The Republican chairman of the US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday gave the State Department until Monday to produce documents related to the August 2021 US withdrawal from Afghanistan or face a subpoena.
"I have the subpoena. it's right here. And I'm prepared to serve this. We had discussions and I think as a federal prosecutor you want to work things out but when you can't, you have to go forward with the subpoena, and arrest warrant and indictment. So, sir, I'm going to give you until of close of business on Monday...," Representative Michael McCaul told Secretary of State Antony Blinken as he testified to the committee about the department's budget request.
Earlier, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that he will provide this information to the committee by mid-April.
Analysts have different views on the departure of foreign troops from Afghanistan.
"One of the major contributing elements was the fact that Americans and other foreigners in general were sick of the war in Afghanistan and no longer wanted to remain here. The deal was quickly signed and they departed Afghanistan as a result,” said Wahid Faqiri, a political analyst.
“The proof of the irresponsibility of America's departure from the war in Afghanistan is the fall of the system, sovereignty, and administration, and notably the fall of a 300,000-member national army,” said Wais Nasiri, another political analyst.
Previously, Vedant Patel, principal deputy spokesperson of the US State Department, said that the department is committed to cooperate with the committee’s work. And we have since provided hundreds of pages of documents responsive to the chairman’s request regarding Afghanistan, and we will continue to do so.