WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Brinken has agreed to testify next week before a congressional panel reviewing the country’s chaotic withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan after the longest two-year war in U.S. history.
Opposition Republican lawmakers and some of President Joe Biden’s Democratic colleagues criticized him for dealing with the withdrawal of troops, American citizens, and thousands of Afghans who served as translators and advisers to the U.S. military during the war.
In the days when the withdrawal was about to end, the criticism was particularly pronounced after 13 American soldiers were killed in a suicide bomb attack at Kabul Airport. The Islamic State Khorasan, the Afghan branch of a terrorist organization operating in the Middle East, claimed responsibility for the attack.
Brinken agreed to testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee next Tuesday, although other congressional committees may also investigate the matter.
The official withdrawal ended more than a week ago, but there are still about 100 Americans remaining in Afghanistan. American officials have vowed to help them leave if they want to leave. Thousands of Afghans also hope to emigrate to the United States or other countries to escape the lives of the Taliban insurgents who control the country.
National opinion polls by American voters show that there is widespread support for Biden’s decision to end what he calls the “eternal war” in Afghanistan, but not the way to withdraw troops.
The top U.S. diplomat, Brinken, may face serious questions about why the U.S. did not start the evacuation of U.S. citizens as soon as possible, especially when Biden announced in April that he intends to fulfill the end of the war reached by former President Donald Trump and the Taliban and withdraw from the U.S. After the citizen’s agreement. power.
The lawmakers also criticized the failure of the US intelligence gathering agency to predict the Taliban’s rapid takeover of Afghanistan and the downfall of the Afghan government. President Ashraf Ghani suddenly fled to political asylum in the United Arab Emirates.
Republicans said they wanted to focus their doubts on Biden’s performance in the final weeks and days of the war, while Democrats wanted to examine the four presidents-Republicans George W. Bush and Trump and Democrats Pakistan. Rack Obama and Biden.
Bush launched a war at the end of 2001 to eradicate the al Qaeda terrorist training base that launched an attack on the United States on September 11. In the United States, nearly 3,000 people were killed in an attack using a hijacked American airliner. Saturday is the 20th anniversary of the attack.
Biden called the withdrawal an “extraordinary success” and defended the decision to end the US war in Afghanistan, saying that he would not transfer responsibility for managing US military intervention in Afghanistan to the fifth US leader.