Joe Biden: ‘We’re in Constant Contact with the Taliban’

President Biden on Friday said his administration is in “constant contact with the Taliban” and claimed to be focused on getting Americans out of the country, although he said he cannot promise that it will come “without risk of loss” despite his assertion that his administration warned the jihadist organization that any attack on U.S. forces, or disruption of U.S. operations at the airport, will be met with “swift and forceful response.”

A Taliban fighter talks on a walkie-talkie in front of a mural in Kabul on August 17, 2021, as the Taliban moved quickly to restart the Afghan capital following their stunning takeover of Kabul and told government staff to return to work. (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP) (Photo by …

Massive Kern County Fire Exceeds 45,000 Acres

275 structures have been destroyed or damaged in the 45,388 acre Erskine wildfire that continued sweeping through California’s Central Valley on Monday — while some evacuations were lifted for some of the area’s residents.

Kern County fire (Frederic J. Brown / AFP / Getty)