Jessica Donati
Jessica Donati
Author of "EAGLE DOWN: The Last Special Forces Fighting The Forever War". (Get a copy: http://bit.ly/eagledown) Wall Street Journal foreign affairs reporterSource
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A Secret CIA Gate at Kabul Airport Became an Escape Path for Afghans

A Secret CIA Gate at Kabul Airport Became an Escape Path for Afghans

While thousands of people crowded outside the main gates of the Kabul airport seeking to escape Afghanistan in August, the Central Intelligence Agency opened a back door about 2 miles away along the northern perimeter of the airfield. Known by various code names, including Glory Gate and Liberty Gate, the airport entry, which hasn’t been previously reported, was so secret even the Taliban were unaware it existed. It was located opposite a gas station and run by CIA operatives and Delta Force and guarded by a CIA-trained Afghan paramilitary unit known as 02, who evacuated alongside the...

Oct 12
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U.S. Pledges Nearly $600 Million in Aid to Syria

U.S. Pledges Nearly $600 Million in Aid to Syria

Skip to Main ContentSkip to SearchByWASHINGTON—The U.S. on Tuesday said it would provide almost $600 million in humanitarian assistance to Syria aimed at helping in neighboring countries as well as the Syrian population.U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield announced the aid at a U.N. conference on Syria’s future. It comes as the war passes its 10th year and remains one of the world’s .A U.N.-coordinated effort is seeking some $4.2 billion to help Syrians inside the country and $5.8 billion for countries hosting refugees.The U.S.’s announcement marked a break from...

Apr 4
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Biden Administration Grants New Deportation Protection for Venezuelans in the U.S. Illegally

Biden Administration Grants New Deportation Protection for Venezuelans in the U.S. Illegally

Skip to Main ContentSkip to SearchByandWASHINGTON—The Biden administration said it would grant temporary legal authorization to Venezuelans in the U.S. without permission, allowing potentially hundreds of thousands of people to remain in the country.The Temporary Protected Status designation, which lasts for 18 months and can be renewed, offers Venezuelans in the U.S. work permits and temporary protection against deportation. Venezuelans who enter the U.S. after March 8 can’t qualify for the program, a senior administration official said. As many as 320,000 people could be eligible for the...

Mar 9
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The Forgotten People Fighting the Forever War

The Forgotten People Fighting the Forever War

A devastating incident in Afghanistan shows the perils of relying on Special Operations alone to fight the nation’s battles.Both the Trump and Obama administrations relied heavily on highly trained Special Forces units to keep Afghanistan from collapse. The strategy has kept recent episodes of the 21-year Afghan War out of the public eye, but it is failing to stabilize the country and is straining the United States military’s elite troops, who serve back-to-back combat tours without an end in sight and disproportionately give their lives in service of a war the public knows almost nothing...

Jan 23
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The Last Sikhs and Hindus in Afghanistan Plead for U.S. Help

The Last Sikhs and Hindus in Afghanistan Plead for U.S. Help

Skip to Main ContentSkip to SearchThe last community of Sikhs and Hindus in Afghanistan is seeking asylum in the U.S. after suffering an attack by Islamic State extremists, posing a test of the Trump administration’s pledge to protect and support religious minorities world-wide. The Islamic State attack targeting a Sikh temple in Kabul last month killed 25 people, while dozens of others were taken hostage in a six-hour siege ending in a gun battle with Afghanistan’s commandos, the elite army unit that works closely with U.S. Special Forces....Sponsored Offers

April 18, 2020
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