Why U.S. contractors in Afghanistan fear another Benghazi tragedy
The House Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday announced it will look into complaints from civilian contractors in Afghanistan that the State Department has failed to share an evacuation plan with them and they fear another Benghazi tragedy could be in the offing.
The committee's decision to probe the issue came a day after Circa reported that U.S. contractors have not received any instruction on how to evacuate in the case of a catastrophic attack. State officials claim they have a plan but haven't shared it because it is classified.
The evacuation plan is mandated by the federal government but more than a dozen contractors who spoke with Circa, say they have never seen it or been told what to do in case of an emergency evacuation. Many of the contractors said numerous warnings and official complaints to the State Department, as well as lawmakers, over the past year have been ignored.
U.S. Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., is the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and his committee spokesperson told Circa the panel is aware of the reported concerns and ordered staff to look at the issue.
"These reports regarding the safety of U.S. citizens and diplomats in Afghanistan are concerning, and the committee will look into them," the spokesperson said.