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he was a main bankroller for opposition to climate action the campaign against the climate do you think that's a bad thing more suited it was for was a good thing absolutely. 0. ending america's longest war the us president's timeline for getting troops out of afghanistan. or in afghanistan was never meant to be a multi-generational. but they're still down to about taliban talks with the afghan government the armed groups saying it won't take part until all fallen troops leave .
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the whole romany watching al-jazeera life my headquarters here in doha coming up in the next 30 minutes charged with manslaughter the police officer at the center of more anger in the u.s. over another shooting of an unarmed black man also and the tories fraudster who is estimated to cost investors tens of billions of dollars has died in jail. welcome to the program after 20 years in afghanistan the u.s. and nato say the time has come to end their military campaign leaders made the announcement on wednesday saying after 2 decades it no longer makes sense to keep thousands of troops in afghanistan our white house correspondent kimberly health that begins our coverage from washington d.c. . after a generation of war in afghanistan u.s. president joe biden says it's time for american soldiers to return home we cannot
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continue the cycle of extending or expanding our military presence in afghanistan hoping to create ideal conditions i'm now the 4th united states president to preside over american troop presence in afghanistan to republicans to democrats. i will pass this responsibility on to a 5th the withdrawal of u.s. forces begins may 1st and ends by september 11th the 20th anniversary of the attacks on new york's twin towers and the pentagon the u.s. invaded afghanistan in 2001 attacking al qaeda training camps where osama bin laden coordinated the attacks but biden says since then security threats have evolved osama bin laden was gone that was 10 years ago and my direction my team is refining our national strategy to monitor and disrupt significant terrorist threats
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not only in afghanistan but anywhere there. and there in africa europe the middle east and elsewhere the united states has roughly 2500 soldiers in afghanistan as part of the nato alliance currently we have speaking from brussels the nato secretary general and now it's those forces will also begin drawing down may 1st we went into afghanistan together. we have adjusted over history together and we are united in leaving together who know america's longest war has been costly 2 trillion dollars more than $2300.00 american lives. why did travel to arlington national cemetery to honor those lives lost biden's decision honors the agreement for withdrawal put in place by his predecessor donald trump both men have been criticized for ignoring pentagon advice to remain in the country
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the loss of the knitted baby the u.s. presence in the coalition's presence could be a very a further destabilizing question on the ground in the region on capitol hill biden's conservative critics and some members of his own democratic par. already oppose the move arguing it will put u.s. and afghan lives at risk it undermines our commitment to the afghan people particularly afghan women senator jeanne shaheen said in a statement adding the biden administration must make every effort between now and september to protect the progress made the united states intends to keep a diplomatic presence in afghanistan what is less clear is just how many clint destine forces and u.s. security contractors will remain to monitor and meet future threats can really help at al-jazeera the white house reaction to the announcements have been mixed in
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afghanistan with some saying torn between the prospect of peace and concerns about future instability the taliban has repeated warnings that it won't engage in talks until after all foreign troops have withdrawn others of the taliban to return to negotiations in good faith be to sure that if caught e.g. the people of afghanistan want their rights and freedoms protected they don't want the destruction of gunston and this is the decision of afghan people and we should find a way to take people out of this destruction the only way that i have that the taliban may take the wrong calculation and wants to impose peace the way they want after the us withdrawal. so let's take a look at america's presence in afghanistan president george w. bush ordered an invasion after the september the 11th attacks and swept the taliban from power none of the attackers were afghan the but the us said the country harbored al qaeda and some of bin laden in march 2003 u.s.
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forces invaded iraq in 2 months later declared an end to combat activity in afghanistan by the end of 2007 there were 25000 u.s. troops there as the taliban began to rebuild itself 2 years later then president barack obama announced a troop surge the number would rise 210-0000 in may 2011 u.s. special forces killed bin laden in pakistan the troop number has gradually reduced to 3500 since then and in september 2018 peace talks between the taliban leaders and u.s. diplomats started in cata so far 2300 u.s. troops have died as well as at least 44000 afghan civilians david certainly is a former u.s. deputy assistant secretary of defense for afghanistan pakistan and central asia joins me now as part of the senior associate with the center for strategic and international studies from staunton in virginia via skype good to have you with us
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mr certainly on the program former president trump really set about changing the status quo bar setting a date and it really is happening over the next 5 months now and president biden but why is that anxious to cross some of some parts of the political spectrum in the u.s. thank you for having me. unhappiness the disappointment with this decision is fairly widespread as you pointed out it's bipartisan and it exists not just in the united states but everywhere else 1st of all because this withdrawal is signifying a defeat for the united states and the victory for the colophon that sends a very bad mentions to russia and china rising powers that are contesting on the world stage for the united states so at the same time those countries are exercising more influence and everything around the world united states foreign backed this will give strength to them and will make our lives less likely to trust
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the united states united states signed a bilateral security agreement with me at the end government back about 10 years ago under the obama administration by not following that agreement and instead sticking with the columbine united states of sending a message that other countries cannot rely on us and that's bad for american security i think the people who wonders in strategy see this as a very disappointing and to be frank it bad move by this administration and pulls the not moves the fact that sort of we could debate to the end of time with a leaving afghanistan is a good idea or a bad idea whether it's necessary or not but it's finally happening and it seems to be heading into uncertain time a tree all round for all the stakeholders. well the most important stakeholder here are the afghan people they're the ones that suffered the most. the talks with atomic and should not call them peace talks because they were not about peace they were only about withdrawal and they not only not lead to peace they've led to
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increased killing of afghan civilians by the columbine more 'd afghan civilians are being killed now than when the than when the taliban signed the agreement with united states and all signs point to greater suffering for afghan civilians greater deaths more destruction in afghanistan a civil war that has occurred after the soviet union with afghanistan is not only not out of the question but increasingly likely refugee flow of hundreds of thousands or millions could result in f.m. women suffer as it's clear the areas where the problem long yes they govern more kuwaiti more requests are more violence. before 2001 so mr said if you just bear with me 3 motives will to back up what you're saying because mike rogers a republican on the house services committee said on choose day we're quoting here that since the united states entered into the agreement with the taliban in february 2020 the united states has continued to fulfill that terms of the deal the
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taliban has not complete withdrawal of u.s. troops has always been conditions based of those conditions intra afghan negotiations have been tepid at the best violence has been distressingly at high levels and members of al qaeda have been operating in afghanistan as recently as march mr 70 he has a point but can anyone really act on just this particular voice. well at this point just administration has decided to wash its hands of the problem . if the u.s. had stayed in smaller numbers and there are currently and given the kind of supports necessary then the afghan government would have stood a better chance of repelling the columbine advances. don't have an easy path to victory the afghan security forces are still strong and will continue to fight but what this u.s.
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does is it quits peace on the back burner and brings work at the forefront david said it's good to get your insights and thanks very much for joining us on al-jazeera from staunton in virginia thank you very much. communities across the u.s. city of minneapolis so bracing for a full 3 nights of protests over sunday's fatal police shooting of 20 year old dante right size the defense continued to make its case in the murder trial of former police officer don't show and he's accused of murdering george floyd by kneeling on his neck for more than 9 minutes she had written see reports from minneapolis. there are defense called a form of forensic pathologist who argued that floyd's history of hypertension disease on drug use and it couldn't be all good conclusively but the cause of his death was being 68 by the office up and he says he's in
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a situation where he's been restrained in a very stressful situation. and. then creased he's fine. reaction and that. would be considered a homicide and you put all of those together it's very difficult to say which of those is the most. i would fall back to and unlike the prosecution which was to prove chauvinist guilty of murder or manslaughter but the fence just has to raise a reasonable doubt in at least one juror's mind the true will is responsible for floyd's death fall even suggested that carbon monoxide from the tailpipe of the police car a drink to floyd while he was being knelt on going to help but it's may have been a contributory factor to his death something the prosecution seized upon did you see any here monitoring data that actually would give you getting information as to
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what amount of carbon monoxide if any would have been and breathing zone. you know because it was not tested it was a yes or no question you haven't seen any have i have not seen you need it the prosecution suggested file that had misled the jury about the science of this fixation pointed out that followed made money out of his medical testimony probably himself is a controversial figure he's being sued by the family of a 19 year old black man in maryland who died after being smothered by police they accused him of helping cover up police wrongdoing i was the trial continued in downtown minneapolis i'm not like case of a black man killed in a police encounter this time 16 kilometers away in the suburb of brooklyn something 20 year old dante wright was shot dead. on sunday the officer who pulled the trigger kim was trials with 2nd degree manslaughter those representing the right family ridiculed the idea the poster had reached for her gun thinking it was a taser when you look at the fact that you didn't know what
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a 26 year veteran. if she did know in 26 years the difference in size and weight of a gun as opposed to a taste then how was she a veteran in police how was she even on the force that long potter has been taken into custody the reverend sharpton also raised the fundamental point connecting the killings of george florida down to a right why were the police so keen on arresting the 2 black floyd for allegedly using a counterfeit $20.00 bill and right for a minor traffic violation would police have confronted white people in the same way she had her hands the al-jazeera minneapolis. while still had her on al-jazeera the corporate coalition taking a stand against goals restricting voting rights in the united states.
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winter has not let go of north america this is a wintry weather and it's slowly curling through the plains states in the upper midwest this is what you want expect spring's thunderstorms and the difference is because the difference in temperature that cold air of the winters camorra way down through the plain states reaching panhandle of texas nighttime temperatures are these just above freezing in the city center which means it's frosty at the countryside very easy in that cold air comes right down through arkansas tinsel in new orleans this is more or less where the 2 meet so it is where you get the big thunderstorms during service to now the snow is spreading out of the mountains the rockies into the plain states slowly as nebraska maybe even as far south as texas plus that's probably pushing it nevertheless you've got the 2 areas meeting the
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waltz in the gulf and the cold coming in which means we produce. more thunderstorms and similar area texas arkansas so that's what's louisiana i when that cold air comes out across the water in the bahamas eventually ends up with fusing big showers it's just got off his back on us as the lead woods and the wind which get significant showers and that's also true of costa rica and panama so it does leave the opportunity for war but a sunshine to improve things in cuba and he's been you. came from the countryside to cairo and became part of a new life. seemed to say this job is different from being the doorman al-jazeera world meets the man who's been keeping a close eye on residential life and the big cities for decades but who may now be passing into history. to see for movies he wasn't normal but he's now managed by
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a security company the doorman of egypt on al-jazeera. move. oh. oh. welcome back you're watching al-jazeera with me so rob a reminder of our top stories the u.s. and nato say that after 20 years in afghanistan that ending the military campaign in a speech at the white house joe biden announced that all troops still in afghanistan will be withdrawn by september 11th. demonstrators have started to gather in the u.s. state of minnesota for another night of protests over the fatal shooting of dante right on sunday earlier the police officer kim potter was arrested and charged with
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manslaughter. also in minnesota the defense continued to make its case in their murder trial of former police officer derrick jovan a retired pathologist who has testified that george floyd died because of multiple factors including preexisting heart conditions. before a financier and convicted fraudster bernie madoff has died in the u.s. federal prison aged $82.00 he was handed a 150 year sentence for defrauding tens of thousands of people for billions of dollars from the 1970 s. awards kristen salumi reports from new york. from a finance industry legend to a man the tabloids described as the most hated new york bernie madoff was convicted in 2009 of orchestrating the largest ponzi scheme ever it's virtually impossible to violate calls his promise to clients of 11 percent returns each year simply too
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good to be true instead vestment money from new clients was paid as profits to established ones all while eluding regulators for years don't forget also that the largest bank in the world j.p. morgan paid $2000000000.00 in fines because it turned a blind eye. and assisted for decades this ponzi scheme so it this isn't just some rogue individual this was at the heart of what of course became the 2008 financial crisis it's estimated the scheme cost his investors individuals and institutions nearly $65000000000.00 from celebrities like hollywood director steven spielberg to charities like the foundation started by nobel prize winner ellie b. cell which lost $15000000.00 and there was a human cost as well made our oldest son mark took his own life on the 2 year
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anniversary of his father's arrest he took advantage of seniors that he should never of god and if his old family property from what he did resident peace. didn't do the right thing and had a lot of people made off had requested release from prison for medical reasons but was refused bernie madoff leaves behind no fortune 170000000000 dollars in assets seized by the government there's only his wife ruth and what he described at sentencing as a legacy of shame his name now synonymous with wall street. kristen salumi outages here at new york. the fight over voting rights in the u.s. is being backed by some of the world's most powerful corporations google and general motors among the companies calling on states to stop making it harder for people to cast their ballots and we got reports now from miami. casting
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a ballot in the u.s. isn't shrine does both a right and a privilege one activists across the country say is under attack last month georgia republicans passed a sweeping bill that imposed new idea requirements reduces the use of drop boxes and bans mobile voting vans laws that are now being challenged in the courts and by local leaders that is terroristic legislation that is legislation that is laser focused on. taking the brown and black voter. out calm down the backlash from what many see as laws making it harder for communities of color to vote was immediate the corporations in the state spoke out against voter suppression but with similar legislation being proposed in more than 40 states the coalition of big businesses has grown the number of companies now numbers in the hundreds part of the statement reading voting is the lifeblood of our democracy and we call upon all americans to
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join us in taking a nonpartisan stand for this most basic and fundamental right to all americans legal experts say their stance is an important political shift but i do think what we're seeing is potentially a longer term realignment of where corporate interests lie and they may no longer be. so strong with the republican party and conservatives so that's a that's the space i think we're going to have to watch in the coming months and years republicans say the new laws are aimed at making elections more secure and corporations shouldn't get involved there's nothing about what the georgia law does that by any objective standard so my complaint about the the c.e.o.'s. a reader down bill politically pivotal states like arizona texas and michigan are proposing laws similar to those passed in georgia critics say it's a reaction to former president trump's false claims he lost because of widespread
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voter fraud here in florida too there are moves to restrict mail in ballots and make it illegal to hand out water to voters this is now an all out battle with big business caught in the middle what began in the neighboring state of georgia now looks set to spread across the entire nation at stake the right to vote and shape the destiny of an increasingly divided nation and a gallacher al-jazeera miami florida. turkish diplomatic sources say the u.s. is counsel the deployment of 2 warships to the black sea they were due to arrive in the region this week the u.s. embassy in ankara notified turkey's foreign ministry of the decision but did not provide a reason russia's navy has started military exercises in the black sea and that washington to stay away from the area. ukraine's defense minister hers warned that russia is preparing to store nuclear weapons in crimea under a time and requested diplomatic help from the european union as an emergency nato meeting was discussed russia's increased military activity along ukraine's borders
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bernard smith is in moscow with all. russia's defense minister sergei schorr who says 2 armies and 3 airborne units have been successfully deployed to the western borders of russia those are the borders with ukraine he says there are military exercises and those exercises will continue for another 2 weeks if there ever was any real threat of some sort of russian incursion into ukraine that has been significantly diminished by the phone call made on tuesday night from joe biden to vladimir putin in which president biden offered president putin to meet at a summit meeting later on in the year that is being viewed here in moscow as washington blinking 1st in the. over the ukraine it's called a very important step according to the chairman of the foreign affairs committee of the house of russia's parliament and the kremlin spokesman says the offer of a summit will be studied. putin's out already cold finland's president finland
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hosted the last summit in 28 between russia and the us that was between present donald trump about an approach. brazil's supreme court has allowed a congressional inquiry into the president's handling of the pandemic to go ahead a day after it was banked in the senate. his critics say he bungled brazil's response by dam playing the impact of the virus undermining state's restrictions and failing to secure enough vaccines his allies say he's being unfairly blamed for a high number of covert 900 deaths which now exceeds 360000. more from rio de janeiro this is an investigation by congress and it's basically similar to a trial congressman. witnesses to come and explain why
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things went so wrong brazil has almost 350000 dead by covert 90 not only the hospitals are crowded but they're also running out of medicine to incubate the patients so there are many questions to be. a spotlight on. government cari is not only about what he did but it's also about what he did not do and what he did not do was to have a national effort to lead the country through this what he did do was show up with . stimulate people together around talk. criticize that thing. so there are many things that he did that contributed to people not taking it seriously and things that he did not do and those things will be investigated so it's not comfortable for both at this moment to have the
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spotlight on all the negative effects of the pandemic. south africa's drugs regulators there's a study on the johnson and johnson covert 19 vaccine raises no major safety concerns but it sees remains on hold over fears in the u.s. that it could be linked to cases of blood clots the single dose job was the any well being used in south africa the government is waiting for a shipment of pfizer vaccines credit virus infections in india have reached another record level more than 184000 new cases but the government is rejecting calls to cancel a religious festival in the north of the country where millions of pilgrims have gathered to bathe in the river ganges more than a 1000 people tested positive in a city of honey the war where the week's long hindu festival is taking place the increase in case numbers are forcing india's health system to neighbor $18.00 per annum reports from the capital new delhi. a long line of ambulances outside
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a covered by 2 hospital in the state of inside a patients struggling to breathe and waiting for a bed to become available good roth is one of many states but the hospitals are overcrowded and they don't have enough equipment or health care workers to deal with the current caseload. the ambulances bring in the patients who are on oxygen supply some of them are critical and they are admitted forced as soon as the beds with ventilators are available the patients who are on oxygen supply through the venturi masks are given that in 108 ambulances. as patients wait for beds the families of the dead mourn for their loved ones nowhere is the situation as bad as in the state of maharashtra where migrant workers crowded bus and train terminals after more restrictions were announced the closing down of all but essential services has seen many daily wage earners lose their jobs they want to travel to their home states afraid the government might shut down public transport as it did
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last year. but it's the common man who suffers the most i've come here from with the pradesh i have no russian card or any of the local documents only those who are local and have a russian card will get groceries outsiders don't get anything at all hobble migrant workers feed themselves that's why they're leaving for their villages. state a leader has said he had no choice but to impose the restrictions but that this disease is spreading at a very horrifying base i say horrifying because today's number of positive cases in the state is the highest so far. as $125000000.00 people will only be allowed to go out for work and shop placentia supplies including groceries and medicines until the end of april as india when this is the world's biggest surgical cases the health ministry says it will fast track emergency approvals for the pfizer and johnson and johnson that seems that's amid continuing reports of that same
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shortages in the country which produces 60 percent of all the vaccines in the world elizabeth al-jazeera new delhi. and of course you can follow all the stories that we're covering here on our website at al-jazeera dot com it's updated throughout the day with news views and refused to. be watching al-jazeera with me so robin a reminder of our top news stories the u.s. and nato say that after 20 years in afghanistan that ending their military campaign in a speech at the white house joe biden announced that all troops still in afghanistan will be withdrawn by september the 11th we cannot continue the cycle of extending or expanding our military presence in afghanistan hoping to create ideal conditions for the draw.


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