Biden Administration Faces Probe Over Afghanistan Issue

BP World Bureau | Aug 18 2021 09:28:09 AM
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WASHINGTON, US: US lawmakers expressed their concerns over the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan and that they will investigate what went wrong in the Biden administration. 

Senator Bob Menendez, Democratic chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called the events in Afghanistan a series of failures by both Democratic and Republican administrations. 

“We are now witnessing the horrifying result of many years of policy and intelligence failures,” he said. 

Committee would hold a hearing on U.S. policy toward Afghanistan. They will check negotiations between former Republican President Donald Trump’s administration and the Taliban as well as the Biden administration's decision to withdraw. 

Republicans insist that Biden's execution went wrong because of bad planning. 

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President Biden had announced his decision to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan months ago. At the time he said that the Taliban will not come back to power.

However, this month, the Taliban occupied all of Afghanistan in just 10 days. President Ghani fled the country, leaving the capital to Taliban occupation. 

Afghanistan nationals were seen desperately trying to leave the country on roads and in Kabul airport. 

Biden defended his decision by saying that the US's presence in the country was never meant for nation-building but to clear out terrorists who were involved in the 9/11 attacks. 

He slammed President Ghani and the Afghan military for fleeing from the Taliban. 

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