Dec 10, 2019

House committee to hold hearing on Afghanistan war findings

Eliot Engel. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Rep. Eliot Engel announced Tuesday plans for a hearing with the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction in response to an incriminating report that three U.S. administrations misled the public in regard to the Afghanistan war.

“I fully expect the State Department and other agencies to cooperate in the committee’s endeavor to provide transparency and accountability to the American people on the impact of 18 years of war and more than $2 trillion spent.”
— Rep. Eliot Engel, in a statement on Tuesday

Background: The Washington Post obtained thousands of pages of interviews from generals, diplomats and other top officials describing a war effort without a functional strategy. The report also contained PR efforts that promoted a false narrative suggesting the U.S. was making steady progress in Afghanistan, despite knowing the war effort was failing.

  • “The war in Afghanistan has gone on too long and I’m disgusted by the failures in U.S. policymaking which have kept our forces there for years after they should have departed," Engel said.

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U.S. service member killed in Afghanistan

A U.S. armored vehicle in Afghanistan in 2011. Photo: Bay Ismoyo/AFP via Getty Images

A U.S. service member was "killed in action" in Afghanistan on Monday, a Defense Department statement said, per Stars and Stripes. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the "blast in the northern province of Kunduz," Reuters reports.

The big picture: 20 American troops who have been killed in combat operations in Afghanistan — the most in one year to die fighting militant groups there since 2014, "when the Pentagon euphemistically announced the 'end of combat operations," the New York Times notes.

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U.S. Special Forces soldier killed in Afghanistan identified

Sgt. 1st Class Michael James Goble, 33, a U.S. Special Forces Soldier, who died in Afghanistan on Monday. Photo: U.S. Army

The U.S. service member killed in Afghanistan on Monday has been identified as Sgt. 1st Class Michael James Goble, the Defense Department said in a statement announcing an investigation into the incident.

Details: The 33-year-old Green Beret from Washington Township, New Jersey, died of "injuries sustained while his unit was engaged in combat operations" in Kunduz Province, Afghanistan, the statement said. He's the 20th U.S. service member to be killed in the country this year. The Taliban claimed it carried out the attack.

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Editor’s note: The photo caption has been corrected to show that Sgt. 1st Class Michael James Goble died on Monday (not Sunday).

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Report: Democrats to announce articles of impeachment Tuesday

President Trump speaks at the Israeli American Council National Summit on Dec. 7 in Hollywood, Florida. Photo: Noam Galai/WireImage

House Democrats worked into the night to finalize impeachment plans, but they're expected to unveil two articles against President Trump during a Tuesday morning news conference, the Washington Post first reported.

Why it matters: The charges were expected to focus on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, according to multiple news outlets. If the House were to vote for impeachment, it'd set up a trial in the Republican-controlled Senate to decide whether to remove Trump from office. 

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