| 27 May 2024, Monday |

Top US Commanders to Testify in Senate on Afghanistan Withdrawal

Several senior US commanders, including former Commander of US Forces-Afghanistan Austin Scott Miller, Commander of Central Command General Kenneth McKenzie and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, will testify in Senate on the withdrawal of the US troops from Afghanistan, the US Senate Committee on Armed Services said.

US troops completed the withdrawal operation by 31 August, ending its 20-year military presence in the country.

The first hearing — which is to be closed — is to take place on 16 September and will touch upon the recent developments in Afghanistan. General Austin Scott Miller, former Commander of US Forces-Afghanistan, will join it as a witness.

A hearing on 28 September will feature the testimony on US withdrawal from Afghanistan and will take place in open and closed formats. Defense Secretary Austin, General McKenzie and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley will attend the hearing as witnesses.
The hearing on 30 September will include the review of US military operations in Afghanistan.
The Taliban seized the Afghan capital of Kabul on 15 August, leading to a collapse of the US-backed authorities. The movement declared that foreign evacuation operations and the exit of foreign troops from Afghanistan were to be completed by 31 August, after which the Kabul Airport, which has served as a point of departure for evacuation flights, came under the control of the Taliban.

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