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Republicans’ impending Afghanistan investigation alarms Biden aides

White House braced for congressional inquiries, but never one from empowered opposition. Some fear an Afghanistan probe could prove more emotionally difficult and politically damaging. Even Democrats concede Congress has a right to scrutinize military action that resulted in American and Afghan deaths. The August 2021 withdrawal was a low point in Biden’s presidency. The pullout of U.S. forces from Afghanistan shocked many observers.

Tens of thousands were evacuated, but many others were left behind. House Republicans have made it clear that Afghanistan will be a top investigative target. White House officials say they don’t expect a big bombshell from any hearings.