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Since the August 31 pull out, world organisations including Nato and European Council have been focussed on continuing with the evacuation of Afghans left behind.

In a first since August 31 pullout, four Americans evacuated from Afghanistan 

Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 06, 2021 11:24 PM IST
The four Americans were taken out in a successful overland evacuation “after two weeks and multiple life-threatening attempts,” US Representative Ronny Jackson confirmed on Twitter. 
More than half of US registered voters indicate heightened concerns about the threats the US faces from terrorism.
More than half of US registered voters indicate heightened concerns about the threats the US faces from terrorism.

66% of Americans think ISIS, other Islamist terror groups pose threat to country

Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 05, 2021 11:39 PM IST
Meanwhile, roughly 67 per cent of Americans – post the Kabul airport attack, now see terrorism in the US as a threat, up from 59 per cent between August 21 and 24.
Nato secretary general Jens Stolenberg stressed that allied forces would maintain diplomatic pressure on the Taliban on permitting remaining Afghans who had worked for the foreign forces, and now feel at risk, to leave the country.
Nato secretary general Jens Stolenberg stressed that allied forces would maintain diplomatic pressure on the Taliban on permitting remaining Afghans who had worked for the foreign forces, and now feel at risk, to leave the country.

‘We'll not forget them’: Nato chief on Afghans left behind after US troops left

Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 31, 2021 09:54 PM IST
  • Nato chief Jens Stolenberg said that the organisation would continue to work with allies, and other countries, to help people leave as the Taliban has “clearly stated” that people will be allowed to depart Afghanistan.
US troops, whose numbers grew to 5,800 after the evacuation operation began on August 14, were already departing ahead of the August 31 deadline set by President Joe Biden to fully exit the country.
US troops, whose numbers grew to 5,800 after the evacuation operation began on August 14, were already departing ahead of the August 31 deadline set by President Joe Biden to fully exit the country.

Rockets fired at American forces on eve of Afghanistan exit

Agencies | , Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 30, 2021 11:44 PM IST
  • US says it is probing reports of civilian casualties, including children, in drone strike in Kabul.
The US has set August 31 as the deadline to complete the evacuation, even as up to 15,000 US nationals and between 50,000 and 60,000 Afghan allies still remain in Afghanistan.
The US has set August 31 as the deadline to complete the evacuation, even as up to 15,000 US nationals and between 50,000 and 60,000 Afghan allies still remain in Afghanistan.

Taliban blame US for Kabul airport chaos as Afghans race to flee

Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 22, 2021 06:15 PM IST
  • On Sunday, the British defence ministry said at least seven Afghan civilians died at the airport, with a Sky News reporter adding that people were being “crushed” and “dehydrated.”
In this December 11, 2009 photo, United States Marine Sgt Isaac Tate (left) and Cpl Aleksander Aleksandrov (centre), interview a local Afghan man with the help of a translator from the 2nd MEB, 4th Light Armoured Reconnaissance Battalion on a patrol in the Helmand province of southern Afghanistan. (AP)
In this December 11, 2009 photo, United States Marine Sgt Isaac Tate (left) and Cpl Aleksander Aleksandrov (centre), interview a local Afghan man with the help of a translator from the 2nd MEB, 4th Light Armoured Reconnaissance Battalion on a patrol in the Helmand province of southern Afghanistan. (AP)

US evacuates first group of Afghan interpreters, their families

By Yashwant Raj I Edited by Amit Chanda, Washington
UPDATED ON JUL 31, 2021 02:41 AM IST
About 200 interpreters arrived with their families early morning and were taken to Fort Lee military base in Virginia, where they are expected to stay for a week to be processed and then relocated to unspecified destinations.
US intelligence and military analysts have since revised their assessment and now believe that Kabul could fall in six to 12 months after the departure of American troops. In picture - A crowded market in Kabul.(AFP)
US intelligence and military analysts have since revised their assessment and now believe that Kabul could fall in six to 12 months after the departure of American troops. In picture - A crowded market in Kabul.(AFP)

Kabul will fall to Taliban after US leaves: Intel

By Yashwant Raj, Washington
UPDATED ON JUN 25, 2021 02:09 AM IST
The warning comes at a time there is growing international concern about terror outfit Taliban making gains in Afganistan.
The troops were mobilized after hundreds of supporters of then-president Donald Trump stormed the Capitol, halting the joint session of Congress to confirm Trump's rival Joe Biden as winner of the presidential election.(AFP)
The troops were mobilized after hundreds of supporters of then-president Donald Trump stormed the Capitol, halting the joint session of Congress to confirm Trump's rival Joe Biden as winner of the presidential election.(AFP)

National Guard exits US Capitol for the first time after January 6 attack

AFP | | Posted by Prashasti Singh, Washington
PUBLISHED ON MAY 25, 2021 05:58 AM IST
The last 2,149 of what had been nearly 26,000 troops in an extraordinary deployment in Washington departed over the weekend as their mission to protect Congress formally ended.
Pakistan, which has been accused of harbouring insurgent sanctuaries, is credited with arranging the US-Taliban talks that culminated in the signing of the agreement on February 29, 2020.(AFP file photo for representation)
Pakistan, which has been accused of harbouring insurgent sanctuaries, is credited with arranging the US-Taliban talks that culminated in the signing of the agreement on February 29, 2020.(AFP file photo for representation)

'US withdrawal from Afghanistan could lead to designating Pak as terror sponsor'

ANI | , Washington
PUBLISHED ON MAY 02, 2021 10:11 PM IST
In an opinion piece in National Interest, Rubin, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), said Pakistanis often complain that the US is a fair-weather friend and such criticisms are correct as Islamabad has long been America's second choice.
US soldiers, part of the NATO- led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) patrol west of Kabul, Afghanistan in this file photo. (AP Photo)
US soldiers, part of the NATO- led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) patrol west of Kabul, Afghanistan in this file photo. (AP Photo)

Kabul on high alert as US extends deadline for removing troops from Afghanistan

Reuters | , Kabul
PUBLISHED ON MAY 02, 2021 09:22 AM IST
Military patrols and security were being increased in main cities around the country.
“I am now the fourth American president to preside over an American troop presence in Afghanistan. Two Republicans. Two Democrats. I will not pass this responsibility to a fifth,” Joe Biden said,(REUTERS)
“I am now the fourth American president to preside over an American troop presence in Afghanistan. Two Republicans. Two Democrats. I will not pass this responsibility to a fifth,” Joe Biden said,(REUTERS)

It’s time to end America’s longest war: Joe Biden

By Yashwant Raj, Washington
UPDATED ON APR 15, 2021 08:32 AM IST
  • “We cannot continue the cycle of extending or expanding our military presence in Afghanistan hoping to create the ideal conditions for our withdrawal, expecting a different result,” the US president said
Lloyd Austin III was US Central Command Commander. If confirmed, he will be the first Black person to hold the top Pentagon job.(AP file)
Lloyd Austin III was US Central Command Commander. If confirmed, he will be the first Black person to hold the top Pentagon job.(AP file)

No final decision on pullout of US troops from Afghanistan: Secretary of Defense

ANI | , New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 21, 2021 02:44 PM IST
US media reported earlier this week that the Joe Biden administration was considering extending the US troop deployment in Afghanistan by six months.
About 28,500 US troops are stationed in South Korea to help defend it against North Korea. REUTERS/File Photo(REUTERS)
About 28,500 US troops are stationed in South Korea to help defend it against North Korea. REUTERS/File Photo(REUTERS)

South Korea agrees to 13.9% increase in its share of cost for hosting US troops

Reuters | , Seoul
PUBLISHED ON MAR 10, 2021 01:11 PM IST
  • The increase will take South Korea's contribution this year to 1.18 trillion won ($1.03 billion).
A number of the 25,000 troops standing guard around the US Capitol in recent days in the wake of the January 6 insurrection had been allowed to take breaks and naps in between long shifts on the floors of the building housing the US Congress.(AFP)
A number of the 25,000 troops standing guard around the US Capitol in recent days in the wake of the January 6 insurrection had been allowed to take breaks and naps in between long shifts on the floors of the building housing the US Congress.(AFP)

Outrage after troops protecting US Capitol forced to sleep in parking garage

AFP | , Washington
UPDATED ON JAN 22, 2021 10:28 PM IST
Many members of Congress, noting that many of the troops came from their constituencies, voiced outrage.
According to a UN report issued in June, some 6,500 Pakistani nationals are among foreign terrorists operating in Afghanistan, and the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) play a key role in bringing foreign fighters into the country. (Photo@DrabdullahCE)
According to a UN report issued in June, some 6,500 Pakistani nationals are among foreign terrorists operating in Afghanistan, and the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) play a key role in bringing foreign fighters into the country. (Photo@DrabdullahCE)

‘Early withdrawal of US troops will have consequences’: Abdullah Abdullah

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rezaul H Laskar
UPDATED ON OCT 08, 2020 10:58 PM IST
Abdullah, in New Delhi to seek the Indian leadership’s support for intra-Afghan negotiations underway in Doha, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi who, he said, had assured him that India will back any settlement acceptable to the Afghan people.
US has deployed additional troops and armored vehicles into eastern Syria(Reuters)
US has deployed additional troops and armored vehicles into eastern Syria(Reuters)

US sends troops, armoured vehicles to Syria to counter Russia

Washington | By Associated Press | Posted by Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON SEP 19, 2020 10:38 AM IST
Navy Capt. Bill Urban, spokesman for US Central Command, said the US has also sent in radar systems and increased fighter jet patrols over the region to better protect American and coalition forces.
The US recognizes the cultural and religious ties that exist between Iran and Iraq, but the administration wants to decrease Iran’s destabilizing influence in Iraq, often exercised by pro-Iranian militias.(Reuters Photo)
The US recognizes the cultural and religious ties that exist between Iran and Iraq, but the administration wants to decrease Iran’s destabilizing influence in Iraq, often exercised by pro-Iranian militias.(Reuters Photo)

Donald Trump reaffirms plan to withdraw all US troops from Iraq

Washington | By Associated Press| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 21, 2020 05:48 AM IST
McKenzie has not said how many U.S. troops might stay. But he said Iraqi conventional forces now operate on their own. U.S. and coalition forces continue to conduct training and counterterrorism operations, including with Iraqi commandos. Any final decisions, he said, would be coordinated with the Iraqi government.
The top Pentagon official, however, kept open the possibility saying the US could “eventually take a look” at the Indo-Pacific during a review of the Indo-Pacific command.(Reuters file photo)
The top Pentagon official, however, kept open the possibility saying the US could “eventually take a look” at the Indo-Pacific during a review of the Indo-Pacific command.(Reuters file photo)

US says no plans to deploy troops from Germany to Indo-Pacific

Hindustan Times, Washignton | By Yashwant Raj
UPDATED ON JUL 30, 2020 09:42 AM IST
“Right now there are no plans to do so,” Defense Secretary Mark Esper told reporters at a briefing on the review of troops posture in eastern command.
Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie gave no indication of when, or at what pace, US forces would be further reduced.(AP)
Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie gave no indication of when, or at what pace, US forces would be further reduced.(AP)

US has hit agreed troop-cut target of 8,600 in Afghanistan

Washington, United States | By Associated Press | POsted by: Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON JUN 19, 2020 06:29 AM IST
President Donald Trump has been eager for a full US withdrawal from Afghanistan, asserting that American forces are merely policing a civil conflict and should be brought home. The war began in October 2001.
There was less need for the large contingent in Germany due to overall increased defense spending by the US-led NATO military alliance, said an official.(Reuters)
There was less need for the large contingent in Germany due to overall increased defense spending by the US-led NATO military alliance, said an official.(Reuters)

Trump orders big US troop cut in Germany, says official

BANGOR, Maine | By Reuters | Posted by Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON JUN 06, 2020 08:52 AM IST
The move would reduce US troops numbers in Germany to 25,000, from the 34,500 currently there.
NATO has a 16,000-strong mission in Afghanistan to train, support and advise local forces.(AP)
NATO has a 16,000-strong mission in Afghanistan to train, support and advise local forces.(AP)

NATO chief commends US-Taliban deal as potential beginning for ‘sustainable peace’

Brussels | By Agence France-Presse
PUBLISHED ON FEB 21, 2020 06:53 PM IST
The deal would mark a major turning point in the conflict, setting the conditions for a deal that could ultimately pull US troops out after more than 18 years.
A rocket attack on Thursday night slammed into an Iraqi base in the remote province of Kirkuk where American troops are stationed, Iraqi and US security sources told AFP.(Reuters File Photo/Representative Image)
A rocket attack on Thursday night slammed into an Iraqi base in the remote province of Kirkuk where American troops are stationed, Iraqi and US security sources told AFP.(Reuters File Photo/Representative Image)

Rocket attack hits north Iraq base hosting US troops: Report

Kirkuk (Iraq) | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON FEB 14, 2020 12:36 AM IST
It was the first attack on the K1 base since December 27, when a volley of around 30 rockets killed a US contractor there, which Washington blamed on Kataeb Hezbollah, a hardline Iraqi military faction close to Iran.
U.S. military on Monday disclosed a more than 50% jump in cases of traumatic brain injury stemming from Iran’s missile attack(AP)
U.S. military on Monday disclosed a more than 50% jump in cases of traumatic brain injury stemming from Iran’s missile attack(AP)

Over 100 US troops diagnosed with brain injuries from Iran attack

Washington | By Reuters
PUBLISHED ON FEB 11, 2020 05:47 AM IST
No U.S. troops were killed or faced immediate bodily injury when Iran fired missiles at the Ain al-Asad base in Iraq in retaliation for the U.S. killing of Revolutionary Guard General Qassem Soleimani in a drone strike at the Baghdad airport on Jan. 3.
Security forces try to open streets while protesters set fire during a demonstration to protest against the Iranian missile strike, in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020.(AP)
Security forces try to open streets while protesters set fire during a demonstration to protest against the Iranian missile strike, in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020.(AP)

34 US troops suffered brain injuries from Iran’s strike

Washingotn | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON JAN 25, 2020 01:29 AM IST
Seventeen of the 34 are still under medical observation, according to Jonathan Hoffman, the chief Pentagon spokesperson.
In Davos, Switzerland, the two presidents held their first meeting since the United States killed a top Iranian general in Baghdad, sparking an Iraqi parliament call for expulsion of US troops.(Reuters File Photo)
In Davos, Switzerland, the two presidents held their first meeting since the United States killed a top Iranian general in Baghdad, sparking an Iraqi parliament call for expulsion of US troops.(Reuters File Photo)

Donald Trump agrees US-Iraq ‘security partnership’

Davos (Switzerland) | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON JAN 23, 2020 07:19 AM IST
Tensions between Washington and Tehran boiled over onto Iraqi soil this month, with the US killing top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad and Iran striking back at an Iraqi base hosting American soldiers.
A file photo of US troops deployed in Syria((Reuters File Photo)
A file photo of US troops deployed in Syria((Reuters File Photo)

Israeli jets attack air base hosting US troops: Syrian army

Amman | By Reuters
UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2020 05:59 AM IST
An army spokesman told state media that four Israeli missiles did reach the base, but said air defences intercepted several others.
A US F-16 fighter jet is seen on the tarmac if a military base in Balad, Iraq(REUTERS FILE Photo)
A US F-16 fighter jet is seen on the tarmac if a military base in Balad, Iraq(REUTERS FILE Photo)

Rockets hit Iraq airbase hosting US troops, 4 injured

Samarra, Iraq | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON AUG 24, 2020 06:21 AM IST
A majority of US airmen stationed at the Al-Balad airbase north of Baghdad had already left, the military sources said, following tensions between the US and Iran over the last two weeks.
An explosion is seen following missiles landing at what is believed to be Ain al-Asad Air Base in Iraq, in this still image taken from a video shot on January 8, 2020.(REUTERS)
An explosion is seen following missiles landing at what is believed to be Ain al-Asad Air Base in Iraq, in this still image taken from a video shot on January 8, 2020.(REUTERS)

Fired 13 missiles at US bases, but were ready to launch hundreds, says Iran

Tehran | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON JAN 09, 2020 09:05 PM IST
European Council president Charles Michel spoke with President Hassan Rouhani ahead of a meeting of EU foreign affairs ministers on Friday to assess the rising tensions between the US and Iran.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Wednesday that Israel would strike a “resounding blow” if attacked by arch foe Iran(AP)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Wednesday that Israel would strike a “resounding blow” if attacked by arch foe Iran(AP)

Benjamin Netanyahu warns of ‘resounding blow’ if Iran attacks Israel

Jerusalem | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2020 10:16 PM IST
Netanyahu has described the target of last week’s US drone strike -- Major General Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards foreign operations arm -- as a “terrorist-in-chief”.
U.S. President Donald Trump(REUTERS)
U.S. President Donald Trump(REUTERS)

Withdrawal of US troops will be ‘worst thing’ for Iraq, says US President Trump

Washington | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON JAN 08, 2020 08:10 AM IST
In a brief interaction with reporters at the Oval Office of the White House, Trump said at some point the US will want to get out of Iraq.
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