Former President George W. Bush on Wednesday criticized the withdrawal of American and NATO forces from Afghanistan — saying he fears that women and girls in the country will “suffer unspeakable harm” at the hands of the Taliban.
Asked in an interview with German news outlet Deutsche Welle whether the withdrawal is a mistake, the former Republican president replied: “You know, I think it is, yeah, because I think the consequences are going to be unbelievably bad.”
After the 9/11 attacks on the US during Bush’s presidency, Washington gave Taliban leader Mullah Omar an ultimatum to hand over al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden and dismantle militant training camps — or prepare to be attacked.
When Omar refused, a US-led coalition launched an invasion in October 2001.
The withdrawal of US and NATO forces from Afghanistan nears completion as Taliban fighters take control of parts of the country.Getty Images
But as the withdrawal of US and NATO forces — set