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House passes defense bill with commission to investigate Afghanistan failures, mandate that women register for draft

The $768 billion authorization measure — $740 billion of which is for defense and $28 billion for Department of Energy programs — passed with resounding bipartisan support.
  • Sep 23, 2021

House takes up defense bill as Congress seeks accountability for Afghanistan failures

The measure seeks an independent examination of America’s longest war and demands clarity on how the Biden administration intends to conduct counterterrorism operations with no military aircraft or personnel in Afghanistan.
  • Sep 21, 2021

General’s classified testimony underscores political split over Afghanistan exit

Senate Republicans have seized on a disclosure from Army Gen. Austin “Scott” Miller, who told lawmakers that before President Biden announced his decision to pull out all troops, the general had advised superiors to leave a few thousand troops rather than complete a full withdrawal.
  • Sep 18, 2021

U.S. military admits ‘horrible mistake’ in Kabul drone strike that killed 10 Afghans

Zamarai Ahmadi, a longtime aid worker for a U.S.-based group, was hauling water cans that military analysts mistook for explosives, according to officials and video obtained by The Washington Post and others.
  • Sep 17, 2021

Biden comes to Milley’s defense after revelation top general, fearing Trump, conferred with China to avert war

Critics of Gen. Mark Milley contend he should be removed as Joint Chiefs chairman after a new book disclosed the extent of his alarm that Trump might order a strike on China in the waning days of his presidency.
  • Sep 16, 2021

Blinken faces more heat from Congress over Afghanistan exit as lawmakers call for accountability

His testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee comes a day after House Republicans blamed him and the Biden administration for a chaotic withdrawal.
  • Sep 14, 2021

Americans refuse to leave Afghanistan without their families as evacuation flights resume

While some are able to depart, many other Afghans with U.S. citizenship, permanent residency or visas to come to the United States remain in limbo, with no word of if or when they may be able to leave.
  • Sep 9, 2021

Biden names former Delaware governor Jack Markell to serve as point person on Afghan resettlement in the United States

Officials said more than 40,000 evacuees have arrived in the United States, including U.S. citizens and permanent residents, and 25,600 are still being processed on military bases.
  • Sep 3, 2021

America’s 20-year war in Afghanistan ends as last U.S. military cargo plane lumbers into the sky over Kabul

The departure was followed by celebratory gunfire from the Taliban, the country’s new rulers.
  • Aug 30, 2021

Biden to withdraw U.S. diplomatic staff from Afghanistan as future relationship with the Taliban remains unclear

The withdrawal could complicate efforts to help Americans and allied Afghans get out after the U.S. military leaves the Kabul airport.
  • Aug 28, 2021