British troops rescued more than 12,000 people from Kabul


According to the British Minister, British troops have rescued a total of more than 12,000 people from Afghanistan, including nearly 2,000 in the last 24 hours.

The evacuation mission is on its final day and time as the troops have completed the operation and are preparing to escape before the August 31 deadline.

It is estimated that about 1,000 Afghans allowed to come to the UK still remain in Kabul.

Army Minister James Heappey said Britain had airlifted 12,279 people from Afghanistan since August 13.

This includes 1,988 people who have participated in eight RAF flights in the last 24 hours.

He said there are 11 more flights scheduled from Kabul today.

A PA news agency reported on August 25 that it was estimated that nearly 2,000 Afghans who were allowed to evacuate the United Kingdom under Afghan relocation and support policies were still stuck in Kabul.

However, Heappey said the unprocessed number was reduced by “potentially half” of the previous estimate.

The government has not given exact figures on how many British people are still in Afghanistan.

British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab previously said that “almost all” single-national British citizens who wanted to return home are now leaving Afghanistan.

The threat of a terrorist attack at Kabul Airport by a local ISIS spin-off group is currently hampering final evacuation efforts.

British and US officials have warned people not to travel to the airport, perhaps because Heapy described it as a “very imminent” risk of a “very deadly” attack within Kabul.

“As a result, we had to change our travel advice to actually find a safe place away from the airport and advise people to wait for further instructions so they wouldn’t come to the airport.” He told the BBC.

Britain’s evacuation is expected to end the next day or two, or at least dramatically reduce, as the military ends its operations and begins withdrawing before the August 31 deadline.

Heapy did not say whether today’s flight from Kabul marks the end of rescue operations.

Former Secretary of Defense Sir David Richards previously told The Daily Telegraph that relief efforts are likely to end by Friday, but British troops “sneaked in other people who arrived late with theirs. I will continue to do it. “

The French Prime Minister has already announced that France will end its evacuation flight tomorrow.

In the United States, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said evacuation could continue to the end, but admitted that they should prioritize transferring U.S. military capabilities “in the last few days.” rice field.

He said more than 4,400 American citizens had been evacuated so far.

According to him, more than 80,000 people, mainly Afghanistan, have been airlifted by the United States since August 14.

PA contributed to this report

Simon Veazey

Simon Veazey

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Simon Veazey is a UK-based journalist who has been reporting on the Epoch Times since 2006 on a variety of beats, from detailed coverage of British and European politics to web-based writing of the latest news.