Afghan Army officers witnessed a “humanitarian disaster” before evacuating to Britain


The captain of the Afghan National Army described a “humanitarian disaster” he witnessed in a Taliban-controlled area when he fled to Kabul Airport before evacuating to Britain.

Captain Muraal, a 26-year-old captain of the Afghan army, has been evacuated as part of the British government’s Afghan Migration Assistance Policy (ARAP).

A video released by the Ministry of Defense (MoD) shows a police officer aboard a British military aircraft with others fleeing Afghanistan after passing a check with British troops at Kabul International Airport in Kabul. increase.

Mural, whose name was not disclosed for security reasons, evacuated with her immediate family due to the dangers they also faced.

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Captain Mural at Kabul Airport, in a dateless handout, is aboard a British military aircraft to evacuate from Afghanistan to the United Kingdom. (Ministry of Defense / PA)

She states: It was difficult to secure, but it was successful thanks to the British Army. We are safe here at the air force base and even safer in the UK. “

Muraal goes on to say: “The road to safety was tough and a humanitarian disaster.

“People waited for many nights while the Taliban ruled the first gate. There was a lot of suffering.”

The captain served in the Afghan Armed Forces for eight years after training at the British Academy of Defense in Shrivenham.

She also holds a Master’s degree in Military and Security Studies from King’s College London.

To board the evacuation flight, the captain had to cross several Taliban checkpoints to reach British troops at Kabul Airport.

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Captain Mural at Kabul Airport, in a dateless handout, is aboard a British military aircraft to evacuate from Afghanistan to the United Kingdom. (Ministry of Defense / PA)

In a video released by MoD showing Mural at Kabul Airport, she said: It was very crowded and they also controlled the gates and didn’t let people in.

“I passed here today with the support of the British Army. I’m really happy.

“I’m very relieved. My concern is that I’m getting into the airport and getting out of here. I’m very happy to be able to do that today.”

“It feels so good and I’m relieved to be in the airport. I think my family is safe now.”

According to MoD, more than 7,000 Afghans eligible to apply for relocation to the UK under ARAP have arrived safely in the UK since April 2021.

Since August 13, more than 5,000 people have been evacuated from Afghanistan by the military.

Mural said he plans to continue his research in Britain and “wants to support the British Army with all the abilities I can.”

The British program to evacuate Afghanistan and British from Kabul Airport is known as Operation Pitching.

On Monday, Defense Minister Ben Wallace emphasized the urgency of the operation, saying there was “hours instead of weeks” to evacuate British passport holders and Afghans from the country as much as possible.

On Tuesday, the US government, which led the international military coalition in Afghanistan, said it was not ready to extend the withdrawal date beyond August 31st.

At the end of the evacuation operation, the British Government will begin the “second phase” of resettlement programs for Afghans who do not want to live under Taliban control.

On Monday, military minister James Heappey said Afghans could apply for resettlement in the UK in the near future at refugee camps or the British embassy in countries adjacent to Afghanistan.

David Lynch

PA

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