BLINKEN DEFENDS US WITHDRAWAL TO LAWMAKERS
Displaced Afghans distribute food donations Monday at an internally displaced persons camp in Kabul, Afghanistan. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday defended the Biden administration’s handling of the military withdrawal from Afghanistan in a contentious House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing. The State Department has faced criticism from both sides of the aisle for not doing enough and not acting quickly enough to get American citizens, legal residents and at-risk Afghans out of the country after the Taliban took control of Kabul on Aug. 15. Some seeking to leave are still there, though Blinken could not provide a number.