Wishful pondering? The U.S. desires “common evacuation flights” out of Afghanistan to start earlier than the tip of December, the Wall Road Journal studies Thursday morning from officers at Foggy Backside.
Behind the scenes: “The State Division has but to schedule a date to renew evacuation flights as a result of it’s nonetheless working by means of preparations with neighboring international locations,” a State Division official advised the Journal. Among the delays embrace lining up “documentation for vacationers, permission to fly over different international locations and procedures with the Taliban and international governments.”
One large hurdle: “The Taliban are requiring most Afghan vacationers to have passports, an issue for some Afghans who worry they’re vulnerable to retaliation” for working with the U.S. and its allies. Certainly, “Some have destroyed their paperwork or not have entry to them.” Learn on right here.
ICYMI: A business aircraft was practically hijacked leaving Kabul within the chaotic days of the Afghanistan evacuation, Protection One’s Tara Copp reported Wednesday.
Say what? Air Drive Lt. Col. Brian Desautels, commander of the 71st Rescue Squadron and the personnel restoration process drive, stated in an Air Drive launch that after receiving intel about 5 individuals planning to hijack the business plane, “Our workforce labored to get them away from the NATO ramp, relocated to the north aspect away from pleasant forces, then finally onto the south aspect the place the state of affairs was dealt with.”
Within the meantime, “A pair thousand” further evacuees have been in a position to depart Afghanistan because the Aug. 31 finish to the official evacuation “as a uncommon pairing of Biden administration workers and personal organizations attempt to end the work of the biggest, most chaotic, and most harmful emergency airlift in U.S. historical past,” Copp writes. About 100 personal teams, primarily run by Afghanistan veterans, have stayed within the nation to assist full the evacuation. Learn extra at Protection One, right here.
From Protection One
The Inventor of the Taser and the Physique Cam Needs to Put Them on Drones // Patrick Tucker: His pitch: non-lethal, robotically deployed Tasers can change the face of battle.
An Afghanistan Evac Flight Was Virtually Hijacked, Air Drive Reveals // Tara Copp: Whereas the chaos at HKIA is over, the hassle to evacuate Afghans shouldn’t be. Right here’s how the U.S. continues to be getting individuals out.
Head of Pentagon Overseas Arms Gross sales Division Stepping Down After 15 Months on the Job // Marcus Weisgerber: Heidi Grant was the primary civilian to steer the Protection Safety Cooperation Company.
Will Individuals Purchase into Biden’s Bold Home Terrorism Plan? // Karen J. Greenberg: The president’s nationwide technique pivots the USA away from the worst practices of the battle on terrorism—if legislation enforcement, courts, and companies will comply with.
Welcome to this Thursday version of The D Transient from Ben Watson and Jennifer Hlad. Should you’re not already subscribed to The D Transient, you are able to do that right here. On at the present time in 1912, former President Theodore Roosevelt was shot within the chest whereas campaigning in Milwaukee, Wisc. The bullet went by means of his metal eyeglass case and a folded 50-page copy of his speech for later that afternoon, however Roosevelt decided it hadn’t gone deep sufficient to ship him to the hospital. So he delivered his 90-minute speech with that bullet lodged into his chest. He would carry it there till his dying virtually seven years later. His tried murderer was discovered to be insane and despatched to a hospital, the place he remained till his dying in 1943.
Gunfire has damaged out in Beirut as we speak and now six persons are useless after a Hezbollah-linked protest turned violent within the streets of the storied Mediterranean coastal metropolis. The Lebanese Crimson Cross stated 30 others had been wounded within the capturing. And shortly after it started, the Lebanese army arrived on scene and tweeted out a warning that its troopers “will hearth on anybody who’s armed and current on the streets and at anybody that shoots from wherever else.”
FWIW: Lebanon’s 15-year civil battle “resulted in 1990, however Thursday’s battles had been fought alongside the fault strains that divided the town 21 years in the past,” the Wall Road Journal studies from Beirut.
President Biden welcomes his Kenyan counterpart, President Uhuru Kenyatta, to the White Home this afternoon. Biden plans to debate practically a dozen non-military subjects with the president of Kenya, which neighbors Somalia and hosts a small contingent of U.S. troops—a contingent that was attacked by al-Shabaab fighters on Jan. 2020, killing one U.S. soldier and two contractors. However “advanc[ing] peace and safety” can be on the day’s agenda, so the combat towards al-Shabaab might determine in.
Bow-and-arrow ‘terrorism’ leaves 5 useless exterior of Oslo. Norwegian authorities are treating the dying of 5 individuals within the small city of Kongsberg as an act of terrorism, a regional police chief stated as we speak, hours after a suspect attacked what appeared to be random strangers at a grocery retailer and on the streets of Kongsberg Wednesday night round 6 p.m. native time.
Police arrested the suspect—a 37-year-old Danish man suspected of being radicalized into militant Islam—half-hour after he first reportedly attacked utilizing a bow and arrow and allegedly different weapons which have but to be named by legislation enforcement officers. Nonetheless, a regional prosecutor advised the Related Press the arrested suspect “clearly described what he had completed. He admitted killing the 5 individuals.” Reuters has extra on the “indicators of radicalization” behind this tragic episode, right here.
Lastly as we speak: The U.S. Military is hitting pause on its augmented actuality headset program with Microsoft, which is price virtually $22 billion, Janes reported Wednesday.
Left unanswered: Why it occurred, and what influence it may need, each Janes and The Drive emphasize—with the latter going into previous developmental missteps, like gadgets that don’t perform within the rain, e.g. At any charge, “the choice is definitely not excellent news for the quick way forward for a program the service had been touting as probably game-changing for particular person troopers,” Joseph Trevithick writes. Learn on, right here.