Top US military officials will face questions on Tuesday about the end of the war in Afghanistan and the chaotic final weeks before US troops are withdrawn from the country after 20 years.
Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley and head of U.S. Central Command Gen. Kenneth McKenzie are scheduled to appear before the Senate Armed Services Committee for hearings on the end of military operations in Afghanistan and future military counterterrorism plans.
The Pentagon has defended the pullout operation, which included evacuating more than 120,000 people out of Afghanistan as the Taliban regained control of the country.
The operation saw days of mostly chaos at Kabul’s international airport, including a suicide bombing that killed 13 US service members and 169 Afghans.
Officials are likely to face questions about the Biden administration’s plans for a withdrawal effort and the decision to end the U.S. mission in Afghanistan, as well as specific events in the last days such as the airstrikes that killed 10 civilians.
Austin, Milley and McKenzie are scheduled to appear again Wednesday before the House Armed Services Committee. [uh/lt]