Watch stay as Blinken testifies to Home on Afghanistan withdrawal
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken was grilled by the Home International Affairs Committee on the Biden administration’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, which noticed tens of hundreds of individuals evacuated from the nation in brief order because it fell to the Taliban at surprising pace.
The president and his aides have blamed the now-collapsed Afghan authorities and military for giving in to the Taliban because it marched throughout the nation, however critics on each side of the aisle accuse the administration of “giving up” on the Afghan individuals and Individuals engaged on the bottom there, in addition to Afghan translators and employees who helped the US in its two-decade mission. They now face violent reprisal from the Taliban, which is already committing human rights abuses and radically curbing ladies’s freedoms particularly.
The US this weekend marked the two-decade anniversary of 9/11, the occasion that precipitated the Afghan invasion – and which Joe Biden set as his deadline for pulling all US troops out.
Welcome to The Impartial’s stay protection of Antony Blinken’s Afghanistan testimony. Stick with us for the newest updates.
Andrew Naughtie13 September 2021 11:33
Who’re the Taliban?
Earlier than the appalling scenes that unfolded at Kabul airport started final month, the remainder of Afghanistan noticed the Taliban seize energy at astonishing pace – apparently a lot quicker than the Biden administration or US intelligence had anticipated.
Now that the extremist group is as soon as once more in control of the nation it as soon as dominated in response to its draconian interpretation of Islamic legislation, the world is reminding itself of who the Taliban actually are. Joe Sommerlad has this explainer.
Andrew Naughtie13 September 2021 11:38
Key Biden critics on panel embrace Afghanistan veteran
Amongst these on the Home panel to which Antony Blinken is testifying is Adam Kinzinger, a Republican congressman who served in Afghanistan as a US Air Pressure pilot. An outspoken critic of Donald Trump, he’s additionally certainly one of his celebration’s most intense critics of the Afghan withdrawal – each its execution and the very fact the US has pulled out within the first place.
Particularly, he’s indignant on the destiny of Individuals left behind now the primary evacuation is full.
Andrew Naughtie13 September 2021 12:10
Biden’s predecessor calls him a ‘idiot’ – regardless of initiating withdrawal himself
Donald Trump this weekend laid into Joe Biden for his dealing with of the Afghan withdrawal, a coverage that was the truth is initiated by his personal administration.
In a message launched on the anniversary of 9/11, the someday president declared: “The chief of our nation was made to appear like a idiot and that may by no means be allowed to occur.”
Mr Trump’s Afghan coverage has come underneath extreme scrutiny because the Taliban marched by the nation’s main cities. Notably contentious is the negotiated launch of 5,000 Taliban members from jail in alternate for 1,000 members of the Afghan safety forces.
Andrew Naughtie13 September 2021 12:35
The usage of drones to assault floor targets in Afghanistan (and past) has been controversial for years, and a current strike is proving simply as contentious.
In line with a disturbing New York Occasions report, the driving force of a automotive struck by a drone close to Kabul airport on the finish of final month could not have had any connection to the Isis-Okay terror group, and that the car could not have been carrying a bomb in any respect.
Andrew Naughtie13 September 2021 13:30
Afghan withdrawal shakes up Republican Get together politics
The Trump years noticed the Republican Get together shift its considering on navy intervention away from aggressive motion and in direction of one thing approaching isolationism. The forty fifth president was an opponent of expending American blood and treasure on what he regarded as different individuals’s wars; as an alternative, he threatened to withhold funding from NATO and different allies with the intention to extract concessions and compliance whereas pulling US troops out of locations the place they’d been serving for years or a long time.
This has left the pro-Trump GOP mainstream considerably confused about tips on how to react to the Afghan withdrawal – and tips on how to use it as a problem within the 2024 presidential marketing campaign if Mr Trump doesn’t run.
Tom Rogan has this evaluation.
Andrew Naughtie13 September 2021 14:04
Ilhan Omar on drone assaults
One of the outstanding questioners Mr Blinken will face is Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, a member of the so-called “squad” of younger progressive representatives who’ve earned themselves a nationwide platform.
Ms Omar, who was herself a toddler refugee from Somalia, has been an outspoken critic of the US’s Afghanistan coverage usually. She not too long ago hit out on the Biden administration over a drone assault on the finish of August that killed 10 individuals, together with seven youngsters.
Andrew Naughtie13 September 2021 14:30
Who can go away Afghanistan now?
It was just a few days in the past that the primary business flight to go away Afghanistan because the Taliban’s takeover. The Qatar Airways flight certain for Doha was reportedly stuffed with westerners, lots of them American civilians. Its departure was assured after intense negotiations between the Taliban and Washington.
Andrew Naughtie13 September 2021 14:53
Report: Republicans “making this as a lot of a Benghazi as they probably can”
Axios quotes a “Democratic supply” lamenting that the Republican Get together’s criticism of the Afghan withdrawal is something however genuine, and is as an alternative designed to hold it across the president and his celebration like an albatross.
Complaining that the GOP are “making this as a lot of a Benghazi as they probably can”, the supply informed the outlet that the Democrats are treating the matter as “an examination into U.S. coverage towards a rustic in a 20-year conflict”.
Andrew Naughtie13 September 2021 15:39
Senate Democrats to try to preserve listening to centered on wider Afghan conflict
In line with Reuters, Democrats on the Senate International Relations Committee – the place Mr Blinken will testify tomorrow – are eager to keep away from an post-mortem of the withdrawal led by Republicans who wish to body Joe Biden for one thing set in movement years in the past.
“My worry is that Republicans are going to show this right into a circus and attempt to put the blame on Joe Biden for 20 years’ price of errors in Afghanistan,” the outlet quotes Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy saying.
“The true query is why did we keep in Afghanistan for an additional 10 years after we knew that there was going to be no method we may construct an Afghan navy, an Afghan authorities that was able to holding the nation towards the Taliban as soon as we left.”
Andrew Naughtie13 September 2021 16:32