The future appears uncertain for Afghanistan following its takeover by the Taliban as US-led forces withdrew from the country after 20 years of occupation. As other nations continue to evacuate their citizens, the Central Asian country has been struck by political and humanitarian crises.
US Senator Menendez Says May Subpoena Defence Secretary, Others to Testify on Afghanistan
© REUTERS / WANA NEWS AGENCYTaliban members pat down workers leaving the military airfield in Kabul, Afghanistan, September 5, 2021
© REUTERS / WANA NEWS AGENCY
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Democrat Bob Menendez, said on Tuesday that he may subpoena Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin and others to testify on Afghanistan should they fail to show up at hearings.
Austin was named as one of the witnesses to testify in Senate on the withdrawal of the US troops from Afghanistan. A day prior, State Secretary Antony Blinken delivered his testimony and took questions from committee members.
"I expect the secretary to avail himself to the committee in the near future. And if he does not, I may consider the use of committee subpoena power to compel him and others... to testify," he said.