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British Nationals Evacuation from Afghanistan Continued

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The UK government vowed to continue the evacuation process of British nationals out of Afghanistan.

Defence Minister Ben Wallace expected that hundreds of British nationals will leave in the coming days.

Kabul’s international airport was open and secure for those eligible to leave for the UK, he added.

Around 4,000 British nationals are believed to be in Afghanistan.

The UK is also evacuating Afghans who worked for British forces.

600 Troops Sent to Afghanistan

Earlier last week, Britain said that it will send around 600 troops to Afghanistan to help UK nationals leave the country.

The decision came amid growing concerns about the security situation following the rapid advance of the Taliban.

The troops will provide protection and logistical support for the relocation of British nationals.

Wallace said troops will also help speed up efforts to swiftly relocate interpreters and other Afghan staff who worked alongside UK forces in Afghanistan.

“If we manage to keep it in the way we’re planning to, we should have capacity for over 1,000 people a day to exit to the United Kingdom,” he said.

“Currently, this is not about capacity on planes, it’s about processing speeds, so that’s why I’m trying to fix that.”

Kabul Collapse

The Taliban has claimed victory after taking over the capital of Kabul last weekend.

Fighters have seized the presidential palace and the government has collapsed.

Moreover, President Ashraf Ghani fled abroad.

This came a few days after foreign forces started withdrawing from the country.

The last German troops left Afghanistan earlier last month, bringing to an end almost two decades of involvement in the country.

The US military also started preparing its withdrawal from Afghanistan by September 2021, a deadline set by US President Joe Biden to end America’s longest war.

Kabul has earlier urged all European countries in early July to halt forced deportations for the next three months.

However, the renewed violence foiled any hope to restore calm in the country.

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