Blinken to appear before Senate panel to defend Afghanistan withdrawal

Blinken to appear before Senate panel to defend Afghanistan withdrawal


Secretary of State Antony Blinken is facing lawmakers for the second time in as many days when he testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday morning regarding the administration’s bungled withdrawal from Afghanistan that stranded hundreds of US citizens and Afghan allies in the country now controlled by the Taliban.

In testimony to the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Monday, a hearing in which he participated virtually from the State Department, Blinken attempted to defend the disastrous pullout or provide sufficient answers to why the Afghan forces collapsed so quickly — whether the State Department ignored warnings about those forces and whether Americans still in Afghanistan are being mistreated by the jihadist group now in control. 

During the hearing, Blinken and many of the Democrats on the panel insisted that former President Donald Trump’s February 2020 peace deal with the Taliban tied the administration’s hands on the drawdown.

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken is expected to testify

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