US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken faced bipartisan anger and criticism on Tuesday from senators unhappy with the Biden administration’s handling of the United States’ withdrawal from Afghanistan.

“The execution of the US withdrawal was clearly and fatally flawed,” Senator Bob Menendez, the Democratic chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told Blinken during a committee hearing.

Menendez said the committee would pursue a “full explanation” of the administration’s decisions on Afghanistan since US President Joe Biden came into office in January.

“There has to be accountability,” said Menendez, who argued the Biden administration “clearly fell short” of its stated goal of leaving “a durable political arrangement” in Afghanistan.

Nearly 20 years after invading Afghanistan in 2001 following the September 11 al-Qaeda attacks, the US military

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