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"kunduz city" Discussed on Today, Explained

Today, Explained

07:37 min | 4 months ago

"kunduz city" Discussed on Today, Explained

"Support for the show comes from one degree and their podcast business wars. You might remember in the nineties to hip hop record labels shocked parents and won over fans worldwide selling tens of millions of albums. Those record labels were bad boy and death row the business wars podcast from wondering has the story of how these two labels changed american music and american business. The battle between the two labels escalated as they fought to reach the top of the charts. People died you'll hear about to pock and biggie. And dr dre and snoop dogg and puff daddy and he should night. The story of these record labels in the rivalries is a textbook for financial success but also how that success leads to mo money mo problems business wars death row versus bad boy. You can find it wherever you find your podcast or you can listen one week early and ad free by joining one re plus if their friends and family members. You haven't talked to in a while. Don't worry it's never too late to reconnect to help. At and t. is offering deals on the latest smartphones. It's not complicated. Everyone deserves something new so. At and t. is giving new and existing customers. Their best deals on every smartphone. Even the latest ones restrictions exemptions apply visit. Att dot com for details math. We did an episode recently on the cost of nine eleven where we were sure to point out that you know something like three thousand people died on september eleven two thousand one but but nearly a million if not many more have died in the subsequent war on terror. How often does stuff like what you described in the first half of the show happen in united states drone warfare. Well i think it happens far more often than we know and the reason i say that is because only a fraction of these incidents can really be investigated they typically happen in areas that are remote and difficult even dangerous to access so in most cases we just have the official version and yet we have many incidents that have been documented of civilian casualties. So it's dan reason that there are more. These strikes have been going on now for almost two decades. And it's very rare that we can put the faces and names on the innocent victims. Tell me another incident. That didn't go under the radar. One that was documented. Ooh well in two thousand fifteen which seems like a lifetime ago. Kunduz city fell the taliban. That was the first provincial capital. Nato trained afghan police and army say. They're doing what they can to thwart the attack boats sides i say taking casualties and the afghan troops backed by us. Special forces took it back fairly quickly. But in the course of this house fighting the us vessel forces on the ground. Call it an airstrike on a doctors without borders hospital an ac thirty gun shift which is a very powerful special operations aircraft white down this hospital on october third about two in the morning earlier today. The international medical aid group doctors without borders accused. Us forces of deliberately bombing that hospital in kunduz city and at least forty. Two people were killed in the attack. Many of them medical staff from dr borders an patients so it was a horrific incident in this case it was immediately apparent that terrible mistake had been made and the. Us military promised investigates soon after the strike. I went to kunduz. And i ended up writing a story about it for the new york times magazine. What did you find out well the. Us military ended up saying that it was an accident. A hospital was mistakenly struck. We would never intentionally target. They protected medical facility. The head of us forces in afghanistan general. John campbell told congress this week that afghan troops had requested the air cover because they were facing attack. They released a heavily redacted version of the report And it was wasn't until seven months later came out saying that we made a series of errors out there some technical errors with the gunships. You know navigation and targeting system through our failure to report certain things. There was errors on the ground but it was a mistake. We didn't mean to hit this hospital. This happened in part because the authority for the strike have been delegated to a lower level of command. Which is the same thing that we're told happened with his drone strike. Now in the case of news it was because the strike was carried out under self-defense. Rules when us forces are in imminent danger on the ground you know. They have the ability to call in airstrikes to protect themselves. You know that aren't subject. The normal levels of vetting and oversight. Because you know there have been many Egregious instance of civilian casualties from airstrikes. That can't stand where. Us four planes of wiped out wedding parties or convoys of civilians and you know this was seen as not only something that was awful but it was something that was turning the population against the us occupation. And so there were these rules for oversight that were implemented but these were waved in the cases of urgent self defense. And that's what happened in kunduz. How much does the us military just accept this level of civilian death when it's conducting these airstrikes. How much is it seen as well. We're saving boots on the ground. So it's worth will the military would say that no other military takes the same amount of steps to prevent civilian casualties but does any other military conducted many airstrikes in foreign countries. We do exactly no. Other military conducts dismay drawn strikes overseas. So we definitely have a responsibility to be the best at avoiding civilian casualties but the idea that civilian casualties are avoidable. I think that if you carry out these kinds of airstrikes eventually civilians are going to die and therefore in a sense their deaths are intended the bombing outside the airport in kabul was so brutal so in human it was easy to see the. Us strike some isis fighter and and prevent another attack and feel a sense of relief to to maybe even feel good about it. I mean the word general milley the the chairman of the joint chiefs staff used was righteous and now of course. This feels very different..

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"kunduz city" Discussed on NewsRadio KFBK

NewsRadio KFBK

07:33 min | 4 months ago

"kunduz city" Discussed on NewsRadio KFBK

"This is your host, Ben Bueller. Garcia. We're now go ahead. It's been an interesting day to the to Jessica's Jessica Donati is she covers foreign affairs at The Wall Street Journal in Washington, D. C C, joined the paper as bureau chief in Kabul in 2015 and lived in Afghanistan for over four years. Prior to the journal. She worked for Reuters in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, covering both the conflicts in Libya and Afghanistan. She co authored a piece on the war in Libya that was chosen as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 22, Jessica Sebastian Junger gave quite a bit of praise to your book, Eagle down, which I think I mean, frankly, I believe him to be one of the greatest writers of our generation. What was your motivation to write these stories and to get them published? And why now? Well, I mean, I was in Afghanistan for four years, and during that time as a journalist, I found it very frustrating to see that the messaging That the U. S government was sending out did not match the conditions that we were seeing on the ground. The narrative that the Obama administration was that the U. S is no longer at war, that it's a training mission and that soldiers were no longer in combat. Whereas what we saw from 2015 on as soon as the majority of truth black, the Taliban researched, and within a few months they captured their first city, which was the city of Kunduz. In order to be captured that city the U. S sent in a bunch of American special forces. And lead a two week long mission to recapture the city. But this was never explained to the public. They continue to say no, the Afghans did it and To me. It was it was. It was risky to deny the role that the US had because it gave a false sense of how well the Afghan government was doing and And that on one hand, the other hand also was that it didn't seem factor the soldiers who are still fighting and dying on the front line. No, and that's what's interesting. I've got a guest coming up. Who's a Marine and combat veteran that was in Afghanistan, and in his book, he talks about how the combat action ribbon is something that, uh, you know, there's a real sense of pride wearing that on his uniform or any Marines uniform. But then there's the question of well what? What qualifies you for? For combat action, ribbon and And Jessica. I'm just a knucklehead. I don't know much, but I mean to me if you're anywhere and somebody shooting at you That's Yeah, that's combat. And that's exactly what what you'll see or what you will have seen in the book is that these soldiers are ordered to go into Kunduz city and we capture it from the Taliban or go into Ghazni city, and we capture it. Or go on this mission with commanders in the middle of Taliban controlled Helmand and try and capture or killed commander So they were being sent into exactly the same combat situations that they had always been fighting. But what has changed with the narrative in Washington, where they were saying these aren't combat missions, either training missions. And they stopped calling the soldiers, soldiers or whatever they said, calling them advisers, which sounds less warlike. And it was because the Obama administration had promised to end the war and they wanted to make it look like they had. You, Jessica. You're a journalist. You know the importance of semantics is that the game we were playing? That's a game that we're playing, and that's the costs that you see now where the government has certain extent believed it so narrative and wildly misjudged the amount of time that the Afghan government would be able to stand on its own, because for years the U. S has been telling the public. The Afghans are in the lead. Us is just training a little bit of advising. But they were really understating the critical role that U. S special operations in particular and support had in keeping the country together. The moment that was removed, the country collapsed, and that's why you saw The chaos that happened in August, with the government falling before the U. S had even left. And you know, in the introduction just when I talked about the deja vu moment your eagle down was released in January. I don't do math in public, but we're now what you know, eight months down the road. And and it's it's it's Groundhog Day. And I just well you you are kind of February 21st interview you did were you stated pretty much unequivocally. That the Afghan government would not have been able to control these areas without the U. S support and that's pretty prophetic. We just saw it happen all over again. Right? I mean to me. What was the real blow? I guess was when the Taliban we took Konduz for the third time, uh, in early August, and that was the start of their lightning eight day offensive, which led to them taking over the entire country. And it was just exactly the same as it had been every time they build up on the outskirts of the city, and then basically the government forced get scared away or they make deals and they flee. And turned over the city. And when Hindus felt I thought, if the U. S doesn't intervene, and this is really going to be the end, and sure enough, one city after the other they all they all were given up with almost without a shot fired. Jessica, Let's just point of clarification here for our listeners and the lawyers. Clearly, I never served in the military was just why I do what you do what I do with American warrior radio. You Are actually a journalist, right? You're not some kind of super secret CIA ninja. No, I'm not. I'm not. I'm not in the government never has been. And not even as you can probably tell from my accent, Not even American. I'm just, uh, somebody who ended up in Afghanistan by accident for the first time and 2012 and then just ended up covering the war for a long time and beginning to feel, uh, I think sorry would be one way to say it. But maybe it's not the right word for all the people who were giving their lives and suffering for a war that was being really badly managed. You know, I learned something new on every show Jessica. I would have guessed here from Texas with that accent. But thanks. Thanks. So let's let's so from our perspective from the outsiders with expertise, but not necessarily military. Let's talk. Lately in the United States, you you hear people talk about the distinction in the United States between the philosophies of citizens and say urban environments versus rural communities the East and West Coast versus the Heartland. But there's still certain commonalities that still bind us. But tell us about the disparities in Afghanistan that you witnessed something you've got The world tribal culture you have urban dwellers was the remote villages is this From the very beginning, Jessica in your opinion, was this like trying to repair shattered base? When when all the broken pieces will never fit together. I mean, I think it depends what the objective was. I mean in Afghanistan. When you look at the photos of the sixties or seventies, it's constantly seem to resurface on Twitter showing women in miniskirts. You know, that was Kabul. Maybe in this and the urban areas, whereas in rural parts, especially in the South and the east, which are also typically the Taliban or Pacific, we were the Taliban stronghold. Life for women didn't really change that much during the entire time that the US was there because the Taliban harsh rule, but part of the culture that's just the way that people lived around there..

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Afghanistan Government Reaches out to Former Warlords to Defend the North

Morning Edition

00:54 sec | 5 months ago

Afghanistan Government Reaches out to Former Warlords to Defend the North

"President, Ashraf Ghani landed in Mazar e Sharif in the country's north to rally troops attempting to beat back out Taliban offensive. Ghani has been meeting with local leaders and former warlords during his visit. The BBC's on bar Asan at Ruth and John has more As the Taliban continue their advance. The Afghan president is reaching out to former warlords to defend the not previously a stronghold of anti Taliban militia 40 years, Mr Ghani tried to sideline the warlords in an attempt to boost the Afghan National Army now is turning to them in this hour of need. Earlier this week, he also agreed to armed pro government militia. The loss of Missouri Sharif would be a significant blow for Kabul in yet another blow for the government reports that several soldiers were drawn from Kunduz city to the airport outside have surrendered to the militants following a sustained onslaught.

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"kunduz city" Discussed on The World and Everything In It

The World and Everything In It

03:15 min | 6 months ago

"kunduz city" Discussed on The World and Everything In It

"Lawmakers in the senate appear set to pass a massive one point two trillion dollar infrastructure bill possibly within the next twenty four hours. The senate voted last night to cut off debate on the bill on this. Vote the as our sixty eight. The nays are twenty-nine that vote was the final hurdle to clear before the full senate votes on the bipartisan package. It does appear likely that the bill will pass. But that's not a sure thing. Some republican senators still oppose the bill largely because it will add to an already spiraling deficit. Tennessee senator marsha blackburn. This is something too expensive to afford. Supporters argue that the bill will pay for itself over time because of long term benefits of the package. A final vote is expected most likely sometime early in the day tomorrow. In greece pillars of smoke and ash turned the sky origin blocked out the sun above the country's second largest island on sunday that as a wildfire devoured pristine forests and threatened villages. That triggered more evacuations. As helicopters dropped water and fire retardant. The fire on via island began august third and cut across the popular summer destination from coast to coast burning out of control. Flames have destroyed. Scores of homes and businesses and thousands of residents and tourists have fled meantime in california. The dixie fire has grown to become the biggest single blaze in the state's history. The fire last week destroyed the historic gold. Rush era town of greeneville. It has now engulfed well over seven hundred square miles an area larger than the size of new york city and as of sunday it was just twenty one percent contained as it has fueled by strong winds and bone-dry vegetation cal fire spokesman ryan band ninety nine percent receptive in the afternoon that means out of out of a hundred embers that are cast up into the air. Ninety nine out of one hundred of them will likely start a fire. The weather is expected to begin cooperating. A bit more today. Officials are still investigating the cause of the dixie fire. The taliban continues to gain ground in afghanistan is us allied troops complete their withdrawal from the country taliban fighters seized most of the capital of northern afghanistan's kunduz province on sunday. Kunduz city was the fourth provincial capital. Two largely or entirely fall to the extremist group in less than a week that as it ramps up its push across afghanistan. The taliban took control of the governor's office and police headquarters. After a day of firefights also captured the main prison building freeing five hundred inmates including taliban fighters president vitamin paid tribute to us olympic athletes. Over the weekend as the summer games came to a close. I know you have sensitive but appreciate your home. How proud you made america. You really representing america. You represented the soul country..

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Taliban Takes Key Northern Afghan Cities as Battles Rage On

BBC Newshour

02:05 min | 6 months ago

Taliban Takes Key Northern Afghan Cities as Battles Rage On

"Taliban in Afghanistan. Say they have now captured three cities in the north of the country, and it's hard not to conclude that the fighting for control of the country is going the Taliban's way. The government has acknowledged that the city of Taloqan, capital of Takhar province, Has fallen to the militants, with sources saying some provisions. Provincial officials were still trapped. Earlier, the Taliban said they had also taken the cities of Konduz and sorry pool. But the Defense Ministry in Kabul said special forces were still inside Kunduz city taking the battle to the insurgents, and an Interior Ministry spokesman said Afghan forces were winning back control and would defeat the Taliban. No, I haven't to other ensemble. So how do you have? Well? Yeah, one. The Afghan security forces, backed by the Air Force have launched a clean up operation in Kunduz City. They have been making progress and have captured some areas of the city and the Taliban have suffered heavy casualties. The city will soon be cleared of the terrorists. Reinforcements have also been deployed in other high risk provinces, and these cities that the Taliban want to capture will soon become their graveyards Hardship. Bilal Sarwari is an independent journalist in Kabul, and he's been telling me about today's developments on the ground. Well, we know that there's very heavy fighting inside the city of Kunduz, with the Taliban, managing to seize control of the provincial governor's office, as well as the police headquarters in the center of the city. But we've also seen you know very heavy fighting between Afghan special forces commandos in the Taliban. One Kunduz resident told me that there was a rain of bullets and shrapnel that hit homes. People simply could not basically even venture out of their living rooms, let alone seeing the street. We know that most of the districts in Kunduz province did fall to the Taliban a few weeks ago, even a month or so ago without much of a fight, So the city of Kunduz was always besieged. The Taliban were always at the four gates of the

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Afghan official: Much of Kunduz city controlled by Taliban

AP News Radio

00:51 sec | 6 months ago

Afghan official: Much of Kunduz city controlled by Taliban

"Taliban fighters have taken control of much of the capsule of northern Afghanistan's Kunduz province locals will cost on top buildings around couldn't assist central market area government officials said fighting between insurgents and government forces had taken place around the governor's office and police headquarters in condos however there were later reports that the Taliban had taken over the two buildings condos is a strategic crossroads which if it pulls would be a significant gain for the Taliban as it provides access to most of the northwest of the capital Kabul meanwhile and strikes damage to health clinic in high school in south in Afghanistan's Helmand province targeting Taliban positions I thought about such has intensified as US and NATO troops rock pop their withdrawal from the country in response the government have retaliated with airstrikes aided by the United States I'm Karen Thomas

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"kunduz city" Discussed on KQED Radio

KQED Radio

08:41 min | 7 months ago

"kunduz city" Discussed on KQED Radio

"Going to be sustained. Flanked by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and High Council for National Reconciliation Chairman Dr Abdullah Abdullah. President Biden promised to confront Afghanistan's third covid wave. By donating three million doses of Johnson and Johnson vaccine and badly needed oxygen, and he pledged support for Afghanistan's government. But with what an administration official called tough love, Afghans are going to have to decide their future. What they what they want President Ghani compared today in Afghanistan to the U. S civil war. The front nation is in 18 61 moment like President Lincoln, rallying to the defense of the Republic determined that the republic is defensive, but that's not going well. This week, Afghan soldiers in multiple districts surrendered to the Taliban. Taliban fighters have threatened to provincial capitals. The Taliban also captured the Tajikistan border crossing and districts that could allow them to cut off the sole roads to Kabul. On Wednesday, the Taliban released a statement declaring quote, manifests victory and triumph. We interviewed Taliban political spokesman Sohail Shaheen earlier this week. Do you believe you've achieved victory? We are ending the war and the up runs become as one As one nation, So I think that is victory. Uh, for the nation, But if you see at the angle that we and, uh, United State Achieved the solution through talks and negotiation. That is, I think that's success for both sides. The Taliban say they still want a political settlement in talks in Doha, but the Afghan government accuses the Taliban of stalling to try and win on the battlefield. There are Taliban forces that got to the edge of two provincial capitals, Kunduz city and mine. Mina did the Taliban plan on taking those provincial capitals right now, we do not have any intention of for, uh, learning or those capitals and taking them military take or is not our power. Our policy is reaching a solution through talks and negotiation. But Afghan government negotiators whom I speak to accuse you of abandoning the talks and not taking them seriously. We say. Come and, uh please talk about the road. My political wrote my first In order to reach a permanent solution, But they say we first we won't assist fire. They are rather interested. In surrendering our side to them, But that is not the cancellation. Are you willing to entertain a humanitarian ceasefire, especially given the third way from Covid? It is the up to the negotiation team on both sides. Are you ready and willing to share power. Any solution can reach by both sides. There will be acceptable acceptable to us. We want to interior a new face. Um the, uh, friend relation with the U. E C, uh in reconstruction of Afghanistan and the investment in the country. But if they still Insist. Continuing the military approach if they give them This murder band administration. More. Many And do emanation weapons. That means it will continue will prolong, er the war. Why, if foreign forces have agreed to leave, Do you continue to attack and kill your fellow Afghans? Those, uh, districts which have been fallen To our forces and the last few weeks on day falling through negotiations. Not a proof fightings. But that's not true in all areas. Just in the last few weeks, the Taliban have killed dozens of US trained Afghan commandos. When the Taliban ruled Afghanistan, they destroyed historic Buddhist art and hunted and executed minorities and women who didn't adhere their version of Islam. If the Taliban were to come back into power. Would you do that again? That is something for future for the in a religious scholars and so that punishment could include public executions. So that will be seeing that you said that you will allow girls to go to school. What reassurance can you give that you'll follow through on that promise? When in the past you haven't All schools that also includes Girl schools and all universities and offices. They should remain open so that it's clear they will have access to education. The administration is currently negotiating with Turkey for Turkish troops to secure the airport. Initially, with the assistance of U. S soldiers, U. S Service members will also remain to guard the embassy. The US is completing plans on how to keep training Afghan soldiers and whether U. S. Contractors will continue to help the Afghan air force. The Taliban reject the presence of all U. S forces and contractors. If they They've been our live behind some forces some residual forces that means contribution of the occupation. Meanwhile, thousands of Afghans who have helped translate foreign facilitate the US war or applying for US visas. Senior administration and congressional officials tell PBS news hour they're planning on evacuating some 17,000 and perhaps more to US territory for the PBS news hour. I'm mixture After President Biden's meeting today with Afghan leaders in the Oval Office, We turn to our Omni Nevada's who is reporting from the White House. So hello on know what more can you tell us about the president's meeting with these Afghan leaders and how the this administration is working through the security issues? Well, Judy by all appearances that meeting today between President Biden, President Connie of Afghanistan and the leader of the Reconciliation Council, that's Abdullah Abdullah was all smiles. It was a very friendly atmosphere. President Biden welcoming As he called them old friends to the White House. But it was a tough meeting because of those underlying issues because, remember the US negotiated their withdrawal from Afghanistan, not with those leaders, not with the government but with the Taliban. So, the White House said they wanted to focus more on what that continuing support that enduring friendship with Afghanistan looks like and they point to a few things they point to $260 million in humanitarian assistance. Three billion in security assistance and three million doses of that covid 19 vaccine also going to Afghanistan. But the shadow over all of this, and the meeting today at the White House is that deteriorating situation on the ground government forces on the back foot and some very dire predictions about what could be ahead. For the Afghan government. Now, I asked White House press secretary Jen Psaki about some of Nick's reporting. That conversation we just saw with the Taliban spokesman and this repeated message from the Taliban that any continued U. S troop presence would be seen as a violation of the U. S commitment to them. We know also that Taliban spokesman said in a text message to one of our colleagues last night that even the diplomatic presence by the U. S would be seen as a violation of the commitment and would Prolonged war, Jen Psaki said. Look, the president has been very clear about this in public and negotiator she claims have been very clear with the Taliban in private. The U. S intends to have an ongoing diplomatic presence and they will do whatever is necessary to secure it. Judy Um, no. You're following another story today. And that is Vice President Kamala Harris her trip to the Southern border As we reported this is after being criticized for not going there. How did the house the trip gone? That's right, Judy what we know, of course, Part of your portfolio is to oversee those root causes and address those from coming from those three Central American countries Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. She's been feeling a lot of questions since getting that portfolio about when she was going to the border from journalists but also criticism from Republicans about why she had not been Paris office and Simone Sanders from her office told us last night. Of course, she always planned to go. But because portfolio has a foreign policy lens, she wanted to go to Guatemala and Mexico. First to look at the causes that took to the border today takes a closer look at the effect. So she saw that as we mentioned in the new summary by visiting the port of entry, the Central Processing Center, one of the busiest ports of entry in the entire country. We should mention in El Paso. You spoke with some agents spoke with some migrants. We should know Judy..

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"kunduz city" Discussed on KQED Radio

KQED Radio

09:18 min | 7 months ago

"kunduz city" Discussed on KQED Radio

"Its withdrawal of forces from Afghanistan after 20 years of fighting, But the Afghan government is under constant attack from the Taliban and is struggling to hold onto its territory this past weekend saw some of the militants largest gains yet. Nick Schifrin explained. There's a saying often attributed to the Taliban. The US has the watches but the Taliban half the time and now that the US is, time is up. The Taliban are expanding their offensive. Since the US announced its withdrawal nine weeks ago, a senior Afghan official tells PBS news hour. The Taliban have seized 40 districts all over the country. In total, the Taliban control more than 120 districts and are fighting over an additional 180 districts. In this weekend, Taliban fighters moved to the edge of provincial capitals, Maimana in Faryab. In Kunduz city. The Taliban haven't breached Undo city's outer security ring, but their presence breach residents sense of security. Abdul Rahim is going to flee. The situation in Konduz is very bad. It is insecure and there are so many wounded victims in the hospital. I'm going to get my family out of there and go somewhere where it is safe. Throughout the country districts have fallen without a fight. This morning, Taliban posted online, a propaganda video of Afghan soldiers who surrendered a Taliban commander hands out the equivalent of $60 for each soldier to go home. Afghan troops face horrific casualties earlier this month in 1 24 hour span, 150 were killed or wounded. Afghan government tried to consolidate them to defend key districts, but they're struggling to hold their ground, especially since the Afghan air Force is losing the U. S contractors who usually maintain their helicopters. That U. S withdrawal is more than halfway done. US. Military officials tell PBS news hour. The full withdrawal is planned for early July, but the administration is still discussing how many troops to keep in the region and how to continue training Afghan soldiers and servicing Afghan equipment. For the U. S. The focus is international terrorism. Last week, the military's top officials warned that Al Qaeda and Isis in Afghanistan could threaten the U. S within two years. If certain other things happen. If there was a collapse of the government or disassociate dissolution of the Afghan security forces, that risk would obviously increase. But right now it's a medium and in about two years or so. Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley says he does not anticipate a repeat of the moment. The last American left Vietnam during questioning from New Hampshire Democrat Jeanne Shaheen. I don't see Saigon 1975. In Afghanistan, the Taliban and I hope that's correct. Yeah, that's the Taliban just aren't the North Vietnamese army. Afghan officials say Afghan forces are trying their best to hold on and across the country, citizen Afghans are taking up arms. But the last time the Taliban seize Kunduz city, Afghan and U. S special forces seized it back. Afghan officials know this time there will be no American cavalry to the rescue. And to discuss the state of Afghanistan and the US withdrawal. I'm joined by Scott Warden, director of Afghanistan and Central Asia at the think tank, the U. S Institute of Peace. He just returned from a trip to Afghanistan, where he met a range of leaders and government and civil society. Scott Warden, Good to see you again. Welcome back to the news hour. Let's look at what happened this weekend. What do these attacks on Provincial capitals say to you about security in the country? Well, it shows that security is due to deteriorating and that's what we heard from talking to Afghans in Kabul. The momentum of the Taliban has shifted and unfortunately there's also a psychological boost that they are getting from the fact of rapid US withdrawal. And they're looking forward to the date when there are no foreign forces in the country, and I think that will give them a military advantage. So I think that they have been strategically attacking districts to encircle key provincial centers, and they're continuing that momentum into my mind and to conduce and how alarmed our people in Kabul. When you talk to them. There's a strong sense of alarm. People are surprised by how much territory the Taliban have gained. And they are also frankly surprised that the US was serious about its timeline in the February 29th agreement with the Taliban from last year. Saying that we would leave and we would leave soon. I think that was not expected to come to fruition and people are really reconsidering their options. Do you have a sense when talking to people that the Taliban believe they can win or try to win without going to the negotiating table? And does that mean that the Taliban's military wind really is in charge? Much more than any negotiator has been I think that's the case. We did hear from people that are in contact with the Taliban that are tracking their deliberations and their strategies that The military wing has an upper hand within the movement, and they're saying Look at how much momentum we have. We should pursue a military strategy. Now there is, I'm sure an internal debate about what is the best way forward to achieve the Taliban's objectives. But certainly on the ground. People do not think that the Taliban have an incentive to negotiate right now. They also question whether the Taliban have been negotiating in good faith in Joe Hart throughout Of course, the Taliban have not laid out any clear vision for how they would govern Afghanistan and how they would protect rights or how they would conduct governance. So there's a lot of skepticism amongst a range of Afghans that the Taliban want anything other than a complete return to power. We talked about the military momentum that the Taliban have seized by encircling these provincial Capitals and districts that we've talked about and you pointed out, crucially, also a psychological momentum. That gentleman you heard from Kunduz City. He wanted out even if the Taliban actually hadn't gotten into the city yet, How can that momentum both military and psychologically? Stopped. Well, I think there are a few things that need to happen and announcement that there would be a visit by President Johnny and by Abdullah Abdullah, the head of High Council on national Reconciliation to Washington is a key step to show that the U. S still support the government. It still supports the state and it does not support a Taliban takeover. Just because troops are leaving that is significant. Consequence to the Afghan security forces readiness, but at the same time, we are continuing assistance, military assistance and economic assistance. So I think continued engagement and support for the Afghan government from the U. S is key also from the U. S allies. And even from the region because one thing that neither Iran nor Pakistan or China or Russia wants is a Taliban takeover or worse of bloody civil war, So I think there are strong interest among diverse powers that say the negotiating table is the place to decide the future, not the battlefield and zooming into one problem the U. S is trying to solve right now, as we mentioned before its contractors who service Afghan pilots, Afghan helicopters. How important is it that the US figure out how to keep those contractors in the country? Well, we heard that contractor support is crucial. The U. S. And the Afghan security forces had integrated operations in terms of supplies, training planning. And removing the troops and removing the contractors interrupts that integrated planning structure and so finding a replacement for American contractors making sure that U. S funds can be paid to foreigners to maintain equipment is essential for readiness and in particular for the Afghan air force because the main advantage the Afghan Security forces have over the Taliban is air power. So if you can't maintain that that advantage goes away and Scott in the in the minute or so I have left. As you know. Afghan officials who you speak to who I speak to are withering. About some of these recent decisions by both the Trump Administration and the vitamin ist rations. But do you also think that the Afghan government needs to provide more unity and stronger leadership? Absolutely. While the U. S support has been critical, and the decision making here has caught some Afghans by surprise? I also heard across the board disappointment that the Afghan political leaders across the spectrum are not more galvanized and united by this real crisis moment. There's still discussion about shares, sharing cheers of power within the republic, the Afghan republic and not focusing on the common enemy of the Taliban. So Clearly the government needs to be more united to be stronger. Both have to negotiating table and on the battlefield. Scott Warden, the U. S Institute of Peace. Thank you very much. Thank you. Primary voting is underway for.

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Antacids, antibiotics for infants linked to later allergies

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Antacids, antibiotics for infants linked to later allergies

"The market is now substantially down from the height reached in january though it's still well above the level when president trump took office these really prime minister benjamin netanyahu has shelved akon introversion agreement to resettle more than sixteen thousand african migrants in western countries the deal have angered rightwingers in his coalition government because it would give thousands of other african migrants the right to remain just hours after confirming the agreement with the united nations refugee agency mister netanyahu wrote on facebook that he was putting it on hold well news from the bbc an attack by government military planes in afghanistan is reported to have killed many civilians and several taliban fighters in the northern couldn't dues province i witnesses said helicopters had targeted a gathering of students at a religious school the government says at least twentyfive islam is to a killed or wounded in the strike but a doctor in kunduz city told the bbc that more than fifty severely injured people had been brought to his hospital researchers in the united states say that babies given antacids and antibiotics are at an increased risk of going on to develop childhood allergies the studies described as the largest of its kind undertaken and busby reports doctors examined the health records of nearly eight hundred thousand children those given antacids used to control reflux in their first six months with twice as likely to develop a food allergy within four years is those who were not there was also a significantly higher risk of developing hay fever or a severe anaphylactic reaction babies given antibiotics double their risk of developing asthma the researchers suggest that the drugs could change the composition of infants gut bacteria known to play a role in a healthy immune system an experiment is underway to tackle junk in space a small satellite has been launched will practice techniques for tracking debris and capturing it the satellite which has been developed in britain has a net into harpoon it sheduled go to the international space station where astronauts are expected to start using it next month space junk is a growing problem a lorry carrying five circus elephants has crashed in spain killing one of the animals and injuring two others emergency services used a crane to lift the injured elephants off the road others wanted loose before being rounded up the circus lorry overturned while passing another car.

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