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Joe’s ‘Kabul’ly Pulpit: Steven Nelson, NY Post, July 3, 2021 — A testy President Biden on Friday cut off reporters who were peppering him with questions about Afghanistan potentially falling to the Taliban once US troops fully withdraw — telling them he would take their “negative” questions another time.
U.S. Steps Up Planning for Emergency Afghan Evacuation: Gordon Lubold, Nancy A. Youssef and Warren P. Strobel, WSJ, July 2, 2021 — U.S. officials have intensified planning for an emergency evacuation of the American embassy in Kabul amid concern that a worsening security situation in Afghanistan could imperil the remaining military and diplomatic corps, as well as other Americans.
Afghan Militias Fill the Vacuum As the Regular Army Melts Away: Gordon Lubold and Ehsanullah Amiri, WSJ, July 2, 2021 — When Abbas Ibrahimzada spotted Taliban fighters posting Facebook pictures of themselves at the gates of northern Afghanistan’s biggest city last week, he ordered hundreds of gun-toting members of his own militia to speed through Mazar-e-Sharif in pickup trucks and set up checkpoints at the entrances.
Risk of Al-Qaeda Revival Rising as US, NATO Troops Withdraw from Afghanistan: UN Report: ANI, Yahoo News, June 16, 2021 — Peshawar [Pakistan], June 16 (ANI): A United Nations report released last week said that the risks of an Al-Qaeda revival are rising as the US and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) wind down their military presence in Afghanistan.
Afghan Withdrawal Opens the Way for China: Con Coughlin, Gatestone, July 14, 2021 — The indecent haste with which the Biden administration has undertaken its military withdrawal from Afghanistan not only raises the prospect of handing control of the country over to the hardline Islamist Taliban movement.
UN: Al Qaeda Chief Aiman al-Zawahiri Believed to be in Afghan-Pak Border: Dhaka Tribune, June 5, 2021 — A significant part of the Al-Qaeda leadership resides in the Afghanistan and Pakistan border region, including the group’s elusive leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, who is “probably alive but too frail to be featured in propaganda,” according to a United Nations report.