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Republicans Criticize Biden Administration on Second Anniversary of Afghanistan’s Collapse

House Republicans are intensifying their scrutiny of the Biden administration on the second anniversary of the fall of Afghanistan. They are particularly focused on the treatment of families of fallen servicemembers and injured troops during the evacuation.

The House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman, Michael McCaul, announced that the committee will hold a roundtable discussion with Gold Star families at the end of the month. The discussion will include families of U.S. service members who were killed in the terrorist attack at Hamid Karzai International Airport Abbey Gate on August 26, 2021.

The attack occurred during the emergency evacuation from Afghanistan after the Taliban took control of the country on August 15, 2021. Thirteen U.S. service members were killed and 45 more were wounded, making it the deadliest day for U.S. service members in Afghanistan since 2011.

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mike Rogers criticized the Biden administration for its negligence, which led to the disastrous and deadly withdrawal.

He stated, “Two years ago today, Afghanistan fell to the Taliban. Months prior, I had repeatedly warned President Biden that withdrawing from Afghanistan, without a plan, would lead to disaster. Unfortunately, President Biden ignored Congress and his senior military leaders.”

Rogers also highlighted President Biden’s promise to the American people that there would be no circumstances where people would be lifted off the roof of a U.S. embassy in Afghanistan. However, that is exactly what happened on August 15, 2021.

The roundtable announced by Chairman McCaul follows a congressional forum organized by Rep. Darrell Issa where Gold Star families gave statements. During the forum, one mother revealed that officials lied to her about the circumstances of her son’s death.

Another Gold Star mother, Cheryl Rex, shared that President Biden compared the death of her son to his own son, Beau Biden, who died from cancer. This comparison deeply upset her as her son died in combat.

The Washington Times reached out to the Department of Defense and the White House for comment but has not received an immediate response.

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