US considering sending some evacuees who don’t pass vetting process back to Afghanistan

US national security adviser Robert Hoffman said the administration is looking at allowing some people who don’t meet screening criteria to return to Kabul

US considering sending some evacuees who don’t pass vetting process back to Afghanistan

The Trump administration is considering allowing some people who don’t pass background screening to return to Afghanistan who had been evacuated from the war-torn country as a result of Trump’s recent decision to increase troops there, national security adviser Robert H Stern said.

The comments came after Republican senator Lindsey Graham proposed using the money it spent on the evacuation of 5,000 refugees from Afghanistan to pay for the return of an unspecified number who don’t meet current screening criteria.

“Some people were evacuated or got in the hands of the Pakistani authorities without meeting the criteria,” Hoffman said.

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He was speaking on Monday at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado.

Trump decided in March to boost the US troop level in Afghanistan, saying the defeat of the Taliban insurgency was within reach. At the time, the US had only about 9,800 troops in Afghanistan.

His decision prompted swift international criticism, as many countries including the United Kingdom had already withdrawn forces or were reconsidering it.

Trump has said the decision to withdraw the US from the Iranian nuclear deal, which he announced on 13 May, was also driven by his need to protect the US against the nuclear threat posed by Iran.

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