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The Future of Maximum Pressure

Embargoes and sanctions are key aspects of the U.S. “maximum pressure” strategy against the Iranian regime. That policy has brought a deluge of criticism on the Trump administration, but it may be the best option for countering Iran’s aggression.The U.S. has recently announced its goal of extending the arms embargo that is currently set to expire on October 18. Established by the U.N. in 2007, the embargo prohibited the export of arms to Iran, adding to a 2006 embargo on nuclear-weapons technolo...
Tags: News, China, Iran, Syria, Afghanistan, United States, Middle East, Biden, Tehran, IAEA, Trump, Carter, Islamic Republic, Donnelly, Atlantic Council, NPT


Susan Rice Rips Trump For Claiming He Was Never Briefed On Russia Bounty Plot

Former national security adviser Susan Rice on Sunday slammed President Trump for claiming that he was never briefed on the intelligence suggesting Russia paid bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan. In the past week, Trump has downplayed the Russia bounty plot allegations in tweets by saying that it’s “possibly another fabricated Russia hoax” and that he was “never briefed because any info that they may have had did not rise to that level.” Last week, White Ho...
Tags: News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, White House, Russia, Afghanistan, United States, Taliban, Susan Rice, Associated Press, Bolton, Rice, Trump, Oval Office, John Bolton, Kayleigh McEnany


Bolton: Trump claim he wasn’t told of Russia bounty report is 'not how system works’

Ex-national security adviser also says any decision to withhold intelligence would ‘certainly not’ be ‘made only by the briefer’ * Trump uses Fourth of July to stoke division on virus and raceDonald Trump’s claim not to have been briefed about intelligence suggesting Russia paid Taliban-linked militants to kill US soldiers is “just not the way the system works”, former national security adviser John Bolton said on Sunday.Bolton was appearing on Face the Nation, the Sunday talk show from ViacomC...
Tags: News, Nbc, Obama, White House, Russia, Afghanistan, United States, Taliban, New York Times, Susan Rice, Cbs, Fox News, Cia, Bolton, Times, Meet The Press


Moscow Has a Field Day With Trump’s Fireworks at Mt. Russia-More

Kremlin-controlled Russian state media set out to tickle U.S. President Trump’s fragile ego amid falling ratings after his blustery appearance at Mount Rushmore on Friday. Mentioning that the American head of state had previously toyed with the idea he might be featured alongside Washington, Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt, and Lincoln, Russia’s premier state media channel Rossiya-1 aired a graphic of Trump’s mug right up there on the mountain beside them. Given the frequent allusions on Russian stat...
Tags: News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, White House, Germany, Russia, America, Syria, Afghanistan, Gop, Taliban, Moscow, Fox News, Kremlin, Helsinki, Trump


Coronavirus live news: Melbourne outbreak has 'explosive potential'; new US cases dip slightly to 45,300

Mexico deaths surpass France’s toll; global cases jump 200,000 in one day; England reopens pubsWHO reports record 200,000 cases in one day, amid surging outbreaksAustralia sends 500 police to contain virus in public housing high risesTrump claims 99% of US cases are ‘totally harmless’ as infections surgeRisks, R numbers and raw data: how to interpret statisticsUK coronavirus updates – live 11.06am BST The number of confirmed deaths from Covid-19 has risen by 38 to 864 in Afghanistan, while t...
Tags: England, Mexico, France, US, World news, Afghanistan, Kabul, Ashraf Ghani, Melbourne, Melbourne Australia, Flemington, Herat, Bamiyan, Khost, Margaret Simons, Coronavirus outbreak


Russia Denies Paying Bounties, but Some Say the U.S. Had It Coming

MOSCOW -- Three years into a grinding war in eastern Ukraine, the Trump administration, in a sharp break with Obama-era policy, proposed providing the Ukrainian army with potent American weapons, Javelin anti-tank missiles, to aid its struggle with Russian-backed separatists.President Vladimir Putin of Russia responded with an ominous warning, saying weapons in the separatist regions could easily be sent "to other zones of conflict" -- which many took to mean Afghanistan.Russia's grievances ...
Tags: News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Obama, Washington, Russia, America, Syria, Ukraine, Afghanistan, Munich, United States, Taliban, Nato, New York Times, Moscow


Army Specialist Killed in Afghanistan Vehicle Rollover Accident

A 21-year-old soldier from Texas was killed Friday in southwestern Afghanistan, Pentagon officials announced Saturday night.
Tags: Texas, News, Afghanistan, Army, Afghanistan Pentagon


NY Times: New US memo highlights gaps in intelligence reports on Russian bounties

A recent memo from the council helmed by the nation's intelligence chief confirmed accounts that Russia offered bounties to Taliban fighters to kill US troops in Afghanistan -- but cast the reports as incomplete and potentially dubious, The New York Times reported Friday.
Tags: News, Russia, US, Afghanistan, Taliban, New York Times, Stories, Ny Times


New York Times: New US memo highlights gaps in intelligence reports on Russian bounties

A recent memo from the council helmed by the nation's intelligence chief confirmed accounts that Russia offered bounties to Taliban fighters to kill US troops in Afghanistan -- but cast the reports as incomplete and potentially dubious, The New York Times reported Friday.
Tags: Russia, US, Cnn, Afghanistan, Taliban, New York Times, New US




Lincoln Project's Steve Schmidt: "Trump's betrayal to U.S. troops is impossible to overstate"

Republican strategist Steve Schmidt went on MSNBC to express his outrage over Trump's shocking inaction against Russia's well-documented program of paying bounties for dead American soldiers in Afghanistan: We've had incompetent presidents, and dumb presidents, and dishonest presidents. But we've never had a faithless president, who is faithless to his oath, who refuses to defend the country from a hostile foreign power, whether it's an attack on the lives of our military or it's an attack on ou...
Tags: Post, News, Russia, Afghanistan, United States, Msnbc, Donald Trump, Trump, Steve Schmidt, Gage Skidmore, Lincoln Project, Faithless Presidents


Only Verified Intelligence? A Look At Presidents’ Briefings

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump was never briefed on intelligence that Russia had put a bounty on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan because there wasn’t corroborating evidence. But former intelligence officials say presidents are routinely informed about intelligence even when it’s not definitively confirmed. Intelligence that may be on shaky ground today may foreshadow tomorrow’s calamity. Some questions and answers about how presidents are briefed on intelligence, what...
Tags: Isis, News, Obama, Washington, Osama Bin Laden, White House, Russia, America, Barack Obama, Ap, Afghanistan, Taliban, Pakistan, Pentagon, Cia, Bolton


The Crafts on Putting Together Rod Lurie’s ‘The Outpost’

Based on CNN reporter Jake Tapper’s nonfiction book of the same name, Rod Lurie’s new film “The Outpost” recreates the Battle of Kamdesh – a bloody 2009 showdown in Afghanistan between 53 U.S. soldiers and more than 400 enemy insurgents – with startling authenticity. When the time came to mount his re-enactment of this dramatic […]
Tags: News, Cnn, Afghanistan, Jake Tapper, Rod Lurie, The Outpost


Do 'bounties' on US troops in Afghanistan reflect a line crossed or 'nothing new' in long US-Russia history?

The U.S. has accused Russia of backing the Taliban for years. The relationship is under new scrutiny after allegations of 'bounties' on U.S. troops.         [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Usa, News, Russia, US, Afghanistan, Taliban, Usa Today


"Southland Tales" is the perfect hot mess of a movie for the 4th of July in the hellscape of 2020

Southland Tales has long occupied a special place in my heart. The only thing I knew about it was that it was written and directed by Richard Kelly, the guy who made Donnie Darko, and starred my cousin's former high school baseball teammate, the Rock, in a dramatic role. So I ordered it on Netflix DVD in the summer of 2007, and popped it in while I did some laundry, only half paying attention. Reader, Southland Tales is not a movie to half-pay attention to. Hell, even your full attention won'...
Tags: Post, Science Fiction, Video, Hollywood, Movies, News, Dwayne Johnson, Wikipedia, Afghanistan, The Rock, Justin Timberlake, Cannes, Kelly, Southland, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Donnie Darko


Only verified intelligence? A look at presidents' briefings

The White House says President Donald Trump was never briefed on intelligence that Russia had put a bounty on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan because there wasn’t corroborating evidence. Intelligence that may be on shaky ground today may foreshadow tomorrow’s calamity. HOW DO PRESIDENTS RECEIVE NATIONAL SECURITY INFORMATION?
Tags: News, White House, Russia, Afghanistan, Donald Trump


White House tentatively agrees to leave some troops in Afghanistan past U.S. election

Pentagon officials warned that a complete withdrawal over the next five months could plunge Afghanistan into crisis, prompting Trump to alter his plan to withdraw all U.S. troops by November.
Tags: News, White House, Afghanistan, Pentagon, Trump


Opinion: The real Russia hoax

President Donald Trump has termed the richly reported stories that the Russians paid Afghan militants bounties to kill US soldiers based in Afghanistan a "hoax."
Tags: News, Russia, Afghanistan, Stories, Donald Trump


Trump's ridiculous Russian bounty explanation

President Donald Trump has termed the richly reported stories that the Russians paid Afghan militants bounties to kill US soldiers based in Afghanistan a "hoax."
Tags: News, Afghanistan, Stories, Donald Trump, Trump


Bounties Uproar Casts a Shadow Over a Rare Trump Foreign Policy Achievement

The president was already impatient to end a troop deployment in Afghanistan he has called “ridiculous.” Now a new issue is causing him fresh political damage.
Tags: News, Russia, Afghanistan, Taliban, Bolton, Trump, Mike, John R, Pompeo, United States Politics and Government, Donald J, United States International Relations, United States Defense and Military Forces, Afghanistan War (2001-


US, Russia share a complex and bloody history in Afghanistan

Moscow and Washington are intertwined in a complex and bloody history in Afghanistan, with both suffering thousands of dead and wounded in conflicts lasting for years. Now both superpowers are linked again over Afghanistan, with intelligence reports indicating Russia secretly offered bounties to the Taliban to kill American troops there. “The Russian endgame is an Afghanistan which will neither support jihadi movements in the former U.S.S.R. nor host American bases that might one day be used ...
Tags: News, Washington, Russia, Qatar, Afghanistan, Taliban, Moscow, Georgetown University, Anatol Lieven, US Russia


Russia denies supplying weapons to Afghanistan's Taliban

Russia's Foreign Ministry said Thursday that Moscow has never delivered weapons to the Taliban movement in Afghanistan, countering U.S. allegations. Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova rejected the claim by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who said Wednesday that he had repeatedly raised the issue during his talks with the Russians. “Russia has only supplied weapons to the legitimate government of Afghanistan, which is well known,” Zakharova said at a briefing.
Tags: News, Russia, Afghanistan, Taliban, Moscow, State, Ministry, Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, Zakharova, Mike Pompeo


Lindsey Graham Uses Benghazi to Defend Trump on Russian Bounties

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was among the loudest Republican voices in Congress screaming about the attack on U.S. diplomats in Benghazi, Libya back in 2012. But he apparently has no problem with President Donald Trump’s decision to ignore intelligence about Russian bounties on American soldiers in Afghanistan. In fact, during a Thursday morning appearance on Fox & Friends, Graham actually used the Benghazi attack to defend Trump and accuse his Democratic colleagues of hypocrisy.After co-host ...
Tags: News, Obama, Congress, Russia, Afghanistan, United States, New York Times, Graham, Benghazi, Benghazi Libya, Giuliani, Donald Trump, Lindsey Graham, Trump, Jake Tapper, Steve Doocy


Afghan Contractor Handed Out Russian Cash to Kill Americans, Officials Say

KABUL, Afghanistan -- He was a lowly drug smuggler, neighbors and relatives say, then ventured into contracting, seeking a slice of the billions of dollars the U.S.-led coalition was funneling into construction projects in Afghanistan.But he really began to show off his wealth in recent years, after establishing a base in Russia, though how he earned those riches remained mysterious. On his regular trips home to northern Afghanistan, he drove the latest model cars, protected by bodyguards, and h...
Tags: News, Congress, Washington, White House, Islamic State, Russia, Iran, Afghanistan, United States, Taliban, New York Times, Kabul, Red Army, Gru, Kremlin, Donald Trump


Australian Federal Police ask prosecutors to consider charges against ABC journalist

Prosecutors receive brief of evidence relating to the ABC’s reporting on alleged war crimes by Australian forces in Afghanistan The Australian Federal Police has referred a brief of evidence to prosecutors relating to the ABC’s investigation of alleged war crimes by Australian troops in Afghanistan.In a statement on Thursday, the AFP said it had forwarded documents to the commonwealth director of public prosecutions in relation to the case, which began in July 2017 and culminated in a raid on th...
Tags: Abc, Australia news, Afghanistan, Australian media, Australian Security And Counter-terrorism, Press freedom, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Australian federal police, Australian Defence Force, Afp


Donald Trump calls Russian bounty allegations 'a hoax' – video

US president Donald Trump has played down allegations that Russia paid bounties to the Taliban to kill coalition forces, saying he believes it's a hoax by 'the newspapers and the Democrats'. Trump initially said he had not been told of the allegations, while the White House later claimed there was not consensus among the intelligence community over the veracity of the reportsCIA official chose not to tell Trump of Russia bounty report, top adviser claims Continue reading...
Tags: White House, Russia, US, World news, Afghanistan, US politics, Taliban, Donald Trump, Trump, Democrats Trump


Russia Bounty on Americans: Afghan Acted as Middleman

A small-time businessman became a key middleman for bounties on coalition troops in Afghanistan, U.S. intelligence reports say. Friends saw him grow rich, but didn’t know how.
Tags: News, Russia, Afghanistan, Taliban, Trump, Donald J, Espionage and Intelligence Services, United States Defense and Military Forces, Afghanistan War (2001-, GRU (Russia


Trump Gives Putin a Pass on Bounties So He Can Target Leakers Instead

In the days since The New York Times broke the news on U.S. intelligence examining claims of Russian bounties being offered to kill American military personnel in Afghanistan, President Donald Trump has turned his ire not at the Russian government, but instead on two of his favorite enemies: the news media and their confidential sources.According to two people familiar with the matter, the president in recent days has privately expressed—“rather loudly,” in the words of one of the sources—his de...
Tags: News, Putin, White House, Russia, Ukraine, Afghanistan, Taliban, New York Times, Fox News, Capitol Hill, Pentagon, The New York Times, State Department, Department Of Justice, Times, Donald Trump


Afghan Contractor Handed Out Russian Cash to Kill Americans, Officials Say

A small-time businessman became a key middleman for bounties on coalition troops in Afghanistan, U.S. intelligence reports say. Friends saw him grow rich, but didn’t know how.
Tags: News, Russia, Afghanistan, Taliban, Trump, Donald J, Espionage and Intelligence Services, United States Defense and Military Forces, Afghanistan War (2001-, GRU (Russia


'Extremely nauseating,' Gold star mom reacts to Trump's denial

Becky Whetstone, a Gold Star mother whose son served and died in Afghanistan, tells CNN's Kate Bolduan how she feels about allegations of potential Russian bounties on US troops.
Tags: News, US, Cnn, Afghanistan, Stories, Trump, Becky Whetstone, Kate Bolduan



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