Joe Biden praises ‘success’ of Afghanistan evacuation
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The explosive leaked transcript, published by Reuters, details a call made July 23 between the two presidents in which Mr Biden appears to pressure Mr Ghani to create the illusion they could hold off the Taliban “whether it is true or not”. The transcript alleged President Biden said: “I need not tell you the perception around the world and in parts of Afghanistan, I believe, is that things are not going well in terms of the fight against the Taliban, and there is a need, whether it is true or not, there is a need to project a different picture.”
Joe Biden LIVE: Cover-up mystery as POTUS crisis call with Afghan leader faces ‘blackout’ (Image: GETTY)
Critics have accused him of misleading the international community in an attempt to portray the 20-year intervention in Afghanistan as a success for the US military.
President Ghani warned his American counterpart: “Mr President, we are facing a full-scale invasion, composed of Taliban, full Pakistani planning and logistical support, and at least 10-15,000 international terrorists, predominantly Pakistanis thrown into this, so that dimension needs to be taken account of.”
However, several major US news networks including CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS and NBC, have refused to mention the controversial phone call creating a near-total media blackout.
Both CBS and MSNBC avoided the subject of Afghanistan altogether on primetime news on Wednesday despite the swilling controversy and growing terror threat in the region.
Earlier this week, White House press secretary Jen Psaki dodged questions about the bombshell phone call, saying “I’m not going to get into private, diplomatic conversations or leaked transcripts of phone calls.”
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The US president is reported to have pressured his Afghan counterpart to downplay the Taliban threat (Image: GETTY)
Newsmax host rages at Biden’s ‘lie’
Newsmax host Carl Higbie has raged at the leaked audio which appears to show President Joe Biden pressuring a foreign leader to produce a favourable report on Afghanistan “whether it is true or not”.
Mr Higbie said: “Let me reiterate: JoeBiden tried to get a foreign leader to LIE to the world to fit Biden’s narrative that got 13 US service members killed.”
GOP leader Kevin McCarthy says 9/11 anniversary marked by weaponising Taliban
GOP leader and former friend of President Joe Biden has said the incumbent has made America “weaker at home and abroad” is scathing remarks.
Kevin McCarthy wrote: “The 20th anniversary of 9/11 will be marked by a weaponised Taliban and a revived ISIS.
“President Biden has emboldened our enemies, abandoned our allies, and made America weaker both at home and abroad.”
Mr McCarthy has been calling for President Biden to be impeached over his mishandling of Afghanistan.
The 20th anniversary of 9/11 will be marked by a weaponized Taliban and a revived ISIS.
President Biden has emboldened our enemies, abandoned our allies, and made America weaker both at home and abroad.
u2014 Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) September 2, 2021
Biden vows ‘whole-of-government’ response to Texas abortion law
US President Joe Biden has promised a “whole-of-government” approach to tackle a new law in Texas that bans most abortions.
Under the new law, any individual can now sue anyone involved with providing or facilitating an abortion past six weeks of pregnancy in Texas.
Six weeks is before many women know they have conceived.
The president called the Supreme Court’s decision not to block the law an “unprecedented assault” on women’s rights.
Biden vows ‘whole-of-government’ response to Texas abortion law (Image: GETTY)
Taliban co-founder set to lead new Afghan government
Taliban co-founder Mullah Baradar is tipped to be the leader of a new Afghan government set to be announced shortly.
Mr Baradar currently heads the Taliban’s political office.
He will be joined by Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob, the son of late Taliban co-founder Mullah Omar, and Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai, in senior positions in the government, according to multiple sources inside the Taliban.
One anonymous source said: “All the top leaders have arrived in Kabul, where preparations are in final stages to announce the new government.”
Haibatullah Akhunzada, the Taliban’s supreme religious leader, will focus on religious matters and governance within the framework of Islam, another Taliban source said.
Biden’s relationship with Europe on brink
The US President’s relationship with European leaders has soured in the wake of recent events in Afghanistan, reports have claimed.
According to the BBC, the chaos around the US withdrawal from Afghanistan has brought the honeymoon period which followed his election to an end in terms of how he is viewed in Europe.
Reacting to the US withdrawal, France’s Europe Minister until 2019 Nathalie Loiseau told the BBC: “many EU countries were in a state of denial.
“They thought they should wait until Trump was gone and we’d go back to the ‘old normal’. But that ‘old normal’ isn’t alive anymore. I hope it’s a wake-up call for us.”
Afghanistan evacuation ‘hardest three weeks of everybody’s lives’, says airforce commander
The evacuation mission out of Afghanistan, which saw 123,000 people airlifted to safety, was the “hardest three weeks of everybody’s lives”, according to an airforce commander who was on the last flight out.
Lieutenant colonel Alex Pelbath was the mission commander of the final five US military planes out of Afghanistan.
He said: “It wasn’t just the flying every day, but doing what we’re doing, I know it took a mental toll on a lot of folks.
“There were a lot of folks that had, I would say, some emotional attachment [to Afghanistan].”
Hardest three weeks of everybody’s lives (Image: GETTY)
Clashes erupt between Taliban and cub of Panjshir forces
Violent clashes have erupted between the Taliban and anti-Taliban group National Resistance Front (NRF) in the northern mountainous region of Panjshir.
Panjshir Valley is the last major holdout against Taliban rule.
The Taliban has been closing in on the rebel forces since they moved to the region two weeks ago.
NRF spokesperson Fahim Dashti said yesterday that the Taliban lost 40 of their forces in their ongoing attempts to enter rebel-held Panjshir.
Ali Nazary, another spokesperson from the group, yesterday announced that the Taliban had also lost a significant amount of equipment and weaponry which had been destroyed.
Earlier this week, a Taliban leader called on Panjshiris to accept an amnesty and avoid fighting.
However, he did acknowledge that the peace negotiations had so far been unsuccessful.
Panjshir Valley is the last major holdout against Taliban rule (Image: GETTY)
Biden’s popularity plummets after deadly Afghanistan nightmare
President Joe Biden’s popularity has tumbled since the US-led coalition withdrawal from Afghanistan, a new poll shows.
His popularity has now dropped to 43 percent, according to an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll which was released yesterday.
President Biden’s new approval score is 6 points below NPR’s August poll, which put the president’s approval rating at 49 percent.
His rating dipped below 50 after a series of blunders in an Afghanistan withdrawal mission characterised by chaos.
Despite persistent terror warnings, 13 US military personnel were killed outside Kabul airport by an ISIS-K suicide bomber.
The president branded the withdrawal mission an “extraordinary success” after evacuating 123,000 people from the war-torn country over 18 days with their allies.
Biden’s approval rating has dropped to 43 percent since the Afghanistan nightmare (Image: GETTY)
‘Stop beating up on the administration so much,’ says CNN news anchor
CNN anchor Don Lemon has argued people should “stop beating up on the administration so much” after the deadly withdrawal from Afghanistan.
MSNBC primetime host downplays significance of phone call
The MSNBC primetime host Chris Hayes has tweeted about the bombshell interview leak, but only to downplay the significance of it.
He wrote: “Telling the failing Afghan government to ‘fake it till you make it’ as a means of extending its reign as long as possible is a sad statement on cumulative US failures in Afghanistan but not a scandal any more than the war itself was.“
The incident has yet to be addressed on major news network MSNBC.
Telling the failing Afghan government to “fake it till you make it” as a means of extending its reign as long as possible is a sad statement on cumulative US failures in Afghanistan but not a scandal any more than the war itself was.
u2014 Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) September 1, 2021