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Blinken resumes testimony on Afghanistan withdrawal amid al-Qaida warning

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WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday sought to parry bipartisan congressional criticism of the Biden administration’s Afghanistan withdrawal, as new intelligence estimates warned that al-Qaida could soon again use Afghan soil to plot attacks on the United States.Blinken had mixed results in attempting to face down a second day of tough congressional questioning, this time from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

As a day earlier before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, he was assailed by Democratic and Republican lawmakers alike over the administration’s preparation for and handling of the pullout.Even lawmakers sympathetic to President Joe Biden’s decision to end America’s longest-running war by withdrawing from.

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