Daily Column – 30th September 2021

The defence officials who are the top were testified yesterday before the Senate Armed Service Committee. This was their 1st appearance of this sort after what was concluded of the withdrawal of the United States from Afghanistan during the last month. Lyod Austin, the Defence Secretary and Joint Chief of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Miley had defended the existence of the administration which had suffered a bomb attack at the airport of Kabul that has killed thirteen troops from the US and one-hundred-sixty nine  Afghans as well as a drone strike which was a mistargeted one and had killed ten Civilians.

Separately, the discussions which Milley had held with China during the waning days of the administration of Trump were defended by Milley, he had framed the calls to be preemptive efforts for deescalating tensions. Milley, according to whom the senior officials of the White House knew about the calls have accusations against him for subverting the civilian command chain for covering the officials of China for two times that the United States will not be attacking the country.

In contradiction to the earlier comments made by president Joe Biden, the media has been confirmed by the officials that there is a recommendation of maintaining a troop level of close to 2,500 in Afghanistan.

Janet Yellen, the Secretary of the Treasury Department had said to the lawmakers that the extraordinary measures of the department for avoiding default are going to expire by October, 18th, thus, she has urged for a raise in the debt ceiling.

While answering the questions on the withdrawal the Commander of US Central Gen. Kenneth McKenzie had said, “I recommend that we maintain 2,500 troops in Afghanistan, and I also recommended earlier in the fall of 2020 that we maintain 4,500 at that time. I also have a view that the withdrawal of those forces would lead inevitably to the collapse of the Afghan military forces and eventually the Afghan government.”

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