Former US President George W. Bush criticized the withdrawal of NATO forces from Afghanistan and said civilians were being left to be “slaughtered” by the Taliban. When asked whether he thought the withdrawal was an error, Bush replied: “Yes, I feel it is.”

He elaborated that he and his wife Laura Bush has spent a lot of time with Afghan women, and they realize that these women are scared. Former President Bush feels that the Afghan people who helped the NATO and the US should be rescued otherwise they will be killed by the Afghan Taliban. “And it breaks my heart,” Bush told German broadcaster, Deutsche Welle.

President G.W Bush, initially sent troops to Afghanistan in autumn 2001 after the 9/11 attacks on New York’s World Trade Centre, said he believed German Chancellor Angela Merkel “feels the same way”. He also said that Merkel, who is about to retire from politics later this year after 16 years in power, had brought “class and dignity to a really important position and made very hard decisions”.

US and NATO forces began withdrawing from Afghanistan in early May and are set to completely pull out by 9/11, some 20 years after they arrived in the war-torn country. When the current US President Joe Biden detailed the ultimate withdrawal in April there were 2,500 US and 7,500 NATO troops in Afghanistan who have now left, leaving the Afghan troops to fight an emboldened Taliban seemingly bent on a military victory.

The country is now in a crisis because the insurgents have overtaken territories across the countryside, stretching government forces and resulting in a fresh wave of internally displaced families, complicated by a renewed outbreak of Covid-19.

The United Nations said that the rising conflict is causing “more suffering” across the violence-wracked country because it involved continuous aid. However, President Biden is set in his decision to stop US involvement in the Afghan war, insisting that Afghans chart their own future.

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