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GOP Lawmakers Push To Withdraw U.S. Troops From Afghanistan

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A number of Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives are pushing forward an amendment to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan, in what has been the nation’s longest war.

“We are trying to support his [Pres. Trump’s] efforts in the National Defense Authorization Act by offering an amendment that would codify what he wants to do, which is get us out of Afghanistan,” said Rep. Thomas Massie, R-KY, on “Fox & Friends First” Thursday morning.

Massie has joined forces with his colleagues Reps. Matt Gaetz, R-FL, and Andy Biggs, R-AZ, who introduced the AFGHAN Services Act this week, which is an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

“This amendment affirms what President Trump knows and believes: unfocused, unending wars in the Middle East make America weaker, not stronger. Instead of sending our soldiers to blood-stained sands of the Middle East, let’s care for veterans here at home and instead of ill-fated adventurism, let’s put America first,” Gaetz said in a statement on Tuesday, according to Breitbart.

The proposal comes as the Pentagon announced this week the withdrawal of U.S. troops from five military bases in Afghanistan. According to The Hill, DOD’s Chief Spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman confirmed that the number of U.S. troops in the region is “in the mid-8000s,” adding that the five bases were turned over to “our Afghan partners.”

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Taliban threatens to send 2,000 suicide bombers to DC

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The Biden administration has done everything in its power to take focus off of the deadly botched withdrawal from Afghanistan which left the Taliban terror group to retake control. New information is surfacing on just howmuch control the Taliban has been able to hold over Biden and his administration.

Just in December, the Taliban reportedly “told the United States during talks in Doha that if the U.S. insisted on deploying 2,000 American troops at its embassy in Kabul, the Taliban would also deploy as part of any bilateral arrangement 2,000 ‘fidayeen mujahideen [i.e., suicide bombers]’ at the Afghan Embassy in Washington D.C.” reports the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), a watchdog group that tracks jihadi communications and media reports.

The Taliban is making it very clear it does not want any American presence in Afghanistan. Additionally the Taliban made it very clear suicide bombers will be part of their special forces in the Afghan National Army under the defense ministry.

In an interview that occurred in the first week of January 2022, Zabihullah Mujahid, a veteran terrorist and leader in the Taliban government, told a Pashtu-language radio station “Our mujahideen in the Ishtishhadi Kandaks [martyrdom-seeking battalions] will be part of the army and [they] will be Special Forces and organized under the defense ministry,” according to MEMRI. “The Special Forces will be established in a specific number and used for special operations.”

MEMRI also reported that in July of 2021, Mujahid said in an interview with ToloNews that the Taliban has no obligation under the Doha agreement of 2020 to sever ties with Al-Qaeda because the groups is part of the Islamic faith.

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