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Rep. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.), a US Army Reserve officer who made multiple tours of duty in Afghanistan, warned Friday that Al Qaeda will come “roaring back” as a result of the looming takeover of that country by the Taliban.

“You’re going to see Al Qaeda 3.0,” Waltz told Fox News’ “Hannity.”

“They are going to come roaring back,” Waltz said. “You’re going to see a repeat of when Obama pulled out of Iraq far too soon, quickly and irresponsibly, and ISIS came surging in. We saw a caliphate the size of Indiana and attacks across the West. You’re going to see that again.”

Waltz spoke as the Taliban continued its offensive across the Afghan countryside Friday, taking four more provincial capitals — including Lashkar Gah in Helmand Province, where American, British and NATO forces fought some of the bloodiest battles of the Afghan War two decades ago.

As of Friday night, the Western-backed government held a smattering of provinces in the central and eastern parts of Afghanistan, as well as the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif. While Kabul is not directly under threat yet, the resurgent Taliban were battling government forces in Logar province, some 50 miles from the capital and US military and intelligence officials believe the capital could be overrun within 30 days, barring a near-miraculous turn of events on the battlefield.

“What really, truly infuriates me is eventually, our soldiers are going to have to go back to deal with it,” Waltz added Friday. “That may be after another 9/11, except this time, they’re going to have no bases and no local allies because they will have all been massacred. That blood is going to be on Joe Biden’s hands, and we’re going to hold him accountable.”

On Thursday, the Biden administration announced it would send in 3,000 troops over the weekend to help evacuate some personnel from the US Embassy in Kabul. Britain and Canada said on the same day that they would follow suit. Denmark said it will temporarily close its embassy, while the German government is reducing its embassy staff to the “absolute minimum.”

Meanwhile, The New York Times reported Thursday the US is dangling financial aid and other assistance in exchange for a promise that Taliban fighters will leave the US embassy alone if and when Kabul falls, an approach Waltz called “shameful” and “humiliating.”

“It’s destroying our credibility around the world, particularly against other terrorist groups around the world,” the congressman said. “You have American diplomats, saying ‘Mother, may I?’ to a terrorist group, to these thugs, [telling them] to please come back to the table, you won’t be welcome in European cocktail parties, in the international community, in the club and please don’t touch our Embassy.

“You know what? President Trump wanted out, too – the left loves to point to that – but he would be dropping MOABs right now,” added Waltz, referring to Massive Ordnance Air Blast weapons — nicknamed the “Mother of All Bombs”.

“He would be sending in the B-52s, because he knows what the Taliban ultimately understand is leverage and strength and bombs on foreheads,” Waltz said of Trump. “That’s what they understand, and once you have that, that’s when they come to the [negotiating] table.”

The White House has insisted that Afghan government forces have the manpower, equipment and training to fend off the Taliban advance. But reports and footage of the Taliban seizing and parading American military equipment intended for Kabul’s forces has led to recriminations in Washington.

“There was no plan,” Waltz said of the US troop withdrawal, which is due to end this month. “There was no plan to protect our local allies, our interpreters and those who stood and fought with us the last 20 years. There was no plan to protect Afghan women and girls and minorities and journalists and those who stood against extremism publicly [and] are now being hunted down along with their families. And there was no plan – most concerning to my fellow Americans — there was no plan to continue our counter-terrorism.”

President Biden departed his residence in Wilmington, Del. for a long weekend at Camp David Friday, denying the press an opportunity to ask him about the deteriorating situation.

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White House to send more than $300 million in aid to Afghanistan despite Taliban control

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The White House announced plans Tuesday to send more than $308 million in humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan as millions face starvation under the new Taliban government following President Joe Biden’s withdrawal.

The assistance would be given by the United States Agency for International Development through “independent humanitarian organizations” to the Afghan people, National Security Council spokesperson Emily Horne said.

The administration has been criticized for sending aid to Afghanistan previously. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) warned that it would be “foolish” and asserted that the Taliban “would take the money.” 

“This brings total U.S. humanitarian aid in Afghanistan and for Afghan refugees in the region to nearly $782 million since October 2021, and we remain the single largest donor of humanitarian aid in Afghanistan,” Horne said, adding that the U.S. has also given 4.3 million COVID-19 doses to the Afghan people.

Assistance will “help provide lifesaving protection and shelter, essential health care, winterization assistance, emergency food aid, water, sanitation, and hygiene services in response to the growing humanitarian needs exacerbated by COVID-19 and healthcare shortages, drought, malnutrition, and the winter season,” Horne said.

China sent assistance to Afghanistan last month to help the nation prepare for winter and build ties between the Chinese Communist Party and the new jihadist government. 

“The United States is committed to supporting the Afghan people and we continue to consider all options available to us,” Horne concluded. “We stand with the people of Afghanistan.”

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ARTICLE: Fort Hood soldier found dead behind barracks

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The soldier was identified as Spc. Maxwell Hockin, who was assigned to 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. He entered the Army in March 2017 as a combat engineer, Fort Hood officials said Wednesday.

Hockin’s awards and decorations include the Army Good Conduct Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, National Defense Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon, officials said.

Hockin had been at the Texas base since July 2017, where he was assigned to the 91st Engineer Battalion.

Traffic flows through the main gate past a welcome sign, July 9, 2013, in Fort Hood, Texas.

“The entire Saber family is devastated by the loss of our true teammate and friend Specialist Maxwell Hockin,” Lt. Col. Patrick Sullivan, commander, 91st Engineer Battalion, said in a statement Wednesday. “He had an outstanding work ethic, was a mentor to his peers, and was always willing to help out the team. He will truly be missed. Our thoughts and our prayers are with Maxwell’s family during this difficult time.”

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VIDEOS: How many Americans are still in Afghanistan?

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A good question How many American are still in Afghanistan… those who should know don’t.

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