On Thursday, the UK is finally pushing nearly 2,000 Afghan interpreters and staff to take out of Kabul. It is expected that this will be the last day of the Royal Air Force’s air operations. As the deadline for the withdrawal of foreign troops approaches August 31, tensions have intensified.
A military source stated that in the last few days, suicide bombers or light weapons launched a “risk of the terrorist attack on a British contingent of 1,000 people. Very high” before they left.
Britain is talking with Taliban representatives in Afghanistan and the Gulf to facilitate the evacuation and seek guarantees for the safety of the remaining personnel, but the ministers acknowledged that the chaos in Kabul has made it inevitably left behind for those who are eligible to come to Britain.
London officials insisted that the time for the last British evacuation flight has not yet been determined, but the Minister of Defense Ben Wallace made it clear in a conference call with MPs on Wednesday night that time is running out.
According to an agreement with Washington, the United Kingdom must end its presence at the airport before the final withdrawal of US troops and military equipment, which the Pentagon said will end in the last few days before the United States’ deadline for evacuation. President Joe Biden.
Since August 13, Britain has evacuated 10,291 people from 38 countries at a rate of 2,000 people per day, including more than 5,500 Afghans and their families.
The U.S. operation of transporting more than 80,000 people was the largest airlift in history, surpassing the number of people transported from Vietnam when Saigon fell in 1975. In the 24 hours from Tuesday to Wednesday, 90 passenger planes will take place every 39 minutes.
With more than 10,000 people waiting to leave at Kabul Airport, Brigadier General Dan Branchford, the commander of the British evacuation mission, described the “shocking” scenario in which “family and individuals had to fight in some very desperate situations” to pass the boarding gate.
Speaking in Kabul, Brig Blanchford said: “I am extremely proud of the frontline men and women here. They have seen and witnessed some heartbreaking scenes. In the past 72 hours, they have continued to be around the clock. Work to ensure that we can help as many Afghans and people in danger safely from Afghanistan to a safe place before we can help them.”
At the same time, Boris Johnson is under pressure to step up preparations for the possible “humanitarian disaster” that may occur after the airport closures warned by members of Congress and charities, as thousands of left-behind Afghans flee the hard-line fundamentalist regime’s revenge. In Kabul, its movement is no longer restricted.
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