Afghanistan live news: Biden defends withdrawal as Taliban patrol Kabul

‘I stand squarely behind my decision,’ says Biden; Kabul airport reopens with US in charge of air traffic control; Taliban patrol Kabul

George W Bush has released a statement about the war he started 20 years ago.

“Laura and I have been watching the tragic events unfolding in Afghanistan with deep sadness. Our hearts are heavy for both the Afghan people who have suffered so much and for the Americans and NATO allies who have sacrificed so much,” he wrote.

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai said she was deeply concerned about the situation in Afghanistan, particularly the safety of women and girls, and called on Monday for world leaders to take urgent action.

Yousafzai said US president Joe Biden “has a lot to do” and must “take a bold step” to protect the Afghan people, adding she had been trying to reach out to several global leaders.

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