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    US Military Orders New Interviews on the Deadly 2021 Afghan Airport Attack as Criticism Persists

    US Military Orders New Interviews on the Deadly 2021 Afghan Airport Attack as Criticism Persists

    —The Pentagon's Central Command has ordered interviews of roughly two dozen more service members who were at the airport when suicide bombers attacked during U.S. forces' chaotic withdrawal, as criticism persists that the deadly assault could have been stopped.

    The interviews, ordered by Gen. Erik Kurilla, head of U.S. Central Command, were triggered in part by assertions by at least one service member injured in the blast who said he was never interviewed about it and that he might have been able to stop the attackers.

    The interviews are meant to see if service members who were not included in the original investigation, have or different information.

    The decision, according to officials, does not reopen the administration's investigation into the deadly bombing and the withdrawal two years ago. But the additional interviews will likely be seized on by congressional critics, mostly Republican, as proof that the administration bungled the probe into the attack, in addition to mishandling the withdrawal.

    Some families of those killed and injured have complained that the Pentagon hasn't been transparent enough about the bombing that killed 170 Afghans and 13 U.S. servicemen and women.

    U.S. Central Command's investigation concluded in October 2021 that given the worsening security situation at the airport's Abbey Gate as Afghans became increasingly desperate to flee, “the attack was…

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