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Afghanistan War Commission to Formally Convene in Early 2023

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Nizamuddin Rezahi
Nizamuddin Rezahi
Nizamuddin Rezahi is a journalist and editor for Khaama Press. You may follow him @nizamrezahi on Twitter.

The Afghanistan War Commission was established by the U.S. Congress in December 2021 to conduct a comprehensive review of key decisions related to U.S. military, intelligence, foreign assistance, and diplomatic involvement in Afghanistan from June 2001 to August 2021.

The Afghanistan War Commission is composed of 16 commissioners, eight appointed by Democratic members of Congress and eight appointed by Republican members of Congress. These bipartisan commissioners will convene and commence their operation by early 2023 and share the findings and conclusion with the United States Government accordingly.

The commission’s primary scope of operation is examining the key strategic, diplomatic, and operational decisions that pertain to the war in Afghanistan during the relevant period, including decisions, assessments, and events that preceded the war in Afghanistan.

Also, the commission is assigned to develop a series of lessons learned and recommendations for the way forward that will inform future decisions by Congress and policymakers throughout the United States Government.

This comes as the U.S. mission in Afghanistan to fight international terrorism and serve the United States’ national interests concluded with an unexpected failure, resulting in the withdrawal of international forces from Afghanistan in August 2021, with devastating consequences on local people’s lives.

The hasty withdrawal of the American forces from the country caused massive criticism from American congressmen, lawyers, experts, and the international community, which led to the Taliban’s return to power and an end to a democratic state backed by the US government and its allies.

The Afghanistan War Commission assigned to review the U.S. government’s two-decade-long engagement in Afghanistan may do a better job by providing realistic recommendations and lessons learned from this massive failed project which undermined the foreign policy of the U.S. government to a great extent.   

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