Headline RoundupAugust 15th, 2022

House GOP Report Condemns Biden's Afghanistan Withdrawal

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A new House Republican report has condemned a series of perceived failures of the Biden administration's Afghanistan withdrawal strategy.

The "interim" GOP report, released on the one-year anniversary of the U.S. evacuating Afghanistan, claims the White House didn't follow through on key strategies to evacuate civilians from Kabul until the final hours before the city fell to the Taliban. Data from the investigation highlighted how the State Department has evacuated more than 800 Americans from Afghanistan since Aug. 31, which contradicts Biden's commitment to evacuate the approximate 100 Americans who wanted to leave by that date.

The report also revealed that a "significant" number of U.S.-trained Afghan commandos migrated to Iran with military equipment after the Taliban took over the country. Other key findings found that Biden withdrew forces from Afghanistan despite warnings from top generals, and linked the "sloppy" backlog at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul to a staff shortage.

Reports across the spectrum noted that the GOP will likely make the Afghanistan investigations a key priority if they reclaim the majority in Congress after the midterm elections this fall.

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