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ISIS Has Become Latest Threat to Americans Who Remain in Afghanistan

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President Joe Biden’s national security adviser Jake Sullivan told CNN during an interview Sunday that the Islamic State (ISIS) poses a huge threat to Americans who remain in Afghanistan. “The threat is real. It is acute. It is persistent. And it is something we are focused on with every tool in our arsenal” said Sullivan.

Horrific scenes have been flooding social media and news outlets of Americans and Afghan allies desperately trying to seek refuge with American military aircraft at the Kabul airport. Efforts to evacuate thousands are continuously underway, fighting an uphill battle after President Biden’s tremendously botched troop withdrawal.

In a completely daft and empty statement, President Biden said, “we know that terrorists may seek to exploit the situation and target innocent Afghans or American troops. We’re maintaining constant vigilance to monitor and disrupt threats from any source.”

The Wall Street Journal reports defense officials have said concerns over potential ISIS attacks are among the reasons the U.S. Embassy warned Americans not to travel to Kabul’s airport, and to avoid airport gates, over the weekend.

The Wall Street Journal reports ISIS is one of several terrorist groups with a presence in Afghanistan. “Each with a different relationship with the Taliban. The Taliban had harbored al Qaeda before that group’s terrorist attacks on the U.S. in 2001, and reports have surfaced that the Taliban have freed al Qaeda fighters from prisons as they gained control of the country this month.”

Additionally, “ISIS and the Taliban have sometimes fought over control of territory in Afghanistan. The Taliban, after taking over Kabul, executed the former head of Islamic State in South Asia, who had been in a government prison” notes the WSJ.

Nearly two dozen countries have agreed to take some number of Afghan refugees and evacuees while they are being processed. On Sunday morning Biden told reporters “there’s discussions going on among us and the military about extending” the deadline for withdrawing troops. “Our hope is that we will not have to extend. But there are going to be discussions I expect about how far along we are in the process” Biden continued.

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  1. BlueBoomerang

    August 24, 2021 at 10:25 am

    Trump was going to get American personnel, Afghan allies and U.S. military equipment out while the military was still present and in place to protect the evacuees. Then, the military would destroy the bases before they ultimately left. Biden just ‘ran scared’, abandoned everyone and let chaos ensue… and without even notifying our allies so they could get their personnel out safely.

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Iran Launches Missile Into Space As Biden Admin Fails To Negotiate New Nuclear Deal

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On Sunday, Iran’s state television announced that the country had launched a solid-fueled rocket into space, drawing criticism from the United States ahead of plans for continued negotiations over the Iranian nuclear deal.

“It’s unclear when or where the rocket was launched, but the announcement came after satellite photos showed preparations at Imam Khomeini Spaceport in Iran’s rural Semnan province, the site of Iran’s frequent failed attempts to put a satellite into orbit,” the Associated Press reported. “Iran had previously acknowledged that it planned more tests for the satellite-carrying rocket, which it first launched in February of last year.”

“Ahmad Hosseini, spokesman for Iran’s Defense Ministry, said Zuljanah, a 25.5 meter-long rocket, was capable of carrying a satellite of 220 kilograms (485 pounds) that would ultimately gather data in low-earth orbit and promote Iran’s space industry. Zuljanah is named for the horse of Imam Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad,” the Associated Press added.

According to the report, the White House is aware of Iran’s announcement and said the move was “unhelpful and destabilizing.”

Iran’s state-run media aired dramatic footage of the missile launch amid heightened tensions over Iran’s nuclear program, which has accelerated as President Biden’s administration has failed to negotiate a new nuclear deal with Iran.

According to a report earlier this year, three Biden administration negotiators working on a renewed nuclear deal with Iran gave up and left the team because they thought that President Biden was being too weak in dealing with Iran during negotiations.

“U.S. officials confirmed over the weekend that Richard Nephew, the deputy special envoy for Iran, has left the team. Mr. Nephew, an architect of previous economic sanctions on Iran, had advocated a tougher posture in the current negotiations, and he hasn’t attended the talks in Vienna since early December,” The Wall Street Journal reported. “Two other members of the team, which is led by State Department veteran Robert Malley, have stepped back from the talks, the people familiar said, because they also wanted a harder negotiating stance.”

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Biden Suggests Only Solution To Gas Prices Is Letting Putin Invade Europe

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On Wednesday, President Biden suggested that the only solution to high gas prices is to allow Russian President Vladimir Putin to invade parts of Europe.

“For all those Republicans in Congress criticizing me today for high gas prices in America, are you now saying we were wrong to support Ukraine?” Biden said. “Are you saying we were wrong to stand up to Putin?  Are you saying that we would rather have lower gas prices in America and Putin’s iron fist in Europe?”

“I don’t believe that,” he continued. “Look, I get the easy politics of the attack.  I get that.  But the simple truth is gas prices are up almost $2.00 a gallon because of Vladimir Putin’s ruthless attack on Ukraine, and we wouldn’t let him get away with it.  And we’re doing everything we can to reduce this pain at the pump now.”

However, the increase in gas prices since Russia invaded Ukraine is closer to $1 than it is to $2. On February 24, the day Russia invaded Ukraine, national gas prices were at $3.54 per gallon, and on June 22, the day of Biden’s speech, gas prices were at $4.95 per gallon – which is an increase of $1.41.

Gas prices began rising shortly after Biden took office. From January 20, 2021, to February 24, 2022, gas prices soared from $2.40 per gallon to $3.54 per gallon – an increase of nearly 50 percent.

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