US military to help evacuate Americans from embassy in Kabul: officials


The U.S. military will help evacuate Americans from the embassy in Kabul as the security situation deteriorates across Afghanistan, two officials confirmed Thursday to Fox News.

The plans to evacuate the Americans were briefed to President Biden earlier Thursday in order to get his approval, one official added. The military will evacuate “thousands” of American citizens Afghan interpreters from Kabul. 

Map shows areas controlled by Taliban.
(Associated Press)

“Things are moving,” one official said.

TALIBAN CLAIMS CONTROL OVER PRISONS IN 2 CHIEF AFGHANISTAN CITIES

The U.S. embassy will remain open for now but will be reduced to a “small staff.”

Supporters of the Taliban carry the Taliban's signature white flags in the Afghan-Pakistan border town of Chaman, Pakistan, Wednesday, July 14, 2021. The Taliban are pressing on with their surge in Afghanistan, saying Wednesday that they seized Spin Boldaka, a strategic border crossing with Pakistan, the latest in a series of key border post to come under their control in recent weeks. (AP Photo/Tariq Achkzai)

Supporters of the Taliban carry the Taliban’s signature white flags in the Afghan-Pakistan border town of Chaman, Pakistan, Wednesday, July 14, 2021. The Taliban are pressing on with their surge in Afghanistan, saying Wednesday that they seized Spin Boldaka, a strategic border crossing with Pakistan, the latest in a series of key border post to come under their control in recent weeks. (AP Photo/Tariq Achkzai)

President Biden in April pushed back former President Donald Trump’s deadline for a U.S. military withdrawal from May to Sept. 11. The withdrawal began in May; by early July, the situation was rapidly deteriorating: The Pentagon on July 9 detailed “concerning advancement” by the Taliban in the wake of the withdrawal. 

AFGHAN AMBASSADOR CALLS FOR CONTINUED US AIR STRIKES AMID FEARS TALIBAN WILL SOON CAPTURE KABUL

Two weeks later, the Pentagon said the withdrawal was about 95% finished while admitting the Taliban appeared to have “strategic momentum.”

A Taliban flag flies at a square in the city of Ghazni, Afghanistan, after fighting between Taliban Afghan security forces Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021. The Taliban captured the provincial capital near Kabul on Thursday, the 10th the insurgents have taken over a weeklong blitz across Afghanistan as the U.S. NATO prepare to withdraw entirely from the country after decades of war. (AP Photo/Gulabuddin Amiri)

A Taliban flag flies at a square in the city of Ghazni, Afghanistan, after fighting between Taliban Afghan security forces Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021. The Taliban captured the provincial capital near Kabul on Thursday, the 10th the insurgents have taken over a weeklong blitz across Afghanistan as the U.S. NATO prepare to withdraw entirely from the country after decades of war. (AP Photo/Gulabuddin Amiri)

Earlier today, Afghanistan’s third largest city, Herat, located on the border with Iran, fell to the Taliban. The Taliban have also claimed to have seized Kandahar City, the country’s second largest the Taliban’s spiritual home.

With no U.S. military forces on the ground very little assets overhead, the Pentagon cannot confirm Kandahar has fallen but officials acknowledge “it doesn’t look good.”

PENTAGON PRESS SECRETARY: SECURITY SITUATION IN AFGHANISTAN ‘DETERIORATING’

U.S. military officers at the Pentagon tell Fox the images of the Taliban taking over Afghanistan are “demoralizing.”

“This is all melting down in a short period of time,” one U.S. military officer described what is happening right now in Afghanistan. 

While the capital of Kabul itself has not been directly threatened in the advance, the stunning speed of the offensive raises questions about how long the Afghan government can maintain control of the slivers of the country it has left. 

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The government may eventually be forced to pull back to defend the capital just a few other cities, as the fighting displaces thousands of people.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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Most cancers of the oesophagus are caused by escaped stomach cells


An illustration of an oesophageal tumour

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Most tumours of the oesophagus, the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach, are caused by escaped stomach cells that have become cancerous.

The finding makes it more likely that cancers of the gullet, also known as the oesophagus or food pipe, could be prevented by a screening method that identifies former stomach cells, says Rebecca Fitzgerald at the University of Cambridge.

The most common form of oesophagus tumour in the UK other high-income countries is a type called adenocarcinoma, …



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Google can take two months to remove malware apps from app store


Potentially risky apps offered in the Google Play Store can take months to be removed

Apps that potentially contain malware remain on the Google Play Store for an average of 77 days after being detected, according to an analysis of software.

“The impression has been that app markets are doing a great job taking down malicious apps, so the problem is basically solved,” says Gianluca Stringhini at Boston University. “It’s not as much of a solved problem as is thought.”

Stringhini his colleagues at antivirus software company Norton monitored …



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Taliban claims control over prisons in 2 chief Afghanistan cities


The Taliban has claimed several quick victories in Afghanistan over the past 24 hours, including the release of prisoners inside the key cities of Kandahar Heret, according to reports. 

Insurgents moved deeper into Kandahar on Wednesday, with reports on Thursday saying forces had surrounded attacked the general prison. A message posted to Twitter by Ahmadi, an alleged representative of the Taliban, claimed that the prison staff surrendered the Taliban released all prisoners. 

The conquest was the result of “a long siege violent attacks,” Ahmadi said. Fighting in the city remains fierce as the insurgents push to take control of the city itself, as well, Al Jazeera reported. 

PENTAGON PRESS SECRETARY: SECURITY SITUTATION IN AFGHANISTAN IS ‘DETERIORATING’

The Taliban also claimed control over the prison in Herat, with all “Taliban” prisoners released there, too. 

Map shows areas controlled by Taliban.
(Associated Press)

The double conquests are just the newest of several victories the Taliban has claimed as part of an offensive blitz to take control of the country. Ghazni fell Thursday – the 10th provincial capital the terrorist group has taken in just weeks. 

The Taliban published videos images online purporting to show them in Ghazni, the capital of a province with the same name.

TALIBAN TAKE 10TH AFGHAN PROVINCIAL CAPITAL IN BLITZ

The entire northern part of the country has now fallen to Taliban control. Some officials estimate the Taliban has gained control of more than 65% of the country. 

President Biden in April pushed back former President Donald Trump’s deadline for a U.S. military withdrawal from May to Sept. 11. The withdrawal began in May; by early July, the situation was rapidly deteriorating: The Pentagon on July 9 detailed “concerning advancement” by the Taliban in the wake of the withdrawal. 

Two weeks later, the Pentagon said the withdrawal was about 95% finished while admitting the Taliban appeared to have “strategic momentum.” 

AFGHAN AMBASSADOR CALLS FOR CONTINUED US AIR STRIKES AMID FEARS TALIBAN WILL SOON CAPTURE KABUL

Afghan security forces the government have not responded to repeated requests for comment over the days of fighting. However, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is trying to rally a counteroffensive relying on his country’s special forces, the militias of warlords American airpower ahead of the U.S. NATO pullout at the end of the month.

While the capital of Kabul itself has not been directly threatened in the advance, the stunning speed of the offensive raises questions about how long the Afghan government can maintain control of the slivers of the country it has left. 

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The government may eventually be forced to pull back to defend the capital just a few other cities, as the fighting displaces thousands of people.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 





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Handheld railgun as powerful as an air rifle to go on sale in the US


The GR-1 Anvil electromagnetic rifle

Arcflash Labs

An electromagnetic rifle, which propels a steel projectile using electromagnetic coils, is now being offered for pre-order in the US by Arcflash Labs, a Los Angeles company specialising in industrial pulsed power devices.

People have been building weapons that propel bullets with magnetic force for more than a century, from small student projects to the US Navy’s giant experimental railguns, but they haven’t previously progressed beyond the research stage.

The new device is known as the GR-1 (“Gauss rifle”) ANVIL. It is a coilgun, …



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