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To thank partners who helped save and shelter Afghan civilians, @SecDef announces he'll travel to the Gulf region next week. Image
"We will continue to evacuate American citizens under the leadership" of @StateDept, says @thejointstaff chief, @USArmy Gen. Mark Milley. Image
As of this morning, 20,000 Afghans have arrived at eight military bases in the US, according to Gen. Milley.
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The #AfghanistanWar began 40 yrs ago when the US decided it could not tolerate the leftist, Soviet-allied Democratic Republic of Afghanistan. To bait a USSR invasion, the CIA began Operation Cyclone, which financed the Afghan “mujahideen,” a group of radical jihadist militants.
Many pundits believe the Soviets invaded Afghanistan first. In reality, Operation Cyclone predated the invasion by six months. The general goal, confirmed years later by Carter’s National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski, was to bait the USSR into its own Vietnam quagmire. Image
Operation Cyclone was top secret and wildly expensive, one of the CIA’s longest and costliest operations to date. It began in 1979 and cost $675,000. Funding soon ballooned to $20-30 million per year through the 80s during the Soviet occupation, rising to $690 million in 1987.
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U.S. Secretary of State @SecBlinken tried hard to sell @JoeBiden ‘s decision to withdraw all American troops from Afghanistan during an unannounced visit to the country. #Afghan #AfghanistanWar Image
When announcing the decision, @JoeBiden said U.S. has achieved its objectives of preventing “future terrorist attacks against the United States”. #Afghan
But the real objective for @JoeBiden to pull out U.S. troops is perhaps to play into America’s domestic politics and establish himself as the President who ended the country’s longest war. #AfghanistanWar
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