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After disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, UK parliament holds Biden in contempt

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By Jenny Goldsberry

After the fallout from U.S. troops’ withdrawal from Afghanistan the UK parliament held President Biden in contempt. Now, Biden is facing disapproval from across the pond, and within his own American people. The British Parliament has censured Biden in contempt over Afghanistan, both Tory and Labour are united against him. 

Tom Tugenhat, Tonbridge and Malling MP blasted Biden for claiming that the “Afghan forces are not willing to fight for themselves.” He is a veteran himself, who saw many Afghan soldiers die for their cause.

“To see their commander in chief call into question the courage of men that I fought with, to claim that they ran, is shameful,” Tugenhat said on the parliament floor Wednesday. “Those who have never fought for the colors they fly should be careful about criticizing those who have.” According to Tugenhat, armies don’t win wars, nations do.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson echoed that sentiment Friday, tweeting his appreciation for the troops. “We owe the brave people who worked side-by-side with us in Afghanistan a debt of gratitude,” Johnson wrote. Now the country is working to evacuate people.

Meanwhile, as all this was going on, despite their shared missions, Biden screened calls from Minister Johnson for 36 hours. According to a report from the Daily Telegraph, Biden didn’t contact Johnson until 5 PM EST Tuesday. For Johnson, it was 10 PM his time. So Biden addressed the nation before he called the prime minister back.

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You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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Report: North Korean ballistic missile fired by Russia into Ukraine contained components sourced from U.S.

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A new report from Conflict Armament Research (CAR), a U.K.-based investigative organization, determined that a North Korean ballistic missile which was fired by Russia into Ukraine contained “numerous” electronic components sourced from the U.S. and Europe.

The Daily Caller News Foundation reported on the findings, noting approximately 75% of the 290 components analyzed in the missile originated from U.S.-based companies, and an additional 16% of components came from European firms, according to the CAR report.

The electronic components came from 26 countries in total and were largely utilized in the missile’s navigation system, according to the report. It isn’t clear how the components ended up in North Korea’s possession, as the country is strictly sanctioned by a bulk of the international community, but it’s possible other foreign companies, acting as middlemen, bought the components and then diverted them to the communist country.

However, the fact that North Korea was able to acquire so many American electronic component parts suggests “that the country has developed a robust acquisition network capable of circumventing, without detection, sanction regimes that have been in place for nearly two decades,” according to the report.

CAR documents “weapons at the point of use and track their sources back through the chains of supply.”North Korea gathered the components, assembled the missile and shipped it to Russia, all within a relatively short time period, according to the report. The missile was recovered by CAR on Jan. 2, and the investigators determined it could not have been manufactured before March 2023.

The U.S. government and intelligence agencies are working to stop sensitive American intellectual property from ending up in the hands of several foreign adversaries. North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and Russian President Vladimir Putin have strengthened their relationship since Russia first invaded Ukraine in February 2022.

“Due in part to our export and sanction controls, Russia has become increasingly isolated on the world stage, and they’ve been forced to look to like-minded states for military equipment,” White House National Security Council (NSC) spokesman John Kirby said during a press briefing in January. “One of those states is North Korea.”

 

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