The recent withdrawal of US Troops from Afghanistan has drawn critisism from the Former US president George W. Bush on Wednesday. Bush criticised the withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan and said civilians were being left to be “slaughtered” by the Taliban.
The interview at the Bush family’s summer home in Maine was conducted as part of the DW documentary “Angela Merkel – Navigating a World in Crisis,” which will be published on our DW Documentary YouTube channel in September, shortly before the federal elections which will determine Merkel’s succession.
Bush was interviewed for a documentary Navigating World in Crisis
“Afghan women and girls are going to suffer unspeakable harm. This is a mistake… They’re just going to be left behind to be slaughtered by these very brutal people, and it breaks my heart,” Bush told German broadcaster Deutsche Welle.
The former Republican president, who sent troops to Afghanistan in autumn 2001 after the September 11 attacks on New York’s World Trade Center, said he believed German Chancellor Angela Merkel “feels the same way”.
Watch the full interview with Former US President George W Bush here
Bush said Merkel, who is set to retire from politics later this year after 16 years in power, had brought “class and dignity to a very important position and made very hard decisions”.