Sen. Moran reflects on 1-year remembrance of fall of Kabul

FILE - It was one year ago the U.S. was working to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, and for...
FILE - It was one year ago the U.S. was working to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, and for most teenage girls there, it's been a year since they've been inside a classroom.
Published: Aug. 16, 2022 at 7:55 AM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - One year after the fall of Kabul, U.S. Senator Jerry Moran took time to reflect on the events which have unfolded.

On Monday, Aug. 15, U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) says he took a moment to reflect on the events that have unfolded during the one-year remembrance of the fall of Kabul.

“One year ago, the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan became a moment of lasting shame,” Moran said. “The images of Afghans left behind at the Kabul airport, fearful of the Taliban’s return to power, and the loss of 13 American servicemembers from a terrorist attack remain vivid in our thoughts.”

A year later, Moran said thousands of Afghans remain in danger as they put their lives at risk to help American and coalition troops and others continue to seek asylum.

“The rights of Afghan women have been rolled back, including denying girls a full education, and Afghans under the Taliban regime are suffering from crippling poverty and hunger,” Moran said. “This is heartbreaking after the United States invested twenty years in Afghanistan, trillions of dollars and the lives of her sons and daughters. Those who gave their lives and all who served in Afghanistan to fight terrorism deserve our gratitude and ongoing care.”

Moran urged that Americans deserve answers on how the withdrawal could end so disastrously.

“Americans deserve answers as to how the withdrawal could be so disastrous and how the Afghan government we supported could collapse so easily. Last year, I co-sponsored the Afghanistan War Commission Act to establish a nonpartisan, independent commission to examine the war in its totality, which was enacted into law. I am awaiting the work of this commission and the findings they will produce to ensure that what happened last year never happens again,” Moran concluded.

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