WSJ: U.S. agencies launch investigation into withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan
Several agencies in the U.S. began new investigations into the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan by the administration of current President Joe Biden. This was reported by The Wall Street Journal.
Inspectors general of the Pentagon, State Department, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Agency for International Development will conduct their inspections. They will also check on the withdrawal of U.S. diplomatic personnel from Afghanistan, the closure of the embassy there and emergency evacuation of Afghan refugees. The inspectors will work in cooperation with U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John Sopko, who reports to the U.S. Congress.
Biden announced April 14 that he had decided to end the operation in Afghanistan, which has become the longest overseas military campaign in American history. The United States began the war in October 2001. The withdrawal of U.S. troops began in May and finished by early September. At the peak of the U.S. operation in 2010-2013, the number of Western forces in Afghanistan exceeded 150,000 troops. The main U.S. and NATO combat units were withdrawn from Afghanistan in 2014.