Hundreds of Afghan allies nonetheless trapped one 12 months after Biden exodus: GOP report

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WASHINGTON — The Biden administration has no plan to assist hundreds of Afghans who aided the US throughout its 20-year warfare towards the Taliban and are nonetheless stranded within the wartorn nation, the highest Republican on the Home Overseas Affairs Committee claimed in a damning report.

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) warned that “tens of hundreds” of Afghans stay “trapped” and beneath menace of retribution from the fundamentalist authorities.

These left behind embody former elite Afghan army personnel, interpreters and ladies leaders promised sanctuary by the US.

Hundreds of Afghan allies stay trapped inside the nation, a 12 months after the US left.
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“One 12 months after the final U.S. troops left Afghanistan, the Committee Minority has discovered the Biden administration nonetheless lacks a plan to assist these at-risk Afghan allies who fought shoulder to shoulder with U.S. forces, regardless of the administration admitting these former battlefield allies have been subjected to killings and compelled disappearances,” McCaul wrote.

The final American forces left Afghanistan’s capital of Kabul on Aug. 30, 2021, following a chaotic evacuation mission marked by an ISIS-Ok suicide bomb assault that killed 13 American service members and 160 Afghans.

Whereas the US and associate nations airlifted practically 130,000 folks in another country throughout the weeks-long mission, McCaul’s report makes clear that many extra had been left to fend for themselves.

McCaul's letter comes following a damning GOP report about the topic.
Rep. Michael McCaul stated that the Biden administration has no plan to the Afghans who aided the US throughout its 20-year warfare towards the Taliban.
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“Following the evacuation debacle, the committee minority believes America’s standing on the planet has been degraded, the U.S. is much less secure than it was earlier than and people Afghans most at-risk of Taliban reprisals stay trapped in Afghanistan,” McCaul stated.

So determined had been these left behind within the face of Taliban repression, the Texas lawmaker famous, {that a} watchdog report from Could of this 12 months discovered that round 3,000 members of the Afghan safety forces fled to neighboring Iran because the Western-backed Kabul authorities fell.

McCaul’s staff reviewed a whole lot of experiences and memorandums on the evacuation, interviewed witnesses and visited Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar as they ready the report. They discovered a number of failures they declare contributed to the botched pullout.

For instance, simply 36 State Division officers had been in Kabul to display screen the 124,000 evacuees, which quantities to “roughly one consular officer for each 3,444 evacuees,” in keeping with the report. If extra had been on the bottom, the committee’s Republicans consider processing may have gone quicker and saved extra folks.

“A number of U.S. Marines assigned to [Kabul airport’s] Abbey Gate advised Military investigators they hardly ever noticed U.S. State Division personnel on the bottom and once they did present up, they did so inconsistently,” the report stated.

In addition they criticized the evacuation’s unwell planning, noting that it was “so disorganized that senior leaders in Vice President Kamala Harris’ workplace and First Girl Jill Biden’s workplace” requested veterans’ teams to assist get susceptible Afghan allies and People in another country.

“The truth that high-level members of the administration felt the necessity to go to a volunteer group and tactical-level commanders on the bottom versus using the State Division’s or different authorities entities’ formal inner processes … underscores that planning ‘for all contingencies’ was not in reality executed, regardless of what number of occasions the administration made the declare that it had executed so,” the report stated.

Whereas the US has continued to surveil Afghanistan from afar and killed al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri in a Kabul drone strike on July 30, the report criticized the Biden administration’s “over-the-horizon” counterterror technique, claiming it has allowed Afghanistan to return to its pre-9/11 standing as a terrorist secure haven.

A Tuesday report by the Pentagon’s Workplace of the Inspector Normal backed up this declare, noting that the U.S. has had elevated problem in preventing terrorism in Afghanistan with out American troops on the bottom.

“The U.S. Authorities has been considerably challenged in its conduct of counterterrorism operations in Afghanistan as a result of absence of a bodily presence in-country, lack of associate forces, scant intelligence, and lack of entry to close by army bases,” the Pentagon report stated.

The Taliban almost immediately took back over Afghanistan following the US' departure.
Each Presidents Biden and Trump had been blasted for the Afghanistan pullout.
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It additionally stated ISIS-Ok continues to have “the intent and functionality” to assault US authorities services, gear and personnel in South and Central Asia. Nevertheless, it famous the group has thus far solely centered its assaults on non-US targets in Afghanistan and neighboring nations.

“ISIS-Ok in all probability has the intent however not the aptitude to assault the U.S. homeland,” the Pentagon report stated. “The [Defense Intelligence Agency] reported that it noticed no indications that ISIS-Ok has deliberate, skilled for or executed terrorist operations focusing on the U.S. homeland.”

The Pentagon report additionally discovered the Taliban seized about $7.1 billion of army gear the U.S. left behind in Afghanistan, together with roughly $923.3 million in plane and $4.1 billion in army autos, a few of which had been made inoperable throughout the evacuation. 

The war lasted for over 20 years, the longest war in US history.
Round 2,500 members of the US army died throughout the Conflict in Afghanistan.
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“The Afghan forces had been closely reliant on U.S. contractor help to keep up each their plane and car fleets,” the report stated. “With out this continued help, the long-term operability of those belongings can be restricted.” 

The quantity additionally included roughly $294.6 million in plane munitions and $511.8 million in weapons similar to rifles, grenade launchers and howitzers, although it’s unknown what number of stay operational, in keeping with the Pentagon report.  

Shifting ahead, McCaul in his report referred to as for added analyses of the withdrawal and evacuation mission “to seek out full solutions as to how this occurred and the way to make sure one thing like this doesn’t occur once more.”


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