Senate Dems To Seek ‘Full Accounting’ Of Biden Admin’s ‘Flawed’ Afghan Withdrawal

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The Senate Intelligence and Foreign Relations Committees — both chaired by Democrats — will launch investigations into the “flawed” American withdrawal from Afghanistan, which left up to 10,000 American citizens and 40,000 allies stranded as the Taliban closed in on the capital city of Kabul. President Joe Biden stood behind the administration’s decision to withdraw from Afghanistan during a speech on Monday but barely addressed the botched pullout; the White House’s national security advisors and top administration officials have said, since Sunday, that the Taliban onslaught moved faster than expected, as did the Afghan government’s collapse. Senior Democrats, though, say they’re not convinced the Biden administration thought through the withdrawal itself, and both Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, say they will use their positions to investigate the bungled exit. The Biden administration, on Tuesday, refused to say whether American forces will remain in Afghanistan beyond August 31st, even if all Americans have yet to be evacuated.

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