Between 800 and 1,100 Afghans eligible to move under the UK’s scheme “failed” to move out. (Photo: AFP)
The The last British civilian evacuation plane had already left KabulReports the commander of the British armed forces, who lamented that he “was unable to remove all” Afghans eligible to relocate after the Taliban seized power.
Britain’s armed forces chief, General Nick Carter, told the BBC that the operation would be completed “within Saturday”, before the August 31 deadline for US forces to withdraw.
Now “it will be necessary to bring our troops into the remaining planes”Total Carter.
He also noted that the evacuation “goed as well as possible”, but that it was “heartbreaking” that “we were not able to get everyone out”, according to Agence France-Presse.
The airlift of evacuees from Kabul is a massive military operation that required skilled armed forces personnel from all three services and countless specializations.
Second Lieutenant Firth explains the logistical challenges of an operation of this scale. pic.twitter.com/lMPA1zsWBJ
Ministry of Defense 🇬🇧 (DefenceHQ) August 28, 2021
UK Ambassador to Afghanistan Laurie Bristow tweeted a video of him standing at Kabul airport with a military aircraft in the background, wearing a flak jacket.
In the recording he said that His team was working “until the last minute to evacuate British nationals, Afghans and others at risk”. And that since August 13, they have rescued “nearly 15,000 lives.”
Nearly 15,000 British nationals, Afghan staff and others at risk have been evacuated from Kabul since Operation Pitting began – and our commitment to the people of Afghanistan will remain unwavering. pic.twitter.com/zUQ52ps1cE
Laurie Bristow (@laurie_bristow) August 28, 2021
The commander of the armed forces estimated that the number of eligible Afghans who had not been evacuated was “in the hundreds” and stressed that they would be welcome in the UK if they were able to leave after the deadline.
For his part, Defense Minister Ben Wallace previously appreciated this Between 800 and 1,100 Afghans eligible to move under the UK’s “failed” exit scheme.
As the United Kingdom concluded its withdrawal, controversy grew in the country over the case of Paul Farthing, the British director of an animal charity, who was waiting for a privately chartered plane to take him out of a shelter in Kabul with him. About 200 cats and dogs.