Bush warns Afghanistan Withdrawal could harm women and girls if the Taliban regain power

Former President George W. Bush said he is concerned that President Joe Biden's decision to withdraw all US forces from Afghanistan on 9/11 could harm women and girls in the long term if the "brutal" Taliban movement returns to power.



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Former President George W. Bush said he is concerned that President Joe Biden's decision to withdraw all US forces from Afghanistan before 9/11 could harm women and girls in the long term if the "brutal" Taliban movement returns to power.


Biden announced the withdrawal of American forces from the region on April 14, saying that now is "the right time to end the longest American war" and "the right time for the return of American forces to the homeland", and indicated that the attacks of September 11, 2001 in New York City "cannot explain." The reason U.S. soldiers should remain in the Central Asian country.


“My first reaction was, wow, these girls are going to have real trouble with the Taliban,” Bush told NBC’s “Today” on Tuesday. “A lot of gains have been made, and so I’m deeply concerned about the plight of women and girls in that country.”

The move to reduce combat forces in Afghanistan was the first to make a maneuver by former President Donald Trump last year, with May 1 set as the deadline. Trump made clear an agreement with the Taliban, saying that troops would withdraw from the region in exchange for a promise from the Taliban to reduce violence, counterterrorism guarantees, and a commitment to pay for peace talks between Afghans.


Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who was on the team that negotiated an exit strategy with the Taliban under Trump, said last week that Biden was doing "the right thing," but stressed the importance of how the Biden administration implemented the plans.



CTM News

21 April 2021


Mary Hill



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