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World News April 7, 2023

Biden’s Afghanistan report blames Trump for chaotic U.S. withdrawal

On Thursday, President Joe Biden’s administration released a summary of classified reports that attribute the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan in August 2021 to his predecessor, Donald Trump. The report was drawn from top-secret State Department and Pentagon reviews sent to Congress, which ignited angry reactions from Republican lawmakers who demanded the documents for their own investigation of the pullout. Michael McCaul, the Republican chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Relations Committee, criticized the administration, arguing that Biden was responsible for the “massive failures in planning and execution.

” However, the summary noted that the outgoing administration provided no plans for how to conduct the final withdrawal or to evacuate Americans or Afghan allies. The 12-page summary placed some responsibility for the chaos of the pullout and evacuation operation on flawed U.S. intelligence and military assessments that failed to predict the speed of the Taliban takeover and the fall of Kabul. National Security Council spokesman John Kirby noted that transitions matter and that the incoming administration wasn’t given much of one.

Sources: CGTN

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