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Fully Afghan withdrawal could create security vacuum in region: Ex US president

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KABUL: Former US President George W. Bush said during a Fox News interview that completely withdrawing U.S. armed forces from Afghanistan is not necessary and could create a vacuum in the region.

“I’ve always warned that no U.S. presence in Afghanistan will create a vacuum, and into that vacuum is likely to come people who treat women as second-class citizens,” Bush said during the interview.

“I’m also deeply concerned about the sacrifices of our soldiers, and our intelligence community, will be forgotten,” the former president said.

“And you know, was it necessary? I don’t think so,” Bush added.

The comments took place as Bush discussed his new book “Out of Many, One: Portraits of America’s Immigrants.” The title includes a collection of images featuring several paintings by the former president.

President Joe Biden announced in April that the 2,500 U.S. troops remaining in Afghanistan would be pulled out by Sept. 11, the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Some conservatives have criticized Biden’s plans to remove the remaining American forces.

GOP Rep. Michael Waltz of Florida, a U.S. Army Special Forces veteran who served in Afghanistan, is among those who oppose Biden’s plan.

“Nobody wants the troops to come home more than those of us who have had to sacrifice so much, but the last thing I want to see is another 9/11,” he told Fox News in April.

“The best way that I think to cause another 9-11 to happen is to pull all of our troops out of Afghanistan when half the world’s terrorist organizations are still there and the intelligence community is very clear they intend to hit us again,” he continued.

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