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Blinken live hearing: Latest updates as Secretary of State testifies on crisis in Afghanistan

State Secretary Antony Blinken

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is gearing up for what promises to be an intense grill from the House Foreign Affairs Committee this afternoon. He will testify about the withdrawal of the Biden administration from Afghanistan, which saw tens of thousands of people evacuated from the country in a short period of time as it fell into the hands of the Taliban with unexpected speed.

The president and his aides blamed the now collapsed Afghan government and army for caving in to the Taliban as they marched across the country, but critics on both sides of the aisle accuse the administration of ” abandon “the Afghan people and the Americans working on the ground there, as well as the Afghan translators and workers who assisted the United States in its two-decade mission. They now face violent reprisals from the Taliban, who already commit human rights violations and drastically restrict the freedoms of women in particular.

The United States this weekend marked the twentieth anniversary of September 11, the event that precipitated the Afghan invasion – and which Joe Biden set as a deadline for withdrawing all American troops.

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Who are the Taliban?

Before the appalling scenes that unfolded at Kabul airport began last month, the rest of Afghanistan saw the Taliban seize power with astonishing speed – apparently much faster than ever before. expected the Biden administration or the US intelligence services.

Now that the extremist group is once again in charge of the country it once ruled under its draconian interpretation of Islamic law, the world is remembering who the Taliban really are. Joe Sommerlad has this explanation.

Andrew NaughtySeptember 13, 2021 11:38 AM

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Andrew NaughtySeptember 13, 2021 11:33 AM


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