Fall of Kabul
The Fall of Kabul or Rape of Afghanistan was a defining moment for the Biden Regime eight months after its seizure of power. It marked the triumph of Obama era foreign policy and commitment to transform America by aiding the global jihad.
The United States spent $83 billion equipping and training the Afghanistan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF), including $10 billion in aircraft and vehicles. Between 2003 and 2016, the United States transferred nearly 600,000 weapons, 76,000 vehicles, 163,000 communication devices, 208 aircraft, and surveillance and reconnaissance equipment to the Afghan forces With billions spent by the U.S. in Afghanistan, in the end, only the Taliban benefited.
Reuters reported about all the American military equipment in the Taliban’s hands. “Video showed the advancing insurgents inspecting long lines of vehicles and opening crates of new firearms, communications gear and even military drones.”
Reps. Seth Moulton and Peter Meijer traveled to Afghanistan to witness for themselves the tragic mishandling of the evacuation and resultant humanitarian crisis. Rep. Markwayne Mullin went missing while attempting to rescue a woman and her four children whom the Biden regime abandoned Afghanistan.
- 1 Failure of nation building
- 2 Taliban
- 3 Biden regime
- 4 Haqqani network
- 5 Botched evacuation
- 6 ISIS-K
- 7 Atrocities
- 8 See also
- 9 References
Failure of nation building
- See also: Afghan War
Three weeks after the 9/11 attacks, on October 3, 2001, Sen. Joseph Biden of Delaware proposed on the Senate floor a billion dollars in aid to a yet-to-be-formed Afghan interim government. The amount was almost twice as much as U.N. General Secretary Kofi Annan proposed, and more than triple what the Bush administration asked for.
On October 22, 2001, Sen. Biden, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, gave a speech at the Council on Foreign Relations insisting that U.S. goals—rooting out al-Qaeda and helping establish a friendly successor government to the Taliban—would require U.S. boots on the ground far beyond the small number of Special Forces that the Pentagon had recommended. Biden said, "There is no way that you can, in fact, go after and root out al Qaeda and or Bin Ladin without folks on the ground, in caves, risking and losing their lives. And I believe that the tolerance for that in the Islamic world is significant, exponentially higher, than it is for us bombing." Under pressure from U.S. military and anti-Taliban forces however, the Taliban disintegrated rapidly, and Kabul fell on November 13, 2001.
Hamid Karzai formed an interim government on 22 December 2001 until elections could be held after the removal of Taliban rule by the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) forces. On January 10, 2002 Biden arrived in Afghanistan on a four-day fact-finding visit at Bagram Airforce Base. The Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility had been prepared to receive jihadis. Bagram was a major collection point for preliminary interrogation. Sen. Biden said, "These are some real hard, hard, hard cases. But unless we gather the list of leaders which we -- I have in my pocket here...the possibility of them being able to do guerrilla kind of attacks on military here are real."
In 2002 and 2003, when Afghan tribal councils gathered to write a new constitution, the U.S. government gave “nice packages” to delegates who supported Washington’s preferred stance. “The perception that was started in that period: If you were going to vote for a position that Washington favored, you’d be stupid to not get a package for doing it,” according to a U.S. official interviewed by the Washington Post who served in Kabul at the time.
According to The New York Times, beginning in December 2002 throughout Karzai's terms of office, Karzai's office was funded with "tens of millions of dollars" of black cash from the CIA in order to buy influence within the Afghan government. TheNYT stated that "the cash that does not appear to be subject to the oversight and restrictions." An unnamed American official was quoted by The New York Times as stating that "The biggest source of corruption in Afghanistan was the United States."
- See also: Women under the Taliban
On July 8, 2021, Joe Biden said from the White House, "I trust the capacity of the Afghan military, who is better trained, better equipped, and more competent in terms of conducting war." CNN reported that on July 12, 2021 the Taliban knocked on the door of a mother of four in a small village in northern Afghanistan. They were demanding food. The mother told them, "I am poor, how can I cook for you?" The Taliban beat her to death. Less than a month later, White House chief propagandists Jen Psaki said "The Taliban has to make an assessment about what they want their role to be in the international community." Her comments came as reports flowed in of Taliban fighters going door-to-door and forcibly selecting girls as young as 12 to reward as brides for the victorious jihadis.
Taliban commanders, after capturing some of the provincial capitals, ordered local Imams to bring the lists of unmarried women aged from 12 to 45 for their soldiers to marry as they view them as ‘qhanimat’ or ‘spoils of war’. The Taliban intends to “distribute ” these kids and women among themselves as Jihadists consider them as a ‘prize’.
The Taliban went door-to-door taking women and children. In Panjshir Province the Taliban took 20 children hostage. The fathers of the children were given 4 hours to surrender or the children would be killed.
The people must mark their house with an “X” if they have a girl over 12 years old, so that the Taliban can take them. If they find a young girl and the house was not marked they will execute the entire family. If a married woman 25 years or older was found, the Taliban promptly kill her husband, do whatever they want to her, and then sell her as a sex slave.
Afghanistan's first female mayor said she was waiting for militants to come and kill her. "I’m sitting here waiting for them to come. There is no one to help me or my family. I’m just sitting with them and my husband. And they will come for people like me and kill me. I can’t leave my family." Female journalists feared for their lives and many have been "taken off air" as the Taliban's reign of terror began. An Afghan woman told BBC Women's Hour: "I received an update from Kabul where they are going house to house searching for women who were activists, women who were bloggers, YouTubers, any women who had a role in the development of civil society in Afghanistan."
Panic ensued as the Kabul airport was flooded with people fleeing the Taliban terror. Some people were stampeded to death. At the airport, in desperate scenes, mothers handed their babies over barbed wire to U.S. soldiers in the hope of giving them a life outside the country, The Guardian reported. UK Independent journalist Kim Sengupta saw four women crushed to death in the space of about an hour, in the crush as Afghans scrambled to leave the Taliban-controlled country. A heartbroken mother found her 2-year-old daughter trampled to death.
When Barack Obama released five Taliban commanders from the Guantanamo Bay prison in exchange for American deserter Bowe Bergdahl in 2014, he assured Americans that the enemy combatants would not be allowed to return to Afghanistan. 6 American soldiers lives were lost searching for the American deserter. Upon Bergdahl's return, Obama celebrated Bergdahl as a heroic “POW,” a designation the Pentagon never gave him. Khairullah Khairkhwa, one of the five released from Guantanamo, sat across the table from Joe Biden’s personal representative in Moscow in the spring of 2021, where Mullah Khairkhwa was part of the Taliban delegation that negotiated the terms of the US withdrawal. Mullah Khairkhwa is the mastermind of the Taliban takeover, even though the Pentagon classified Khairkhwa as too dangerous to release.
Khairkhwa assured the Biden junta that the Taliban would not retaliate against Afghans who worked with the US military or the US-backed government in Kabul. However, reports out of Kandahar and Kabul soon after the fall of Afghanistan indicate the Taliban was going door to door with a kill list to wipe out their enemies. Mullah Khairkhwa previously served as the Taliban’s interior minister prior to 2002, where he oversaw Islamist punishments, including beheadings and stonings.
All five of the terrorists in the Bowe Bergdahl swap assumed prominent positions in the Taliban interim government announced on September 11, 2021:
- Acting Minister of Information and Culture: Mullah Khairullah Khairkhah
- Defense Deputy Minister: Mullah Mohammad Fazil
- Acting Director of Intelligence: Abdul Haq Wasiq
- Border and Tribal Affairs Minister: Mullah Norullah Nori
- Acting Governor of Khost Province: Muhammad Nabi Omari
- See also: Biden junta
The U.S. military abandoned the strategic Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan at 3:00 AM on July 2, 2021 without informing Afghan National Army forces who were due to take it over. Gen. Mir Asadullah Kohistani of the Afghan Army said he only discovered the Americans had left two hours after they were gone when they called from Kabul airport. By the time Kohistani arrived with his troops, looters had carried away many items left behind by soldiers such as laptops, stereos, bicycles and guitars. Gen. Kohistani said troops left behind Bagram's 5,000 Taliban inmates, arms, ammunition, along with hundreds of armored military vehicles, such as Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles (MRAPs) and thousands of civilian cars and trucks. After closing Bagram, Biden assured President Ashraf Ghani on July 23, 2021.
|"we will continue to provide close air support, if we know what the plan is and what we are doing. And all the way through the end of August, and who knows what after that. We are also going to continue to make sure your air force is capable of continuing to fly and provide air support."|
Hours after the Afghan government fell and president Ashraf Ghani fled to Tajikistan on August 15, 2021, the Biden regime was given a choice by the Taliban to secure the entire city of Kabul or just the airport. The Biden regime told the Taliban they could have the city and the US would just secure the airport, according to The Washington Post:
|"In a hastily arranged in-person meeting, senior U.S. military leaders in Doha — including McKenzie, the commander of U.S. Central Command — spoke with Abdul Ghani Baradar, head of the Taliban’s political wing. “We have a problem,” Baradar said, according to the U.S. official. “We have two options to deal with it: You [the United States military] take responsibility for securing Kabul or you have to allow us to do it.”
Throughout the day, Biden had remained resolute in his decision to withdraw all American troops from Afghanistan. The collapse of the Afghan government hadn’t changed his mind. McKenzie, aware of those orders, told Baradar that the U.S. mission was only to evacuate American citizens, Afghan allies and others at risk. The United States, he told Baradar, needed the airport to do that.
On the spot, an understanding was reached, according to two other U.S. officials: The United States could have the airport until Aug. 31. But the Taliban would control the city."
While the Biden regime did not inform the Afghan National Army it was abandoning Bagram Airbase, on August 30, 2021 Army Gen. Chris Donohue, commander of the 82nd Airborne, did inform the Taliban commander he’d been coordinating with that the Biden regime was abandoning the Kabul airport, according to CENTCOM commander Gen. Frank McKenzie. Donohue had refused entry to the airport of American citizens with passports to leave Afghanistan. This was down with the full knowledge of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Gen. Mark Milley.
- See also: Long march through the institutions
Woke U.S. Gen. Mark Milley testified before Congress on June 23, 2021 that the Taliban controlled about 81 districts in Afghanistan. Milley was asked about closing Bagram Airforce Base. Milley replied, “Bagram is not necessary, tactically or operationally for what we are going to try to do here with Afghanistan." Less than a month later, on July 21, 2021 he told reporters the Taliban controlled half of Afghanistan’s 419 districts, or more than twice as many as before. According to media reporting, the Taliban also controlled large stretches of multiple major highways, and at least six international border crossings. Civilian casualties hit a record high in May and June, according to the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan.
The U.S. military left the strategic Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan in the dead of night in early July 2021, leaving behind “thousands of civilian vehicles, including many that no longer had keys, and hundreds of armored military vehicles, such as Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles, or MRAPs…” There are reports of the seizure by the Taliban of a “massive boon” of U.S. weapons supplied to and now abandoned by U.S.-trained Afghani soldiers. “The Taliban now find themselves flush with American-supplied tools, without having to raise a single penny.”
Mark Milley told reporters at his July 21, 2021 press conference, “our drawdown continues in a safe and orderly manner.” He continued with the following excerpted statement:
|“The Afghan Security Forces have the capacity to sufficiently fight and defend their country, and we will continue to support the Afghan Security Forces where necessary in accordance with the guidance from the president and the secretary of defense.
“The future of Afghanistan is squarely in the hands of the Afghan people, and there are a range of possible outcome[s] in Afghanistan. And I want to emphasize repeatedly, and I’ve said this before, a negative outcome, a Taliban automatic military takeover, is not a foregone conclusion. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and make adjustments as necessary.”
Breitbart reported on August 16, 2021 that Milley told senators on a briefing call that U.S. officials are expected to alter their earlier assessments about the pace of terrorist groups reconstituting in Afghanistan.
|“Based on the evolving situation, officials now believe terror groups like al-Qaeda and others may be able to grow much faster than expected, according to the person, who had direct knowledge of the briefing but was not authorized to discuss the details of the call publicly and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.”
“The Biden administration officials on the call with senators—among them were Milley, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin—said U.S. intelligence agencies are working on forming a new timeline based on the evolving threats, the person familiar with the matter said.”
During a press conference on August 18, 2021 at the Pentagon with Biden defense minister Lloyd Austin, Milley was adamant when he proclaimed: “There was nothing that I or anyone else saw that indicated a collapse of this army and this government in 11 days.” Unfortunately, 23 U.S. Embassy staffers, all Americans, signed the July 13, 2021 cable sent to Antony Blinken warning of rapid territorial gains by the Taliban and the subsequent collapse of Afghan security forces, and offered recommendations on ways to mitigate the crisis and speed up an evacuation. At the same moment the White House was lashing out at the Taliban for violating their promise to allow safe passage for stranded Americans to the Kabul Airport, according to NPR Milley was telling reporters "the Taliban are facilitating the safe passage to the airport for American citizens. That is U.S. passport holders." NBC News reported U.S. working with Taliban to evacuate Americans and allies out of Afghanistan, Pentagon says quoting Milley. Sasha Ingber, a reporter for Newsy, wrote on Twitter. “We’ve had Americans get beaten throughout the night. One of them, an American woman, was beaten ‘twice’ even though she was carrying a U.S. passport. Yesterday @PentagonPresSec said Americans are not being impeded as they travel to the Kabul airport, no Americans harmed. The Taliban agreed to let them evacuate,” she continued. “What I am hearing suggests otherwise. Americans have been injured and stopped from boarding planes.”
Milley and Austin and admitted that several US aircraft flew out of the country during the 2021 Rape of Afghanistan. They think they were flown to Russian Federal Republics of Uzbekistan or Tajikistan, but they were not sure. Austin and Milley had no idea how many aircraft were taken.
- See also: Biden/Harris regime foreign policy
On July 8, 2021, Joe Biden said from the White House,
|"I trust the capacity of the Afghan military, who is better trained, better equipped, and more competent in terms of conducting war...The likelihood there's going to be the Taliban overrunning everything and owning the whole country is highly unlikely....There's going to be no circumstance where you're going to see people being lifted off the roof of an embassy of the United States from Afghanistan."|
As the impending crisis escalated, White House chief propagandists Jen Psaki said "The Taliban has to make an assessment about what they want their role to be in the international community." Her comments came as reports flowed in of Taliban fighters going door-to-door and forcibly selecting girls as young as 12 to reward as brides for the victorious jihadis.
Former Obama Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker said, the Islamist group cares less about diplomatic relations than it does about the idea that it has defeated the world’s strongest military, a narrative that will embolden other Islamist militants around the world.
|“We’re going to pay for that for a long time to come, and that’s why it is insane – just idiotic – to think that we can tell the Taliban that if they don’t stop taking over territory and play nice, the international community will withhold recognition and support. The Taliban really doesn’t care, because they’ve got something far more valuable.”
“We have seen this movie before. This would be the Taliban of the 1990s that gave safe haven to al-Qaida, except they’re meaner and tougher than they were then because of what they’ve been through.”
“But even with all of that, I’m afraid a lot of people are going to die. As the Taliban moves into different cities and towns, they’ve got their hit list. So it’s going to be messy, it’s going to be incomplete and more people are going to die, but we’ve got to make our best possible effort.”
“I’m left with some grave questions in my mind about his ability to lead our nation as commander-in-chief.”
Politico's chief European correspondent Matthew Karnitschnig wrote, "Biden told allies to join him in proving that democracy works and defending it against authoritarianism. Instead, they look at Afghanistan and see “the discrediting of the Western alliance and everything it is supposed to stand for in the world.” Former Obama Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said that there is no question that "our national security is threatened by what has happened."
Biden told George Stephanopoulos on August 18, 2021 that "one of the things we didn't know is what the Taliban would do in terms of trying to keep people from getting out, what they would do. What are they doing now? They're cooperating, letting American citizens get out, American personnel get out, embassies get out, et cetera....if there's American citizens left, we're gonna stay to get them all out.”
- See also: Syrian War
The U.S. military left the strategic Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan in the dead of night in early July 2021, leaving behind “thousands of civilian vehicles, including many that no longer had keys, and hundreds of armored military vehicles, such as Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles, or MRAPs…” There were reports of the seizure by the Taliban of a “massive boon” of U.S. weapons supplied to and now abandoned by U.S.-trained Afghani soldiers. “The Taliban now find themselves flush with American-supplied tools, without having to raise a single penny.”
In July 2021 the Pentagon said it was providing the Afghan Air Force 35 Black Hawk helicopters and three A-29 Super Tucanos. Less than a month later the Black Hawks helicopters and other aircraft were seized by the Taliban. Many of the aircraft and helicopters are armed. The A-29 Super Tucanos can fire laser-guided and other types of bombs. The Afghan government also had 50 American-made MD-530 attack helicopters, which are armed with machine guns and rockets. The Afghan Air Force had UH-60 Black Hawks and Russian-made Mi-17 helicopters, as well as C-130 and Cessna transports, and a small fleet of armed Cessnas.
During a press conference on August 18, 2021 at the Pentagon, Biden defense minister Lloyd Austin and Mark Milley admitted that several U.S. aircraft flew out of the country during the 2021 Rape of Afghanistan. They think they were flown to Russian Federal Republics of Uzbekistan or Tajikistan, but they were not sure. Austin and Milley had no idea how many aircraft were taken. An exchange with a reporter and Austin went like this:
|Q: It seems to me like barring a lobotomy by the Taliban; you have three pathways ahead of you. One, you can expand the perimeter and establish a corridor into Kabul to get our Afghan allies out. Two, you could extend the August 31 deadline of withdrawing. Or three, you can just leave the tens of thousands of Afghans who've helped us over the past 20 years behind. Which one is it going to be?
SEC. AUSTIN: First of all, as I said, we're going to evacuate everybody that we can physically possibly evacuate. And we'll -- we'll conduct these -- this process for as long as we possibly can. We will continue to deconflict issues with -- with the Taliban. And we will stay focused on securing the -- the airfield. We cannot afford to either not defend that airfield or -- or -- or not have an airfield that secures where we have hundreds or thousands of civilians that can access the airfield at will and put our forces at risk.
Q: But that doesn't answer the question. I mean, you're still saying you're focused on the airfield. These -- these people can't get into the airfield.
SEC. AUSTIN: Well we're going to do everything we can to continue to try to deconflict and create passageways for them to get to the airfield. I don't have the capability to go out and extend operations currently into Kabul. And where do you take that? I mean, how far can you extend into Kabul, you know, and how long does it take to flow those forces in to be able to do that?
Q: So it sounds like you're saying this depends on diplomacy with the Taliban, that's it. That's our only option is getting them to agree to do this.
- See also: Benghazi massacre
Susan Rice’s deputies when she was Obama’s National Security Advisor were Anthony Blinken and Avril Haines. Susan Rice had intervened to thwart a kidnapping and possible assassination attempt by the CIA and Suadi security services against Osama bin Laden in Sudan after the Embassy bombings in Tanzania and Kenya, killing more than 200 Black African locals. When bin Laden learned he lost the protection of the Sudanese government, he fled to Afghanistan.
“There’s no longer a bright line between foreign and domestic policy,” Biden said in his first major foreign policy speech. “Every action we take in our conduct abroad, we must take with American working families in mind." Rice was appointed director of the Domestic Policy Council.
- See also: Biden family corruption
The Biden State Department canceled a critical Trump-era program aimed at providing swift and safe evacuations of Americans out of Afghanistan. The “Contingency and Crisis Response Bureau” – which was designed to handle medical, diplomatic, and logistical support for Americans overseas was paused by Blinken’s State Department shortly after the seizure of power. Notification was officially signed June 11, 2021, two months before the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan. The order to shut down reads:
|“That you direct the discontinuation of the establishment, and termination of, the Contingency and Crisis Response Bureau (CCR), and direct a further review of certain associated Department requirements and capabilities....That you direct the discontinuation of the establishment, and termination of, CCR, consistent with the applicable legal requirements, necessary stakeholder engagement, and any applicable changes to the Foreign Affairs Manual and other requirements.”|
Panic ensued as the Kabul airport was flooded with people fleeing the Taliban terror. Some people were stampeded to death. Three young men clung to the tires of an airplane, only to fall on top of people's houses once the plane was airborne.
With 40,000 Americans stranded, Blinken's State Department demanded $2,000 for a ride out of the country while Afghans rode for free. The U.S. Embassy consular services department sent a document with instructions to assist Americans and eligible Afghans claiming Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) status. The document looks exactly like an approved VISA document except there is no filled in name, no serial number and no barcode. The document is easily able to be forged.
American embassy staff in Afghanistan were apprised by the State Department to leave the embassy and make their way to Kabul airport. Staffers reported being jostled, hit, spat on and cursed at by Taliban fighters at checkpoints near the airport. Some staff members reported that they were almost separated from their children, while others collapsed in a crush of people and had to be taken to hospitals with injuries. Others said they had collapsed on the road because of heat exhaustion. “It would be better to die under the Taliban’s bullet” than face the crowds again, a staff member was quoted as saying in a State Department cable. “Happy to die here, but with dignity and pride," according to NBC News. Meanwhile, back at the White House, chief propagandist Jen Psaki said: “It’s irresponsible to say that Americans are stranded.”
Eric Montalvo, who organized a series of private evacuation flights, shared several emails with Fox News. A September 1, 2011 underscores the extent to which private evacuation efforts ran into State Department roadblocks:
|"No independent charters are allowed to land at [Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar], the military airbase you mentioned in your communication with Samantha Power. In fact, no charters are allowed to land at an [sic] DoD base and most if not all countries in the Middle Eastern region, with the exception of perhaps Saudi Arabia will allow charters to land...You need to find another destination country, and it can't be the U.S. either."|
- See also: Hillary Clinton Secretary of State
In the absence of a functioning president, Biden national security advisor Jake 'al Qaeda is on our side' Sullivan took to the podium to answer questions about the Afghan rape jihad. Sullivan blamed Americans left behind for not leaving sooner despite the Biden regime insisting up to a few days earlier that Kabul was safe, would not be captured, and that the Afghan government was capable of repelling the Taliban.
The Associated Press reported, "the Afghan security forces collapsed so quickly and completely — in some cases without a shot fired — that the ultimate beneficiary of the American investment turns out to be the Taliban." When asked about American weapons captured by the Taliban, Sullivan responded that "certainly a fair amount of it has fallen into the hands of the Taliban and obviously we don't have a sense that they are going to readily hand it over to us at the airport."
When asked about the Blackhawk helicopters and other equipment that the Taliban took, Sullivan filled up the sound byte with a bunch of proper nouns, formal titles, common buzzwords, phrases, and bureaucratese, then tried to actually defended the decision:
- Q. Can you shed light on the decision to leave behind Blackhawks and other equipment, how that fits in with the contingency plan in the U.S. to leave behind Blackhawks and other equipment? Why give the Taliban access to state-of-the-art equipment that they could either use to bolster their own defenses, or sell off to other countries?
- Sullivan. This is, ah, I think, a very good example of the difficult choices a president faces and a secretary of defense and secretary of state and national security adviser face in the context of the end of a 20-year war. Those Blackhawks were not given to the Taliban they were given to the Afghan National Security forces to be able to defend themselves at the specific request to President Ghani who came to the Oval Office and asked for additional air capability among other things. So the president had a choice he could not give it to them with the risk that it would fall into the Taliban's hands eventually or he could give it to them with the hope that they could deploy it in service of defending their country. Both of those options had risks he had to choose and he made a choice and from the point of view of that, uh, particular narrow example to a, for a, much wider range of examples that we contend with at the end of the day what the president has focused on all the way through here is trying to take the information that's been presented to him, the risks, costs and benefits of, and make decisions that were in the best national security interests of the American people. He has tried to do that. He talked about that at length yesterday, uh, and from that perspective, he believes the decision he made in this context was the right decision.
Sullivan's old flunky, State Department director of policy planning Jon Finer, has also been implicated in the massive screw-up.
On August 23, 2021, Biden dispatched CIA director Bill Burns to negotiate with terrorist leader met Abdul Ghani Baradar in Kabul. The terrorists were adamant and would not allow Afghan nationals employed by the U.S. embassy to leave Afghanistan. They further made clear no more airplanes could leave the Kabul airport after August 31, 2021 even if Americans and other Westerners and aid workers were left behind. The Biden junta acceded to the terrorist's demands, effectively making Americans stranded in Afghanistan hostages.
As the White House tried to deflect blame for the inept planning and failures of Afghan exit, a spokesperson told Politico that “there are a number of people deeply involved in Afghanistan that both have extensive experience working for President Biden as well as significant Pentagon experience – so your chalking it up to just Tony, Burns, Jake, Finer etc. is both inaccurate but minimizes the work of some of these other individuals who have been integral to the drawdown in Afghanistan.” The spokesperson pointed to Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Colin Kahl, among others.
- See also: Crossfire Hurricane
In 2007, Avril Haines joined the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as Majority deputy chief counsel. Joe Biden was then chairman. When Biden became Vice President, Haines followed him to the White House, working from 2010 to 2013 as the president’s top lawyer on the National Security Council.
Although she had never worked at the CIA, CCP connected director John Brennan appointed Haines CIA Deputy Director, a position she held from 2013 to 2015. Haines authorized drone strikes in the greater Middle East on names from Obama's kill list to carry out Brennan’s targeted extrajudicial assassinations of people from any country, including the United States. According to CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou, who exposed the CIA torture program, “It was Avril that decided whether it was legal to incinerate someone from the sky. We know that in almost all cases, she said it was legal to put these names on the kill list, and people were subsequently killed by drone, including American citizens.” Kiriakou said she regularly approved the drone bombings that killed not only suspected terrorists but also entire families, including children, who died as collateral damage.
The first week after Peter Strzok formally began the Crossfire Hurricane investigation into Donald Trump, FBI director James Comey met with President Obama in the Oval Office for a private one-on-one meeting. Susan Rice, Haines and Lisa Monaco began convening meetings in the White House Situation Room, which would later be referred to as “Deputies Meetings”. These meetings were initially attended by John Brennan, James Clapper, Comey and Loretta Lynch. Vice President Joe Biden eventually joined the Deputies Meetings. The Crossfire Hurricane investigation team, in conjunction with a number of agents at the Eastern District of Virginia (EDVA) under US Attorney Dana Boente, reported to Brennan's Working Group, including the CIA. During this time, they investigated the four main targets of Crossfire Hurricane, George Papadopoulos, Carter Page, Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort and they also investigated Roger Stone as part of their expanded WikiLeaks investigation.
In Oct. 2019, while a Senior Research Scholar at Columbia University and a Senior Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Haines was one of the “Players” in Event 201. The event, sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The World Economic Forum, and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, was a pandemic tabletop exercise that simulated a series of dramatic, scenario-based facilitated discussions, confronting difficult, true-to-life dilemmas associated with response to a hypothetical, but scientifically plausible, pandemic.
On August 18, 2021 NBC News reported that the U.S. was working with the Taliban to evacuate Americans and allies out of Afghanistan. Biden told George Stephanopoulos that morning "one of the things we didn't know is what the Taliban would do in terms of trying to keep people from getting out, what they would do. What are they doing now? They're cooperating, letting American citizens get out, American personnel get out, embassies get out, et cetera.
On August 19, 2921 VOA announced Khalil Ur-Rahman Haqqani had been placed in charge of security around the Kabul airport. On August 22, 2021, Haqqani told Al Jazeera, “all Afghans” should feel safe under their Islamic Emirate, and that a “general amnesty” has been granted across the nation’s 34 provinces. "If we can defeat superpowers, surely we can provide safety to the Afghan people," said Haqqani, "All of those people who left this country, we will assure them of their safety," Haqqani went on. "You’re all welcome back in Afghanistan." The Haqqani network was already executing civilians and former members of the Afghan National Army, according to the United Nations.
Biden told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos "no one's being killed right now." On August 26, 2021, two suicide bombs went off outside the Kabul airport, killing about 170 people including 13 American soldiers. One was a car bomb about 200 yards away, outside the Baron hotel, which was a staging area for evacuees from the airport. ISIS-K claimed responsibility. An Italian C-130 also came under fire as it departed the airport. A translator for the U.S. Marine Corps spoke with Fox News and gave a first-hand account of what he witnessed after the suicide attack.His 5-year-old girl died in his hands.
Stuart Ramsey of Sky News wrote shortly after being expelled from Afghanistan by the UK Ministry of Defense amidst all the mayhem,
"One hope lies in a possible uprising. I wouldn’t discount it because young people born in the past 20 years (nearly two-thirds of Afghans are under 25 years of age) are used to Western ways, the internet and smartphones and won’t want to go back to some sort of medieval nonsense run by a bunch of criminals. And they are, by and large, just that, the most influential security people within the Taliban organization belonging to the Haqqani Network, a cartel that sells opium around the world.
Panic ensued as the Kabul airport was flooded with people fleeing the Taliban terror. Some people were stampeded to death. Tens of thousands of Afghans lined up outside the airport in the hopes of finding a way out. People died after being crushed or succumbing to sweltering temperatures in the crowds outside the airport gate as individuals and families sought refuge from the Taliban. Sky News chief correspondent Stuart Ramsay saw people crushed to death, medics check their vital signs and then cover the bodies in white sheets. A heartbroken mother found her 2-year-old daughter trampled to death.
Three young men clung to the tires of an airplane, only to fall on top of people's houses once the plane was airborne. Remains of a fourth body were found crushed inside the wheel well upon landing.
The Biden Pentagon and the Biden State Department publicly stated that they did not know how many Americans were in the country, let alone where they were. Those requesting the embassy's help first received a message telling them to go to Kabul airport, followed later by a warning not to go to the airport. Unaware of the State Department warning, the woke Pentagon sent out message telling people it was all clear to travel to the airport. No one in the American socialist regime was fired for the bungling, incompetence, degradation of respect for America among allies and on a global scale, and pointless loss of life among innocents and people who served with the United States against Taliban inhumanity.
On August 25, 2021 the U.S. State Department and U.K. officials issued a warning to American and British citizens to leave the vicinity of the Kabul airport immediately. According to Biden foreign minister Antony Blinken, more than 77,000 non-Americans had been evacuated and only 4,500 Americans.
Up to 40,000 Americans remained stranded in Afghanistan. On August 28, 2021 it was reported that the Biden regime was refusing to help Americans stranded in Afghanistan. The Biden regime ordered the airport gates closed, and refused to allow Americans outside the gate fleeing Taliban terror to escape the Taliban terror. Rep. Ronny Jackson of Texas reported, “They have been beaten by the Taliban at check points and told to leave and come back with large sums of money. Biden is going to get them killed!" Rep. Andy Kim of New Jersey (D-NJ), tweeted,
|"They were outside one of the airport gates. They begged for someone to come out and get them. … They have little kids and were concerned by the chaos surrounding them. But they didn’t want to leave because they were mere feet from reaching safety on the other side of the airport wall. Within minutes of receiving this request, I happened to be meeting in person with one of the most senior officials at the State Dept. … I asked directly for a phone number American citizens can call if in an emergency like this family stuck at the gate. If I could get a number I planned to excuse myself from the meeting and immediately send it to the family at the gate. I was told no such number exists....Many people I talk to also legitimately fear the airport won’t be operational after the last US flight departs. The family gets contacted time to time by someone from US gov asking if they are still safe, but no mention yet about any evacuation plans. I reiterate, this is a family of US citizens and green card holders. I ask State Dept to please contact them immediately and tell them someone is on the way or get them instructions on where to travel. There are more citizens/residents that I am hearing from, as well as thousands of Afghans – including those who served alongside our military that are reaching out in desperation in these final hours.|
CNN’s Jake Tapper tweeted, “Two private citizens involved in evacuation efforts tell me Talibs at a checkpoint in Afghanistan are now turning away US passport holders and Lawful Permanent Residents of US.”
Michael Yon, a former Special Forces soldier and war correspondent was among the private citizens working with private networks and the military to rescue stranded Americans. Yon said, "We had them out there waving their passport screaming, 'I'm American.' People were turned away from the gate by our own Army." Yon emailed to an Army major whose team had tried to coordinate the rescue before abandoning it. "You guys left American citizens at the gate of the Kabul airport. Three empty jets paid for by volunteers were waiting for them. You and I talked on the phone. I told you where they were. Gave you their passport images. And my email and phone number. And you left them behind. General Milley also knew. Great job saving yourselves. Probably get a lot of medals."
At least 24 students from a California school district and 16 parents had tickets to fly out but were not able to get to the airport. School district officials believe there could easily be a thousand more still stuck in the country after being left behind.
550 members and their families of the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM), which runs the Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, were abandoned. A group trying to get VOA staffers and other vulnerable people out of Afghanistan ran into a wall because the evacuees were unable to get into the airport. The group, which consists of humanitarian aid workers and former embassy, and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) officials, had two charter flights that can carry 340 people each. VOA reported on a 25-year-old pregnant American woman in hiding who was denied entrance to the airport despite State Department and White House assurances it was not happening.
Former Force Recon Marine Chad Robichaux told the Daily Caller News Foundation that his nonprofit organization had organized bus transport to the Kabul airport for 100 Christians, 300 orphans and 25 American citizens before sunrise on August 26, 2021. But when the evacuees arrived at the airport, Robichaux said a “military commander” made a scene and made the evacuees leave the airfield. “He really created a scene with us, did not like what we were doing and how we were doing it and actually made the people get back on the bus, put them outside the gate and essentially sic them back off to the Taliban,” Robichaux said of the military commander, which he identified as the commander of the 82nd Airborne Brigade during a separate interview with Newsmax. Army Gen. Chris Donohue is the commander of the 82nd. “Donahue, one of the last things he did before leaving, was talk to the Taliban commander he’d been coordinating with…about the time we were gonna leave just to let them know that we were leaving,” McKenzie said.
On September 5, 2021 it was reported 6 planeloads of Americans were being held hostage on the ground in Mazar-i-Sharif. Glenn Beck’s Nazarene Fund and Mercury One charities have six private charter planes that were set to evacuate 1,000 people including 100 Americans from Afghanistan were grounded. An NGO (non-governmental organization) official told Newsweek that the passengers have not boarded the planes yet in the city of Mazar-i-Sharif as negotiations with the Biden State Department were stalled. Beck’s planes are not the only ones grounded. Two evacuation flights by international development organization Sayara and one by Goldbelt, Inc. are also grounded. Nineteen Americans and an unknown number of Afghans were scheduled to be on those flights. The Biden State Department held up the planes according to Rick Clay, who runs the private rescue group PlanB.
The Biden regime gave the Taliban a list of names of American citizens, Afghan allies, green card holders, they wanted to evacuate.
|“Basically, they just put all those Afghans on a kill list,” said one defense official, who like others spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive topic. “It’s just appalling and shocking and makes you feel unclean,” according to Politico.|
People who had worked for the Afghan government went into hiding, "awaiting their death sentence." The New York Times reported that about 600 American University students were “terrified” after having a list with their names and passports shared with the Taliban. The students were informed by the university president "evacuations were permanently called off” and the airport “has announced there will be no more rescue flights” before the Biden regime's self-imposed August 31, 2021 deadline. The Times reported that the Taliban posted a picture of themselves on social media standing at the entrance of a university building saying that’s where America trained infidel “wolves.” A Taliban attack on the campus in 2016 killed 13 people, including seven students.
Abdul Rehman was freed from Bagram prison on August 15, 2021 by the Taliban. Rehman spent four years in CIA custody at Bagram prison. Politico reported that according to a classified leak from the intelligence community, the Pentagon knew well in advance that a suicide bomber, Rehman, was coming to the Kabul airport Abbey Gate long before the explosion. According to the leak, the military knew where and when the attack was coming, and Lloyd Austin warned allies to avoid the area. Biden overruled a preventative drone strike and the suicide bombing took place.
Austin, Mark Milley, and CentCom Commander General Kenneth McKenzie all knew in advance the Abbey Gate was going to be bombed on Thursday, August 26, yet they kept the gate open.
|"Just 24 hours before a suicide bomber detonated an explosive outside Hamid Karzai International Airport, senior military leaders gathered for the Pentagon’s daily morning update on the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan.
Speaking from a secure video conference room on the third floor of the Pentagon at 8 a.m. Wednesday — or 4:30 p.m. in Kabul — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin instructed more than a dozen of the department’s top leaders around the world to make preparations for an imminent “mass casualty event,” according to classified detailed notes of the gathering shared with POLITICO.
During the meeting, Gen. Mark Milley, the chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, warned of “significant” intelligence indicating that the Islamic State’s Afghanistan affiliate, ISIS-K, was planning a “complex attack,” the notes quoted him as saying. Commanders calling in from Kabul relayed that the Abbey Gate, where American citizens had been told to gather in order to gain entrance to the airport, was “highest risk,” and detailed their plans to protect the airport. “I don’t believe people get the incredible amount of risk on the ground,” Austin said, according to the classified notes.
On a separate call at 4 that afternoon, or 12:30 a.m. on Thursday in Kabul, the commanders detailed a plan to close Abbey Gate by Thursday afternoon Kabul time. But the Americans decided to keep the gate open longer than they wanted in order to allow their British allies, who had accelerated their withdrawal timeline, to continue evacuating their personnel, based at the nearby Baron Hotel.
American troops were still processing entrants to the airport at Abbey Gate at roughly 6 p.m. in Kabul on Thursday when a suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest there, killing nearly 200 people, including 13 U.S. service members.
To ameliorate the rage after the murder of 13 U.S. servicemen Biden went on national television and vowed revenge. With much bravado Biden said, "We will not forgive. We will not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay." Within hours the executions began. Mainstream media reported a revenge killing for the alleged ISIS-K attack. The home of a family of 10, including 6 children, was struck in a drone strike. CNN reported a brother of the one of those killed said that they weren’t ISIS but an “ordinary family....We are not ISIS or Daesh and this was a family home — where my brothers lived with their families."
A neighbor told the outlet, “All the neighbors tried to help and brought water to put out the fire and I saw that there were five or six people dead,” “The father of the family and another young boy and there were two children. They were dead. They were in pieces. There were [also] two wounded.” Piers Morgan called out Biden’s “reckless abandonment” of Afghanistan after the drone strike killed 10 family members. “Horrific,” the former "Good Morning Britain" host tweeted to his millions of followers. “Yet more tragic casualties of President Biden’s woefully reckless abandonment of Afghanistan [and] the inevitable chaos [and] carnage that resulted from it.”
According to The New York Times, Biden killed Zemari Ahmadi, a long-time worker for Nutrition and Education International, a California-based aid group, and 9 other members of his family. On the morning of the atrocity, Ahmadi’s boss called him at 8:45 a.m and asked him to pick up his laptop; Mr. Ahmadi left at around 9 a.m. in a white Toyota Corolla belonging to his employer. This is when surveillance began; An MQ-9 Reaper drone tracked Ahmadi around Kabul, as he picked up breakfast and went to his office; Around 2:30pm, Ahmadi began filling canisters with water, to distribute them as aid; Mr. Ahmadi commuted home around 4pm; As he arrived home at 4:50pm, the U.S. drone fired a Hellfire missile at him, murdering him and his family members.
Shortly after the strike, U.S. military leaders insisted only ISIS combatants had been killed, and that a secondary explosion proved there were explosives in the vehicle. An on-the-ground investigation disproves any claims of a secondary explosion. Ahmadi’s relatives said 10 members of their family, including seven kids, were killed: Ahmadi and three of his children, Zamir, 20, Faisal, 16, and Farzad, 10; Mr. Ahmadi’s cousin Naser, 30; three of Romal’s children, Arwin, 7, Benyamin, 6, and Hayat, 2; and two 3-year-old girls, Malika and Somaya.
The Biden junta lied about murdering a family.
- See also: Obama war crimes
In the midst of all the lies flowing from the White House, State Department, Pentagon, and Intelligence Community, and the unprecedented step by mainstream media of questioning and calling out the Biden regime's lies and contradictory statements, the Kabul airport suicide bombing occurred. Pentagon press spokesman John Kirby tweeted that ISIS-K, or the ISIS Korosan group was responsible. Kirby's statement was unquestionably accepted and taken wholesale at face value.
In 2014, amidst the Obama administration's lies about the Arab Spring and rise of ISIS, Andrew McCarthy wrote in the National Review a piece entitled, The Khorosan Group Does Not Exist. It’s a fictitious name the Obama administration invented to deceive us. McCarthy wrote:
|"You haven’t heard of the Khorosan Group because there isn’t one. It is a name the administration came up with, calculating that Khorosan — the Iranian–Afghan border region — had sufficient connection to jihadist lore that no one would call the president on it.
The “Khorosan Group” is al-Qaeda. It is simply a faction within the global terror network’s Syrian franchise, “Jabhat al-Nusra"...Obama has not quelled our enemies; he has miniaturized them. The jihad and the sharia supremacism that fuels it form the glue that unites the parts into a whole — a worldwide, ideologically connected movement rooted in Islamic scripture that can project power on the scale of a nation-state and that seeks to conquer the West. The president does not want us to see the threat this way.
For a product of the radical Left like Obama, terrorism is a regrettable but understandable consequence of American arrogance. That it happens to involve Muslims is just the coincidental fallout of Western imperialism in the Middle East, not the doctrinal command of a belief system that perceives itself as engaged in an inter-civilizational conflict. For the Left, America has to be the culprit. Despite its inbred pathologies, which we had no role in cultivating, Islam must be the victim, not the cause. As you’ll hear from Obama’s Islamist allies, who often double as Demcratic activists, the problem is “Islamophobia,” not Muslim terrorism."
Additionally, Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussain wrote in The Intercept at the same time an article entitled, The Fake Terror Threat Used to Justify Bombing Syria. "The threat of the “Khorasan Group” was trotted out to justifying bombing Syria. Then it just evaporated." Greenwald and Hussain observed:
|"As the Obama Administration prepared to bomb Syria without congressional or U.N. authorization, it faced two problems. The first was the difficulty of sustaining public support for a new years-long war against ISIS, a group that clearly posed no imminent threat to the “homeland.” A second was the lack of legal justification for launching a new bombing campaign with no viable claim of self-defense or U.N. approval.
The solution to both problems was found in the wholesale concoction of a brand new terror threat that was branded “The Khorasan Group.” After spending weeks depicting ISIS as an unprecedented threat — too radical even for Al Qaeda! — administration officials suddenly began spoon-feeding their favorite media organizations and national security journalists tales of a secret group that was even scarier and more threatening than ISIS, one that posed a direct and immediate threat to the American Homeland. Seemingly out of nowhere, a new terror group was created in media lore."
On August 28, 2021, two days after the Kabul airport bombing, CNN aired an interview with an alleged ISIS-K commander, leaving observers to wonder how CNN gained access to the terrorist leader – and protected his identity – two weeks before his group allegedly killed 170 people. CNN reporter Clarissa Ward conducted the interview with the alleged commander who said that the group was “laying low and waiting for its moment to strike.” Ward called the commander’s words “eerily prophetic,” but social media users argued that CNN had advance notice and apparently did nothing to warn others or lead US authorities to the terrorist commander.
- See also: Rape jihad
Bodies lay strewn on the streets of Kandahar. It was a repetition of what the Taliban had done in all the other provinces to the forces that fought alongside Americans. Taliban atrocities included executions, even killing kids in front of their parents. Afghans became fearful of the brutal regime's return. CNN reported that on July 12, 2021 the Taliban knocked on the door of a mother of four in a small village in northern Afghanistan. They were demanding food. The mother told them, "I am poor, how can I cook for you?" The Taliban beat her to death. In Takhar province, the Taliban shot and killed a woman when she went out in public without a burqa.
The Taliban executed unarmed Afghan soldiers of the Afghan army in cold blood who were attempting to surrender.
The Taliban "massacred" and viciously tortured and murdered nine Hazara men between July 4-6, 2021 in the Malistan district in the eastern Ghazni province, according to Amnesty International. "Six of the men were shot and three were tortured to death, including one man who was strangled with his own scarf and had his arm muscles sliced off," the report said.
Once inside the capital city of Kabul, the Taliban had all the records with names of everyone who served in the Ktah Khas (KKA) or Afghan Special Forces, and began a house-to-house search for them. The KKA counter-terrorism experts who were trained by and fought alongside Americans suffered the same fate others did in the provinces, and were summarily executed. Commanders of the Afghan National Army were hanged.
"Some of the thousands of Afghans denied help during the August 2021 evacuation of US forces from Kabul chose horrific deaths rather than risk capture by the Taliban after helping Americans during their 20-year war there."
In the door-to-door searches, the searching through phones looking for Bible apps, looking for Christians. If they find a downloaded Bible on a device, they kill the device owner immediately.
In Kandahar, public executions in stadiums returned.
In Ghor province, the Taliban beat and executed an 8 month pregnant policewoman in front of her husband and children at the family home. Relatives supplied graphic images showing blood spattered on a wall in the corner of a room and a body, the face heavily disfigured. The victim's son said her brain was taken out. "This is Taliban 2.0. United States and NATO let this happen."
The Taliban raped and beat a gay man in Kabul after tricking him into a meeting with a promise of escape from Afghanistan.
- No, Biden Can’t Blame Trump For The Afghanistan Withdrawal Disaster Margot Cleveland, The Federalist, Aug 16, 2021.
- Biden Lost the Afghan War, Bob Lonsberry, Aug 16, 2021
- Scott Walker (@ScottWalker) Tweeted: Thinking about the last time I left the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. It was dangerous then. I can only imagine what is happening now. Biden totally screwed this up. https://t.co/R4PSQnEvhM Aug 15, 2021
- Billions Spent on Afghan Army Ultimately Benefited Taliban Associated Press, US News, Aug 17, 2021. Built and trained at a two-decade cost of $83 billion, Afghan security forces collapsed so quickly and completely — in some cases without a shot fired — that the ultimate beneficiary of the American investment turns out to be the Taliban.
- Sen. Biden: "U.N. Secretary Kofi Annan has issued an appeal for $584 million to meet the needs of the Afghan refugees and displaced people, within Afghanistan and in neighboring countries. This is the amount deemed necessary to stave off disaster for the winter, which will start in Afghanistan in just a few weeks. We must back up our rhetoric with action, with something big and bold and meaningful. We can offer to foot the entire bill for keeping the Afghan people safely fed, clothed, and sheltered this winter, and that should be the beginning....We can kick the effort off in a way that would silence our critics in the rest of the world: a check for $1 billion, and a promise for more to come as long as the rest of the world joins us. This initial amount would be more than enough to meet all the refugees’ short-term needs, and would be a credible downpayment for the long-term effort. Eventually the world community will have to pony up more billions, but there is no avoiding that now, not if we expect our words ever to carry any weight.
If anyone thinks this amount of money is too high, let me note one stark, simple and very sad statistic. The damage inflicted by the September 11 attack in economic terms alone was a minimum of several hundred billion dollars and a maximum of over $1 trillion. The cost in human life, of course, as the Presiding Officer knows, is far beyond any calculation. [https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/CRECB-2001-pt13/pdf/CRECB-2001-pt13-issue-2001-10-03.pdf CONGRESSIONAL RECORD—SENATE 18425 SENATE—Wednesday, October 3, 2001, Pg. 18464]
- The Original Sin of the War in Afghanistan, By Jonah Blank, The Atlantic, APRIL 20, 2021.
- Sen. Biden: "I think the American public and the Islamic world is fully prepared for us to take as long as we need to take. If it is action that is a mano-a-mano. If it's us on the ground going against other forces on the ground. The part that I think flies in the face of, and plays into every stereotypical criticism of us, is where this high tech bully that thinks from the air we can do whatever you want to do. And it builds the case, for those who want to make the case against us, that all we're doing is indiscriminately bombing innocents. Which is not the truth. Some innocents are indiscriminately bombed. But that is not the truth. I think the American public is prepared for a long siege. I think the American public has prepared for American losses. I think the American public is prepared, and the president must continue to remind them to be prepared, for American body bags coming home. There is no way that you can, in fact, go after and root out al Qaeda and or Bin Ladin without folks on the ground, in caves, risking and losing their lives. And I believe that the tolerance for that in the Islamic world is significant, exponentially higher, than it is for us bombing. That's the generic point I wish to make. I am not qualified enough to tell you. Although I can tell you what the military guys have said to me. This is not 1948. This is 2001. I'm not at all sure they're correct." @59:43
- Matthew Rosenberg. "With Bags of Cash, C.I.A. Seeks Influence in Afghanistan", 28 April 2013.
- Ashraf Ghani feared execution by the Taliban, and is said to have fled with $139 million dollars in suitcases.
- The Atlantic (2011). Panetta Will Run Pentagon; Petraeus to Lead CIA.
- Obama Sec. of Defense Chuck Hagel said Sullivan is one of Obama's
"35-year-old PhDs who love to talk, because that's the way you let everybody know how smart you are, is how much you talk."
- "Cost-benefit analysis is a Republican spending reform of the Reagan era.
- Javers, Eamon (February 6, 2013). In Brennan's Private Sector Stint, a Chinese Connection. CNBC. Retrieved February 3, 2021.
- Friedersdorf, Conor (March 14, 2016). The Obama Administration's Drone-Strike Dissembling. The Atlantic. Retrieved February 3, 2021.
- Miller, Greg; Nakashima, Ellen; Entous, Adam (June 23, 2017). Obama’s secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin’s election assault. Washington Post. Retrieved February 3, 2021.
- Apuzzo, Matt; Goldman, Adam; Fandos, Nicholas (May 16, 2018). Code Name Crossfire Hurricane: The Secret Origins of the Trump Investigation. The New York Times. Retrieved February 3, 2021.
- U.S. woman killed in Taliban attack: 'Beautiful, funny and ... fearless'.
- The Khorosan Group Does Not Exist, By ANDREW C. MCCARTHY, September 27, 2014 8:00 AM. National Review.
- THE FAKE TERROR THREAT USED TO JUSTIFY BOMBING SYRIA, Glenn Greenwald & Murtaza Hussain, The Intercept, September 28 2014.
- Afghanistan: Advancing Taliban Execute Detainees, HRW, Aug 3, 2021
- Taliban Takeover Reminds Afghans Of The Brutality Of Their Previous Regime, PBS, Aug 16, 2021
- Caitlin Doornbos, Afghans chose razor wire suicide over Taliban when Kabul fell, US Marine tells lawmakers, NYpost, 3/8/2023.