By Sharon Aron Baron
In a statement on Monday, U.S. Representative Ted Deutch (D-FL), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East, North Africa, and Global Counterterrorism, said he was devastated by “what we are seeing unfold in Afghanistan.
“The commitment and sacrifice of so many American service members, diplomats, officials, aid workers, and contractors, as well as their Afghan partners that offered invaluable support to our nation, must always be remembered, appreciated, and repaid, he stated, adding, “To the Americans who gave their lives in defense of U.S. security and American interests and to provide a better future for Afghanistan, we will be forever indebted to them and their families.”
He stated that our mission in Afghanistan was to go after those who attacked our country on 9/11.
“We cannot leave Americans there indefinitely, and we cannot put our troops in harm’s way for a third decade of conflict.”
Deutch said he was disappointed that the Afghan National Security Forces were unable to secure the country and protect its people. The United States will remain focused on counterterrorism in Afghanistan, including efforts to prevent the country from becoming a terrorist haven and ensure there is not a resurgence of Al Qaeda.
“I’m incredibly concerned about the future of the country, particularly the immense strides made for women and girls and other at-risk groups that are now imperiled.”
“Former President Trump’s deal with the Taliban, which reduced our troop presence in-country from 13,000 to 2,500 when President Biden took office, failed to explicitly include protections for human rights,” he stated.
He urged President Biden to swiftly unite the international community to assist those in need and who may be targeted by the Taliban — including Afghans who have helped America’s efforts for the last 20 years.”
Deutch, who represents Parkland and Coral Springs, looks forward to working with the administration to ensure the safe evacuation of Americans and targeted Afghans and urged President Biden to continue using his authority to help more Afghans at risk of violence by the Taliban.
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- Sharon Aron Baron is a Parkland resident and editor of Talk Media. She has been covering Parkland news since 2012. Parkland Talk was created to provide News, Views, and Entertainment for the residents of Parkland.
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