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Biden Authorizes $500 Million in Emergency Aid to Help Fleeing Afghan Refugees

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President Biden has allocated up to $500 million to assist Afghan refugees from the United States Emergency Refugee and Migration Assistance Fund. Biden issued the order Monday evening, after he returned to the White House from his vacation at Camp David.

Biden’s order stated that the funds are for the “purpose of meeting unexpected urgent refugee and migration needs of refugees, victims of conflict, and other persons at risk as a result of the situation in Afghanistan.”

The order draws its authority from the Migration and Refugee Assistance Act of 1962, said Biden. The Act was implemented with the intention for the United States president to be able to aid individuals displaced by conflict, persecution and other risks around the world.

Newsweek writes, “as the U.S. pulls out of Afghanistan, the Biden administration is scrambling to evacuate Afghan allies who aided the U.S. during its 20-year occupation. The Taliban has rapidly re-taken the country over the past two weeks.”

Former U.S. Army Captain Blake Hall explained to Newsweek the Taliban executes those who are friendly to the United States. He fears the worst for Afghan citizens who helped the United States in any capacity; “They’ll be hunted down and killed, and many times their families will be killed, too” said Hall who served in Mosul, Iraq.

Newsweek reports, “since 2014, the Taliban has murdered at least 300 Afghans who served as interpreters for U.S. forces, according to No One Left Behind, a veteran-led group for Afghan and Iraqi interpreters.”

Declaring victory, the Taliban released a statement Monday, in which they claim U.S. friendly Afghans have nothing to fear. “[Such Afghans] should show remorse for their past actions and must not engage in such activities in the future that amount to treason against Islam and the country” the statement reads.

“But none should currently desert the country. The Islamic Emirate will not perturb them but calls them to return to their normal lives and if they do have expertise in any field, to serve their country, They shall not be in any danger on our part.” The hundreds of thousands of citizens desperately clinging to airplanes and helicopters evacuating Kabul’s airport would suggest no one believes the Taliban is speaking the truth.

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  1. WILLIAM FLYNN

    August 18, 2021 at 9:13 am

    The LUNATIC should be concentrating on the up to 12000 AMERICANS that are still in the country and getting them out FIRST !He’s such an INCOMPETENT MORON !

  2. BlueBoomerange

    August 18, 2021 at 10:06 am

    The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (aka: The Taliban) assures everyone that citizens are in no danger… blah, blah, blah. Anyone believing this? This is another ‘Iran’ except with no oil to use as income. That being said, America owes Trash-can-istan ‘nothing’. We’re spent billions of taxpayer dollars there for ‘nothing’. To spend millions more trying to ‘rescue’ their ‘refugees’ then rapidly relocate them to the US is ridiculous. I heard yesterday that Fort McCoy in Wisconsin is going to be used to house Afghan ‘refugees’ Biden is planning on rescuing! Just like relocating illegal aliens to ‘red’ states, he’s now sending Afghan’s to ‘red’ states. The most incompetent dictator-in-chief ever!

  3. Bmac

    August 18, 2021 at 11:21 am

    Now he spends more to try and repair another screw up. He has the magic touch everything he touches turns to shore.

  4. teresa

    August 18, 2021 at 2:34 pm

    this shows the incompetency of biden and all dems. they are hypocrites – making statements and taking them back, doing things and taking them back. seven months of ruination and it’s goin to get worse. this is why biden and the dums should all be impeached. no common sense

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Lawmakers Push Biden Not To Reenter Iran Nuclear Deal

“We write to urge you to immediately withdraw from the fruitless Vienna talks to re-enter the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action”

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On Wednesday, 110 House Republican lawmakers signed a letter urging President Joe Biden (D) to abandon negotiations with Iran as the Biden administration tries to get Iran to reenter the 2015 Iran nuclear deal – also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

“We write to urge you to immediately withdraw from the fruitless Vienna talks to re-enter the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and instead strongly enforce existing sanctions against Iran, particularly with respect to the oil trade between Iran and the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Further delay of action on this only further enables Iran’s malign activities, including their aggressive nuclear pursuits,” the lawmakers, led by House Foreign Affairs Committee Lead Republican Michael McCaul, wrote.

“The letter is a sign that Republicans are united against reentering the 2015 accord,” The Free Beacon reported. “It also comes as negotiations with Tehran drag into a second year, with the Iranian regime demanding further concessions from the Biden administration, including the full reversal of sanctions on the country’s nuclear program and regional terrorism enterprise.”

“As diplomatic talks resume after months of delays, Iran has greatly expanded its nuclear program, including its enrichment of uranium, a main component in an atomic weapon,” the outlet added. “Iran is now enriching and stockpiling highly enriched uranium, which can only [be] used for a bomb. This work has continued in the face of ongoing sanctions and opposition from the international community. Senior Biden administration officials have acknowledged in recent weeks that Iran is stalling negotiations while it advances its nuclear program.”

The 2015 Iran nuclear deal was widely criticized as Iran used the funds acquired from the deal, which was estimated to be between $100 to $150 billion, to fund terrorist organizations in the Middle East. Iran also reportedly violated the deal after it was passed.

In 2019, Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, revealed that JCPOA negotiations had mandated that Iran destroy parts of their nuclear reactors by filling them with cement. However, Iran secretly acquired replacement parts so that the functionality of those reactors would not be ultimately affected. Salehi also said that pictures of reactors filled with cement had been photoshopped.

“A nuclear agreement with Iran is again on the table, but history has taught us that agreements like this with extremist regimes are worth as much as garlic peel,” former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned earlier this year. “To our best friends I say – an agreement with Iran which paves its way to nuclear weapons that threaten us with destruction – an agreement like this will not bind us.”

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Thousands of Afghan Allies And Their Families Still Stranded In Afghanistan

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Thousands of Afghans who helped the United States government and military are still stranded in the Taliban-controlled country, according to a new report from the New York Post.

“The non-profit volunteer organization No One Left Behind says that it is tracking more than 10,000 Afghans who are either eligible for, applied for, or were approved for a Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) and have requested help getting out of Taliban-controlled territory,” the New York Post reported. “No One Left Behind also said that it is tracking another 38,000 family members of SIV holders or applicants who remain in Afghanistan and have asked for aid.”

“This is likely a limited picture with more that have not reached out to us, but it underscores the significant volume of people in dire need as winter approaches and Taliban control result[s] in food shortages and human rights abuses, including directly targeting those that helped US forces,” a director at No One Left Behind told the New York Post.

“We are working tirelessly to make sure these people are not left behind, and we will continue to advocate to the [US Government] that they expand the scope of their evacuations to include these American allies,” the director added.

According to the New York Post, Task Force Argo co-founder Jesse Jensen said that his organization is “dealing with a backlog of more than 4,000 people, including family members, who are looking to leave Afghanistan.”

Jensen, a former Army Ranger, stated that that the number of Afghans who want to leave the country is likely far above 4,000 since Task Force Argo had to stop accepting evacuation requests.

“We have really run out of resources in order to do this,” Jensen said. “We’ve had three flights that are paid for, you know we’ll likely have to claw back those funds to return to investors if we don’t see a path to getting these folks out of the country.”

The report comes just the Biden administration admitted that it left hundreds more Americans stranded in Afghanistan after the withdrawal than it previously claimed.

“[W]e believe that about 100 to 200 Americans remain in Afghanistan with some intention to leave,” President Biden said on August 31. “Most of those who remain are dual citizens, long-time residents who had earlier decided to stay because of their family roots in Afghanistan.”

However, since August 31, “the United States has directly assisted 479 American Citizens and 450 lawful permanent residents [in addition to their immediate families] to depart Afghanistan and relocate to the United States,” the State Department admitted in a press release.

According to the State Department, there are less than a dozen U.S. citizens left in Afghanistan who want to leave the terrorist-controlled country, are ready to depart, and have the necessary travel documents.

Last month, a report found that there were still 14,000 U.S. legal permanent residents stranded in Afghanistan at the time and at least 289 U.S. citizens.
Foreign Policy 
reported, “The State Department believes as many as 14,000 U.S. legal permanent residents remain in Afghanistan, Foreign Policy has learned, as the agency faces increasing scrutiny from Congress about the status of U.S. citizens and green card holders that are still stranded in the Taliban-controlled country.”

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