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Afghanistan Update:

Former US President Bush Calls Afghanistan Troop Withdrawal "a Mistake"
  • US and NATO forces began withdrawing from Afghanistan in early May.
  • The US military said recently that its ongoing troop withdrawal is more than 90% complete and President Joe Biden said it would be complete by August 31.
  • At the end of June, Germany announced it had withdrawn all troops from the country and closed its consulate general in Mazar-i-Sharif in northern Afghanistan.
  • Italy has also declared the end of its mission in Afghanistan and Poland has already brought all its troops home.
  • US and NATO troops on July 2 vacated the symbolic Bagram Air Base in Kabul, which was once the epicenter of the US military's operations in the country.
Former US President Bush sent troops to Afghanistan in autumn 2001, following the September 11 terror attacks in the United States. In an interview with Deutsche Welle, he now calls the troop withdrawal "a Mistake"
"I'm afraid Afghan women and girls are going to suffer unspeakable harm...
...They're just going to be left behind to be slaughtered by these very brutal people, and it breaks my heart"
-Former President Bush
Bush's comments refer to the hardline Islamic Taliban that are making sweeping gains across the country amid the drawdown of US and NATO forces, set to be complete by September — 20 years after the war began.

Bush added that he believed German Chancellor Angela Merkel "feels the same way" about the pullout.
Political and military control have been handed to the Afghan government, which was meant to be carrying out peace talks with the Taliban.

But the Taliban have been carrying out an offensive, particularly in Afghanistan's rural areas, bringing more territories under their control.
On Wednesday, they reported taking control of the strategic Afghan border crossing to Pakistan at Spin Boldak on the border with Pakistan.

Time Until US President Biden's Expected Early Completion of Troop Withdrawal:

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Kabul, Afghanistan

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