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Former United States President George W. Bush has criticized the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.
He believes civilians are being left to be “slaughtered” by the militant Islamist movement Taliban.
‘Afghan women and girls are going to suffer indescribable harm. This is a mistake. “
“They are left to be slaughtered by these very brutal people, and it breaks my heart,” Bush told Deutsche Welle.
It was George W. Bush who, as president in the fall of 2001, decided to send troops to Afghanistan. That decision was made after the Sept. 11 attack that year at the World Trade Center in New York.
Forces from the United States and NATO began withdrawing from Afghanistan in early May this year. The plan is for them to be completely out of the country by 11 September at the latest – about 20 years after they entered the country.
The U.S. forces are expected to be out by the end of August, President Joe Biden has said. He has repeatedly defended the decision to stop military action in Afghanistan.
He believes that the goal of the effort has been achieved and that it is now up to the Afghans themselves to create their future.
Most of the 2,500 U.S. troops and 7,500 soldiers from the NATO-led mission in the country are out of Afghanistan. Therefore, it is primarily up to the Afghan forces themselves to fight the rebel group Taliban.
The Taliban are still gaining ground in the country, and there are reports almost daily that they have conquered new districts.
/ ritzau / AFP
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