President Joe Biden speaks to members of the media as he stands with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., at the Capitol. / PHOTO: Associated Press President Joe Biden waived a legal mandate in June that would have forced him to provide Congress with a detailed report about his plan to withdraw the American military from Afghanistan before he acted.
The law, which was passed as part of the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act, forbids the Defense Department from using its funds to withdraw troops from Afghanistan without first providing lawmakers with a report that detailed how a withdrawal would affect the “ongoing U.S. counter-terrorism mission against the Islamic State , al Qaeda , and associated forces; the risk to U.S. personnel in Afghanistan; and the risk for the expansion of existing or the formation of new international terrorist safe havens inside Afghanistan.”
Defense officials also are required by the law […]
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