Blinken Orders State Department Reviews of Afghanistan Evacuation, Relocation Effortson October 28, 2021 at 6:30 am

Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced on Wednesday that he has ordered internal reviews of the U.S. evacuation and relocation efforts from Afghanistan. The United States withdrew from Afghanistan on Aug. 30, ending a two decade war that began in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. President Joe Biden refused to extend the withdrawal deadline, even though over 100 Americans and thousands of Afghans who wanted to leave the country were left behind. The Biden administration’s handling of the withdrawal, and evacuation efforts, drew bipartisan condemnation, though it has been largely defended by top officials in the administration, including Blinken, although he has acknowledged that there were mistakes made. “We will not let this opportunity to learn and do better pass us by,” Blinken said in a speech on Wednesday focused on modernizing the State Department. Speaking at the Foreign Service Institute in Arlington, Virginia, before lawmakers, …

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