U.S troops to be withdrawn from Afghanistan by September 11th


President Joe Biden plans to haul all military powers out of Afghanistan by Sept. 11, finishing U.S. presence in the Middle Eastern country by the twentieth commemoration of the 9/11 assaults that prodded America’s longest conflict.

The move will expand military presence in Afghanistan past the May 1 withdrawal date recently haggled by previous President Donald Trump.

Finishing up there is “no military arrangement” for the issues in Afghanistan, Biden will rather attempt to put the “full weight” of the U.S. government behind discretionary endeavors to agree between the Taliban and the Afghan government, a senior organization official said.

“But what we will not do is use our troops as bargaining chips in that process,” said the official, who agreed to brief reporters on the plans Tuesday on the condition of anonymity.

President Joe Biden will formally announce the withdrawal and other specifics in a White House speech Wednesday detailing “the way forward in Afghanistan,” press secretary Jen Psaki said.

The drawdown of more than 3,000 U.S. troops who stay in Afghanistan will start before May 1 in a joint effort with NATO partners and the withdrawal of their soldiers which number around 7,000.

President Biden’s organization cautioned the Taliban that any assaults on the U.S. during the withdrawal will be met with an intense reaction, as per the White House.

The White House said that the al-Qaeda terrorist network no longer possesses the capability to plot an attack that would threaten U.S. soil. Thus insisting Biden isn’t taking an eye off terrorism.

The administration instead views the terrorism threat more broadly – spanning to other countries and regions like Yemen, Syria, Somalia and Northern Africa – and not concentrated in Afghanistan like 20 years ago.

The White House said Biden will also seek “diplomatic, economic and humanitarian tools” with other countries to protect recent civil rights gained by Afghan women.

“He has to make decisions through the prism of what’s in the interest of the national security of the United States,” Psaki said when pressed on concerns that Afghan women could lose their progress under a U.S. exit. She said that means “keeping our focus” on where emerging threats are around the world.

Like Donald Trump, President Joe Biden campaigned on a promise to end America’s “forever wars.” The conflict in Afghanistan – which sought to establish democratic governance, defeat al-Qaeda and push the Taliban out of power – has cost more than $2 trillion and more than 2,300 American lives. More than 38,000 Afghan civilians have been killed.

Republicans, many who criticized Trump’s plans to leave Afghanistan, quickly slammed Biden’s timeline. Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, said it would be a “grave mistake” and an “abdication of American leadership.”

“It would put our NATO partners in a shared fight that we have not yet won. It would abandon the women of Afghanistan whose freedoms and human rights will be in peril. It did not have to unfold like this.”

Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee raised concerns as well. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-New Jersey, the committee’s chairman, said he hadn’t been briefed by the White House on the withdrawal. He said he wouldn’t support future assistance to Afghanistan if there’s “backsliding” on “civil society” and rights for women under the Taliban after the U.S. withdraws.

He also expressed hesitation about leaving Afghanistan before achieving America’s objectives after “so much blood and national treasure.”

“I want to hear the administration’s rationale for it. I think the view is we don’t have enough troops there to change the tide and make some dramatic difference. So if we’re not going to do that, then why keep the troops that are there and put them at risk?”

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, another Democratic ally of Biden and a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said she is “very disappointed” by the decsion. She said “the U.S. has sacrificed too much” to leave without assurances of a secure future in Afghanistan.

“It undermines our commitment to the Afghan people, particularly Afghan women,” she said, adding that she urges the Biden administration “make every effort between now and September” to protect the progress that has been made.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin were in Brussels Tuesday to notify NATO allies of the decision. Biden also consulted with his Cabinet, members of Congress, the Afghan government and other global allies, the White House said.

Al-Qaeda used Afghanistan, under control of the Taliban, as a safe haven from which to plan the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

But instead of being driven out by military force, the Taliban now control vast swaths of the country, and it continues to be wracked by violence despite U.S.-brokered peace talks. Many experts say the situation in Afghanistan will not improve no matter how much longer the United States stays, or how much more money Washington invests.

A U.S. Intelligence report released Tuesday gave a bleak outlook of the immediate future for Afghanistan, predicting the “prospects for a peace deal will remain low during the next year.”

“The Taliban is likely to make gains on the battlefield, and the Afghan government will struggle to hold the Taliban at bay if the coalition withdraws support,” the assessment said.

Biden had faced increasing pressure on whether to stick to Trump’s May 1 deadline to fully withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan.

Some of Biden’s key allies in Congress have warned a complete U.S. withdrawal would thrust Afghanistan further into chaos and violence. Others have said keeping U.S. troops on the ground any longer could spark a backlash among progressives who want to see an end to the war in Afghanistan.

Last month, the president said that even if the U.S. did not meet the May 1 deadline, U.S. troops would not be in Afghanistan for much longer.

The previous May 1 timetable was part of an agreement the Trump administration forged with the Taliban in February 2020. Under that deal, the U.S. agreed to withdraw all its forces; in exchange, the Taliban promised to sever its ties with al-Qaeda and end its attacks on American forces.

Daphne Campbell declares senate candidacy after loosing twice before

Daphne Campbell declares senate candidacy after loosing twice before 1


Campbell, 63, lost her Senate District 38 seat in 2018 to Senator Jason Pazzo. She later ran for Senate District 35 in 2020 which failed as well as she was placed second in a six-person field. Shevrin Jones won the 2020 Senate elections by a margin of 43% to 16%, therefore, securing her seat in November 2020 after plenty of drama. Daphne Campbell has now declared that she is seeking a Senate bid for a third straight cycle. 

 Daphne Campbell advertised her appearance at the Farm Share food distribution event in May 2019 and generated much of a spectacle. In 2020, Daphne Campbell reworked the advertisement to connect it to her Senate District 35 bid. Despite all these efforts she still lost. Her actions threatened to violate Farm Share’s 501(c)(3) obligations to stay out of political campaigns. The group was later forced to cancel the event out of an abundance of caution. 

Daphne Campbell recently stated in a South Florida Sun-Sentinel questionnaire that she had never been a party to a civil lawsuit. However, a short court search followed and showed that Campbell was involved in at least 10 different lawsuit cases. Out of the 10 different cases, Campbell has been sued in nine out of the ten cases.

 A robocall released a few days before August 2020 featured manipulative audio in which President Barack Obama was endorsing Daphne Campbell’s bid. This was cleared out by former President Barack Obama’s spokesperson and called it fake audio. However, it has not been clear as to who was behind this fraud during the 2020 campaign. In 2018, during Daphne Campbell’s unsuccessful political campaign, she was accused by Pizzo of seeking personal gain and graft by engaging in unethical practices. Pizzo later focused on Cambell’s efforts to contact a Florida Power and Light lobbyist following Hurricane Irma to help gain an upper hand. Daphne Campbell later referenced the need to help her ‘sick mom’. Sources later got to know that Daphne Campbell’s mom had been dead for more than 20 years. Daphne Campbell later defended herself by saying that she used the term ‘mom’ colloquially and that she referred to an elderly woman who was living with Daphne Campbell. 

 It’s unclear how the decennial redistricting process will affect the Senate District 38 boundaries. But Campbell is seeking to take back the seat from Pizzo, as he’s rumored to be considering a gubernatorial run.