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US left Bagram Airfield without notice, Afghan officials say

The United States left Afghanistan’s Bagram Airfield after nearly 20 years by shutting off the electricity and slipping away in the night without notifying the base’s new Afghan commander, who discovered the Americans’ departure more than two hours after they left, Afghan military officials said.

The US announced on Friday it had completely vacated its biggest airfield in the country in advance of a final withdrawal by the end of August of all but a few hundred US troops from Afghanistan.

“We [heard] some rumour that the Americans had left Bagram … and finally by 7:00 in the morning, we understood that it was confirmed that they had already left Bagram,” General Mir Asadullah Kohistani, Bagram’s new commander, told The Associated Press.

Afghanistan’s army showed off the sprawling airbase on Monday, allowing journalists to visit the heavily fortified compound.

“They (Americans) are completely out now and everything is under our control, including watchtowers, air traffic and the hospital,” a senior Afghan government official told the Reuters news agency.

Bagram had long been a symbol of Western forces deployed to shore up the Afghan government now facing a Taliban offensive as most US and NATO forces withdraw.

The Taliban captured districts in Badakhshan and Kandahar provinces over the weekend, sending Afghan government forces fleeing across the border with Tajikistan. Taliban fighters last week launched an attack on the central Afghan city of Ghazni, on the highway linking the capital Kabul with the southern province of Kandahar.

An Afghan soldier plays a guitar left behind by US troops at Bagram airbase on July 5 [Mohammad Ismail/Reuters]

On Monday at Bagram, dozens of vehicles left behind by the US stood on the premises while others zipped around with Afghan officials and personnel. Radars oscillated as soldiers stood on guard, and hundreds of Afghan security personnel moved into barracks that once housed US soldiers.

Afghan soldiers who wandered throughout the base that had once seen as many as 100,000 US troops were deeply critical of how the US left Bagram.

“In one night they lost all the goodwill of 20 years by leaving the way they did, in the night, without telling the Afghan soldiers who were outside patrolling the area,” said Afghan soldier Naematullah, who asked that only his one name be used.

Before the Afghan army could take control of the airfield, about an hour’s drive from the Afghan capital Kabul, a small group of looters ransacked barrack after barrack and rummaged through giant storage tents before being evicted, Afghan military officials said.

“At first, we thought maybe they were Taliban,” Abdul Raouf, a soldier of 10 years, told the AP. He said the US called from the Kabul airport and said “we are here at the airport in Kabul.”

Parked vehicles at Bagram after US troops vacated the airfield, on July 5 [Mohammad Ismail/Reuters]

US Colonel Sonny Leggett, the official spokesman for the US military in Afghanistan, did not address the specific complaints of many Afghan soldiers, instead referring to a US statement issued last week.

The statement said the handover had been in the process soon after President Joe Biden’s mid-April announcement that the US would withdraw its forces from Afghanistan. Leggett said in the statement that they had coordinated their departures with Afghanistan’s leaders.

The US announced on July 2 it had completely vacated its biggest airfield in the country in advance of a final withdrawal the Pentagon said will be completed by the end of August.

Kohistani, the new commander of the airfield, insisted the Afghan National Security and Defense Force could hold on to the heavily fortified base despite a string of Taliban wins on the battlefield. The airfield also includes a prison with about 5,000 prisoners, many of them allegedly members of the Taliban.

Meanwhile, neighbourhoods and markets in the shadow of the base were bracing for what comes next.

“It is not a problem for us if there are foreign forces [here] or they leave, but the fact that the Taliban are taking over districts at any moment affects our work,” Wasim Shirzad, a shopkeeper, told Reuters.

Another shopkeeper, Nematullah Ferdaws, agreed: “Most shopkeepers do not invest … because they are hesitant about the country’s future.”

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Boil water notice lifted for Lake Jackson residents after low pressure

LAKE JACKSON, Texas (KTRK) — The city of Lake Jackson lifted its boil water notice Monday morning after city officials announced a drop in water pressure Saturday afternoon.

As of 8:30 a.m., residents are no longer required to boil water before use, according to a press release from the city.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality reportedly required city officials to notify all customers to boil their water prior to consumption.

On Sunday, city said authorities were still testing the water due to requirements when pressure reaches below a certain level.

“The public water system has taken the necessary corrective actions to restore the quality of the water distributed by this public water system used for drinking water or human consumption purposes and has provided TCEQ with laboratory test results that indicate that the water no longer requires boiling prior to use as of June 21, 2021,” Monday’s press release said.

This boil water notice came months after a previous advisory was issued when a 6-year-old boy died after coming in contact with contaminated water.

The family of Josiah McIntyre said he became sick after playing in a Lake Jackson splashpad.

According to officials, water samples taken from that splashpad were in fact contaminated with a brain-eating amoeba. Officials from the city of Lake Jackson said they were responsible for Josiah’s death.

SEE ALSO: City officials in Lake Jackson take responsibility after amoeba threat

A boil water advisory can be issued under a number of circumstances from natural disasters, like in the aftermath of hurricanes and winter storms, to sudden emergencies like a water main break.

The notices are issued when an area’s water is, or could be, contaminated with bacteria that could make you sick.

Boiling kills disease-causing organisms, including viruses, bacteria and parasites.

You’ll want to boil water before you do anything that involves human consumption, such as drinking, cooking, and brushing your teeth.

The following information is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Here are some common questions and answers about boil water advisories.

What should I do if a boil water advisory is in effect?

If you have bottled water available for drinking and to prepare and cook food, you can use that. But if bottled water isn’t available, it’s advised you:

  • Bring water to a full rolling boil for 1 minute (at elevations above 6,500 feet, boil for three minutes)
  • Allow the water to cool before use
  • Boil tap water, even if it is filtered
  • Don’t use water from any appliance connected to your water line, such as ice and water from a refrigerator
  • Breastfeeding is the best infant feeding option. If you formula feed your child, provide ready-to-use formula, if that’s available

Note that many cities and communities surrounding the Houston area said you can boil the water for at least two minutes.

SEE ALSO: Boil orders in effect for much of the Houston area

Is it safe to brush my teeth?

Only brush teeth with boiled or bottled water. Do not use untreated tap water.

What about hand washing under a boil water notice?

  • In many situations, you can use tap water and soap to wash your hands. Still, follow the guidance of your local health officials.
  • Make sure you scrub your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Rinse hands well under running water.
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Is it safe to bathe and shower?

You can use the water for bathing and showering, but you must be careful not to swallow it. Use extra caution when bathing babies and young children. Consider giving them a sponge bath instead.

Can I wash dishes and laundry under a boil order?

According to the CDC, it is safe to wash clothes as usual. But you’ll need to follow a few more guidelines for dishes.

  • If possible, use disposable plates, cups, and utensils during a boil water advisory
  • Household dishwashers generally are safe to use if the water reaches a final rinse temperature of at least 150 degrees Fahrenheit (65.55 degrees Celcius), or if the dishwasher has a sanitizing cycle

What if I need to clean?

Use bottled water, boiled water, or water that has been disinfected with bleach to clean washable toys and surfaces.

Follow these CDC guidelines carefully as it relates to using bleach.

How do I care for my pets under a boil order?

Provide bottled or boiled water after it has been cooled for pets. Why? Because they can get sick by some of the same germs as people or pets can even spread germs to people.

You’ll need to follow the order until your local health or city officials have deemed it safe to end it and resume consumption.

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China is 'existential threat of 21st century' as US-EU put on notice over Beijing threat

China has adopted an increasingly hostile stance towards the United States and its allies in the Asia-Pacific, threatening Taiwan with a takeover and asserting a controversial claim over the South China Sea. Former US National Security Advisor John Bolton warned Beijing has now become the “existential threat of the 21st century” to the US, Europe and their allies in Asia. Speaking to LBC, Mr Bolton said: “My view is that China is the existential threat of the 21st century to the United States and to the West as a whole.

“I don’t think Trump was pursuing a terribly consistent policy but I think attitude in America, in Europe, in Japan have changed dramatically since evidence has come out about how China concealed the origins of the coronavirus and impeded international physicians and investigators from trying to understand it better so we could deal with it more effectively in our respective countries.

“People understand the greater threat China poses, really, across the board. Politically, economically, militarily.

“I think the desire to stand up to their efforts will increase. Biden has surely used the rhetoric of this kind of approach.

“Biden has a background here and once we get past the rhetoric, whether his actions will meet a fairly tough standard remains to be seen.”

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“It could be a phone call, it could be a meeting on the margins of another international summit, it could be something else.”

Mr Biden and President Xi are both expected to attend the G20 meeting in October hosted by Italy, one possible venue for such talks.

Mr Sullivan said no final decisions have been made.

Asked if he would call on Xi to push for an investigation in COVID-19 origins, President Biden on Wednesday told reporters: “We know each other well; we’re not old friends. It’s just pure business.”

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Man with warrant round-up notice for decades-old seat belt ticket Turns to Ted

Man with warrant round-up notice

HUMBLE, Texas (KTRK) — When Mary Alice Vaca received a postcard in the mail saying there could be a warrant out for her husband’s arrest, she was confused.

The ticket was from 20 years ago and the alleged crime was not wearing a seat belt and not having proof of insurance.

The notice also said a Montgomery County Justice of the Peace wanted $ 922.90 – money she doesn’t have – or someone could come arrest her husband.

“On the back, it says driver’s license suspension, warrant round-up warning,” Vaca told ABC13’s Ted Oberg.

Vaca said her husband, who became worried about going to jail, was diagnosed with Huntington’s Chorea, a debilitating illness that’s left him unable to talk or drive for the last decade. The ticket dates back even further, to Nov. 14, 2001. The couple doesn’t recall getting the ticket in the first place and didn’t understand why the strongly-worded warning was sent nearly 20 years later.

“How much time do you have to be dealing with this?” Oberg asked.

“I don’t,” Vaca said. “I needed guidance on what to do. What’s my next step?”

When Vaca said she couldn’t solve the problem on her own, or get the court or its collection agency to agree to a payment plan, she emailed the Turn to Ted team. We called the court, and although they couldn’t talk to us about her husband’s case, the tickets were dismissed hours after we reached out.

We asked Vaca, what changed?

“Ted Oberg changed it!” she said.

We asked Montgomery County Justice of the Peace Precinct 4 Judge Jason Dunn why someone would be threatened with arrest for minor tickets like this.

“Our court processes thousands of cases annually. The desire of the court is to adjudicate these cases in a fair, impartial and timely manner,” Judge Dunn said in a statement. “When a judgement is entered, the offender has a variety of ways to satisfy the judgement with permission from the court. Examples would be community service, payment plans, waiver of costs and/or fines by proving to be indigent or showing the payment of fines would bring undue hardship upon the person. In order for the court to assist the individual, the person would have to make contact with the court.”

He told us after 61 days, unpaid fines go to a collection agency, like the one that sent the Vacas that strongly-worded postcard.

Judge Dunn wouldn’t say if he supported that language.

He did say, “This court makes all reasonable efforts to dispose of cases new and old with parties that communicate with the court.”

And in this case – after our call – he’s right.

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Boil water notice remains for east Houston neighborhoods after water line break

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — A boil water notice issued for neighborhoods on the east side of Houston continued Sunday after a water line broke in the area late last week.

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Many residents on the east side have been without water since early Friday morning.

“On Friday we were told the water would be on by six at night, and it wasn’t. Saturday we woke up, we were told that it would be on by four in the afternoon, and it still wasn’t,” said Laurie Roberts.

Concerns began to grow amongst families who feel there has been a lack of communication from the city.

“The day it’s a main water break, and my main concern is for the elderly because my parents are elderly,” said David Kingsberry, as he unloaded cases of water for his parents outside of their home.

The City of Houston’s public works spokesperson said Sunday that they dealt with some complications while trying to find the point of the break. They assured that crews have been working around the clock to repair the main.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner provided an update on Twitter, writing that the entire line has to be replaced and apologized to residents for the delay.

According to officials, the water pressure reportedly dropped lower than the required 20 PSI minimum. Residents are being asked not to drink the water and to boil it for at least two minutes before using.

Here’s some additional information to note about boil water notices.

A boil water advisory can be issued under a number of circumstances from natural disasters, like in the aftermath of hurricanes and winter storms, to sudden emergencies like a water main break.

The notices are issued when an area’s water is, or could be, contaminated with bacteria that could make you sick.

Boiling kills disease-causing organisms, including viruses, bacteria and parasites.You’ll want to boil water before you do anything that involves human consumption, such as drinking, cooking, and brushing your teeth.

The following information is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Here are some common questions and answers about boil water advisories.

What should I do if a boil water advisory is in effect?

If you have bottled water available for drinking and to prepare and cook food, you can use that. But if bottled water isn’t available, it’s advised you:

  • Bring water to a full rolling boil for 1 minute (at elevations above 6,500 feet, boil for three minutes)
  • Allow the water to cool before use
  • Boil tap water, even if it is filtered
  • Don’t use water from any appliance connected to your water line, such as ice and water from a refrigerator
  • Breastfeeding is the best infant feeding option. If you formula feed your child, provide ready-to-use formula, if that’s available

Note that many cities and communities surrounding the Houston area said you can boil the water for at least two minutes.

SEE ALSO: Boil orders in effect for much of the Houston area

Is it safe to brush my teeth?

Only brush teeth with boiled or bottled water. Do not use untreated tap water.

What about hand washing under a boil water notice?

  • In many situations, you can use tap water and soap to wash your hands. Still, follow the guidance of your local health officials.
  • Make sure you scrub your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Rinse hands well under running water.
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Is it safe to bathe and shower?

You can use the water for bathing and showering, but you must be careful not to swallow it. Use extra caution when bathing babies and young children. Consider giving them a sponge bath instead.

Can I wash dishes and laundry under a boil order?

According to the CDC, it is safe to wash clothes as usual. But you’ll need to follow a few more guidelines for dishes.

  • If possible, use disposable plates, cups, and utensils during a boil water advisory
  • Household dishwashers generally are safe to use if the water reaches a final rinse temperature of at least 150 degrees Fahrenheit (65.55 degrees Celcius), or if the dishwasher has a sanitizing cycle

What if I need to clean?

Use bottled water, boiled water, or water that has been disinfected with bleach to clean washable toys and surfaces.

Follow these CDC guidelines carefully as it relates to using bleach.

How do I care for my pets under a boil order?

Provide bottled or boiled water after it has been cooled for pets. Why? Because they can get sick by some of the same germs as people or pets can even spread germs to people.

You’ll need to follow the order until your local health or city officials have deemed it safe to end it and resume consumption.

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