Bush Warns Troop Withdrawal May Harm Rights of Afghan Girls, Women


KABUL: Former US President George W. Bush expressed concern that Joe Biden’s decision to pull all US troops out of Afghanistan by September 11 would harm the rights of women and girls in the long run if the “brutal” Taliban retakes control.
On April 14, Biden announced the pullout of all US troops from Afghanistan and said “It is time to end America’s longest war.”
Bush during an interview with NBC on Tuesday, said, “My reaction was these girls are going to have a lot of trouble with the Taliban.” “I’m profoundly worried about the status of women and girls in that region, despite the progress made.”
When asked about the reconsideration of troop withdrawal, he said, “Well, I think we’ll see. I mean, the time will tell. I think the administration hopes that the girls are going to be OK through diplomacy. We’ll find out. And all I know is the Taliban, when they had the run of the place, they were brutal.”
When Bush was president, the war in Afghanistan began on October 7, 2001, less than a month after the September 11 attacks.
Former US President Donald Trump signed a deal with the Taliban in February 2020 based on which all US and its allies’ troops should leave Afghanistan by May 1.