The House Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on Wednesday on the military operations in Afghanistan. Top defense officials — Lloyd Austin III, secretary of defense, General Mark Milley, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, and General Kenneth McKenzie, commander of United States Central Command, testify at the hearing.
The Pentagon acknowledged Tuesday that the stunning collapse of the Afghan army amid a rapid Taliban advance contributed to the Biden administration’s chaotic exodus from the war-weary country.
“The fact that the Afghan army we and our partners trained simply melted away, in many cases without firing a shot, took us all by surprise,” Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday.
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Top defense officials testify before House committee on Afghanistan withdrawal — 9/29/21