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George W Bush attacks Biden over Afghanistan withdrawal: ‘The consequences are going to be unbelievably bad’


George W Bush attacks Biden over Afghanistan withdrawal: ‘The consequences are going to be unbelievably bad’

George W Bush attacks Biden over Afghanistan withdrawal: ‘The consequences are going to be unbelievably bad’

George W Bush has attacked Joe Biden for withdrawing all remaining US forces from Afghanistan, and warned of “unbelievably bad” consequences for both the Middle East and the US.

The former US president told German broadcaster Deutsche Welle on Tuesday that by withdrawing all US and NATO troops from Afghanistan by 31 August, Mr Biden was making a “mistake”.

He told DW: “I think the consequences are going to be unbelievably bad”.

“Afghan women and girls are going to suffer unspeakable harm. This is a mistake,” said Mr Bush. “They’re just going to be left behind to be slaughtered by these very brutal people, and it breaks my heart.”

The Republican, who sent American troops to Iraq and Afghanistan in the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks, was talking about the Taliban’s gains in the region as US and NATO forces fully withdraw.

The Taliban, who were removed from power by the US-led invasion, were accused of harbouring its former leader, Osama bin Laden, and others connected to the 2011 terror attacks.

It claims that its fighters have regained control of 85 per cent of Afghanistan — a figure that is impossible to independently verify and disputed by Afghan authorities — in the wake of US withdrawal.


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