Republicans want to investigate Afghanistan withdrawal

The withdrawal of American troops from Kabul becomes the subject of an investigation. Republicans in Congress are requesting documents from the State Department.

Republicans in the US Congress have launched an investigation into the chaotic withdrawal of the US Army from Afghanistan. The new chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the House of Representatives, Michael McCaul, announced on Friday (local time) that he had requested a number of documents from US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, including situation reports from the secret services and communication with the radical Islamic Taliban.

McCaul said it was “absurd and disgraceful” that the administration of US President Joe Biden had repeatedly failed to respond to inquiries about the withdrawal from Afghanistan and withheld information about it. If the government continues to resist, the foreign affairs committee will use its powers and, if necessary, initiate “a mandatory procedure”.

crowds at the airport

The radical Islamic Taliban took control of the Afghan capital Kabul in August 2021. The Afghan government, supported for decades with billions of dollars from the West, collapsed.

Images of masses of people running onto the airfield at Kabul airport in the hope of fleeing the Taliban, sometimes even clinging to US military planes, went around the world. A bomb attack in front of Kabul Airport in which 13 US soldiers died on August 26, 2021 also caused shock in the USA.

Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump, had decreed that the US army would withdraw from Afghanistan much faster than previously planned. However, the Republicans hold the Democrat Biden responsible for the chaotic handling of the withdrawal.

The US State Department initially did not comment on McCaul’s announcement. According to US media, however, the State Department emphasized that there have been more than 150 briefings for members of the US Congress since the withdrawal.

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