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Secretary of State Antony Blinken is predicted to face robust questions from the Home International Affairs Committee throughout testimony Monday in regards to the Biden administration’s withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan
Blinken is predicted to defend the administration’s dealing with of the withdrawal by arguing that President Joe Biden was confronted with two troublesome choices: “ending the conflict or escalating it.”
The exit successfully ended the USA’ two-decade conflict in Afghanistan, which has price big sums of cash and 1000’s of lives.
However the scramble to drag all troops out by the top of August allowed the Taliban to comb by way of the nation, resulting in the collapse of the U.S.-backed authorities and prompting scenes of chaos — particularly on the airport in Kabul, the middle of a determined U.S. and allied evacuation effort.
13 U.S. service members and dozens of others have been killed in a suicide bombing near the airport days earlier than the withdrawal was full.
In complete, the U.S. and its allies have moved greater than 124,000 individuals, together with 6,000 U.S. residents out of Afghanistan, the State Division said last week. It is nonetheless unclear precisely what number of Afghans who labored for the U.S. have been evacuated.
The administration’s dealing with of the withdrawal has been the goal of bipartisan criticism, which continues as some People and Afghan allies stay within the nation.
“We’ll proceed to assist People – and Afghans to whom we now have a particular dedication – depart Afghanistan in the event that they select,” Blinken will inform the Home lawmakers, in response to his opening remarks.
“There isn’t a deadline to this mission,” he’ll say.
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