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A group of 41 Afghan women and their families were rescued from Taliban-ruled Kabul in a successful mission that brought them safely to Abu Dhabi, September 2021. Credit: IsraAID.

Former rescuer of Soviet Jews helps bring Afghan women to freedom

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A group of 41 Afghan women and their families were rescued from Taliban-ruled Kabul last week in a successful mission that brought them safely to Abu Dhabi. Among them were athletes, including members of the...
Zebulon Simantov, Afghanistan's last Jewish resident. Source: Twitter/Screenshot.

Rescuing Afghanistan’s last Jew

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One of the most extraordinary stories of the Afghan pullout is the rescue of Afghanistan’s last Jew—Zebulon Simantov, who lived in and took care of Kabul’s synagogue. Simantov is now out of the country,...
A view of the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City on fire after hijacked planes flew into the buildings on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Israel and region continue to feel reverberations of 9/11 two decades later

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As the world marks 20 years since Al-Qaeda’s terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, the unprecedented events and their aftereffects continue to reverberate throughout the region and beyond. The events in the two decades that...
U.S. President Biden on the campaign trail in Henderson, Nev., on Feb. 14, 2020. Credit: Flickr/Gage Skidmore.

Instead of surrendering to Taliban, Biden could have declared victory

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The humiliation of President Joe Biden by a gang of murderous thugs in Afghanistan is just revving up. The latest insult is that the Taliban is refusing to give him any leeway to continue...
The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, in 2016. Credit: Awais khan/Shutterstock.

As Taliban conquer Afghanistan, time to sanction Pakistan

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As Taliban insurgents swept through Afghanistan this month on their brutal quest to return that country to the 7th century, ceremonies were held in neighboring Pakistan to commemorate the 6th anniversary of the death...
Demonstrators in front of the White House protesting the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. Credit: john smith 2021/Shutterstock.

Taliban triumph in Afghanistan has Arab states and Israel hedging dependence on US

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The Taliban’s quick takeover of Afghanistan has Middle Eastern countries deeply concerned about their dependence on the U.S. security umbrella. Elliott Abrams, who served as Special Representative for Iran and Venezuela during the Donald Trump...
U.S. President Joe Biden on the phone with Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan about ongoing efforts to safely drawdown the civilian footprint in Afghanistan. Source: White House/Twitter.

Can Biden reverse course and abandon Obama’s policies?

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President Joe Biden has tried to shift the responsibility to his predecessors and to just about everyone but himself regarding the situation in Afghanistan, which is a colossal disaster. It demonstrates how ill-prepared the...
U.S. soldiers on the way back to Kandahar Army Air Field on Sept. 4, 2003. The soldiers were searching for Taliban fighters and illegal weapons caches. Photo: Staff Sgt. Kyle Davis/U.S. Army.

President Biden chose the worst options in Afghanistan

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You don’t need to be a brilliant geopolitical strategist to understand that the United States should be the best friend—and the worst enemy—any nation could have. Following the events of recent days, the United...
Israel Defense Forces soldiers of Tank Battalion Unit 71 near the Syrian border with Israel in the northern Golan Heights, Aug. 18, 2021. Photo by Michael Giladi/Flash90.

Counter-terrorism expert: ‘Taliban has alliances with Islamist forces in Syria’

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Propaganda messaging by Al-Qaeda has risen dramatically in recent weeks, in line with the takeover of Afghanistan by Taliban fundamentalist forces, an Israeli counter-terrorist expert has warned. Michael Barak, a senior researcher at the Institute...
A member of the Taliban's religious police beats an Afghan woman in Kabul on Aug. 26, 2001. The footage, filmed by the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan, can be seen at: pz.rawa.org/rawasongs/movie/beating.mpg. Credit: Wikipedia.

Watchdog: Western Islamists express pride, joy as Taliban takes over Afghanistan

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Despite most Americans being shocked at the events unfolding in Afghanistan over the past few days, a number of Western Islamists have via social media welcomed the return of the fundamentalist Taliban forces, according...