US agencies review Biden’s handling of Afghanistan exit

Several US agencies have launched investigations into President Joe Biden administration’s handling of the US troops’ withdrawal from Afghanistan, according to a report. Inspectors general from Homeland Security, Pentagon, departments of State, Health and Human Services, and USAID are involved in the probe.

“A number of US agencies have begun internal reviews of the Biden administration’s handling of the withdrawal from Afghanistan, particularly the final departure of military and diplomatic personnel, closure of the US Embassy, and the emergency evacuation of diplomats and eligible Afghan refugees from the country.

According to the report, “the reviews, which have been started separately by the offices of inspectors general at the departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Health and Human Services and State, as well as at the US Agency for International Development, aim to determine whether the administration adequately planned for and executed the withdrawal and subsequent evacuation and relocation of Afghan nationals, according to internal disclosures and US officials familiar with the internal discussions.”

The reviews, which have been started separately by the offices of inspectors general at the departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Health and Human Services and State, as well as at the US Agency for International Development, aim to determine whether the administration adequately planned for and executed the withdrawal and subsequent evacuation and relocation of Afghan nationals, according to internal disclosures and US officials familiar with the internal discussions.

The probe has focused on the final departure of military and diplomatic personnel, closure of the US Embassy, and the emergency evacuation of diplomats and eligible Afghan refugees from the country.

After the United States announced the pullout of its troops from Afghanistan this past spring, the Taliban radical militant group launched a large-scale operation to establish control over that country.

On August 15, President of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani, fled the country, and the radicals swept into Kabul without encountering any resistance. On September 6, the Taliban declared its establishment of control over all of Afghanistan, and on September 7 announced the line-up of the interim cabinet, whose legitimacy has not yet been recognized by any country.

The POTUS has been facing criticism over the hasty troops’ pullout from the war-torn country which led to a humanitarian crisis and deaths of a dozen American forces in a Daesh-claimed bombing.

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