US Secretary of State defends Afghan pullout in Congress
15 September 2021 | 8:40 am
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told the Foreign Affairs Committee that the previous presidency left Joe Biden little choice but to complete the withdrawal. Republicans called it "an unmitigated disaster."
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