        This is, of course, not the first time that Democratic voters have wildly shifted their “beliefs” based on the party affiliation of the person occupying the Oval Office.

        The party’s base spent the Bush-Cheney years denouncing war on terror policies, such as assassinations, drones, and Guantánamo as moral atrocities and war crimes, only to suddenly support those policies once they became hallmarks of the Obama presidency.


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          Haven’t heard much about them lately.

          But then, neither party is for freedom of the press – or Julian Assange would never had to claim refuge, let alone spend years in jail.

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      I take it there will be no refund on the 2 trillion dollars?

      All governments lie to their citizen's, but only Americans believe theirs.

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