The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told lawmakers on Wednesday that the State Department has been putting together a review of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and will share findings with Congress by mid-April.
“We've now been spending time putting all of this together to make sure that we look at some of the common lessons learned," Blinken said in testimony to a Senate Appropriations Committee subcommittee hearing.
"I am committed and determined to make that information available to Congress, and we will do that. We will do that by mid-April. So I can tell you today, you’ll have the after-action review. We will share the findings and find the appropriate mechanism to do that within the next three weeks."
Members of Congress have been demanding information about the August 2021 withdrawal from Afghanistan after 20 years in what was the U.S.'s longest war.
The Republican chairman of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee threatened this week to issue a subpoena if the State Department does not produce documents it has requested.
John Kirby, the top spokesperson for the White House National Security Council, told reporters the main takeaways from the review would be released to the public and shared with the House committee.
This comes as political analysts said that Afghanistan has been isolated after the withdrawal of US troops.
“The opportunity for democracy and an inclusive government was eliminated. We lost the opportunity for economic development. The US withdrawal caused a situation which led to an Isolation such as we had in the 1990s,” said Wali Frozoan, political analyst.
“The withdrawal of the foreign troops from Afghanistan, in addition to causing a collapse of the Afghan government, placed Afghanistan in isolation,” said Sayed Muqdam Ameen, political analyst.
Earlier, the Islamic Emirate said that the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan benefited the two sides.
Residents of Kabul said that the suspension of international aid after the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan caused economic problems in the country.
“Those who were facing security problems, they are now fine. There is no stealing of cars or even mobiles. It is only from the economic side there are problems—which will also be fixed,” said Fatih Mohammad, a resident of Kabul.
“After the withdrawal of America from Afghanistan, unfortunately ... the doors of schools and universities were closed for girls,” said Naveed, a resident of Kabul.
Republicans, who took control of the House in January, say there has never been a full accounting of the chaotic operation, in which 13 U.S. service members were killed at Kabul's airport.
Hundreds of U.S. citizens and many thousands of Afghans who had worked with American forces were left behind as they were seeking to flee from the Taliban, the Islamist militant group that resumed control of Afghanistan.
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