Congress Investigates Discord in Afghanistan Withdrawal

Congressional Investigation Launched into US Pullout from Afghanistan

Republican lawmakers have announced an investigation into the chaotic US withdrawal from Afghanistan, which led to a lightning takeover of the country by the Taliban, as well as the death of 13 soldiers in an attack.

Michael McCaul, of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said in a statement that a range of records, from intelligence assessments to communications with the Taliban, have been requested from Secretary of State Antony Blinken. McCaul stated that his committee will use available authorities to enforce these requests if necessary.

The chaotic events of August 26, 2021 saw images of Afghan citizens storming parked aircraft, and US soldiers killed in a bombing raid outside Kabul Airport, leading to a collapse of the government in days.

The Taliban are no longer a priority in the US, with 50% of those polled in a Gallup poll, conducted a year after the US withdrawal, believing the war to be a complete mistake. The Republican Party has sharply criticized the Biden administration for their handling of the operation, promising hearings as part of a series of investigations into his administration.

The State Department did not immediately respond to the requests for comment, but said that more than 150 briefings have already been given to members of Congress since the withdrawal in August 2021.

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