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Afghanistan troop pullout a ‘mistake’: George W. Bush – Times of India


Former US president George W. Bush on Wednesday criticised the withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan and mentioned civilians have been being left to be “slaughtered” by the Taliban. “I’m afraid Afghan women and girls are going to suffer unspeakable harm… They are going to be left behind to be slaughtered by these very brutal people and it breaks my heart,” Bush instructed German broadcaster Deutsche Welle.

BERLIN: Former US president George W. Bush on Wednesday criticised the withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan and mentioned civilians have been being left to be “slaughtered” by the Taliban.
“I’m afraid Afghan women and girls are going to suffer unspeakable harm… They are going to be left behind to be slaughtered by these very brutal people and it breaks my heart,” Bush instructed German broadcaster Deutsche Welle.
Asked whether or not he thought the withdrawal was a mistake, Bush replied: “Yes, I think it is.”
The former Republican president, who despatched troops to Afghanistan in autumn 2001 after the September 11 assaults on New York’s World Trade Center, mentioned he believed German Chancellor Angela Merkel “feels the same way”.
Bush mentioned Merkel, who is about to retire from politics later this 12 months after 16 years in energy, had introduced “class and dignity to a very important position and made very hard decisions”.
US and NATO forces started withdrawing from Afghanistan in early May and are as a result of utterly pull out by September 11, some 20 years after they arrived within the struggle-torn nation.
Most of the two,500 US and seven,500 NATO troops who have been in Afghanistan when US President Joe Biden detailed the ultimate withdrawal in April have now gone, leaving Afghan troops to battle an emboldened Taliban seemingly bent on a navy victory.
The nation is dealing with a disaster because the insurgents snap up territory throughout the countryside, stretching authorities forces and resulting in a contemporary wave of internally displaced households, difficult by a renewed outbreak of Covid-19.
The United Nations mentioned on Sunday the rising battle is inflicting “more suffering” throughout the violence-wracked nation because it known as for steady monetary help.
Biden has insisted, nevertheless, that it’s time for US involvement within the struggle to finish and for Afghans to chart their very own future.

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