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Sept. 13, 2021, 6:27 p.m. ET

Sept. 13, 2021, 6:27 p.m. ET

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Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will appear before the House Foreign Affairs Committee to testify about the government’s involvement in Afghanistan and the Taliban’s takeover.CreditCredit…Stefani Reynolds for The New York Times

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken defended the Biden administration’s decision to withdraw American forces and diplomats from Afghanistan on Monday, saying there was no evidence that the country would have stabilized had the United States remained, and that there was no way to predict its collapse as the Taliban advanced.

In his first public remarks to Congress, Mr. Blinken enumerated the efforts the United States has made to extract…

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