Angelina Jolie slams the US for 'chaotic' Afghanistan withdrawal

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Angelina Jolie credit:Bang Showbiz
Angelina Jolie credit:Bang Showbiz

Angelina Jolie has criticised the United States for the "chaotic" withdrawal from Afghanistan.

The 46-year-old actress – who has completed humanitarian work as a Special Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees – has expressed anger at the decision to withdraw American troops from the country, which has led to the Afghan government falling to the Taliban.

In an op-ed for Time magazine, Angelina wrote: "Whatever your views on the war in Afghanistan, we probably agree on one thing: it should not have ended this way.

"Giving up the idea of a peace agreement between the Afghan government and the Taliban, appearing to cut and run, and abandoning our allies and supporters in the most chaotic way imaginable, after so many years of effort and sacrifice, is a betrayal and failure impossible to fully understand."

Angelina says that she is "ashamed" of her country's manner of departure and feels the United States has been "diminished" by the events in Afghanistan.

She writes: "After all the bloodshed and effort and sacrifice and time, America seems to have lacked the will to plan this transition in a managed way. It was never going to be easy or perfect but could have been better, more decent and safer.

"As an American I am ashamed by the manner of our leaving. It diminishes us."

The 'Maleficent' actress is also worried for Afghan women as the Taliban are notorious for mistreating females.

Angelina explained: "We have lost leverage to influence what now happens in Afghanistan.

"We lack a strategy to monitor and support women and civil society in Afghanistan, who the Taliban have a history of targeting – banning girls from school, confining women to the home, and inflicting brutal physical punishments, including public lashing, on any woman perceived to have stepped out of line."

Jolie adds that the withdrawal from Afghanistan has created "a new refugee crisis, on top of record global displacement, with nearly a quarter of a million Afghans displaced within the country since May – 80 per cent of them women and girls."

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