US withdrawal triggered catastrophic defeat of Afghan forces, damning watchdog report finds

Report by special inspector general blames Trump and Biden administrations, as well as the Afghan government of Ashraf GhaniAfghan armed forces collapsed last year because they had been made dependent on US support that was abruptly withdrawn in the fa…

Sharri Markson’s book on Covid’s Wuhan lab leak theory raises more questions than it answers

Details are deficient, scientific analysis contentious and expert voices missing in Markson’s thesis about ‘what really happened’ in China, which establishes a crime scene around the Wuhan Institute of Virology With 4.55 million deaths from the Covid-1…

The Afghanistan Papers review: superb exposé of a war built on lies

Craig Whitlock of the Washington Post used freedom of information to produce the definitive US version of the warIn the summer of 2009, the latest in a long line of US military commanders in Afghanistan commissioned the latest in a long line of strateg…

Pompeo lifts US-Taiwan restrictions in move likely to anger China

Tensions already high between Washington and BeijingTrump aide says former measures meant to appease ChineseSecretary of state Mike Pompeo is lifting restrictions on contacts between US officials and their Taiwanese counterparts, a move welcomed by Tai…

Trump’s Afghanistan withdrawal announcement takes US officials by surprise

Tweet calling for troops’ return by Christmas puts peace negotiations in jeopardy and was greeted enthusiastically by the TalibanDonald Trump has announced on Twitter that he wants to bring all US troops home from Afghanistan by Christmas – a plan that…

Coronavirus live news: Russia to start vaccine trials on 40,000 people; Europe reporting 26,000 new cases a day

Russia to start mass testing of vaccine next week; WHO warns about high average of new cases in Europe; Africa CDC reports drop in new casesSouth Korea fears fresh nationwide outbreakThree quarters of New Zealand public intend to get vaccine, study fin…

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