US defense leaders who oversaw the end of the war in Afghanistan have returned to Congress to face lawmakers. They said they were surprised by the speed at which the Taliban swept in last month before their forces pulled out.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told members of the House Armed Services Committee that he agreed with President Joe Biden that US troops needed to withdraw. The generals who oversaw the mission said they recommended keeping a small force in the country.
Lawmakers questioned the generals about a drone strike in the last days of the war. Commanders were targeting an Islamic State militant. Instead, they killed 10 civilians including 7 children. The generals admitted they made a mistake.
The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, warned terrorists could soon make a comeback in Afghanistan. He said the conditions on the ground have changed. But he said it's still the military's job to protect Americans from attacks.