Parliamentary Commission announces investigation into the treatment of Britain’s withdrawal from Afghanistan


Britain’s military withdrawal from Afghanistan and the treatment of evacuation from Kabul will be scrutinized as part of a broader investigation released today by the Commons Foreign Affairs Commission.

This study not only investigates the failure of the Foreign Ministry, but also seeks to understand how the Taliban’s dramatic reinstatement reorganized its geopolitical deck.

Chairman Tom Tagendat announced the scope of the investigation on September 3, stating that “big questions” remain about recent events and how to deal with the crisis, and lessons need to be learned.

“The fall of Kabul is a catastrophe for the people of Afghanistan and for the reputation of the countries that have contributed to its success,” he said in a statement.

“Our hasty withdrawal leaves a country in serious humanitarian and human rights crisis.”

“The people of Afghanistan with whom we have worked for many years have been at the mercy of the vicious fundamentalist group Taliban.”

Earlier this week, the Commission pressured Foreign Minister Dominic Raab on his personal response to the crisis and the British government’s response in a taster session on the content of the investigation.

“Thanks to the Foreign Minister for coming late to the Commission, but a big question remains. We hope that this investigation will provide the coveted clarity,” Tugendhat said. Said. “We need to learn lessons and the decisions the UK will make in the coming months are very important.”

Rab is currently in Pakistan as part of a hasty arranged tour aimed at linking a shared community approach to the Taliban.

In a statement in Islamabad, Raab reiterated his previous claim that no one expected the rate at which the Afghan government and troops would collapse.

“It’s no exaggeration to say that the acquisition was faster than everyone expected, not just the UK and NATO allies, but I was talking to my friends here.

“And I think the Taliban and ordinary Afghans were surprised.

“I think the speed at which power integration took place was generally a widespread surprise.”

The Commission said the investigation would investigate “the impact of the Taliban gaining power, including British security and human rights and humanitarian crises in Afghanistan.”

It also seeks to understand the strategic implications of Britain’s foreign policy, such as relations with the United States and the inclination of the government to the Indo-Pacific.

This study will investigate what role Russia and China will play in the region with the return of the Taliban.

The Commission did not provide a date for the investigation, but said the submission of written evidence was open until October.

Simon Veazey

Simon Veazey

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Simon Veazey is a UK-based journalist who has been reporting on the Epoch Times since 2006 on a variety of beats, from detailed coverage of British and European politics to web-based writing of the latest news.

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