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[THREAD] 2 years ago today, @POTUS announced that the U.S. would withdraw its military from #Afghanistan.

He did so fully knowing that at-risk Afghans were stuck in the visa backlog. When the withdrawal was complete, the majority of #AfghanAllies had been left behind.
Last week, the WH released a report acknowledging that evacuations should have begun sooner.

That report confirms what #Afghans and advocates predicted and have long known -- that the U.S. did too little too late to get at-risk Afghans to safety.
For years, processing delays kept #SIV applicants from resettling in the United States. A U.S. court ruled in 2019 that the delays were unreasonable.…
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Earlier this week, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing, and released a report attacking the Biden administration on Afghanistan. There were some obvious flaws in their report that we think are worth fact checking.

Part 1 🧵
The Senate Republicans’ report is riddled with false claims, inaccurate characterizations, and outdated info…
Most Republicans on Capitol Hill were silent when President Trump freed thousands of Taliban fighters, undermined the Afghan government, withdrew U.S. troops with no plan on what to do next, and dismantled our nation’s refugee programs. #NoOneLeftBehind
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I read this yesterday. I keep wanting to scream. This is an important piece. But it is nowhere damning enough. A few thoughts: 1/…
First, it is surprising to notice someone who ran relentless cover for the Biden withdrawal last August seems to feel bad about it now & is made out to be someone of conscience here. It's puzzling, but not the point of the piece. 2/
Also, let it be known that Mission Essential Personnel has told more lies about our #AfghanAllies than the Taliban. This was systemic betrayal of loyal Afghans. They fired our friends for "security reasons" time & again. It seems directed at SIV denial.
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As U.S. Embassy's sole consular officer in #SouthSudan 2013-2014, I've been at the airport running #evacuations out of a country at war. Risk & scale differed from #Afghanistan, but some challenges on the ground were similar. A thread to share things I learned on the ground. 1/17
There is no graceful way to evac vulnerable people from a country at war. There are better ways & worse ways, but none look good from the outside (or inside). Things could have gone much better, but they also could have gone worse, and many challenges were inevitable. 2/17
The hardest part of evac'ing from a warzone is reaching the exit – airport in this case. USG didn’t control Kabul so it had few options to help and all put our people at risk. In South Sudan, we had some success moving a few people to the airport from inside Juba... 3/17
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