MIL-OSI USA: Issa to CENTCOM: Keep Your Promise to the Gold Star Families

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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-50)

Washington – Today, Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-48) sent a formal request to Commander of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) General Michael Kurilla for a comprehensive briefing on the scope, status, and findings from the internal review of the Afghanistan Abbey Gate bombing that claimed the lives of 13 servicemembers on August 26, 2021.

Issa noted that CENTCOM ordered the review last year following his Gold Star Family Public Forum in Escondido, CA – the first-ever public event featuring the Gold Star families – which focused on the total absence of accountability and answers from the Biden Administration. The specific correspondence is in response to CENTCOM’s denial of previous requests from Congressman Issa for updates on the investigation into the decisions made before and after the terrorist attack.

An excerpt from Issa’s letter to General Kurilla:

“My commitment to the families of the fallen is unwavering, and I am deeply invested in the progress and findings of Lt. General Frank’s review. The families deserve nothing less than a full accounting of the events that led to the loss of their loved ones, and it is our collective responsibility to ensure that such a tragedy is never repeated.
“Therefore, I request that you provide me with a briefing including the scope, status, and findings of the internal review to date. You should know that my office’s previous requests for an update were not fulfilled, so I trust this communication will certify my continued interest and expectation that transparency for the families continues.”
The full letter can be found here.