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An ‘Urgent Request’ for Feds to Help with the Afghan Resettlement Process

A federal employees group sent out an “urgent request” looking for colleagues who could help with the resettlement process for Afghan evacuees by acting as translators and interpreters. Responses are due by the end of Thursday. More at Government Executive
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Waste, Fraud, and Abuse in Afghanistan and Beyond After 9/11

A new study from the Center for International Policy and Brown University looks at waste, fraud, and abuse post-9/11, and how the defense industry may be influencing policy to beef up the military-industrial complex for the next phase of threats. In the wake of the September 2011 terrorist attacks, the United States put $14 trillion […]
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Congress’ Afghanistan Oversight Marred By Politics

Lawmakers overwhelmingly postured instead of asking America’s top diplomat real questions. More at Government Executive
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State Dept. Working ‘at the Highest Levels’ to Clear Mazar-i-Sharif Charter Aircraft

State Department officials acknowledged that they have been unable so far to get six chartered aircraft carrying about 1,000 evacuees out of Mazar-i-Sharif, but it was not clear whether the holdup was due to U.S. bureaucracy or Taliban action. More at Government Executive
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Taliban to Allow 200 Americans, Other Foreigners to Fly Out of Kabul

Afghanistan’s Taliban authorities allowed 113 Americans, U.S. permanent residents and holders of other Western passports to leave the country on a flight to Qatar on Thursday, the first such departure by air since U.S. forces withdrew last month. More at the Wall Street Journal
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Cyber Threat Posed by Taliban

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin warned this week that al-Qaeda may attempt to regenerate in Afghanistan following the U.S. withdrawal from the country and subsequent reinstatement of the Taliban regime. However, technological advances during the past 20 years mean that acts of terror no longer need to be kinetic. Cyberattacks against critical infrastructure can potentially […]
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U.S. Global Media Agency Vows to Help Locally Employed Staff Left in Afghanistan

Republican lawmaker says it is “disgraceful” that about 140 locally-employed media agency staff, plus their families, are still in the country after U.S. troops finished their withdrawal. More at Government Executive
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As Veterans Process End of Afghanistan War, Pentagon to Sort Through Lessons Learned

Two weeks ago to the day, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs told reporters it was too soon to start the after-action reports on what went wrong in 20 years of deployments to Afghanistan. Wednesday, days out from the final flight of U.S. troops out of Kabul’s airport, Pentagon leadership signaled its time to get […]
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Some Federal Employees Still Stuck in Afghanistan

The U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan leaves some federal employees behind. House Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Michael McCaul (R-Texas) said more than 500 journalists employed by the U.S. Agency for Global Media and their families remain in Afghanistan, following the U.S. withdrawal. McCaul said 50 agency staffers so far have been evacuated. McCaul said he’s calling […]
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Biden Taps FEMA Official to Lead Afghan Resettlement Efforts as Agency Deploys Thousands in...

As the Biden administration finalized America’s military mission in Afghanistan, it is looking to civilian agencies to complete the resettlement of evacuees and other responsibilities. More at Government Executive
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