Afghanistan withdrawal investigation launched by top Republican on US House Foreign Affairs Committee – CNN


YEREVAN, JANUARY 13, ARTSAKHPRESS. The top Republican on the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday requested from the State Department a vast number of documents related to the Biden administration’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, marking the official launch of the newly Republican-led panel’s investigation into the withdrawal, CNN reports.

Texas Rep. Michael McCaul, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, gave the department a deadline of January 26 to respond.  

He threatened the power of subpoena if the department does not comply.

“It is imperative that the State Department provide complete responses to these longstanding requests, and the Committee will not tolerate continued delay,” McCaul wrote to Secretary of State Tony Blinken in a letter reviewed by CNN. “In the event of noncompliance, the Committee will use the authorities available to it to enforce these requests as necessary, including through compulsory process.”

The Afghanistan probe into the 2021 withdrawal from Afghanistan is just one of many investigations into the Biden administration that House Republicans are beginning to push ahead.

McCaul, in the 10-page letter, requested a list of all interagency meetings related to the withdrawal that occurred during the Biden administration. He also requested information about all meetings with the Taliban since January 2021.

In addition to digging into the planning that went into the withdrawal, and the withdrawal process, the letter makes it clear that the committee is interested in probing the after-effects of the withdrawal.

The United States Armed Forces completed their withdrawal from Afghanistan on 30 August 2021, marking the end of the 2001–2021 war, which began when an international military coalition led by the United States launched an invasion of Afghanistan following the September 11 attacks.

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