UK Ends Evacuation Of Civilians In Afghanistan Last Saturday

JAKARTA, – A spokesman for the UK Ministry of Defence said that Saturday (28/08/2021) night had brought in Afghan refugees and British civilians in the last hours.
Sky News, which is British television broadcasting the British flight, was the last time and had left Kabul airport last night.

Quoted from Reuters on Saturday (28/08/2021) that Britain will only process people who are already inside Kabul airport. This was said directly by the British Secretary of Defense Ben Wallace.

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In addition, Laurie Bristow, British Ambassador to Afghanistan, also said that in the last two weeks, 15000 Afghans and British citizens had been evacuated. This Saturday will be the last.

“It is time to close this phase of operations but we must not forget the people who still have to leave, and we will do everything we can to help them,” he said in a statement at Kabul airport released by the British foreign ministry.

Britain has been a key US ally since the start of the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 that toppled the then-ruling Taliban.

The head of the British armed forces, General Nick Carter, speaking to Sky News, said Britain and its allies might work with the Taliban in the future to address the threat from the Islamic State militant group. The group, a common enemy of the West and the Taliban, was responsible for a suicide bombing outside Kabul airport on Thursday that killed dozens of people, including 13 members of the US military.

“If the Taliban are able to demonstrate that they can behave like a normal government would behave in relation to a terrorist threat, we may find that we operate together,” Carter said.

“But we’ll have to wait and see. Of course some of the stories we’re getting about the way they (Taliban) treat their enemies means it’s going to be very difficult for us to work with them at the moment,” Carter added. (Red)

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