US admits deadly Kabul blast killing multiple civilians, 7 children ‘was a tragic mistake’ – ABC News

Comment by tonytran2015: A face saving act to divert attention from a bungled retreat turns out to be another disaster. Can Biden’s team be trusted?

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-09-18/us-admits-kabul-air-strike-killed-10-civilians/100473122

  • A drone strike in Kabul last month killed 10 civilians, the US military says
  • The US previously said the drone targeted IS-K suicide bombers
  • General Frank McKenzie told reporters the blast “was a mistake”

China responds angrily to Australia-US joint statement a day after AUKUS submarine deal was announced – ABC News

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-09-17/chinese-embassy-reacts-ausmin-statement-aukus/100472676

  • China responds angrily to Australia-US joint statement criticising Beijing on issues like Hong Kong and Xinjiang

  • The joint statement came a day after Australia announced a deal to acquire nuclear submarines in partnership with the US and UK
  • The deal is widely perceived to be aimed at countering China’s territorial expansion in the Asia Pacific….

Watchdog slams media over Fauci coverage as report appears to show NIH funded gain-of-function research | Truth2Freedom’s Blog

https://truth4freedom.wordpress.com/2021/09/13/watchdog-slams-media-over-fauci-coverage-as-report-appears-to-show-nih-funded-gain-of-function-research/

A conservative media watchdog has accused corporate media outlets of engaging in censorship by failing to cover the release of documents confirming that the U.S. government did fund gain-of-function research at a virology lab in China despite multiple assertions to the contrary.

Source: Watchdog slams media over Fauci coverage as report appears to show NIH funded gain-of-function research

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken defends Afghan withdrawal, blames Trump administration Taliban deal – ABC News

Comment by tonytran2015: Biden’s team must have supplied their own plan when contesting in the Presidential election and should not have relied on Trump for their plan. Is this another indication that Biden may have stolen the election? It is easy to steal a position but it is NEVER easy to be a brilliant leader.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-09-14/us-secretary-of-state-antony-blinken-defends-afghan-withdrawal/100459146

  • Mr Blinken has pushed back against harsh Republican criticism of the handling of the military withdrawal from Afghanistan
  • He defended the Biden administration’s actions saying they “inherited a deadline” not a plan
  • He said about 100 Americans were still in Afghanistan who wanted to leave

US Sails Warship Near Chinese-Claimed Reef, Testing New Maritime Law

https://www.nationandstate.com/2021/09/09/us-sails-warship-near-chinese-claimed-reef-testing-new-maritime-law/
US Sails Warship Near Chinese-Claimed Reef, Testing New Maritime Law Authored by Dave DeCamp via AntiWar.com, The US sailed a warship near a Chinese-claimed reef in the disputed South China Sea on Wednesday, the first such maneuver since China enacted a new law requiring foreign vessels to report themselves when entering Beijing’s claimed territorial waters. As expected,…

Deadly bat caves & humanized mice tests: Released docs describe ‘HIGHEST RISK’ involved in US-funded coronavirus research in Wuhan — RT World News

https://www.rt.com/news/534175-wuhan-lab-coronavirus-research-risks/

Documents obtained by The Intercept reveal that the US
government funded studies into coronavirus in bats in Wuhan long before
the pandemic, with the proposal showing it was aware of the risk that
researchers would be infected.
More than 900 pages of material related to this research were published on
the non-profit media company’s website on Tuesday. The documents were
acquired as part of an ongoing Freedom of Information Act litigation by
The Intercept against the National Institutes of Health.

The
documents detail the work of EcoHealth Alliance, a US-based organization
specializing in protection against infectious diseases, and its work
with Chinese partners on coronaviruses, specifically those originating
in bats.



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The papers detail that EcoHealth Alliance was granted a total of
$3.1 million by the federal government, with $599,000 of that going to
the Wuhan Institute of Virology. The funding received in Wuhan was used
in part to identify and genetically alter bat coronaviruses that might
infect humans.

EcoHealth Alliance president Peter Daszak led one
of the studies, titled ‘Understanding the Risk of Bat Coronavirus
Emergence’, which screened thousands of bats for novel coronaviruses.
The research also involved the screening of people who work with live
animals.

However, the released documents include a recognition of the potential risks posed by the project. “Fieldwork
involves the highest risk of exposure to SARS or other CoVs while
working in caves with high bat density overhead and the potential for
fecal dust to be inhaled,” the grant application reads.



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Biden’s latest ‘lab leak’ report tells us nothing… but it won’t stop the US blaming China for Covid

“In this proposal, they actually point out that they
know how risky this work is. They keep talking about people potentially
getting bitten – and they kept records of everyone who got bitten,” Alina Chan, a molecular biologist at the Broad Institute, in the US, told The Intercept in response to the release.

Another
revelation was that experimental work with humanized mice (that is,
with functioning human genes, cells, tissues, and/or organs) was
conducted at the Wuhan University Center for Animal Experiment, a
biosafety level-three lab, and not at the Wuhan Institute of Virology,
mainland China’s first biosafety level-four lab, as originally thought.

The
program ran from 2014 to 2019, and was renewed in 2019, only for former
US president Donald Trump to cancel it. Robert Kessler, communications
manager at EcoHealth Alliance, maintained there wasn’t a lot to say on
the matter. “We applied for grants to conduct research. The relevant agencies deemed that to be important research, and thus funded it,” he noted.



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Russia building ‘sanitary
shield’ network of labs working with dangerous viruses, to understand
pathogens & develop new vaccines

While the US has blasted China for not releasing all the relevant
information on Covid-19, The Intercept said it had requested the
recently released documents back in September 2020.

Although they
don’t provide conclusive evidence to support the theory that Covid-19
was leaked from a Chinese lab, it does highlight the fact that risky
research into bat coronaviruses was being undertaken in the years
leading up the pandemic, and the US was not only well aware of that, but
also funded it. Bats have been identified as a possible zoonotic source
for the virus.

World Health Organization experts spent around a
month in China from January this year. Their report suggested that cases
identified in Wuhan in 2019 were believed to have been acquired from “a zoonotic source, as many [of those initially infected] reported visiting or working in the Huanan Wholesale Seafood Market.”



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‘Scapegoating China cannot whitewash the US’: Beijing blasts Washington ahead of American report into Covid-19 origins

Beijing has refused to take part in a second probe, rejecting the
lab leak theory while, in turn, calling for an investigation into
US-based laboratories.

US aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson enters South China Sea. – What Now News 24

https://whatnownews24.com/2021/09/07/us-aircraft-carrier-uss-carl-vinson-enters-south-china-sea/

The Nimitz-class US aircraft carrier, USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) entered the South China Sea on Monday. On board the carrier there are 5,000 crew and 70 aircraft. The carrier is deployed with the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations that serve to operate in the Indo-Pacific to support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

Image Surfaces of Stranded Planes Filled with Americans at Mazar-i-Sharif Airport in Afghanistan – Taliban Holds Planes Hostage as Biden State Department Blocks Departures — The Gateway Pundit | Truth2Freedom’s Blog

https://truth4freedom.wordpress.com/2021/09/06/image-surfaces-of-stranded-planes-filled-with-americans-at-mazar-i-sharif-airport-in-afghanistan-taliban-holds-planes-hostage-as-biden-state-department-blocks-departures-the-gatewa/

The State Department suspended all operations in Afghanistan on August 31st.The administration withdrew all personnel from Afghanistan. If you are stranded in the country the Doha, Qatar Embassy will assist you.
Good luck.

As reported earlier the Taliban is holding six planes filled with Americans and Afghan SIVs HOSTAGE in Northern Afghanistan!

Several retired Special Forces and US Veterans traveled to Afghanistan to rescue and bring the people Americans home that Joe Biden left stranded in the country.

The planes cannot take off unless the Taliban clears them which can easily be handled with a telephone call. Our heroes and the people they rescued are sitting ducks, hostages of the Taliban, who operate the airport at Mazar-i-Sharif.

An image of the planes at the Mazar-i-Sharif airport was posted online on Sunday.

Via Babak Tahhvaee — It seems they are hostages now. Satellite image taken by #Maxar shows 2 Airbus A340s & 4 Boeing 737s of #KamAir in Mazar-i-Sharif not being allowed to leave today.

But the Biden State Department is refusing to act and American lives are in grave danger.

Taliban says it captured key entrance to Panjshir valley, local resistance denies it, as both claim heavy losses on other side — RT World News

https://www.rt.com/news/533797-afghanistan-taliban-panjshir-battle/

The Taliban claims its fighters seized a key position at the
entrance to the Panjshir valley – the only Afghan province still out of
the group’s control. The local resistance denies the Taliban has made
any advances.
The Taliban launched a
major operation to take the Panjshir valley on Thursday, after the
negotiations with the local resistance movement failed, according to
spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid. He said the Taliban fighters entered the
province and captured eleven “important” positions along the
main road leading to the eastern province of Badakhshan. Among them was
the town of Shattal in the Parwan province, at the southwestern entrance
to the valley.

Representatives of the National Resistance Front
(NRF) denied the Taliban made any advances into the valley, however, and
claimed they were still in full control of all the passes leading into
Panjshir. The Taliban’s “multiple” attempts to enter the area were thwarted, the militia claimed.



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Battle for strategic valley looms as anti-Taliban warlord & remnants
of Afghan military refuse to surrender

“They did not succeed in their offensive and they did not advance even a kilometer,” NRF spokesman Fahim Dashti said.

Both sides claimed to have inflicted heavy losses on their enemies, but the claims were impossible to verify independently.

The
Taliban’s Mujahid said the fighting started after talks with the
Panjshir militia failed. According to reports, the Taliban was ready to
accept any governor the local militias would appoint but demanded that
the flag of the ‘Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’ be raised over the
valley – something the NRF refused to do.



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7 Taliban fighters killed in clashes with Panjshir valley resistance, as challenges remain for new rulers after US exit

According to Amrullah Saleh, who now styles himself as the acting
president of Afghanistan, the flags of the Islamic Republic – the
former, US-backed government – are still flying in Panjshir.

Saleh
was the deputy to Ashraf Ghani, the NATO-backed president who fled the
country on August 14 as the Taliban approached Kabul, triggering the mad
scramble of the US-organized airlift.

The standoff between the
Taliban and the Panjshir resistance has been shaping up since then. On
August 31, Reuters reported that at least eight Taliban fighters were
killed as they tried to move on the NRF positions. The Taliban did not
comment on the losses at that time, as the group apparently was still
seeking a negotiated solution to the conflict with the militias.

Last
week it was reported that local militias in the northern Baghlan
province had evicted Taliban members from three districts, only for one
to be recaptured soon after. The Taliban now claims to have recaptured
all three.



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US used secret CIA base outside Kabul to evacuate Americans, 1,000 Afghan commandos & their families – media

“Don’t Forget Me’: Interpreter Who Helped Save Biden In 2008 Stranded In Afghanistan

https://www.nationandstate.com/2021/09/01/dont-forget-me-interpreter-who-helped-save-biden-in-2008-stranded-in-afghanistan/
“Don’t Forget Me’: Interpreter Who Helped Save Biden In 2008 Stranded In Afghanistan Authored by Zachary Stieber via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours),President Joe Biden speaks at the National Response Coordination Center at FEMA headquarters in Washington, on Aug. 29, 2021. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Photo) Top White House officials are promising to get an Afghan…