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Thanks to #US Government, especially President Joe Biden, #Taliban terrorists have now at-least 21 operational helicopters & six airworthy aircraft! Some of them including these six Mi-17V-5 helicopters participated in Taliban's parade at #Bagram Air Base, #Afghanistan today!
Large number of #US made M1117 Armored Security Vehicles & International MaxxPro MRAPs during #Taliban's military parade in #Bagram Air Base, North of #Kabul, capital city of #Afghanistan today.
Remember those two Cessna 208 Grand Caravns #Taliban captured in #Shindand air base. Here they are flying over #Bagram air base duiring Taliban's parade today.
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A few interesting things spotted in the Taliban parade in #Bagram today.

1st of all, Scuds! Several 9P117 TEL complete with the 8K14 liquid-fuelled missiles of the 9K72 Elbrus ballistic missile system, better known to us as the SS-1C Scud-B. These are ancient & non-functional.
Some more sensible indirect fire assets- several 9P140 launcher vehicles of the BM-27 220mm MRL system. Much like the Scud-B, ancient, and I doubt there is any rockets to be found that could work.

However, the 122mm Grad MRL and 122mm D-30 howitzers could be feasible.
When it comes to aircraft- nothing new by now- Mi-24, Black Hawk, Mi-17/171, and Little Birds. All ex ANA and very well covered so no need to delve into these.
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1. If the reports are true that the #ChineseCommunists have occupied the US base at #Bagram, #Afghanistan @POTUS @JoeBiden's @WhiteHouse must confirm it. First, I have a rule about reporting. If I know something about a US operation that is not publically known, including
2. being known to our adversaries, I won't post it. My dad covered the Chinese Civil War for the @AP and my mom, who witnessed it, and I often discussed the ethics of reporting in a war zone, and I'm confident that the US press corps is not obligated to report things that might
3. harm national security. My general rule is, if the enemy knows, then the US people generally have a right to know. Besides the terrorists, the #ChineseCommunists are as close to an enemy as we currently have. And if they are in Bagram they certainly know it and our confirming
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WATCH LIVE | FDD @LongWarJournal's @thomasjoscelyn testifies before @SASCDems @SASCGOP on #Afghanistan.

Read his full written testimony here:…

And tune in beginning at 9:30am EST here:…
@LongWarJournal @thomasjoscelyn @SASCDems @SASCGOP HAPPENING NOW: @LongWarJournal's @thomasjoscelyn delivers his opening statement before @SASCDems @SASCGOP on #Afghanistan.


Read his full written testimony here:…
"I heard Gen. Milley say nobody saw that the Afghan forces and government would collapse in 11 days. As the senior editor of @LongWarJournal who's been covering this insurgency for the last 12 years of my life, I have to say... that's inaccurate."

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#Britain has stopped evacuating #Afghans and is now moving to wind down its military presence in Kabul.
The #ISKP attack yesterday was the most lethal attack on #US troops in Afghanistan in a decade, and in 2011 the US was engaged in offensive operations - something that could be called "a war" - which it has not been since 2014.
The casualty figures for the US security presence low, and the benefit - providing key capacities that sustained the Afghan state, which bore the brunt of the fight to keep the jihadists at bay - was very significant. All lost now, for no reason.
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1. What was actually required by #45's Taliban deal? Best I can tell they used the date on the agreement as the effective date. It begins with a guarantee complete withdrawal of "all foreign forces." That's not happening.
My analysis:
2/29/2020 Effective date; in 14 months all
2. non-diplomatic US persons had to withdraw. That meant we agreed to get out by June 1, 2021.

After February 29, 2020 & by July 13, 2020 US & Coalition had to reduce force to 8,600 & withdraw from "five (5) military bases." I don't know for certain that included #Bagram
3. but I can't imagine they meant five small bases in remote areas. I need to follow up to determine what if any bases were contemplated or closed in response to the clause.
The @POTUS #45 deal required US & Coalition to withdraw "all remaining forces . . . within 9.5 months."
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Do you remember #Janabi? Abir Al Janabi. A 14-year-old #Iraqi girl. In 2006, Janabi's father stopped sending Janabi to school in fear of the #US Army's focus on his daughter. The Army who was establihing "#democracy" and "#human rights" in Iraq. 1/32
Janabi used to stay at home, spending her days of adolescence playing with her younger siblings.
The U.S. military's security checkpoint was located just 200 meters from Janabi's house. One day, a #USsoldier notices Janabi. And Janabi and her family were doomed right then. 2/32
For a few days at first, the #soldiers repeatedly came to Janabi's house in the name of search and made ugly gestures towards her. One day the four #armies decided that today they would be the day to enjoy Jamabai and kill some #Muslims. 3/32
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1. questa settimana il presidente #Draghi ha detto al #TG1 che i nostri soldati uccisi in #Afghanistan sono eroi. Non voglio offendere la loro memoria. Ma c'è un limite alla propaganda
2. di quello che hanno fatto i nostri soldati in #Afghanistan,noi sappiamo poco. L'informazione fattuale e verificabile in modo indipendente è estremamente scarsa. Dobbiamo ammettere che conosciamo solo la punta dell'iceberg
3. per esempio,sappiamo che, secondo la diplomazia USA, l'Italia era sospettata di pagare mazzette ai Talebani e signori della guerra per scongiurare il rischio di attacchi alle nostre truppe
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Happening now: @SecDef Lloyd Austin, @thejointstaff Chairman Gen Mark Milley speaking to reporters for the 1st time since the fall of #Kabul, collapse of the @ashrafghani-led #Afghanistan gvt
NEW: "We remain laser focused right now on Hamid Karzai Int'l Airport in #Kabul & on doing everything we can" to evacuate American, Afghans, allies, per @SecDef

Says about 4,500 US troops in place - no hostile interactions w/#Taliban
US increasingly flow of aircraft, ppl out of #Kabul, per @SecDef

"Our US service members are making exceptional efforts under challenging circumstances" he adds
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Very consistent pattern of reports about #Taliban behaviour that we have now. Needless to say it does not match what the Taliban have been presenting in these first few days in the interview with a female journalist (who has now been purged) or in their press conferences.
State Department seeding the ground for a recognition of the Taliban regime.
Kinzinger is clearly correct: it was a disaster to give up Bagram before the end of the mission
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Ennesimo thread sull’#Afghanistan. Stavolta sul serio non mi attendo tante notizie oggi, però conviene lo stesso riportarle in un thread unico. ⤵️
Qualcuno fa notare che una delle cause del caos enorme degli scorsi giorni possa essere stata la decisione affrettata degli americani di abbandonare #Bagram, un aeroporto molto più grande e difendibile di quello di #Kabu, ma anche più lontano da raggiungere dalla città va detto.
Gli americani hanno evacuato fino a ieri circa 1.100 americani con le loro famiglie ed attorno a 2.000 civili afghani che hanno ottenuto il SIV, visto speciale per immigranti dato a coloro che hanno collaborato con le truppe americane durante la missione in Afghanistan.
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Given the chaotic clusterfuck at HKIA, please recall that the buck stops with the commander in chief Joe Biden, who personally overrode officials trying to keep #Bagram open as an evacuation point.
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#Afghanistan 🇦🇫: thread sulla situazione a #Kabul sulla base delle fonti attendibili sul campo.
Si sono sentiti colpi di arma da fuoco nelle strade della capitale afghana #Kabul questa mattina.
Il Ministero degli Interni afghano ha subito dopo confermato che i #Talebani stanno penetrando nella capitale da più parti.
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● Les #Talibans sont ce samedi 14 aout soir à #CharAsyab, à 11 kilomètres au sud de #Kaboul
■ August 14, #Taliban reaches Char Asyab district, just 7 miles from the Afghan capital, #Kaboul…
Avec la chute ce samedi soir de #CharAsyab à 11 kms de #Kaboul, son siège est imminent et sa chute davantage question d'heures que des jours. Toutes les ambassades accélèrent les évacuations.
Une nouvelle nuit noire tombe sur l'Afghanistan. #Tristesse…
● Une panne d'électricité plonge #Kaboul dans le noir ce samedi 14 août soir, annonciateur probable du siège #Taliban.
■ A power outage plunged #Kabul into darkness on Saturday 14 August, a likely precursor to the taliban siege.
(( HT & Pic @RebeccaRambar ))
#AfghanistanBurning Image
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When USA and Nato invaded Afghanistan post 9|11 they then helped form a government made up from warlords and criminals who were the ones responsible for the damage and deaths of countless of people. All that aid went to the pockets of these warlords. Image
The people had lost trust in the corrupt government. It's no secret that large number of army and police recruits were drug addicts. The army still some very patriotic soldiers however it's the leadership and warlords which is corrupt.
The best solution here for the Afghan people is if there is a peace deal between the two parties and fighting stops. But I highly doubt that TB will push for that now that they have made such gains and will have the upper hand in the negotiation table. May Allah bring peace.
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Catastrophic 72hrs for #Afghanistan, as the #Taliban capture 5 provincial capitals -- taking military bases, airports, emptying prisons etc.

The U.S. (then NATO) withdrawal is clearly an utter disaster, but that ship has sailed -- muted response from #Washington says everything.
#Taliban control in #Afghanistan:

Mid-April: 77 districts:
Early-August: 229 districts

Nearly 50% of provincial capitals are now under #Taliban threat.

(via @LongWarJournal) ImageImage
@LongWarJournal NEW -- Early reports emerging that the #Taliban may have just captured its 6th provincial capital in 4 days: #Aybak, in #Samangan.
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At my count, the #Taliban have captured 30+ districts across #Afghanistan in 48hrs -- 100s of #ANA forces have surrendered & handed over bases, arms depots, weapons & vehicles.

The pace of the #Taliban's advance since the U.S. withdrawal announcement is shocking.
According to @oryxspioenkop, the #ANA has handed over 83 U.S-provided Humvees to the #Taliban in the past 3 days alone.

Over the past 3 weeks: 149 Humvees.

Meaningful numbers of howitzers have been surrendered too.
@oryxspioenkop Since the U.S. withdrawal announcement, the #Taliban has taken control of 75+ districts across #Afghanistan -- that's ~20% of the country.

The most movement has been in the north -- in Faryab & Kunduz, where the #Taliban now enjoy almost unchallenged freedom of movement.
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International Affairs /1-1
#Myanmar #Burma 🇲🇲
Myanmar's Generals
Run A Nearly Sanction-Proof
Long Before Seizing Control
Of The Streets
by @oanhha @jwf825
& Khine Lin Kyaw
MAY 11, 2021
International Affairs /1-2
#Myanmar #Burma 🇲🇲
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- Population : 53.6 M
- Capital : #Naypyidaw
largest city : #Yangon
- #Bamar 68%
- #Shan 9%
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- #Christianity 6.2%
- #Islam 4.3%
#Burmese Image
International Affairs /1-3
#Myanmar #Burma 🇲🇲
- GDP (PPP) : US$355 B
Per capita : US$6.7 K
- #InformalEconomy :
one of the biggest in the world
- Rich in precious stones :
#Rubies 90% of world's
#Sapphires #Pearls #Jade
- #Tourism
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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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#Afghanistan l’#EI s’attaque aux roquettes au palais présidentiel de #Kaboul, alors que le pays a deux président déclarés et un Émirat islamique #Taliban qui estime être le gouvernement légitime
#Afghanistan l’#EI une attaque aux roquettes contre la base de #Bagram ImageImage
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They are called #WarCrimes and there is a reason you can’t judge them...

It was your national lack of morality & injustice that facilitated torture @ #AbuGharab & #Bagram.

Sadly, they still believe they have a supreme moral authority over the world.
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