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President Biden Again ‘Makes No Apologies For’ Afghanistan Withdrawal

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Biden on his withdrawal from Afghanistan: “I make no apologies for what I did.” pic.twitter.com/EEReg261LY

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January 19, 2022

The Week: Biden defiantly defends Afghanistan exit: ‘I make no apologies for what I did’

President Biden held a press conference on Wednesday, marking the end of his first year in office, and offered a firm defense of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.

“I make no apologies for what I did,” Biden told reporters.

His administration drew scrutiny for withdrawing troops from Afghanistan in August, only for the Taliban to rapidly take control of the country, with some critics arguing the U.S. should have known how quickly the government would fall without American support.

But Biden suggested Wednesday there was nothing else that could have been done to bolster Afghan allies.

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Update #1: Biden ‘Makes No Apologies’ for Afghanistan Withdrawal, Regrets Taliban Rule, ISIS-K Attack — Newsweek

Update #2: Joe Biden ‘Makes No Apologies For’ Botched Afghanistan Withdrawal — PJ Media

WNU Editor: Small comfort to the people of Afghanistan who allied with the U.S. to fight Al Qaeda and the Taliban and who are now left adrift.

In the meantime the Afghan humanitarian crisis continues (see below).

Afghanistan: 500,000 jobs lost since Taliban takeover (UN News)

ILO report says Afghan crisis causing massive job losses (AP)

IRC warns of growing crisis in Afghanistan as millions pushed to brink of famine and UN releases historic $5 billion appeal (IRC)

Famine: new battleground for displaced Afghans – a photo essay (The Guardian)

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U.S. House Speaker Pelosi Visits South Korea

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Daily Mail: Pelosi stares down North Korea with visit to the DMZ – as China continues to fire missiles into Japan’s exclusion zone: White House is ‘FUMING’ with Nancy over Taiwan trip and fact she IGNORED advice not to go

* Pelosi visited the heavily-fortified DMZ during her trip to South Korea

* She was the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit the area since President Donald Trump met North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un there in 2019

* The 155-mile-long, 2.5-mile-wide zone separates North and South Korea

* South Korean president Yoon Suk-yeol told Pelosi her trip to the DMZ was ‘a sign of strong deterrence between South Korea and the US against North Korea’

* Pelosi now in Japan – her last stop on her South Asia tour

* Tokyo said five Chinese missiles landed within its exclusive economic zone

* It was part of military exercises launched by Beijing in response to Pelosi’s Taiwan visit, which China is still angry about

* White House officials said to be fuming over Pelosi’s Taiwan trip

Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited the heavily-fortified DMZ during her trip to South Korea on Thursday, another controversial stop after her touchdown in Taiwan.

Her visit to the 155-mile-long, 2.5-mile-wide zone separating North and South Korea made her the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit the area since President Donald Trump met North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un there in 2019.

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Update: South Korea does not want to upset China over Pelosi …. South Korean president accused of avoiding Nancy Pelosi in bid to placate China (The Guardian). More here …. South Korean president skips in-person meeting with Pelosi, causing controversy (FOX News)

U.S. House Speaker Pelosi Visits South Korea

In S. Korea, Pelosi avoids public comments on Taiwan, China — AP

Nancy Pelosi travels to South Korea; Seoul calls visit ‘show of deterrence’ against North Korea — UPI

Pelosi visited Korean Demilitarized Zone with congressional delegation — CNN

Pelosi meets leaders in South Korea, visits DMZ after contentious Taiwan trip — DW

Pelosi visits DMZ during South Korea trip in latest show of defiance — NYPost

Japan PM meets Pelosi, calls China drills ‘grave problem’ — AP

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Pentagon Orders the Aircraft Carrier USS Ronald Reagan to Remain in the Area Near Taiwan

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Politico: U.S. orders aircraft carrier to remain in the region amid China-Taiwan tensions

The U.S. is also postponing a planned intercontinental ballistic missile test.

The Pentagon has directed the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan to remain in the area near Taiwan “to monitor the situation” as China launches missiles in the region, the White House announced on Thursday.

In addition, the U.S. has delayed a planned test of a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile to avoid increasing tensions, National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby told reporters.

“As China engages in destabilizing military exercises around Taiwan, the United States is demonstrating instead the behavior of a responsible nuclear power, by reducing the risks of miscalculation and misperception,” Kirby said of the decision.

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Update #1: US announces military activity near Taiwan (RT)

Update #2: How does the US support Taiwan militarily? (DW)

WNU Editor: This will be viewed by China as weakness, not as a move to lower tensions …. US Postpones Missile Tests to Lower Tensions with China on Taiwan (VOA).

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Russia – Ukraine War News Updates — August 5, 2022

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Reuters: Ukraine under pressure in east as NATO chief says Russia must not win

KYIV (Reuters) -Ukraine said on Thursday it had been forced to cede some territory in the east of the country in the face of a Russian offensive, and the head of the NATO military alliance said Moscow must not be allowed to win the war.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy this week described the pressure his armed forces were under in the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine as “hell”.

He spoke of fierce fighting around the town of Avdiivka and the fortified village of Pisky, where Kyiv has acknowledged its Russian foe’s “partial success” in recent days.

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Live Updates

Russia says it’s ready to discuss prisoner swap; three ships carrying grain leave Ukrainian ports

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Live Updates: Russia’s war in Ukraine — CNN

Russia-Ukraine war: Kyiv calls Amnesty report that says Ukrainian forces are putting civilians at risk a ‘perversion’ – as it happened — The Guardian

Russia-Ukraine updates: Heavy fighting reported on the outskirts of Donetsk — DW

Russia-Ukraine war: what we know on day 163 of the invasion — The Guardian

Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 163 — Al Jazeera

Russia – Ukraine War News Updates — August 5, 2022

Russia Steps Up Attacks on Ukrainian Fortifications in the East — New York Times

Russia maintains eastern Ukrainian attacks, new raids from Belarus — UPI

‘It’s just hell’: Ukraine says Russia has the upper hand in Donbas; U.S. approves Sweden and Finland to NATO — CNBC

Ukrainian Strike Likely Severs Rail Link Between Crimea And Kherson As Fighting In Donbas ‘Just Hell’ — RFE

Report: Ukrainian bases in communities endangering civilians — AP

Ukraine ‘endangers civilians’ with army bases in residential areas, says Amnesty — The Guardian

Ukrainian forces ‘put civilians at risk’ – Amnesty — RT

Zelensky accuses Amnesty International of supporting terrorism — RT

Ukraine Cleared To Move Javelin Missiles To Front Lines To Blow Up Russian Tanks “Defensively” — Warzone/The Drive

US-led effort to isolate Russia failed – Bloomberg — RT

Ukraine’s Economy Will Crumble Without More Aid — Foreign Policy

3 more ships loaded with grain depart Ukrainian ports — CBS

NATO reveals its goal in Ukraine conflict — RT

US says Russia aims to fabricate evidence in prison deaths — AP

Zelensky angered by lack of help from EU — RT
Relatives of POWs call on Red Cross to help find loved ones — AP

Months into war, Ukraine refugees slow to join EU workforce — AP

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