KABUL: The US State Department has finally released its long-awaited Afghanistan After Action Review report, which extensively assesses the failures of both the Trump and Biden administrations in handling the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan in 2021.
According to the report, the decisions made by Presidents Donald Trump and Joe Biden to bring an end to the US military mission in Afghanistan had severe repercussions on the stability of the Afghan government and its security. The report unequivocally points out that the pullout process was marred by a “chaotic and dangerous environment,” underscoring the grim consequences of ending a nearly two-decade-long war in Afghanistan.
This comprehensive review, conducted over 90 days, sheds light on the events that unfolded during the final days of the US presence in Afghanistan and offers crucial recommendations to better prepare for similar events in the future.
The report also addresses the shortcomings of Secretary of State Antony Blinken without explicitly naming him. It highlights the state department’s failure to expand its crisis management task force during the Taliban’s advance on Kabul in August 2021 and the lack of a senior diplomat tasked with overseeing all aspects of the crisis response.
In summary, the report serves as a critical evaluation of the decisions and actions taken by both administrations, shedding light on the challenges faced during the withdrawal process and urging improvements to prevent such chaotic outcomes in future military disengagements.