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GOP targets Blinken, Sullivan for testimony on Afghan collapse

WASHINGTON – Republicans on the House Foreign Relations Committee are calling for "multiple public hearings" over the failed withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan. Mission Chaos,According to a report issued by GOP lawmakersranking panels.

A report Wednesday by Rep. I recommend asking. Antony Blinken and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan. During the evacuation mission, about 130,000 Americans and Afghan allies were evacuated from Kabul, but thousands more were left behind. The operation also killed 13 US servicemen and more than 160 of his Afghans when his ISIS-K suicide bomber attacked a shelter at Kabul's Hamid Karzai International Airport.

Taliban fighters escort women as they march in support of the Taliban government outside Kabul University.
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Taliban will not let Afghanistan again become a safe haven for Al Qaeda The Biden administration decided to withdraw from Afghanistan without committing to any specific conditions, such as committing to

"Much more research is needed to fully explain the causes of this disaster," said McCall, a Texas Republican, in a report. "And as more information comes to light, more questions will undoubtedly arise." Power and Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman testified before the entire committee, asking 33 other officials to be interviewed.

"If the State Department refuses to provide these individuals, the Commission must issue them subpoenas to enforce compliance," McCall wrote in the report.

In an April 14, 2021 announcement, Biden gave several reasons why he decided to remove the US military presence from Afghanistan. A US presence in Afghanistan was no longer necessary to degrade Al Qaeda in the country. That the Afghan army was sufficiently trained and equipped to keep the Taliban at bay without foreign assistance. And the United States could not keep troops in the country without "going back to war with the Taliban."

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken
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McCall argued that Biden was wrong when he said the U.S. military no longer existed, on Aug. 20, 2021, at the then Pentagon's It was needed in Afghanistan to prevent al-Qaeda's return, pointing out that spokesman John Kirby told reporters that al-Qaeda remained in the country.

“While it is true that al-Qaeda has suffered significant setbacks since the first US military intervention in Afghanistan following the September 11, 2001 attacks, including the death of its founder Osama bin Laden, Analysts agree that the terrorist group still maintains a threat: its presence in Afghanistan," the report said.

The report goes on to say thatthe late July US drone strike that killed al-Qaeda leader Ayman Zawahiriat his home in Kabul, He pointed it out as evidence that a terrorist group existed in Kabul. Afghanistan has "strengthened further in the wake of its withdrawal". "Al-Zawahiri is attested to being in a villa in downtown Kabul," the report said.

McColl also said the Afghan army was ill-prepared to prevent the Taliban from overthrowing the Western-backed Afghan government in just 11 days.

“[The commander of the U.S. Central Command at the time] General [Frank] Mackenzie testified in September 2021 that he would have told the Biden administration if the U.S. reduced its military presence to 2,500 or less. army,” he wrote.

White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan
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McCaul notes that McKenzie's assessment also suggests that Biden is next. It suggests that it is wrong to claim that The US would have had to deploy her over 2,500 troops to Afghanistan before withdrawing to avoid a new war with the Taliban.

Republicans are expected to retake the House following his November election and look into many of the issues plaguing the White House, including the withdrawal of Afghanistan and its aftermath. there is