State Department internal watchdog launches investigation into Afghanistan troop withdrawal IE 11 is not supported. For an optimal experience visit our site on another browser. Politics News State Department internal watchdog launches investigation into Afghanistan troop withdrawal Diana Shaw, the State Department’s acting inspector general, notified lawmakers in a letter Monday. Military leaders warn of new terrorist threat after Afghanistan withdrawal Sept. 30, 202102:41 Oct. 18, 2021, 8:50 PM UTC By Frank Thorp V and Dartunorro Clark The State Department's inspector general informed Congress on Monday that her office is opening a series of investigations into the Biden administration's withdrawal from Afghanistan, according to a letter obtained by NBC News. Diana Shaw, the State Department's acting inspector general, notified the heads of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee, as well as the House and Senate intelligence committees, that her office will open "several oversight projects" related to ending diplomatic operations in Afghanistan. Politico was first to report that the State Department was examining the winding down of operations. The probes will focus on the State Department's Special Immigrant Visa program, Afghans processed for refugee admission into the U.S., resettlement of Afghan refugees and visa recipients, and the emergency evacuation of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul "to include evacuation of U.S. citizens and Afghan nationals." "Given the elevated interest in this work by Congress and the unique circumstances requiring coordination across the Inspector General community, I wanted to notify our committees of jurisdiction of this important work," Shaw said in the letter. After Afghan forces quickly surrendered to the Taliban in August, crowds flocked to the Kabul airport to leave the country. Chaotic images and videos surfaced of desperate Afghans clinging to military planes as the...
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