An Afghan doctor and humanitarian whose life’s work was upended by the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan is warning that his homeland could become a hive of human rights abuses following President Biden’s much-criticized withdrawal of U.S. forces.
“It was not a wise decision to leave a nation in a very, very hard situation,” Dr. Wais Aria told Fox News Friday. “People deserve to have their civil rights. The women deserve to have their rights.”
Aria and his family were beaten by the Taliban on multiple attempts to reach Kabul’s airport before the final U.S. plane left. After spending days waiting outside the perimeter, they finally got in and are now safely in Virginia, where they’ve lived since 2017.
But the Taliban swept across the country, conquering most of it as the U.S.-backed Afghan government and military collapsed in real time, leaving millions of Afghans at the mercy of the radical Islamist group that once allowed al Qaeda terrorists to plot 9/11.
Biden’s botched withdrawal has prompted a storm of criticism from all sides – and some experts have asked why it went down without better planning or the involvement of United Nations peacekeepers to maintain order. The Taliban took control of Kabul and set up checkpoints outside the airport where U.S. forces were racing to evacuate tens of thousands of people ahead of Biden’s Aug. 31 deadline.
Then a suicide bomber killed 13 American service members and dozens of Afghan civilians at a gate to the facility.
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