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Washington D.C. – Today, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) issued the following statement:

“For 20 years, our troops have endured months-long deployments, hardships, and time away from their families to serve their country during tours of combat in Afghanistan. They dutifully responded to the call of service, and bravely fought to protect our national interests abroad. For far too many, that sacrifice meant life-altering injuries, and some even paid the ultimate sacrifice with their own lives.

“It should have been the government’s responsibility to execute a responsible exit as we withdrew the remaining forces from the country. But in a matter of months, the Biden administration has led a botched withdrawal process that has now predictably handed an entire country over to terrorists.

“President Biden must immediately focus all efforts on making sure there is a plan to safely extract all American service members and civilians still remaining in Afghanistan. He also owes the American public an answer on what he plans to do to make sure the region doesn’t turn into a breeding ground for more violent extremism that will lead to large-scale global attacks of terrorism.”