NH delegation responds to Taliban takeover of Afghanistan

  • Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen speaks to reporters outside the federal courthouse Wednesday March 30, 2016 in Concord, N.H., about the need to hold hearings on President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland. (AP Photo/Jim Cole) Jim Cole

By Associated Press
Published: 8/16/2021 5:51:36 PM

Members of New Hampshire’s congressional delegation say they are particularly worried about women and girls in Afghanistan as thousands try to flee the country after the Taliban seized power.

The Taliban swept into Kabul on Sunday after President Ashraf Ghani fled the country, bringing an end to a two-decade campaign in which the U.S. and its allies had tried to transform the country.

All four members of New Hampshire’s Democratic delegation said Sunday they are monitoring developments and that the U.S. must protect U.S. personnel and those who have served alongside them.

 “There is plenty that lawmakers disagree on with respect to withdrawal from Afghanistan, but we all agree that the United States must evacuate vulnerable Afghans immediately,” Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said. “The President reaffirmed this today and I urge his administration to do everything possible to evacuate them and their families and deal with the bureaucracy later. Lives are on the line.”

Sen. Maggie Hassan called the situation the result of failures by multiple administrations. She said she’s especially concerned about young women and girls, while U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster said the U.S. government must ensure that all Afghan citizens, especially women and girls, are safe from persecution and violence.




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