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Turner, House Intel Republicans demand transparency from Administration on fall of Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, DC , July 26, 2022 | Rachel Walker (202-308-8930)

WASHINGTON, DC –  Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH), Lead Republican of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) and fellow Republican HPSCI members are demanding transparency from Secretaries of Defense and State to investigators and the American people regarding the rapid fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban.

On August 15, 2021, Kabul, Afghanistan fell to the Taliban following President Joe Biden’s withdrawal of all U.S. forces from the region. In accordance with Congressional mandates, the Administration must provide the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) with the declassified information so they can properly conduct their investigation into the root causes of the collapse.

Congressman Mike Turner (OH-10) requested that the Administration comply in December 2022. However, the Administration has failed to provide SIGAR with any of the requested, and necessary, information.

With the anniversary of the fall of Kabul quickly approaching, Republican HPSCI Members are calling on the Administration to publicly release their findings so SIGAR can begin their long overdue investigation.

The full text of the letter to the Secretary of Defense can found here.

The full text of the letter to the Secretary of State can be found here.