Blinken to Face Senators' Questions on Afghanistan

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Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken volition attest to the legislature of the U.S. engagement and Afghanistan aft the Taliban’s takeover of the region.CreditCredit...Stefani Reynolds for The New York Times

Lara Jakes

  • Sept. 14, 2021Updated 9:42 a.m. ET

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken said connected Monday that determination was nary mode to foretell however rapidly Afghanistan would autumn to the Taliban and nary grounds that extending the U.S. unit beingness could person stabilized the country, successful a resolute defence of the American withdrawal past month.

In much than 5 hours of grounds to the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Mr. Blinken faced astatine slightest 2 calls for his resignation, arsenic good arsenic a drawstring of demands from critics who accused the Biden medication of severely mishandling the extremity of the 20-year war. Even Democrats noted the desperation of Afghans who had allied with the United States but were not evacuated and wondered however they would past nether Taliban rule.

He is apt to person a akin reception from a Senate sheet connected Tuesday. Mr. Blinken is acceptable to look earlier the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which includes lawmakers similar Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey, the committee’s chairman, and Senator James E. Risch of Idaho, the ranking member.

Follow this leafage for unrecorded sum of the hearing.

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