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    State Department Failed to Plan or Respond Fast Enough in Afghanistan Collapse, New US Report Finds

    State Department Failed to Plan or Respond Fast Enough in Afghanistan Collapse, New US Report Finds

    — The State Department failed to do enough planning before the collapse of the U.S.-backed government in , according to a Biden administration review of the department's performance during the chaotic evacuation of Americans and Afghan allies.

    The review repeatedly blames the administrations of both former President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden for their efforts before and after the August 2021 departure of U.S. forces from .

    Republicans have in turn accused Biden of not taking responsibility for intelligence failures leading up to the Taliban's seizure of the country and for the scenes of chaos at Kabul's airport, where 13 Marines died in a suicide bombing.

    The Biden administration released sections of the long-awaited State report on the Friday before the July 4 holiday weekend, though it withheld most of the report from public release. It had released a National Security Council review of the withdrawal on the day before Good Friday and the Easter weekend but declined to issue internal Pentagon and State Department assessments.

    A State Department task helped bring out nearly 2,000 Afghan citizens in July and early August 2021, weeks before the Aug. 31, 2021, deadline the U.S. set for withdrawal. They were eligible for processing under a special U.S. visa program for Afghans. The U.S. would eventually airlift more than 124,000 people from the capital.

    But State “failed to…

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