WASHINGTON — Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will testify earlier than Congress on Tuesday for the primary time because the United States accomplished its army withdrawal from Afghanistan.
The prime Pentagon officers are anticipated to face robust questions from members of the Senate Armed Services Committee over the chaotic and lethal withdrawal from Afghanistan that ended America’s longest struggle, which started after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist assaults. The two leaders are scheduled to testify earlier than the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday. Gen. Frank McKenzie, who oversaw the withdrawal as head of U.S. Central Command, will testify as effectively.
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Austin and Milley will possible face questioning in regards to the suicide bombing outdoors Kabul's airport late final month that killed 13 U.S. service members and dozens of Afghans. U.S. officers on the time had been warning about potential threats close to the airport as flights continued to evacuate folks from the nation.
Senators can even possible grill the 2 leaders in regards to the Aug. 29 U.S. drone strike focusing on Islamic State Khorasan group terrorists in Afghanistan that the Pentagon stated mistakenly killed 10 civilians, together with a number of youngsters.
Milley can even possible face questions about reporting in a brand new e-book that stated he took steps to forestall then-President Donald Trump from misusing the nuclear arsenal, and conveyed to a Chinese counterpart that he would warn him forward of time if the U.S. was going to launch an assault on his nation.
Following the Taliban takeover within the lead-up to the Aug. 31 deadline to pull in a foreign country, the U.S. scrambled to evacuate Americans and eligible Afghans and their households on army flights, finally getting more than 124,000 Americans and Afghans in a foreign country.
A senior State Department official stated on the finish of August that it appeared a “majority” of Afghans who assisted the U.S. army throughout the struggle and utilized for particular immigrant visas had not been evacuated and remained in Afghanistan.
President Joe Biden has obtained fierce criticism over his administration’s dealing with of the withdrawal and its failure to predict the Taliban’s fast return to energy. Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas, the rating Republican on the Foreign Affairs Committee, has demanded that the administration share current intelligence studies and diplomatic cables with Congress in regards to the Taliban’s takeover.
Many Republican members of Congress and even some Democrats urged Biden to proceed evacuating folks previous Aug. 31, calling the date an arbitrary deadline. They argued it might be way more troublesome to rescue folks with none American troops on the bottom.
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