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Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tennon, suggested President Biden’s decision to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan last month was contrary to advice given by his military commanders.

The Senate Armed Services Committee held a confidential hearing Tuesday afternoon with General Austin Miller. Miller was the last US military commander in Afghanistan. The hearing was the first of a series of hearings the committee is conducting to investigate Biden’s return from Afghanistan.

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“We need to know what advice the military gave the president and his national security team, and whether the president took those actions,” Blackburn told Granthshala News. “Hearing from Jane Miller, who was the command lead through Bagram’s turn over, was helpful for us to start building out that framework.”

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She said: “It is clear that the decision made by the President was different from the advice given by his military commanders.”

Blackburn told Granthshala News that, during the classified briefing, senators “learned about major discrepancies between the Biden administration publicly and the truth.”

“We know this was, has been and will continue to be the war on terror because of a decision made by the Biden administration,” Blackburn said, adding that the extremist “ideologies now govern the nation state of Afghanistan” under the Taliban regime.

Blackburn told Granthshala News that in the coming weeks, the Senate Armed Services Committee will hold public and classified hearings with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, and the commander of the US Central Command, General Kenneth. Mackenzie.

The Biden administration withdrew all US military assets from Afghanistan on August 31. National security officials have said that the mission there has shifted from a military to a diplomatic mission.