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Deadly Firefight Erupts at Kabul Airport as Evacuation Chaos Continues into Second Week

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A brief firefight erupted at one gate in Hamid Karzai International Airport as U.S. troops supervised the emergency evacuations of Western citizens and some Afghan nationals.

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  • Navy Capt. William Urban, the combatant command overseeing American military operations in the region, said the event took place after “an unknown hostile factor” fired at Afghan security forces, killing an officer. The forces retaliated by returning fire, and, in response, U.S. and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) coalition troops became involved. Several Afghans were wounded in the firefight. Despite this, no American or NATO forces were hurt.
  • The event occurs while the Biden Administration deals with criticism for pulling out of the country. A day after the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, President Joe Biden declared he still would not send the U.S. military back. In a press conference, he told reporters that he urged Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to compromise with the Taliban and prepare for a civil war. However, Ghani refused to take his advice; Ghani also told Biden that Afghanistan would fight back against the Taliban.
  • Biden additionally activated the Civil Reserve Air Fleet on Sunday, allowing the Pentagon to order civilian airlines to provide planes that will help accelerate evacuation efforts. The activation will bring in 18 aircraft from six airlines. Biden did this after the Pentagon declared the U.S. military would not ensure safe passage for Americans to Hamid Karzai International Airport. Alongside this, the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan asked American citizens on Saturday not to go to the airport due to security reasons.
  • In addition, CNBC states that the Biden Administration wants to extend the Aug. 31 deadline to withdraw all troops. However, the Taliban refuses to extend it; in addition, sources close to the Taliban told Reuters no Western authorities contacted the group to push the date back.

The crossfire at Hamid Karzai Airport happened just one week after several Afghans attempted to flee by clinging onto an American aircraft as it took off.

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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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