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NEWS & ANALYSIS

State Department to Investigate Botched Afghanistan Withdrawal


The State Department will soon launch an investigation into the Biden administration’s botched withdrawal from Afghanistan, a spokesperson told the Daily Caller. 

The series of investigations will encapsulate a range of issues, including the State Department’s Special Immigrant Visa program, the processing of Afghans who applied for refugee admission into the United States and the resettlement of those refugees and visa holders. 

The investigation will also evaluate the emergency evacuation of U.S. citizens and Afghan nationals from the U.S. Embassy in Kabul after the Taliban took over. 

In a separate letter to top lawmakers obtained by Politico, the department’s acting inspector general Diana Shaw said her office was beginning “several oversight projects” concerning the withdrawal. 

“Given the elevated interest in this work by Congress and the unique circumstances requiring coordination across the Inspector General Community, I wanted to notify our committees of jurisdiction of this important work,” Shaw wrote to multiple committee leaders in both chambers. 

Mark Huffman, a spokesperson for the State Office of the Inspector General, confirmed the plan to the Daily Caller. 

“This work will be conducted in coordination with other members of the IG community,” he said. “We have no additional information to share at this time and Acting IG Shaw is not scheduled to provide a briefing on this work.”