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Nikki Haley criticises lack of accountability in Biden administration’s handling of Afghanistan withdrawal

Former U.S. ambassador to the UN and Republican presidential candidate for 2024 U.S. election, Nikki Haley, has spoken out against the Biden administration’s handling of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan. Haley criticized the lack of accountability within the White House and Pentagon, calling it a “disgrace.” 

“No one at the White House or the Pentagon has been fired over the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan. Absolutely no accountability.” Nikki Haley tweeted on Thursday. “This administration is a disgrace.” She added.

This comes after accusations by the US House of Representatives that the Biden administration is not responding to what is called a chaotic and disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan.

The Chainman of U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, Michael McCaul has signed a subpoena for US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to demand answers about the withdrawal. The subpoena comes after months of requests by Republicans for documents related to the withdrawal, which they have called a “stunning failure of leadership.”

In a statement on Monday, McCaul said: “We have made multiple good faith attempts to find common ground so we could see this critical piece of information. Unfortunately, Secretary Blinken has refused to provide the Dissent Cable and his response to the cable, forcing me to issue my first subpoena as chairman of this committee.”

Despite criticism, during a hearing on Wednesday, the U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told US lawmakers in the House Armed Services Committee that he does not have any “regrets” about how the U.S. military ended its war in Afghanistan in August 2021. 

American forces completely withdrawn from Afghanistan in August 2021. During the evacuation operation led by the US forces and its partners, 170 Afghan civilians and 13 American troops were killed in an ISKP suicide attack close to NATO military base at Kabul airport.