Republicans investigate disorderly withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan | Conflict News

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About 2,500 American soldiers died in Afghanistan, a conflict that became the longest war fought by the United States.

Republican lawmakers have launched an investigation into the US military withdrawal from Afghanistan, which allowed the Taliban to take over immediately and led to scenes of thousands of desperate people storming Kabul airport. , some cling to leaving US planes as they run down the runway.

Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said Friday that he had written to Secretary of State Antony Blinken requesting a variety of records, from intelligence assessments to communications with the Taliban.

McCaul, a longtime opposition member of the committee who became its chairman after the House shifted to Republican control at the start of the year, said it was “abnormal and disgraceful” that the administration of US sitting Joe Biden “continues to withhold information related to the withdrawal. “.

“In the event of continued non-compliance, the committee will use the authorities available to enforce these requests as necessary, including through an enforcement process,” he said.

Thirteen US soldiers were killed on August 26, 2021 in a bombing outside Kabul airport as the capital fell, with the government collapsing days later despite $2 trillion on pumped into Afghanistan over two decades by US and NATO forces.

While Trump sealed the withdrawal with the Taliban, his Republican Party has strongly criticized Mr Biden’s handling of the operation and promised hearings as part of a series of investigations into his administration.

The scenes of desperate Afghans clinging to moving US military planes as they taxied onto the runway at Kabul airport preceded a sharp drop in Biden’s approval ratings nine months after his election promises smooth, competent leadership after the pandemonium under his predecessor Donald Trump.

The State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday but has said it has provided more than 150 briefings to members of Congress since the August 2021 withdrawal, according to US media.

About 2,500 US troops died in the nation’s longest war but Afghanistan was no longer a priority back home, with 50 percent of respondents in a Gallup poll conducted a year after the withdraw saying the whole war was a mistake.

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