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The Day After US Withdrawal From Afghanistan – What Happens To Those Left Behind?

Experts delve into the current situation in Afghanistan post-US withdrawal, and we follow up on Hurricane Ida recovery efforts.


Smoke rises from explosion outside the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021. The explosion went off outside Kabul's airport, where thousands of people have flocked as they try to flee the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.


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The last U.S. troops have left Afghanistan, ending America’s longest war.

But the withdrawal has been far from smooth.

Thirteen American service members and an estimated 170 Afghans were killed by a suicide bomber at a gate at the Kabul airport last week.

Over the past month, some 5,400 Americans have been evacuated, though 100 – 200 US citizens, who wish to leave, still remain.

Today, experts follow up on the situation in Afghanistan.

And, closer to home, we also follow up on the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. Where are we with rescue efforts, and what's happening with their power grid? How are Houstonians helping?


John Mills

  • External Affairs Officer for FEMA

Steve Flemming

Ed Hirs

  • Energy Fellow, University of Houston

Matt Zeller

Dr. Abdy Javadzadeh

  • Associate Professor of Criminal Justice/Sociology, St. Thomas University

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