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Taliban charters flights for over 200 foreigners to leave, Americans included

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The Taliban government agreed to charter flights for roughly 200 foreigners to evacuate Afghanistan Thursday. Americans will be among the group evacuating according to a U.S. official speaking to Reuters. These will be the first international flights since the Taliban took over.

First, the U.S. military evacuated over 123,000 people in August. Then, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki claimed there weren’t any Americans left behind. But this agreement by Afghanistan’s new interim government is the completion of a previous commitment by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar to allow travel.

U.S. Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad reportedly helped broker the agreement. When Baradar made his commitment to allow travel public, Khalilzad tweeted out the statement’s English translation. “The statement is positive,” Khalilzad tweeted. “We, our allies, and the international community will hold them to these commitments.”

While there were reports of Americans and others stranded in Mazar-i-Sharif, Reuter’s source did not confirm them. The official could not say whether the American civilians and other foreign nationals were among people reportedly stranded for days.

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You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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Darrell Brooks found guilty on 76 charges in Waukesha Christmas Parade murders

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Six people died and at least another 61 people were injured when a red Ford Escape SUV driven by Darrell Brooks drove through a holiday parade on November 21, 2021. Almost a year later, after a long and intense dramatic legal battle, Brooks has been found guilty.

40 year old Brooks defended himself in court after killing his victims who ranged in age from 8 to 81. It took Waukesha County Circuit Judge Jennifer Dorow about 25 minutes to read the guilty verdicts on all 76 charges.

Brooks’ case garnered national media attention in part due to the liberal policies which allowed him to walk the streets and commit this crime. Brooks had been freed previously on a mere $1,000 bail from an earlier case in Milwaukee County. A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel analysis found that bail to be considerably lower than the average of similar open cases. He also had been assessed as a high risk for release. Nonetheless, he was released on the streets only to commit murder not long after.

City of Waukesha officials welcomed the trial’s end. “I am thankful that the jury found the defendant guilty on all counts,” said Mayor Shawn Reilly. “We can now re-focus on taking steps forward as a community and continue the healing process.”

“The victims’ families as well as our first responders continue to deal with the lasting effects of the horrors of that day,” said Police Chief Dan Thompson. ” We are grateful for the support that has come from all over the world, and we ask you to continue to keep all those involved in your prayers.”

A statement from the city read, in part, “As a community, we still have a long road ahead filled with difficult days. This will be especially true as we approach the one-year anniversary of the tragedy. However, as we have experienced the past year, we know that when we stand together, we remain Waukesha Strong.”

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