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United States: Republicans launch parliamentary inquiry into US withdrawal from Afghanistan


The Republicans, newly masters of the United States House of Representatives, launched a parliamentary inquiry on Friday January 13 into the...

The Republicans, new masters of the United States House of Representatives, launched a parliamentary inquiry on Friday January 13 into the chaotic withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan in 2021, during which 13 American soldiers were killed in an attack.

Michael McCaul, chairman of the Lower House Foreign Affairs Committee, announced that he had asked Secretary of State Antony Blinken for a series of documents, including intelligence notes or exchanges with the Taliban.

"It is absurd and outrageous that the Biden administration has repeatedly denied our requests for scrutiny and continues to withhold information about the withdrawal

," said Michael McCaul.

In case of refusal, the commission will not hesitate to go through

"a binding process"

, he warned.

Democratic President Joe Biden had implemented the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, ending America's longest war in August 2021. But the chaos in which those operations had unfolded, along with the return to power of the Taliban, had earned him strong criticism.

Thirteen American soldiers were killed on August 26, 2021 in a bomb attack outside Kabul airport, which left 173 dead in total.

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Donald Trump had negotiated the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan while occupying the White House, but the Republican Party has always criticized the way his successor Joe Biden carried out the operation.

The US State Department did not respond to a request for comment on Friday, but says it has provided more than 150 briefings to members of Congress since the August 2021 withdrawal, according to US media.

Triggered in response to the attack of September 11, 2001 in New York, the war in Afghanistan has cost the lives of more than 2,500 American soldiers and more than 3,500 from other NATO countries, according to the American army.

Source: lefigaro

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