WASHINGTON: The US Congress on Wednesday voted to arrange a commission to assess the failures of the 20-year war in Afghanistan following the Taliban’s victory.
The commission was half of a $768 billion annual protection package deal handed by the Senate 89-10 after equally overwhelming approval final week by the House of Representatives.
President Joe Biden, who controversially pulled out US troops in August to finish America’s longest war, is anticipated to signal the National Defense Authorization Act.
The Commission on Afghanistan will embrace 16 members appointed by the 2 main events and was given a deadline to situation an preliminary report inside a 12 months of its first assembly, and a closing report inside three years.
“The Commission shall conduct a comprehensive assessment of the war in Afghanistan and make recommendations to inform future operations with tactical and strategic lessons learned, including the impact of troop increases and decreases and date-certain deadlines,” the laws mentioned.
President Barack Obama poured tens of 1000’s of troops into Afghanistan after taking workplace in 2009 however later withdrew most of them.
The administration of his successor Donald Trump negotiated a take care of the Taliban that set a May 2021 timeline for US troops to go away.
The commission may even have a look at George W. Bush’s launch of the war in addition to US coverage on Afghanistan earlier than 2001, when the September 11 assaults triggered the US invasion that overthrew the Taliban’s draconian earlier regime.
The National Defense Authorization Act additionally renewed robust congressional help for Taiwan amid rising tensions with China, which claims the self-governing democracy as half of its territory awaiting reunification.
The act calls on the United States to develop Taiwan’s uneven protection capabilities and to invite the island to participate in 2022 in the Rim of the Pacific train, main US-led drills which can be held each two years round Hawaii.
The invoice boosts US protection spending from final 12 months by $28 billion, most of the rise not requested by the Biden administration.
It features a 2.7 p.c pay elevate for each army service members and civilian staff on the Defense Department.
Amid intense polarization in Washington, the invoice sidestepped a number of controversial points together with calls to impose sanctions over the Nord Stream 2 pipeline between Russia and Germany and to repeal the 2002 authorization of the invasion of Iraq.