State Department Lagging in Resettlement of Thousands of Afghan Supporters as US Troops Withdraw

Secretary of State Anthony Blinken conceded Monday during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing that thousands of Afghans who have assisted the United States there since 2001 and who want to leave may still be there after American troops withdraw this summer. “We are looking very actively at every possible contingency to make sure that we can accommodate and care for those who have helped us and who are seeking to leave,” Blinken said when asked about the issue by Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), the ranking minority member of the foreign affairs committee. “We have backlogs … we have surged staff, mostly here in Washington because much of this work is actually done in Washington. We’re adding by the end of July 50 people here in D.C. to expedite this in the next few months,” Blinken said. “We expect to be able to clear the backlog over the next few …

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