U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken Antony Blinken Lawmakers want Biden to pressure Saudi Arabia to end Yemen blockade Biden sparks bipartisan backlash on Afghanistan withdrawal Kerry to visit China ahead of White House climate summit MORE met last week with Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein via videoconference in the first U.S.-Iraq Strategic Dialogue since the Biden administration was inaugurated. The conversation covered a range of topics, from deepening the trade relationship between the two countries to helping Baghdad diversify its dependence on Iranian energy sources. While no agreements were struck, the U.S. and Iraqi delegations did manage to come to a common understanding on the U.S. combat troop presence — a presence Washington and Baghdad are both purportedly intent on reducing. "Based on the increasing capacity of the ISF,” the U.S.-Iraq joint statement read , "the parties confirmed that the mission of U.S. and Coalition forces has now … [Read more...] about US forces accomplished their mission in Iraq and should be withdrawn
WHITE HOUSE - Declaring that "war in Afghanistan was never meant to be a multigenerational undertaking," President Joe Biden announced Wednesday that "it is time to end the forever war" and said he would withdraw all U.S. troops from that country by September 11. Biden, in a televised speech, said the United States could no longer justify staying there two decades after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. "We went to Afghanistan because of a horrific attack that happened 20 years ago," Biden said at the White House. "That cannot explain why we should remain there in 2021." Biden spoke in the Treaty Room, the same place where, on October 7, 2001, then-President George W. Bush announced airstrikes on Afghanistan. "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," Biden said. "American troops shouldn't be used as bargaining … [Read more...] about US Can’t Justify Keeping Troops in Afghanistan, Biden Says
GENEVA - The U.N. refugee agency reports recent deadly ethnic and tribal clashes in Sudan’s West Darfur region have forced nearly 2,000 people to flee for their lives into neighboring Chad. A fresh eruption of violence on April 3 between Masalit and Arab tribes over land and water resources has killed scores of people, injured hundreds and displaced thousands. The deadly clashes in El Geneina, the capital of West Darfur, have forced 1,860 people to seek refuge in Chad in the past week. U.N. refugee spokesman Babar Baloch says most of the refugees are women, children and the elderly living in villages near the Chadian border. He says they have crossed near the town of Adre, in Ouaddai province, just 200 meters away from the volatile border. "Refugees arriving in Chad speak of houses and properties being destroyed, and of sites hosting displaced people being targeted. Some of the new arrivals had already been displaced by earlier clashes last year and in January this year as … [Read more...] about West Darfur Clashes Trigger Mass Exodus into Chad
The number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan is closer to 3,500 which is 1000 more than the figure originally reported, according to the New York Times. U.S., European and Afghan officials revealed to the Times that there are 1,000 more Special Operations troops in Afghanistan, a reporting error that was blamed on the fact these members were put “off the books” when the Department of Defense disclosed the initial number. The original reported number was 2,500. The unaccounted troops include Joint Special Operations Command units, who were not listed in the official tally due to the work within the Pentagon and the CIA before their deployment to the country, a senior U.S. official told the Times. There were also discrepancies in counting temporary and transitioning units. (RELATED: Biden To Take Office Amid Lowest Troop Levels In Iraq And Afghanistan In Two Decades) The U.S. has about 1,000 more troops in Afghanistan than it has disclosed, according to U.S., European and … [Read more...] about US Has 1,000 More Troops In Afghanistan Than What Was Previously Disclosed
President Biden Joe Biden IRS to roll out payments for ,000 child tax credit in July Capitol Police told not to use most aggressive tactics in riot response, report finds Biden to accompany first lady to appointment for 'common medical procedure' MORE ’s American Jobs Plan , to spend $2 trillion on infrastructure over 10 years, and his Made in America Tax Plan are odd bedfellows. The jobs plan outlines investments in concrete and steel infrastructure, in 21st century infrastructure such as electric vehicle charging stations, the electric grid and rural broadband, and in sundry progressive programs such as affordable housing, community colleges, child care and home care. The tax plan would pay for the jobs plan through higher corporate income tax rates. The mismatch is the absence of arrangements for infrastructure users to shoulder some of the costs of the infrastructure they use. Higher corporate income taxes in Biden’s tax plan have an intrinsic … [Read more...] about Shouldn’t infrastructure users shoulder some of its costs?