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Pompeo: US to recognize the BDS movement as antisemitic

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Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, announced Thursday that the US will recognize the BDS movement as antisemitic.

BDS (The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement) is a Palestinian-led movement promoting boycotts, divestments and sanctions against Israel. The movement was started in 2005 and its ultimate goal is to eliminate Israel.

Pompeo met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem and said that he wants to join with all the other nations that “recognize BDS for the cancer that it is.”

Pompeo later released a statement that said the US “strongly opposes the global discriminatory boycott, divestment, and sanctions campaign and practices that facilitate it, such as discriminatory labeling and the publication of databases of companies that operate in Israel or Israeli-controlled areas.”

He added that “anti-Zionism is antisemitism.”

The US will deny government support to groups that participate in the movement and the State Department will review its funds to make sure none are going to entities that support the BDS campaign, including foreign aid funding.

Netanyahu said the decision is “simply wonderful.”

Moreover, Netanyahu said that the partnership between Israel and the US in recent years is evidence that “the United States has no better friend than the State of Israel and Israel has no better friend in the world than the United States of America.”

The Prime <inister thanked President Donald Trump for recognizing Israeli sovereignty in the Golan Heights, leaving the Iran nuclear deal, putting “crippling sanctions” on Iran, killing Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani, and for putting forward “the first truly realistic plan for peace between Israel and the Palestinians and for helping Israel forge peace with three Arab countries.”

“We are deeply grateful for all President Trump has done to strengthen Israel and advance peace,” Netanyahu said. “We are grateful for your unwavering support.” 

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Taliban Holds Parade for 250 Newly Trained Soldiers with American-Made Weapons Left Behind

As the result of an ill-prepared withdrawal that went horribly wrong, the Taliban now holds a large stock of weapons and equipment left behind.

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On Sunday, Taliban forces held a very bone-chilling parade showing off their captured American-made armored military vehicles and Russian helicopters. The act was “a display that showed their ongoing transformation from an insurgent force to a regular standing army” writes CNN.

The Taliban are no longer terror insurgents fighting against American forces that had once freed Afghanistan from the Taliban. As the result of an ill-prepared withdrawal that went horribly wrong, the Taliban now holds a large stock of weapons and equipment left behind.

The parade was part of a graduation for 250 newly trained Taliban soldiers, said defense ministry spokesman Enayatullah Khwarazmi. CNN reports, “The exercise involved dozens of US-made M117 armored security vehicles driving slowly up and down a major Kabul road with MI-17 helicopters patrolling overhead. Many soldiers carried American-made M4 assault rifles.”

Tragically, much of the weaponry taunted in the parade by Taliban forces were supplied by the United States to the American-backed government in Kabul during the past two decades. The equipment was to aid an Afghan national force and make it capable of fighting the Taliban.

As forces fled Afghanistan, some of the military equipment provided by western forces was flown into Central Asian Countries in an attempt to avoid it landing in the hands of the Taliban. It remains unclear exactly how much of what did end up in Taliban control is still operational.

American troops destroyed over 70 aircraft and dozens of armored vehicles, as well as disabled air defenses before flying out of Kabul during the frenetic evacuation. CNN reports “Taliban officials have said that pilots, mechanics and other specialists from the former Afghan National Army would be integrated into a new force, which has also started wearing conventional military uniforms in place of the traditional Afghan clothing normally worn by their fighters.”

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