State Department’s IG investigating end of Afghanistan operations


The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction is also going to probe the events. Most critics claim that a failure to properly coordinate among multiple departments and agencies caused the chaos. When  President Joe Biden ordered an immediate and full withdrawal of U.S. forces from the country, each department was still in the process of preparing to leave.

Reviews not Investigations 

When questioned about the IG’s memo, State inspector general spokesperson Ryan Holden confirmed the areas the IG investigating will take place.  But he disputes the idea that the probes meet the watchdog’s technical definition of an “investigation.”

“State OIG notified its committees of jurisdiction today of planned projects in the areas you mention,” Holden claims. “This work will be conducted in coordination with other members of the IG community. However, it is inaccurate to say that these projects are investigations. We indicated to Congress that these projects will be“ reviews.”

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A growing number of congressional panels already launched separate probes into a variety of issues of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. And IG investigations, which will be called reviews, are evaluating if the withdrawal was poorly planned and executed.