Former CENTCOM commander McKenzie accepts responsibility for Afghanistan airport attack

Former U.S. Central Command leader Gen. Frank McKenzie accepted full responsibility on Tuesday for the Afghanistan airport attack that killed 13 U.S. servicemembers in 2021.

McKenzie, who testified in front of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said that as the commander in charge of the 2021 withdrawal from Afghanistan, he was the one to blame for the attack during Abbey Gate.

“I was the overall commander, and I and I alone bear full military responsibility for what happened at Abbey Gate,” McKenzie said. “It was a tragic event, one of many that have occurred over our 20-year engagement in Afghanistan.”

McKenzie, along with retired Gen. Mark Milley, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also vowed to get more answers on the attack for the
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