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Happening now: @CENTCOM Commander Gen. Kenneth "Frank" McKenzie briefs Pentagon reports on #Afghanistan withdrawal

"I would advise the #Taliban we will be prepared to defend ourselves" he says
"We do plan to continue support to the Afghan military...it will just be more difficult" per @CENTCOM's Gen. McKenzie

"We intend to continue to support them" he adds "It will be a tough fight for the Afghans"
"It is our intention to bring the contractors out, the US contractors will come out" per @CENTCOM's Gen. McKenzie, saying planner looking at other options to support Afghan air force

"We may be able to work some remote, televised way to do that"
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Happening now: @CENTCOM Commander Gen Kenneth "Frank" McKenzie & @USAfricaCommand Commander Gen Stephen Townsend testify at SASC
.@CENTCOM's Gen McKenzie tells lawmakers he has all the tools he needs to complete the withdrawal from #Afghanistan
"We will lose the abilities we have now to see completely into #Afghanistan" per @CENTCOM's Gen McKenzie, asked by @SenJackReed about impact of withdrawal on intel collection vs #alQaida #ISIS
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Happening now: @CENTCOM Commander Gen Kenneth "Frank" McKenzie, @USAfricaCommand Commander Gen Stephen Townsend & @DeptofDefense Acting UnderSec Amanda Dory testify at the House Armed Services Committee
"In #Afghanistan, our mission has been preventing terrorist groups from using the country to threaten the interests & security of the UnitedStates, our allies & partners" acting Deputy UnderSec Dory tells lawmakers "After 2 decades...we have accomplished that mission"
"We are focused on working closely w/the Afghan gvt & our @NATO allies to responsibly conclude Operation resolute Support in #Afghanistan" per @CENTCOM Commander Gen McKenzie "This is my main effort, at present"
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US reaction to reported death of #Chad President Idriss Deby

"We would like to express our condolences to the people of Chad for their loss" per @USAfricaCommand spox Col. Chris Karns "The United States is closely monitoring the rebel incursion in Chad..."
"#Chad plays a vital role in efforts to counter regional transnational threats" per @USAfricaCommand's Col Karns "Chad's ability to contribute to regional security initiatives helps reduce instability in the region"
"We continue to remain encouraged by #Chad|ian participation in regional counter violent extremist
organization efforts such as the Multinational Joint Task Force, G5 #Sahel Joint Force & the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in #Mali" per Col Karns
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NEW: "We believe we have the means to keep an eye on any terrorist threats or any sign of #alQaida's resurgence w/out having a persistent footprint on the ground" per @PressSec Jen Psaki
"The threat against the homeland now emanating from #Afghanistan can be kept to a level that can be addressed w/out that persistent footprint" per @PressSec, adding US "will retain significant assets in the region"

CT capabilities also being repositioned to counter any threat
Stable & predictable relationship w/#Russia "has to be our objective" per @PressSec "Obviously, this continues to be a difficult relationship. There are adversarial components..."
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HAPPENING NOW: News conference with @NATO SecGen @jensstoltenberg, @DeptofDefense @SecDef Lloyd Austin & @StateDept @SecBlinken
"We will start the withdrawal ... by May 1" @NATO's @jensstoltenberg says of the abt 10,000 mostly non-US troops currently in #Afghanistan

Says withdrawal will be completed "within a few months"
"This is not an easy decision & it entails risks" per @jensstoltenberg, saying the departure of troops is not the end of @NATO's relationship w/#Afghanistan
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HAPPENING NOW: Senate Intelligence Committee's Hearing on Worldwide Threats

"We look to our intelligence agencies to provide their best & most objective analytic judgments" per Chairman @MarkWarner "...free of bias, & not “shaded” in any way to fit a particular policy or agenda"
"We're going to need to discuss the situation in #Afghanistan" per @MarkWarner, in introductory remarks...
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"It's the one time a year where the American public & the members of Congress here in the Senate get an unvarnished presentation by an apolitical intelligence community of the real national security threats" per Vice Chair @marcorubio
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BREAKING: @ODNIgov issues assessment on Worldwide Threats a day before intel chiefs testify before lawmakers

"#Beijing, #Moscow, #Tehran, & #Pyongyang have demonstrated the capability & intent to advance their interests at the expense of the UnitedStates...despite the pandemic"
"#China increasingly is a near-peer competitor, challenging the United States in multiple arenas...#Russia is pushing back against #Washington where it can globally, employing techniques up to and including the use of force" per Annual Threat Assessment
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"#Iran will remain a regional menace w/broader malign influence activities" per @ODNIgov report "#NorthKorea will be a disruptive player on the regional & world stages"
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NEW: @DeptofDefense withholding findings of investigation into the #alShabaab attack on the #MandaBay airfield in #Kenya -which killed 1 US servicemember & 2 US contractors- pending "an independent review" by "a 4-star general officer"
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"It is the Secretary’s desire to ensure there is a full examination & consideration of the contributing factors ... & that appropriate action is taken to reduce the risk of future occurrence" per @PentagonPresSec "The families impacted deserve nothing less"
Review will be led by @TRADOC Commander, Gen Paul Funk

"An independent review will provide added insight, perspective, and the ability to assess the totality of this tragic event involving multiple Military Services & Department of Defense components" per @PentagonPresSec
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Gestern haben wir der Gefallenen des #Karfreitagsgefecht​s gedacht. Dazu haben mich zahlreiche Kommentare und Fragen erreicht. Hier einige Gedanken zum Einsatz der #Bundeswehr in #Afghanistan: 1/10
Der Hauptgrund, warum wir nach 9/11 überhaupt nach #Afghanistan gegangen sind, war, dass der Terror von #alQaida dort einen staatlich unterstützten Vorbereitungs- & Rückzugsraum hatte. Dass dies so seit 20 Jahren nicht mehr möglich ist, ist einer unserer Erfolge. 2/10
Die #Bundeswehr hat aus 20 Jahren #Afghanistan militärisch sehr viele Lehren gezogen. Politisch möchte ich eine umfassende Debatte über diesen gesamtstaatlichen Einsatz. Das sind wir schon allein denjenigen schuldig, die im Einsatz getötet oder verletzt worden sind. 3/10
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Happening now: Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on @USSOCOM & @US_CYBERCOM
"We recognize that our counterterrorism operations, while still critical to protecting Americans fro the likes of #ISIS & #alQaida, must become even more sustainable & focus on the most pressing threats" per @DeptofDefense Acting Asst Sec for Special Ops Chris Maier
"SOF continue to deter & disrupt persistent threats by terrorist & extremist organizations" per @USSOCOM Commander, Gen Richard Clarke

"20 years of this fight has honed out capability & most importantly our resolve" he says, calling SOF approaches "effective and sustainable"
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NEW: "The terrorist threat is far from behind us at this point" @StateDept's acting Coordinator for Counterterrorism & acting envoy to the Global Coalition to Defeat #ISIS John Godfrey tells @MiddleEastInst
Under @POTUS @JoeBiden "We will avoid announcing major policy initiatives or posture adjustments in a way that comes as a unwelcome surprise to partners & allies" @StateDept's Godfrey notes

"We will consult & we will coordinate"
Strategic review ongoing re white supremacist/domestic violent extremism - but not just domestically

"We're also focused on the transnational linkages of these domestic violent extremists" per @StateDept's Godfrey in @MiddleEastInst virtual conference
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While the US, @DeptofDefense review the US-#Taliban deal, the Taliban are pushing for the deal to proceed as is

#Taliban spokesman in #Doha, Mohammad Naim tells @VOADariAfghan the May 1 deadline for the US to pull out troops "is binding & must be implemented"
"Much progress has been made," #Taliban spokesman Mohammad Naim tells @VOANews's Afghan service

"We are trying to create a permanent ceasefire"
#Taliban also insist they are keeping to the terms of the deal w/the US

"A key issue in the agreement...is not to use #Afghan territory against the security of any country. We made a commitment & nothing like that has happened since" per #Taliban's Mohammad Naim
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I've seen some #Afghanistan commentators argue recently that the US-#Taliban Agreement is a bad deal b/c it gave too many concessions to the TB while getting too few in return for the US. In this THREAD, I'll state why I think it's a bad deal from an assessment point of view. 1/n
To do that, let's walk through each of the things the US & #Taliban committed to in the agreement & answer the Q: "Is this objectively & publicly verifiable?"

Why is that Q important? B/c a good deal is one where both sides can reliably & transparently determine compliance. 2/n
Let's start w/the US:
1. Within 135 days...The US "will reduce the number of US forces in #Afghanistan to 8,600 & proportionally bring reduction in the number of its allies and Coalition forces."

A: This is O & P verifiable (& complete). 3/n
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NEW: @StateDept's top counterterrorism official says the Jan 6 siege of the #USCapitol "wasn't just an assault on the Capitol. It was an assault on democracy, w/a violent mob trying to interfere with the results of the election"
"Nothing is more sacred to our constitutional democracy than the peaceful transfer of power" per Amb. Nathan Sales speaking to @AEI

Adds that those who rioted "desecrated the Capitol & the principals for which its stands"
"There's no room for complacency" @StateDept's Sales warns on the fight vs terrorism, repeating warnings that there needs to be a focus on #ISIS, #alQaida in #Africa
#StateCTatAEI
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NEW: @SecPompeo says there's an "#Iran-#alQaida axis" w/Iran serving as AQ core's new "home base"

But former US Special Envoy to the Coalition to Defeat #ISIS, Amb James Jeffrey tells @TheWilsonCenter the relationship is "transactional...not a joint campaign"
#Iran - #alQaida "These ties are transactional in nature" per Amb Jeffrey "They are not a joint campaign against the #UnitedStates"

Jeffrey further says there have long been 3 levels of cooperation:
- refuge
- passage
- "very, very limited" operational cooperation
Why the emphasis on #Iran-#alQaida?

"It's an attempt to stack the deck, to make it harder for the next administration to reverse your policies" per Amb Jeffrey
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Months ago, the top @StateDept Counterterrorism official said #alQaida was "on the ropes, no doubt"

Now, @SecPompeo says #AQ poses "a grave threat" from its new "home base" in #Iran

A look at the long, complicated AQ-Iran relationship & what it means...
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NEW: US slapping #Iran, foundations controlled by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei w/new sanctions

Sanctions target Execution of Imam Khomeini’s Order (EIKO, Astan Quds Razavi (AQR) which allow regime "to exploit a system of ownership over a wide range of sectors of Iran’s economy"
"While purportedly charitable organizations (bonyads), EIKO and AQR control large swaths of the #Iran|ian economy, including assets expropriated from political dissidents & religious minorities" per @USTreasury
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NEW: @USAfricaCommand warns #alQaida-linked #alShabaab "remains adaptive, resilient, and capable of attacking Western & partner interests in #Somalia & East #Africa" in final @DoD_IG report on US counterterrorism ops in Africa
Despite ongoing train/advise/equip efforts by US, others "The Somali government...has not met milestones for the development of its security forces" per @DoD_IG Sean O’Donnell

#Somalia #alShabaab
In North #Africa, #alQaida in the Islamic Maghreb (#AQIM) & #ISIS-#Libya "significantly degraded & currently pose no threat to the US homeland & a minimal threat to US interests in the region" per @DoD_IG Sean O’Donnell
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Happening now: "The president deals w/the world as it is-we deal w/dictators & authoritarian regimes as they are, not as we hope them to be" US Nat'l Security Adviser @robertcobrien tells @HudsonInstitute
"We don't turn a blind eye to their conduct expecting somehow that they'll change" per @robertcobrien

"He's done the hard work of strengthening our alliances & in doing so has put substance over style, & he's been criticized for that" he adds
"We think that his actions have demonstrated that the US will no longer be a party to arrangements, organizations, int'l conventions, treaties where our sovereignty is not respected" per @robertcobrien

".. led to demonstrable results that have made the American ppl safer"
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NEW: Local officials say #Taliban were killed in the #Afghanistan-led operation in #Ghazni province that killed senior #alQaida official Abu Muhsin al-Masri
“A #Taliban commander, Emran Hanzalah, & few other fighters were killed,” Vahidullah Jumah Zada, a spokesperson for the governor of Ghazni province,
told @VOADariAfghan
“Such kind of people are seen a lot in Qarah Bagh, Andar, and Giru districts,” Esmatullah Jamoradwal, a member of #Ghazni’s Provincial Council, told @VOADariAfghan “They speak Urdu, Arabic and other languages”
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BREAKING: US official confirms death of high-ranking #alQaida official Abu Muhsin al-Masri in #Afghanistan-led op in Ghazni province

Official tells @VOANews that US forces provided support
BREAKING: Multiple officials say the senior #alQaida leader killed by @NDSAfghanistan is NOT the terror group's number #2 official and likely heir to AQ leader Ayman al-Zawahiri

Officials say confusion likely caused by the similar aliases used by both high-ranking operatives
Officials say the #alQaida official killed in #Afghanistan's Ghazni province is Abu Muhsin al-Masri, aka Husam Abd al-Ra’uf

According to recent @UN reports, al-Masri/al-Ra'uf was a key liaison between AQ & the Taliban
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Ich habe das Gefühl ich müsste mich mehr zum Thema #Islamismus äußern. Einfach das Ganze verurteilen reicht aber nicht. Stattdessen möchte ich euch die Geschichte des Islamismus erzählen und meine Ansicht verdeutlichen wie man dagegen am Besten ankämpft. (Thread) /1
1. Was ist eigentlich #Islamismus?: Der Begriff wird häufig sehr unterschiedlich von Medien und Experten verwendet. Manchmal einfach nur als Synonym für "politischen Islam", andere Male eher synonym mit islamischem Fundamentalismus und Radikalismus. Beide Gleichsetzungen /2
sind problematisch. Ursprünglich beschrieb #Islamismus fast ausschließlich "politischen Islam". Hierunter vielen aber eine ganze Reihe sehr unterschiedlicher politischer Strömungen, Ideen und Einzelpersonen. Mit unterschiedlichen Haltungen zu Demokratie, Modernisierung etc. /3
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"#Putin waged a campaign to drag us down...Putin's design is to be the last man standing" former US Nat'l Security Adviser HR McMaster tells @washingtonpost live on #Russia "He wants to polarize our societies in the West...pit us against each other"
US adversaries - "They view us as weak at the moment" former US Nat'l Security Adviser HR McMaster tells @washingtonpost

#China's Xi Jinping likely being told that he's winning, opening the way to more aggression, but that China also may see this as a window that's closing
On #Russia and #Putin's denials of bad behavior on the international stage - like with #Skripal #Navalny poisonings: "The president plays into that..." per HR McMaster
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#France Attaque à #Paris : "#AlQaïda n'a jamais cessé d'inciter les gens à s'attaquer à #CharlieHebdo [...] la cristallisation autour des caricatures élargit le spectre des potentiels passages à l’acte" mon intervention hier matin ⁦@Europe1europe1.fr/emissions/lint…
Les premières menaces d’#AQPA post attentat #CharlieHebdo remontent au 13 janvier 2015, donc moins d’une semaine après
Ces dernières informations confortent mon analyse au sujet du profil de l’assaillant et de ses motivations
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