Former commander of US forces in Afghanistan disagreed with complete withdrawal, GOP senator says
The former commander of the U.S. forces in Afghanistan said he disagreed with President Joe Biden's decision to completely withdraw troops from the country, a Republican senator said.
Senator Jim Inhofe, senior member of the Senate Armed Forces Committee, discussed General Scott Austin Miller's view on the withdrawal plan Tuesday evening after the general testified before the committee in camera.
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"I'm going to let you know that we had quite a meeting with General Miller and he said ... that he opposed the efforts that were being made and he didn't tell the president because the president wasn't there but he did." it. "speak to [Defense Secretary Lloyd] Austin, [US Central Command Chief General Frank] McKenzie and [Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General] Milley and let them know that he opposed full withdrawal," the senator said from Oklahoma in a statement.
The chaotic retreat is a common theme on Capitol Hill, with Secretary of State Antony Blinken also testifying before the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee and House Foreign Affairs Committee calling for his resignation this week. Milley will testify with Austin and McKenzie before the Senate Armed Forces Committee on September 28.
When the Biden government's planned withdrawal period approached on August 31 and troops were already leaving Afghanistan, the Taliban quickly captured large parts of the country and overthrew the US-backed Afghan government. After the fall of Kabul, the US and allied forces carried out an evacuation operation for US citizens and Afghan allies.
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Although the western countries were able to evacuate more than 120,000 people in August, the US returned control of the country to Afghanistan to the Taliban. In an explosion in front of Kabul airport, for which an IS member assumed responsibility, 13 US soldiers and dozens more were killed.
Intelligence officials warned Tuesday that within a year or two, al-Qaeda could get the funds to attack the U.S. homeland.
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