Kinzinger Letter Asks Full Scope of Afghanistan Evacuation
Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) sent a letter to Secretary of State, Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin to inquire about the evacuation process, the status of those left behind, and the plan moving forward in Afghanistan.
WASHINGTON, DC – Following the announcement that the last U.S. troops had officially left Afghanistan, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) sent a letter to Secretary of State, Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin to inquire about the evacuation process, the status of those left behind, and the plan moving forward.
“While I commend the administration for saving thousands of lives, I believe more could have been done to prevent the tragic loss of life on August 26, 2021 and to better prepare for the chaos that ensued this last week. And I’m looking to our Secretaries of State and Defense to get to those answers,” said Congressman Kinzinger. “Our military community stepped up in a way many can hardly grasp right now, but I am incredibly proud of the men and women who have served this mission and all those that risked life and limb to defend this nation and save the lives of our allies. This effort is not over and nor should it be. We can never give up until our fellow Americans and our allies are safe.”
The full text of the letter is available below and a signed copy can be found attached and on the Congressman’s website here.
In sending this letter, Congressman Kinzinger received support from the following organizations: No One Left Behind; International Refugee Assistance Program (IRAP); Special Operations Associations of America (SOAA); Alliance in Support of the Afghan People (ASAP).
“No One Left Behind is tracking almost 200 families who were issued SIVs who were told to shelter in place by the State Department and never made it into the airport. We are tracking over 1,000 SIV applicant families who are in the same situation. All are now hiding in Kabul. We are working to identify the true footprint of how many of our SIV allies the United States left behind,” said James Miervaldis, Chairman of No One Left Behind.
“Special Operations Association of America is proud of the heroic efforts of the special operations community on the ground in Afghanistan saving thousands of lives. SOAA firmly supports a full congressional investigation of the planning and execution of the evacuation of Afghanistan. With multiple failures, potentially preventable loss of life, and far too many decision makers who admitted to being surprised by what was happening on the ground, the American people in general and the SOF community in specific deserve answers,” said Daniel Elkins, Executive Director and Co-Founder of SOAA.