McCaul: US Pullout Caused Humanitarian Crisis, Aid ‘Flowing to Taliban’

Michael McCaul, the chairman of the United States House Foreign Affairs Committee, once again criticized the Biden adminstration withdrawal for the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, and said aid is supporting the Islamic Emirate.

McCaul stated in a hearing that humanitarian aid is currently not reaching needy women and children in Afghanistan.

The chairman of the US House Foreign Affairs Committee said: “Now I would like to turn to Afghanistan where the Biden administration’s chaotic and deadly withdrawal created a massive humanitarian crisis that we are dealing with today. We know further that taxpayer funding aid is flowing to Taliban fighters and loyalists rather than suffering Afghan women and children.”

The head of the United States International Aid Agency, speaking at the hearing, emphasized that aid organizations have been forced to suspend their activities in some instances to prevent misuse of aid in Afghanistan.

Samantha Power, head of the United States International Aid Agency, said: “We have seen partners that we fund actually suspending assistance because of the diversion, or because women are not being allowed to be employed, depending–there are two reasons to suspend.”

However, the Islamic Emirate has once again denied interference in the distribution of humanitarian aid, stating that they only oversee the distribution process.

Abdul Latif Nazari, a deputy minister at the Ministry of Economy, told TOLOnews: “We reject any interference and appropriation in the process of aid distribution. The Ministry of Economy only supervises to ensure that aid is distributed transparently to deserving and needy individuals.”

Previously, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) reported that the international community had provided nearly $3 billion in aid to Afghanistan since August 2021, of which $2.6 billion was contributed by the United States of America.

McCaul: US Pullout Caused Humanitarian Crisis, Aid ‘Flowing to Taliban’