In August 2021, U.S. forces withdrew from Afghanistan and the Taliban were back in power. One group answered the call of duty and volunteered to save our allies. Their effort to rescue one interpreter turned into an evacuation saving thousands.
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ABC, CBS and NBC have largely moved on from the Taliban taking Afghanistan back following the botched withdrawal of U.S. troops last August, as coverage on evening newscasts dropped to a measly seven seconds in July, according to a new study.
Last week, NBC’s “Today,” ABC’s “Good Morning America” and “CBS Mornings” failed to recognize that it was exactly one year since the Aug. 26, 2021, terror attack outside Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport in Afghanistan left 11 Marines, one Army soldier and a Navy corpsman dead. But skipping the somber one-year mark of the suicide bomb that killed 13 Americans isn’t the only thing that indicates broadcast networks are moving past Afghanistan coverage.
The conservative watchdog Media Research Center analyzed evening newscasts on ABC, NBC and CBS and found a staggering decline in coverage in a study headlined, “CHAOS: One Year of the Networks Hiding Biden’s Afghanistan Disaster.”
ABC’s “World News Tonight,” “NBC Nightly News” and CBS’ “Evening News” spent 409 minutes and 12 seconds on Afghanistan in August 2021 and the number evaporated to a mere seven seconds in July 2022, according to Media Research Center findings. (AP Photo/Ahmad Halabisaz)
ABC’s “World News Tonight,” “NBC Nightly News” and CBS’ “Evening News” spent 409 minutes and 12 seconds on Afghanistan in August 2021 and the number evaporated to a mere seven seconds in July 2022, according to the MRC findings.
“It’s not as though life under the Taliban suddenly became peaceful and quiet once the President removed U.S. troops. For instance, January 2022 saw a mere six minutes and 31 seconds of evening newscast coverage. But the reality on the ground was chaos, suffering and death. When journalists bothered to cover Afghanistan, they actually seemed to notice the severity of the disaster,” MRC research director Scott Whitlock wrote.
Whitlock noted the networks quickly moved on from the ongoing story, as it was only covered for 16 total minutes in October of last year.
“It’s also important to note that when there was Afghanistan coverage, the words ‘Joe Biden’ were often missing from the stories,” he added.
ABC, NBC and CBS rarely tie President Biden to chaos in Afghanistan, according to the Media Research Center. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
The MRC reported that NBC anchor Lester Holt even referred to it as a “crisis in Afghanistan” in January 2022, but the network only spent about six minutes on the story that entire month and has softened President Biden’s role when the story is mentioned.
“The first two months of summer 2022 saw almost a complete collapse of coverage. In June, just three minutes and 31 seconds. July was even worse: A shocking low of just seven seconds and all of that came from ‘World News Tonight.’ In an otherwise unrelated story on veterans, one service member noted, ‘Everyone I knew in the veteran community had a mental breakdown when Afghanistan fell,’” Whitlock wrote. “That was it for the month. No utterances of the name Joe Biden and no stories on Afghanistan.”
Even as interest in the story “picked up” in August 2022 because of one-year anniversary retrospectives, networks “continued to downplay Joe Biden’s role in overseeing the debacle,” according to the MRC.
“When it comes to the media, history is often a guide. With autumn and the 2022 midterms coming, journalists will likely go back to ignoring the perilous situation in Afghanistan. After all, Joe Biden is a Democrat and he must be protected. Even if that means ignoring chaos, suffering and death in a dangerous Afghanistan,” Whitlock wrote.
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Former National Security Council chief of staff Fred Fleitz discusses security concerns over a potential nuclear disaster in the war on Ukraine, and he weighs in on China’s continued aggression near Taiwan.
“Daria Dugina’s death will likely rally the Russians who suspect Ukraine’s hand behind the attack,” Rebekah Koffler, president of Doctrine & Strategy Consulting and former DIA intelligence officer, told Fox News Digital.
Dugina, journalist and daughter of Alexander Dugin, died Saturday evening in an explosion while driving her car along the Mozhayskoye Highway in the Moscow region after leaving a music festival. Authorities have said an explosive device planted under the car went off, and officials moved quickly to declare it a “terrorist attack” and point blame at Ukrainians and Americans alike.
Ukrainian politician Denis Pushilin, leader of the separatists Donetsk People’s Republic, blamed the explosion on “terrorists of the Ukrainian regime, trying to kill Alexander Dugin.”
But some have gone even further, such as political analyst Yegor Kholmogorov, who told the Russian outlet Pravda that the attack was “no doubt” prepared by U.S. and British intelligence services and carried out by “Ukrainian saboteurs.” He claimed that Kyiv itself could not have planned such “daring” sabotage.
Journalist and political expert Daria Dugina, daughter of Russian politologist Alexander Dugin, is pictured in the Tsargrad TV studio in Moscow, Russia, in this undated handout image. (Tsargrad.tv/Handout via Reuters)
Dugin, one of Putin’s closest allies and nicknamed “Putin’s Brain,” was also at the music festival and supposedly had intended to be with his daughter after leaving the event but changed his mind at the last minute.
Some experts speaking to Russian media have described Dugin as holding a central role in Putin’s inner circle — one that allowed him to push an ideology upon which Putin based his entire invasion.
Russian politologist Alexander Dugin addresses the rally “Battle for Donbas” in Moscow on October 18, 2014. (Moscow News Agency/Handout via Reuters)
“Her father, Alexander Dugin, is the mastermind of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine,” Koffler explained, calling him a “symbol of the Russian World” for pushing his view of Eurasianism, which is vital to Putin’s entire basis for waging his war in Ukraine.
“One cannot understand Putin’s thinking and why he is waging war on Ukraine without knowing about Dugin and Eurasianism. Putin’s doctrine and strategy are developed around this ideology, at the heart of which is the idea of the Russian exceptionalism,” she continued. “Similar to the idea of American exceptionalism, the sense of uniqueness runs very deeply in the Russian psyche. It is because of this ideology, Eurasianism, that Putin will not stop his war on Ukraine.”
Investigators work at the site of a suspected car bomb attack that killed Daria Dugina, daughter of ultranationalist Russian ideologue Alexander Dugin, in the Moscow region on Aug. 21, 2022, in this still image taken from video. (Investigative Committee of Russia/Handout via Reuters)
Vladimir Gutenev, a member of the Duma, told Russian outlet RG that Alexander Dugin’s ideas are widespread in Russia, calling Dugina’s death “a strike on the ideological front” and saying that Russia must provide a “quick” response.
Andrey Klishas, head of the Federation Council Committee on State Construction, echoed the sentiment, saying that anyone involved in the “attack” should “be destroyed.”
“The fact that a blow was struck against Alexander Dugin suggests that our enemies are most afraid of the spiritual component of our struggle,” he told RG. “This struggle is the most important thing.”
Peter Aitken is a Fox News Digital reporter with a focus on national and global news.
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Two U.S. military veterans who volunteered to fight in Ukraine were reportedly captured by Russian forces in the eastern city of Kharkiv last week.
The Telegraph first reported Alexander Drueke, 39, and Andy Huynh, 27, were taken prisoner after running into a Russian armored unit last week. Teammates who reportedly fought alongside Drueke and Huynh told The Telegraph that they had entered an area they thought was clear, only to find themselves face to face with two Russian T-72 tanks and multiple BMP-3 armored vehicles.
Drueke is a U.S Army veteran who previously served in Iraq. Huynh is a U.S. Marine veteran. Both had volunteered to fight alongside a regular Ukrainian Army unit
“We were out on a mission and the whole thing went absolutely crazy, with bad intel,” one unnamed teammate told The Telegraph. “We were told the town was clear when it turned out the Russians were already assaulting it.”
“They came down the road with two T-72 tanks and multiple BMP-3s and about 100 infantry,” the teammate said. “The only thing that was there was our 10-man squad.”
The teammate said the 10-man team took up defensive positions and Drueke and Huynh staged a shot with a rocket-propelled grenade that took out one of the vehicles. When Drueke and Huynh fired the RPG, they caught the attention of one of the T-72s, which fired at the pair of Americans but is believed to have missed. The tank then rolled over an anti-tank man. It was during this chaotic series of events that Drueke and Huynh went missing.
“We suspect that they were knocked unconscious by either the anti-tank mine, or by the tank shooting at them,” a teammate told The Telegraph.
The Ukrainian fighters said subsequent searches for Drueke and Huynh turned up no traces of the two Americans.
“If they had been hit by the tank shell there would have been remains of their bodies or equipment at the scene,” a teammate said.
One teammate said the remaining fighters began to suspect Drueke and Huynh were captured, and those concerns were bolstered by a post on a pro-Russian channel on the Telegram app, that claimed two Americans were taken as prisoners of war near Kharkiv.
Drueke’s mother Lois told The Telegraph that the U.S. Embassy had been in contact with her about her son’s whereabouts.
“The US Embassy have assured me that they are doing everything they can to find him and that they are searching for him alive, not dead,” she said. “I am doing my best not to fall apart, I am going to stay strong. I am very hopeful that they will keep him to exchange for Russian POWs.”
The U.S. State Department did not immediately respond to an American Military News request for comment on the matter.
The reported capture of the two U.S. volunteer fighters comes just days after pro-Russian separatist forces in eastern Ukraine captured two British nationals and a Morrocan national in the eastern Donetsk region and, after a two-day trial, sentenced them to death for fighting as mercenaries. British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss called the trial a “sham” with “absolutely no legitimacy” and lawyers for the three men are actively trying to appeal their death sentences.
Alabama ABC affiliate WAAY reported in April about Huynh’s plans to travel to Ukraine and volunteer in the fighting against the ongoing Russian invasion. Huynh is originally from Orange County, California but moved to Hartselle, Alabama with his fiancé. Huynh reportedly put more than $6,000 of his own money towards his plan to travel to Ukraine to fight.
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