The Foreign Ministry’s internal watchdog is launching an investigation into the withdrawal of Afghanistan’s troops

The State Department’s inspector general informed Congress on Monday that her office is opening a series of investigations into the Biden administration’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, according to a letter obtained by NBC News.

Diana Shaw, the State Department’s acting inspector general, told the leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee as well as the House and Senate Intelligence Committees that her office will open “more oversight projects” related to ending diplomatic operations in Afghanistan.

Politico was the first to report that the State Department was investigating the conduct of operations.

The investigations will focus on the State Department’s special immigrant visa program, Afghans treated for refugee reception in the United States, resettlement of Afghan refugees and visa recipients, and the emergency evacuation of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul “to include evacuation of U.S. citizens and Afghan nationals.”

“Given the growing interest in this work from Congress and the unique circumstances that require coordination across the Inspector General community, I wanted to inform our jurisdictional committees of this important work,” Shaw said in the letter.

After Afghan forces quickly surrendered to the Taliban in August, crowds flocked to Kabul airport to leave the country. Chaotic images and videos emerged of desperate Afghans clinging to military planes while the administration struggled to evacuate U.S. citizens, Afghan allies and U.S. visa holders.

Thirteen U.S. officials and more than 100 Afghans were killed later, and dozens more were injured in a suicide attack outside the airport during the evacuation.

President Joe Biden has strongly defended his decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan despite criticism from both sides questioning how the administration handled closing the last chapter of the country’s longest war.

“I did not want to prolong this eternal war, and I did not prolong an eternal exit,” Biden said in a speech at the White House in late August, adding that chaos was inevitable.

The administration has signaled that it intends to resettle 65,000 Afghans in the United States this year and 95,000 next year.

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