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"I'm not trying to sugarcoat what we think of the Taliban. They're not a group we trust. They are not our friends, we have never said that."
CENTCOM Chief Says US Sharing Some Intelligence With Taliban
"It is also the reality that the Taliban controls large swathes of Afghanistan," she said. "And to date, because of coordination with the Taliban, we've been able to evacuate more than 104,000 people [?!], save104,000 lives, and that coordination is necessary in order to continue our evacuation measures."
Taliban Warned NYPost: 'Malicious Elements' Were Planning Attack

Operation Enduring Freedom dead, Oct 2001-Apr 2021
U.S. Armed Forces : 2,448.
U.S. "contractors": 3,846.
Afghan national military and police: 66,000.
U.S. allied soldiers,"including NATO": 1,144.
Afghan civilians: 47,245.
Afghan Taliban and other "insurgents": 51,191.
Aid workers: 444.
Journalists: 72
172,390 AP total

Finally, U.S. flags to be lowered to half-staff to honor 13 SLAIN troops at Kabul airport, 26 Aug
until sunset (somewhere) Monday, 30 August

by Cat on Fri Aug 27th, 2021 at 01:21:16 AM EST
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