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Congressman rips Biden's policy towards Afghanistan, calls for investigations

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
US House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Photo by Gatty Images)

US House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has called for an investigation into President Joe Biden's policy towards Afghanistan, where the state - weakened by 20 years of occupation - collapsed before a resurgent Taliban, days after the withdrawal of most American troops from the country.

McCarthy said in an interview with Punchbowl News on Sunday night that Biden's decision to pull out thousands of American troops from Afghanistan was a “mistake that will haunt us for decades.”

The Californian congressman said it was also a mistake to remove US forces from Afghanistan“during the summer, when [the Taliban is] at their height.”

McCarthy said he wants investigations probing what the American and allied intelligence community knew in the weeks and months leading up to the fall of Kabul.

US Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and former Republican President Donald Trump have also denounced Biden's terrible policy decisions which resulted into the collapse of the Afghan government on Sunday.

McConnell on Sunday criticized Biden’s “botched exit” from Afghanistan after the Taliban captured the capital.

“The Biden Administration’s botched exit from Afghanistan including the frantic evacuation of Americans and vulnerable Afghans from Kabul is a shameful failure of American leadership,” McConnell wrote in a statement.

Trump said Biden “ran out of Afghanistan instead of following the plan our Administration left for him—a plan that protected our people and our property, and ensured the Taliban would never dream of taking our Embassy or providing a base for new attacks against America.”

The Taliban are reportedly poised to run Afghanistan again 20 years after they were removed from power by American forces following the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.

The US invaded Afghanistan in October 2001 and removed the Taliban from power. American forces occupied the country for about 20 years on the pretext of fighting against the Taliban. But as the US forces left Afghanistan, the Taliban stormed into Kabul, weakened by foreign occupation.

Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, reportedly told American senators on Sunday that officials fear terrorist groups are expected to rise in Afghanistan in light of the Taliban taking power in the country.

Pentagon officials had said in June that extremist groups could regenerate in Afghanistan within two years of the American withdrawing its forces, according to The Associated Press.

But now people familiar with the matter told AP that Milley and other administration officials told senators that the American intelligence community is now working to create new timelines.

One source familiar with the briefing said that the timeline is expected to be much shorter and terrorist groups could grow much faster than expected.


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