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Top Biden national security officials to brief lawmakers on Afghanistan Tuesday

April 20, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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US President Joe Biden, with Secretary of State Antony Blinken (L) and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, holds his first cabinet meeting in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on April 1, 2021. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP) (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)

Top officials from the Biden administration's national security team will brief lawmakers from both parties about the decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan on Tuesday, sources told CNN.

Washington (CNN)Top officials from the Biden administration's national security team will brief lawmakers from both parties about the decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan on Tuesday, sources told CNN.

On Monday, US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad, who spearheaded diplomatic efforts under both the Trump and Biden administrations, Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs David Helvey, and members of the intelligence community briefed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the decision.

Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez, the chairman of the committee, told reporters following the classified briefing that he got some clarity on the decision but still had questions about the decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan and the "contingency planning" for various scenarios once the US leaves.

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