The Biden administration’s chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan has been exposed in a damning Republican report

The Biden administration’s chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan has been exposed in a damning Republican report

The Biden administration may have dramatically undercounted the number of US citizens stranded in Afghanistan at the end of the US military withdrawal, a new report Monday suggests.

More than 800 Americans have been rescued “behind enemy lines” by the State Department in the year since the US left Kabul on August 30, 2021.

Foreign Minister Antony Blinken said in September of that year that fewer than 100 Americans were still inside Afghan borders and were trying to escape.

The conflict-torn country fell to the Taliban on August 15, just four months after President Joe Biden heeded Donald Trump’s deal with the terror group to withdraw.

Republicans on the House Foreign Affairs Committee are releasing a report suggesting that Biden and his State Department have “created chaos and confusion.”

A preliminary copy of the report was obtained from .

It sheds new light on how ill-prepared the administration was for the withdrawal, including the fact that only 36 consular officers dealt with the thousands of Afghans who tried to flee at the height of the operation.

Republicans also reveal security concerns stemming from elite Afghan fighters who have no route to safety from the West and are forced to seek shelter in Iran – some bringing sensitive military technology such as vehicles with them.

The pullout effort was also “so disorganized” that officials in the offices of Vice President Kamala Harris and First Lady Jill Biden turned to veterans’ groups for help getting people to the airport.

Taliban take to the streets during a national holiday marking the first anniversary of the Taliban takeover August 15, 2022 in Kabul

The 118-page report by Republicans in the House Foreign Affairs Committee outlines the continuing threats to national security posed by the US withdrawal

The 118-page report by Republicans in the House Foreign Affairs Committee outlines the continuing threats to national security posed by the US withdrawal

The bomb report even accuses the Biden administration of lying to Americans at home about the worsening situation.

The Minority Committee has also compiled evidence that senior political officials in the Biden administration have repeatedly misled the American public about the situation on the ground in Kabul by voicing wild disagreements about progress at the airport and Taliban cooperation on the… carrying out the evacuation,” the report said.

“Administrative officials made these statements despite press reports showing an utterly chaotic situation on the ground in Afghanistan and hastily assembled transit points around the world.”

Biden received bipartisan criticism for the chaotic operation, which was rocked when an ISIS-K suicide bomber detonated outside Hamid Karzai International Airport, killing nearly 200 Afghans and 13 US soldiers.

House Republicans heard testimony from former officials who believe the attack could have been prevented if US forces had been responsible for security outside the airport, rather than the Taliban.

The report suggests that US officials have not accepted the Taliban’s Aug. 15 offer to have “greater control over security in Kabul.”

Among the findings are testimonies from officials who say the ISIS-K terrorist attack outside the airport might not have happened had US troops controlled security in Kabul - as the Taliban offered on August 15

Among the findings are testimonies from officials who say the ISIS-K terrorist attack outside the airport might not have happened had US troops controlled security in Kabul – as the Taliban offered on August 15

“If US troops had not been crammed into the airport, the crowds outside the gate would not have been so dense, a situation that contributed to the high number of deaths and injuries,” it said.

However, even a year after the withdrawal, lawmakers are warning of ongoing risks to US national security.

Chief among them is the “significant” number of Afghan special forces fighters, many of whom were trained to use US-made weapons alongside American troops who were forced to flee to Iran.

Their extensive knowledge of and cooperation with US forces made them valuable targets for the Taliban.’

“The Taliban have reportedly carried out retaliatory killings of former members of the Afghan security forces, particularly Afghan commandos who often fought alongside US troops,” the report said.

Republicans believe the 3,000 or so who fled to Iran did so because they saw no help from the US government.

The last planes carrying US troops left Afghanistan on August 30, 2021 - the end of a 20-year occupation

The last planes carrying US troops left Afghanistan on August 30, 2021 – the end of a 20-year occupation

You could now be forced to give valuable military intelligence information to Tehran.

To date, the Biden administration has not revealed a plan to help these elite Afghan fighters.

Of the refugees who made it out of Afghanistan, only 25 percent were women and girls – despite the Biden administration’s promise to help them amid the Taliban’s oppressive regime.

Around 1,450 Afghan children were evacuated without their parents, “many” still have to be reunited.

GOP Rep. Michael McCaul, the senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said Sunday his report reflected no error on the part of the intelligence community — and pinned the lion’s share of the blame on Biden and Blinken.

“The problem was that the White House and the State Department stuck their heads in the sand, didn’t want to believe what they were saying, and so didn’t plan properly,” he told CBS News’ Face The Nation.