Blinken to testify about U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Lawmakers on Capitol Hill on Monday were to look into how the withdrawal in Afghanistan could have gone differently.

On Monday afternoon, Secretary of State Antony Blinken will testify to Congress. Blinken will address the House Foreign Affairs Committee in a public hearing at 2 p.m. Monday. There has been a lot of debate since the withdrawal last month and the attack on the airport in Kabul that killed 13 service members.

Some politicians blame the Biden administration for the chaos in Afghanistan. Republican U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois says some of that blame falls on Blinken. He is an Iraq and Afghanistan veteran.

Other congressional committees are likely to hold their own hearings in the weeks to come after the end to the country’s longest war. A group of 15 Democratic members of the House of Representatives also sent a letter to Blinken and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas asking for more information on how any remaining Americans would be evacuated from Afghanistan.

On Tuesday, the secretary will address the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Indiana U.S. Sen. Todd Young, a Republican, sits on that committee.


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