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Blindspot Report - Afghanistan Edition

August 11 - 17


The Taliban takeover of Afghanistan has attracted widespread media coverage and commentary, with many important stories being underreported. We're here to help you sort through the noise, so we're dedicating this week's Blindspot Report to highlighting news blindspots surrounding the events in Afghanistan.

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Harleen


eye with a bar through it left arrows BLINDSPOT FOR THE LEFT
‘Counting Their Final Hours’: Taliban Conducting ‘Door To Door’ Searches For U.S. Allies, Journalists, Reports Say
Taliban militants are reportedly conducting door-to-door searches in Kabul looking for Afghan government officials, military members, and others who worked with the United States and other western countries.
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GOP Removes Page Praising Donald Trump's 'Historic' Peace Deal With Taliban
The removal comes after Trump branded the withdrawal from Afghanistan "one of the greatest defeats in American history."
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Left 73% 14% 13%
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China's foreign minister slams 'hurried' US withdrawal from Afghanistan
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday (Aug 16) that the hasty pull-out of US troops from Afghanistan had a "serious negative impact", but pledged to work with Washington to promote stability in the country.
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Billions spent on Afghan army ultimately benefited Taliban
The Taliban captured an array of modern military equipment when they overran Afghan forces. U.S. failure to produce a sustainable Afghan army and police force will be studied for years. The forces turned out to be hollow, equipped with superior arms but largely missing the crucial ingredient of combat motivation.
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Poll: Majority of Americans disapprove of Biden's handling of Afghanistan
A majority of Americans disapprove of President Biden’s handling of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, according to a new poll.
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Poll of the Week
Do you approve of Joe Biden’s handling of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan?
YES
NO
Check back next week for the results

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Md., Va. governors ‘ready and willing’ to take in more Afghan refugees
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says the state is ready and willing to help with what is available. Maryland already expects to receive at least 180 more Afghan nationals through ‘Operation Allies Refuge’. The state’s Office of Refugees and Asylees works with a network of public and private service providers.
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Poll of the Week
Do you believe that the US has the responsibility of evacuating and admitting Afghans who worked for the US, or other other US organizations?
YES
NO
Check back next week for the results

Poll Results from Last Week
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Highlighting discrepancies between the reporting on stories across different news outlets.

This week's story

Biden says he stands 'squarely' behind move to withdraw from Afghanistan

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What do the different news outlets focus on when reporting on this story?

New York Magazine · LEFT
Biden Blames Afghan Leaders for Swift Fall to Taliban
MSNBC · LEFT
'I stand squarely behind my decision': Biden says fall of Afghanistan validates U.S. withdrawal
CNN · LEFT
'I do not regret my decision': Biden on US military withdrawal from Afghanistan
The Hill · CENTER
Biden says he stands 'squarely' behind move to withdraw from Afghanistan
Reuters · CENTER
Biden says U.S. mission in Afghanistan was never supposed to be nation building
The Federalist · RIGHT
Biden Refuses Responsibility And Blames Trump And Afghans For Taliban Takeover
New York Post · RIGHT
Biden stands ‘squarely behind’ decision to pull troops from Afghanistan despite Taliban takeover

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