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Expected head of Afghanistan’s new government is Taliban co-founder Baradar

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According to sources on this inside, Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar is set to lead the new Afghan government. A source spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity.

“All the top leaders have arrived in Kabul, where preparations are in final stages to announce the new government,” a Taliban official told the news organization.

Reportedly Baradar will also be joined by Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob, who is the son of the late Mullah Omar. Omar is another Taliban co-founder. The last time the Taliban was in power was in 1996. As a result of U.S. military occupying Afghanistan in 2001, they lost their seats in the government.

Now British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab announced he will not recognize Baradar as leader. Raab said so when he landed in Pakistan Friday.

“The approach we’re taking is that we don’t recognize the Taliban as a government,” Raab said.

Meanwhile, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki assured reporters a week ago that the United States would likewise not recognize a Taliban government.

“I want to be really clear: there’s no rush to recognition of any sort by the United States or any international partners we have talked to,” Psaki told reporters then.

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Report: over 85,000 migrant children ‘lost’ could be in labor market or sex trafficked

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A report from the Department of Health and Human Services has prompted twenty-two state attorneys general to write a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra and Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray.

A report issued this month by the Department of Health and Human Services stated more than 85,000 migrant children could be lost. Tragically, many of those children likely were forced into the labor market or sex trafficked. The attorneys general said the Biden administration needs to find these missing children.

“By law, the Department of Health and Human Services is responsible for keeping these children safe when they arrive,” the attorneys general said in their letter. “That responsibility includes reuniting children with family or placing them with a sponsor who will protect them from trafficking and exploitation. But that Department is not living up to its responsibilities, and the cost of that failure is tens of thousands of missing children.”

The letter asks for information to be provided on when the children were last seen and what safeguards are in place to ensure they are placed with family members.

“The Department of Health and Human Services must ensure that it is not handing over children to criminals and sex traffickers,” the attorneys general said. “It cannot do so if it does not know to whom it is handing these children.”

The Center Square reports that Iowa Attorney General Brenna Bird led the coalition along with Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch and Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes.

“Losing 85,000 kids is like losing the entire population of Sioux City,” Bird said. “This is unacceptable. As a mom, it makes me sick to know that many of these missing kids have been trapped into forced labor and exploited by heinous sex traffickers. It’s the federal government’s job to keep these children safe. I’ve joined with 21 other attorneys general in demanding that the Biden Administration immediately locate and protect these children.”

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