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Most US Troops Pulled from Afghanistan, Taliban Annexes Territories

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After nearly two decades, the United States withdraws troops from Afghanistan. (U.S. Military/AFP via Getty Images)

Despite a resurge in Taliban dominance, the US is withdrawing from its longest ongoing war. President Biden defends his decision to remove all troops from Afghanistan by August 31.

What We Know:

  • In April, President Joe Biden pledged to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan. Since the September 11, 2001 attacks, US troops have remained on bases in Afghanistan.
  • Last week, US troops suddenly departed from the Bagram Airbase, where more than 100,000 US troops have passed through. Coordination for departure was done at higher levels of government, so the Afghan base commander did not receive a primary briefing. Following their departure, looters swarmed this airfield in Bagram, the former center of American military operations in Afghanistan. Reports suggest US troops left before Afghan troops arrived.
  • A Taliban takeover sweeps across Afghanistan. The Taliban recently seized 120 districts, conquering territories while acquiring weaponry. Militants march across the country and force Afghan troops to surrender. US withdrawal is celebrated by the Taliban, which threatens to topple the Afghan government.
  • The resurgence of Taliban power comes amid a United Nations report released showing levels of harm inflicted on Afghans. From January 1 to March 31, 43.5 percent of civilian deaths were caused by the Taliban. Violence against journalists, intellectuals, and women is prominent.
  • Although the Taliban now control many territories, commander of the Afghan National Army Gen. Haibatullah Alizai pledged to recapture the territories lost to the Taliban. US withdrawal leads to fears of civil war eruption in Afghanistan, as expressed by US general Austin S. Miller.
  • President Biden acknowledged the potential drawbacks of leaving Afghanistan. He argues, however, that the cost, time, and risk to American soldiers outweigh the benefits of remaining in Afghanistan.
  • Biden insists that the US will nonetheless support the Afghan government while remaining diplomatic. In reference to US withdrawal, “I trust the capacity of the Afghan military, who is better trained, better equipped, and more and more competent in terms of conducting war…It’s up to the people of Afghanistan to decide on what government they want, not for us to impose the government on them. No country’s ever been able to do that.”

Taliban forces advance toward the capital. Afghan National Army Gen. Haibatullah Alizai says the Afghan military will fight back to protect Kabul.

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Former NFL Champ Nate Burleson joins CBS Mornings

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Former NFL player Nate Burleson has officially made his hosting debut on the newly branded morning talk show, CBS Mornings.

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  • It was announced earlier this month that Burleson would replace Anthony Mason. Previously Mason joined Gayle King and Tony Doukoupil as host of the former CBS This Morning.  The show was rebranded in tandem to the relocation of their set to Times Square and Burleson joining the cast.
  • Since 2017, former NFL player Burleson has been the host of Good Morning Football on the NFL Network and has served as an analyst on The NFL Today on CBS. Burleson will continue his role on The NFL Today.

  • Burleson is the second former NFL player to join a network morning TV show, with Michael Strahan playing a major role as a co-host on ABC‘s Good Morning America.

Burleson credits Michael Strahan as the ‘blueprint’ for his career path, explaining, “He’s one of those individuals that I took a liking to once I retired because he rewrote the blueprint. I don’t want to say that he is the blueprint, because there has been plenty of players that have transitioned out of the game into TV. There have been African American men and women before him that have done the same thing, but he is a guy that has shown me the lay of the land, especially being a transplant from the West Coast to now New York.”

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Classes canceled at Howard University as US Government investigates ransomware cyberattack

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Howard University officials along with leading cyber experts are trying to assess what has been compromised in an active ransomware, cyberattack on the HBCU campus. Officials have deemed the attack criminal.

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  • Monday, the university issued a statement to faculty and students that “the service disruption was caused by a ransomware cyberattack against the university.”
  • Classes have been canceled for Tuesday and Wednesday. Students have been notified that online and hybrid classes will remain canceled and only essential staff will be allowed on campus. All in-person undergraduate, graduate, professional, and clinical experiential courses will resume as scheduled on Wednesday.
  • A ransomware attack can be triggered by simple, everyday activity. Opening a unintended link inside of can lead to a cyberattack.  Computer, tablet and phone users are encouraged to change their passwords and security questions regularly.

Howard University is home to several notable high profile Black alumni such as Chadwick Boseman and Phylicia Rashad.

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Polo G Reportedly Arrested in Los Angeles on Concealed Weapon Charge

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Polo G was arrested on in Los Angeles on Monday, TMZ reports.

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According to the outlet, Polo G was arrested after police allegedly found a concealed firearm on the Hall of Fame rapper, which TMZ points out is a felony. The supposed discovery of the firearm occurred when a vehicle Polo G was a passenger in was stopped.

It’s currently unclear why the vehicle was pulled over in the first place but it was reported that a male juvenile was also detained during the stop.

Polo was similarly arrested while he was in Miami for his Hall of Fame album release party. The arrest, which took place back in June, resulted in the rapper getting hit with charges of of battery on a police officer, resisting arrest with violence, and criminal mischief. The rapper was also a passenger in a vehicle at the time of that arrest.

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