Britain sends troops to Afghanistan to help evacuate staff and civilians

London — Britain has deployed hundreds of military personnel in Afghanistan to help British citizens and local translators leave the country, Secretary of Defense Ben Wallace said Thursday that Afghanistan’s security situation was deteriorating. Stated.

The British Embassy in Kabul has been moved to a safer location with only core staff.

As Taliban fighters occupied cities throughout Afghanistan after the withdrawal of the United States and Allied forces, the deployment of protective forces and back-up support was triggered by heightened violence.

“I added to support diplomatic presence in Kabul, to help British citizens leave the country, and to support the relocation of former Afghan personnel who endangered their lives with us. Approved the placement of military personnel in Kabul, “Wallace said in a statement.

“It was a long-term planning process, and in the current situation at the site in Afghanistan it was important to make a decision to move to that stage,” he told another briefing.

British Ambassador Laurie Bristow is one of the people staying in Kabul. Last week, Britain advised all Afghan people to leave.

The first army is expected to arrive by the weekend, and that number could eventually increase to 600. They include healthcare professionals and professional planners to assist in managing the withdrawal.

Thousands of foreign aids include Afghan interpreters and other local personnel eligible to move to the UK, as well as others with a British passport. They use commercial flights.

British troops were first deployed in Afghanistan in 2001 following the September 11 attack on the United States and played a major role in combat operations until 2014. A total of 457 British soldiers were killed in the country.

The speed and violence of the Taliban’s advance has sparked criticism among many Afghans for US President Joe Biden’s decision to withdraw US troops and force the Afghan government to fight alone.

Britain also withdrew its troops as part of a coordinated move between NATO and the United States.

William James