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The unfolding disaster in Afghanistan has put a spotlight on the intelligence community's role in...
the largest foreign policy crisis of Joe Biden's presidency.

Afghanistan unraveled much more quickly than intelligence suggested, something President Biden Joe BidenUtah 'eager' to assist with resettling Afghan refugees: governor Pelosi presses moderate Democrats amid budget standoff Democrat on Biden's claim some Afghans didn't want to leave earlier: 'Utter BS' MORE himself acknowledged this week.

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair Gen. Mark Milley Mark MilleyBiden's foreign policy fiascos demand immediate changes Afghanistan's fall renews terrorism fears for US Top general warns of possible rise in terrorist threats from Afghanistan MORE on Wednesday said officials underestimated the pace at which Taliban insurgents would overrun the Afghan government, an extraordinary admission likely to put more scrutiny on intelligence assessments.

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"There was nothing that I or anyone else saw that indicated a collapse of this army and this government in 11 days," Milley told reporters during a Pentagon briefing.

Milley said that intelligence showed "multiple scenarios were possible," including a rapid Taliban takeover over the course of weeks or months or years.

But he made it clear the 11-day collapse was not something that had been foreseen.

Congressional panels are likely to have questions about U.S. intelligence.

At least four congressional committees are expected to hold hearings on Afghanistan, which will bring the broader administration under heavy scrutiny.

Sen. Bob Menendez Robert (Bob) MenendezCruz blocks Biden's State Department nominees ahead of Senate break Steve Ricchetti is Biden's right-hand man in Senate This week: Senate starts infrastructure sprint MORE (D-N.J.), the leader of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, described the developments as the "horrifying results of many years of policy and intelligence failures" in announcing a hearing.

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