Latest U.S. Department of State News

Dozens of Afghan refugees will resettle in North Dakota

Sep. 17, 2021 11:38 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota will help settle dozens of Afghan refugees who will begin arriving later this month. The state Department of Human Services said Friday it has been notified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that North Dakota will...

Ohio to receive 855 Afghan refugees through federal program

Sep. 16, 2021 17:09 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Nearly 900 Afghan refugees will be arriving in Ohio and placed within eight local resettlement agencies as part of the first group of nearly 37,000 arrivals across the country, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Thursday. “These are individuals who have...

Vermont approved to welcome up to 100 Afghan refugees

Sep. 16, 2021 17:09 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont has been approved by federal authorities to welcome up to 100 Afghan refugees, Gov. Phil Scott said Thursday. “We have a moral obligation to help the people of Afghanistan, who did so much to help us in the War on Terror,” Scott said...

States learning how many Afghan evacuees coming their way

Sep. 16, 2021 00:12 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration began notifying governors and state refugee coordinators across the country about how many Afghan evacuees from among the first group of nearly 37,000 arrivals are slated to be resettled in their states. California is projected...

775 evacuees from Afghanistan expected to settle in Nebraska

Sep. 15, 2021 18:13 PM EDT

About 775 evacuees from Afghanistan are expected to settle in Nebraska as part of the first group arriving in the United States, according to State Department data. The data obtained by The Associated Press detailed how a first wave of 37,000 Afghanistan evacuees will be...

Missouri to receive 1,200 Afghan evacuees from first group

Sep. 15, 2021 17:37 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — About 1,200 evacuees from Afghanistan are expected to settle in Missouri as part of the first group arriving in the U.S., according to U.S. State Department data. The data obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press detailed how a first group of...

States learning how many Afghan evacuees coming their way

Sep. 15, 2021 16:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Wednesday began notifying governors and state refugee coordinators across the country about how many Afghan evacuees from among the first group of nearly 37,000 arrivals are slated to be resettled in their states. California...

Libya’s interim premier arrives in Cairo for talks on ties

Sep. 15, 2021 15:45 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya’s interim prime minister arrived in Cairo on Wednesday for talks on future ties between the two African neighbors, an Egyptian official said. Libyan Premier Abdul Hamid Dbeibah was greeted at the Cairo airport by his Egyptian counterpart, Mustafa...

Blinken pushes back on GOP criticism of Afghan withdrawal

Sep. 13, 2021 20:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken pushed back Monday against harsh Republican criticism of the handling of the military withdrawal from Afghanistan, saying the Biden administration inherited a deal with the Taliban to end the war, but no plan for carrying it out. ...

Study: Pentagon reliance on contractors hurt US in 9/11 wars

Sep. 13, 2021 16:11 PM EDT

Up to half of the $14 trillion spent by the Pentagon since 9/11 went to for-profit defense contractors, a study released Monday found. It's the latest work to argue the U.S. reliance on private corporations for war-zone duties that used to be done by troops contributed to mission failure in...