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Fall Of Kabul To Taliban Imminent As Surprised United States Races To Get Its People Out

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/42001/fall-of-kabul-to-taliban-imminent-as-surprised-united-states-races-to-get-its-people-out



Afghanistan’s military collapse: Illicit deals and mass desertions

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/08/15/afghanistan-military-collapse-taliban/



Taliban Take Presidential Palace as Kabul Falls With Americans, Afghans Still Trapped

https://www.defenseone.com/threats/2021/08/taliban-take-presidential-palace-kabul-falls-americans-afghans-still-trapped/184535/



American C-17 evacuates 800 people in single flight

https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/american-c-17-evacuates-800-people-in-single-flight/



Afghan Government Collapses as Ghani Flees the Country

https://foreignpolicy.com/2021/08/15/afghan-government-collapses-kabul-taliban-president-ghani-flees-country/



Afghan president was isolated before slipping into exile

https://apnews.com/article/race-and-ethnicity-2901e54d6268341d3caf936fef6313db



Mayhem At Kabul Airport Causing American Troops To Fire Warning Shots To Push Back Crowds

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/42004/mayhem-at-kabul-airport-causing-american-troops-to-fire-warning-shots-to-push-back-crowds



A falling capital’s final hours: Fear, chaos and gridlock — then eerie silence

https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2021-08-15/a-falling-capitals-final-hours-fear-chaos-and-gridlock-then-eerie-silence



Huge British airlift effort underway in Afghanistan

https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/huge-british-airlift-effort-underway-in-afghanistan/



Russia says no plan to evacuate Kabul embassy

https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/08/15/russia-says-no-plan-to-evacuate-kabul-embassy-a74793



How the Afghan Army, Built by the U.S. Over Two Decades, Was Overrun

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/how-the-afghan-army-built-by-the-u-s-over-two-decades-was-overrun/ar-AANjZeP



MP calls for British carrier to assist Afghan evacuation

https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/mp-calls-for-british-carrier-to-assist-afghan-evacuation/



Taliban officials: there will be no transitional government in Afghanistan

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/taliban-officials-there-will-be-no-transitional-government-afghanistan-2021-08-15/



Kabul Disaster Like Fall of Saigon, Democrat Debbie Dingell Says

https://www.newsweek.com/kabul-disaster-like-fall-saigon-democrat-debbie-dingell-says-1619519



This striking photo was taken as the US rushed to evacuate its embassy in Kabul, which some critics are calling Biden's 'Saigon moment'

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/this-striking-photo-was-taken-as-the-us-rushed-to-evacuate-its-embassy-in-kabul-which-some-critics-are-calling-biden-s-saigon-moment/ar-AANlIHm



Ex-CIA director calls Taliban takeover of Afghanistan ‘catastrophic’

https://nypost.com/2021/08/15/ex-cia-director-calls-collapse-of-afghanistan-catastrophic/



Taliban takeover stuns Biden, other US officials

https://apnews.com/article/afghanistan-kabul-taliban-1794266cda1492f4128363572bc2cff6



Even Biden’s Allies Think He Screwed Up Afghanistan

https://www.thedailybeast.com/even-joe-bidens-allies-think-he-screwed-up-afghanistan



The Blame Game Starts on Afghanistan

https://nationalinterest.org/feature/blame-game-starts-afghanistan-191865



Joe Biden’s Surrender Is an Ugly, Needless Disaster

https://www.yahoo.com/news/joe-biden-surrender-ugly-needless-220220347.html



We Never Did What Was Necessary in Afghanistan

https://www.defenseone.com/ideas/2021/08/we-never-did-what-was-necessary-afghanistan/184531/



Defense secretaries in their own words: US 'invented reasons' to stay in Afghanistan

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/defense-secretaries-in-their-own-words-us-invented-reasons-to-stay-in-afghanistan/ar-AANlKof



Liz Cheney Warns Terrorist Groups Will Be 'Fed New Soldiers' as Taliban Unlock Jails

https://www.newsweek.com/liz-cheney-warns-terrorist-groups-will-fed-new-soldiers-taliban-unlock-jails-1619501



Video shows thousands of prisoners, reportedly including Islamic State and al Qaeda fighters, freed from Kabul jail by the Taliban

https://www.businessinsider.com/watch-afghan-prisoners-isis-al-qaeda-fighters-freed-by-taliban-2021-8



The Taliban Are Back: What Does Its Return to Power Mean for Afghanistan?

https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/08/the-taliban-are-back-what-does-its-return-to-power-mean-for-afghanistan/



What will an Afghanistan under the Taliban look like? Its rise to power in the ’90s paints a grim picture

https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/15/middleeast/afghanistan-taliban-rule-analysis-intl/index.html



Afghanistan 'intelligence failure' debate begins as Taliban takes Kabul

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/afghanistan-intelligence-failure-debate-begins-as-taliban-takes-kabul/ar-AANlYx7



The US Didn’t Leave Afghanistan a Mess, We Left Because It Is a Mess

https://sofrep.com/news/the-us-didnt-leave-afghanistan-a-mess-we-left-because-it-is-a-mess/



Iran to Temporarily Settle Afghans Fleeing Taliban at Border

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-08-15/iran-to-temporarily-settle-afghans-fleeing-taliban-at-border



China Is Protecting Its Thin Corridor to the Afghan Heartland

https://foreignpolicy.com/2021/08/14/china-afghanistan-wakhan-corridor-imperial-ambitions/



Chinese State Media Mocks U.S. Over Afghanistan: 'More Smooth Than Presidential Transition'

https://www.newsweek.com/chinese-state-media-mocks-us-over-afghanistan-more-smooth-presidential-transition-1619522



Afghanistan is just a symptom. The real problem is Pakistan

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/view-afghanistan-is-just-a-symptom-the-real-problem-is-pakistan/articleshow/85345015.cms









7 senior members of IS group captured in northern Iraq

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2021-08/15/c_1310128568.htm








Arab states condemn Houthi missile attack on Saudi Arabia’s Najran

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1911356/saudi-arabia




Turkey-made corvette tailored for Pakistan Navy launched in Istanbul

https://www.dailysabah.com/business/defense/turkey-made-corvette-tailored-for-pakistan-navy-launched-in-istanbul



An Analyst’s Perspective: Cicilline and Bilirakis’ Turkish Drone Letter Rebuked

https://www.oryxspioenkop.com/2021/08/an-analysts-perspective-cicilline-and.html









Assad underscores production as new priority in Syria

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2021-08/15/c_1310128156.htm









Prigozhin Propaganda? Another Movie Bathes Russian Mercenaries In A Positive Light, This Time In Eastern Ukraine

https://www.rferl.org/a/31411794.html



An upgraded version of the Sukhoi Su-57 will go into production starting in 2025

https://www.aviacionline.com/2021/08/an-upgraded-version-of-the-sukhoi-su-57-will-go-into-production-starting-in-2025/





Egyptian Air Force active in Greece

https://www.scramble.nl/military-news/egyptian-air-force-active-in-greece









China's Huawei spied, installed data ‘back door’ in Pakistan: Report

https://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/chinas-huawei-spied-installed-data-back-door-in-pakistan-report-101629004305415.html





Soryu Class Submarine: Are they the best diesel-electric attack submarines in the world?

https://navalpost.com/soryu-class-submarine/










Why The U.S. Government Wants You To Believe In UFOs

https://www.cracked.com/article_30882_why-the-us-government-wants-you-to-believe-in-ufos.html



Infantry: Reusable Grenade Size UAV

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htinf/articles/20210815.aspx



Corps to fire ship-sinking missile in Pacific as ‘demonstration of force’

https://www.usmcra.org/About-MCRA/Blog/corps-to-fire-ship-sinking-missile-in-pacific-as-demonstration-of-force



New Details Revealed on Next-Gen Attack Submarine

https://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2021/8/16/new-details-revealed-on-next-gen-attack-submarine



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