The House Armed Services Committee ordered Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin to divulge Afghanistan evacuation plans after the deadly August withdrawal that left 13 U.S. servicemembers dead and billions of dollars worth of U.S. gear in the hands of the Taliban.
The information Austin must make transparent includes “various elements of the Pentagon’s activities in Afghanistan, including how military officials plan to facilitate the evacuation of American citizens who were left behind,” Fox News reported about the committee’s adopted amendment.
The committee’s ranker member, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL), also instructed Austin to brief Congress “on the Pentagon’s plan to maintain air superiority in Afghanistan, its ongoing intelligence and surveillance operations, as well as counterterrorism operations.”
🚨The committee adopted @RepMikeRogersAL amendment requiring SECDEF to submit an Afghanistan plan to Congress on:
1) the evacuation of American citizens
2) maintaining air superiority
3) intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions
4) counterterrorism operations
— Armed Services GOP