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Washington:

The United States said Friday it would interview more witnesses to a suicide bombing that killed several people, including 13 American soldiers, during the withdrawal from Afghanistan.

A US investigation concluded that the bombing of the Abbey Gate in Kabul on August 26, 2021 could not have been prevented, but Republican lawmakers have criticized President Joe Biden’s administration over both the attack and the chaotic nature of the end of America’s longest war. Have applied pressure.

The bombing targeted crowds of people on the perimeter of Kabul airport who were desperate to get out of the country after the Taliban came to power. More than 170 people, including American soldiers, were killed in the blast.

“Right now the team plans to conduct 19 interviews and additional interviews if necessary,” Central Command (CENTCOM) spokesman Michael Lawhorn told AFP.

The new interviews are being conducted because a review of public testimony found that ex-Marine Sergeant Tyler Vargas-Andrews – who was injured in the bombing and testified to lawmakers about his ordeal – made statements containing such information. Gave details that “had not been previously shared by any other witnesses,” Lawhorn said.

The review “also identified additional service members injured during the Abbey Gate attack who were not interviewed due to the immediate medical evacuation following the attack,” he said.

The purpose of conducting additional interviews is “to ensure that we do our due diligence with new information that has come to light, that relevant voices are fully heard and that we take those accounts and investigate them seriously and thoroughly so that the facts Let’s be clear.” ” He added.

The Islamic State jihadist group claimed responsibility for the Abbey Gate bombing, and the White House said earlier this year that the Taliban had killed the mastermind of the attack.

Taliban fighters defeated Western-trained Afghan forces within weeks of the US withdrawal, forcing the last US troops to flee Kabul’s airport in despair.

An unprecedented military airlift operation managed to evacuate more than 120,000 people from the country in a matter of days.

Biden has long defended his decision to leave Afghanistan, which critics say helped lead to the disastrous collapse of Afghan forces and the Taliban’s return to power two decades after their first government was toppled by US forces. The path was paved.

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