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UK says it has evacuated 4,000 people from Afghanistan

In addition to 4,000 or so U.K. citizens, there are thought to be around 5,000 Afghan allies, such as translators and drivers, who are earmarked for a seat on a plane. 

Published: 22nd August 2021 04:58 PM  |   Last Updated: 22nd August 2021 04:58 PM   |  A+A-

Afghan women and children at Kabul airport wait for their turn to be evacuated from Afghanistan.

Afghan women and children at Kabul airport wait for their turn to be evacuated from Afghanistan. (Photo | AP)

By Associated Press

LONDON: Britain’s Ministry of Defense says the country’s armed forces have evacuated nearly 4,000 people from Afghanistan since Aug. 13.

Though it did not provide further details, it’s clear that the majority of those evacuated by British troops are Afghans who have helped Britain over the past 20 years.

In addition to 4,000 or so U.K. citizens, there are thought to be around 5,000 Afghan allies, such as translators and drivers, who are earmarked for a seat on a plane. As of last Wednesday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Britain had managed to get out over 2,000 Afghans and 300 or so U.K. citizens.

“Our Armed Forces continue to work tirelessly at Kabul Airport to ensure the safe evacuation of British nationals and Afghan civilians,” the ministry said in a statement on Twitter.



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