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April 14, 2021

Inhofe, Rogers Urge Biden to Change Course on Afghanistan

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.), ranking member of House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement today after President Joe Biden announced the United States would withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by September 11, 2021: 

“We once again urge President Biden to reconsider his political, calendar-based approach to withdrawing from Afghanistan. The United States entered Afghanistan as a result of 9/11, and it is irresponsible to leave when conditions on the ground would lead to a civil war in Afghanistan and allow the country to become a safe haven for terrorists once again,” Inhofe and Rogers said. “The Annual Threat Assessment, prepared by the Biden administration and which was released publically just last week, is unequivocal: ‘The Taliban is likely to make gains on the battlefield, and the Afghan Government will struggle to hold the Taliban at bay if the coalition withdraws support.’

“Republicans and Democrats came together to work with the previous Administration on a different approach to Syria when a full drawdown was considered in 2019, for exactly the same reason: the best way to protect American families at home is to defeat the terrorists overseas. We hope we can come together once again to do the same on the approach to Afghanistan. Finally, we are eager to hear from the commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Miller, about current conditions in Afghanistan and expect him to testify before our committees later this month.”

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