"It is a mistake"; The evacuation commenced
U.S. troops were sent to Afghanistan by George W. Bush in 2001, with the aim of destroying the training camps for al-Qaeda terrorists after the terrorist attacks on September 11.
Since leaving the White House in 2009 after two terms, Bush has rarely commented on the moves of three later presidents, Barack Obama, Donald Trump and now Joe Biden, the Voice of America reported.
But as Biden is rapidly withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan and announcing that everyone will return home by the end of August, Bush has said he worries about how the Taliban will treat women, children and all those who supported US and NATO forces, if they come to power again after U.S. forces ousted them two decades ago.
Speaking to German Deutsche Welle from his summer estate in the northeastern United States, Bush said:
"I'm afraid Afghan women and girls are going to suffer unspeakable harm.
"Asked if it is a mistake for Biden to pull troops out of Afghanistan, Bush said, "I think it is, yeah, because I think the consequences are going to be unbelievably bad, and I'm sad."
The Taliban claim to already control 85% of the country, a figure disputed by the United States, although Pentagon officials have expressed concern about their takeover of Afghan territory and advances towards the capital Kabul.
Already, more Afghans are said to live in territory controlled by the Taliban than that overseen by the Afghan government.
"Bush launched the U.S. war in Afghanistan in his first year in office in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, attacks that killed nearly 3.000 people in the U.S. American forces helped Afghan resistance units to overthrow the Taliban-run government and targeted al-Qaida. It became America's longest war", VoA reported. ...