Saturday, October 1, 2022

48 hours to evacuate civilians from Afghanistan: former UK defense chief

According to a former defense chief, British troops have only 48 hours to evacuate civilians from Afghanistan if they are to return by the August 31 deadline.

talking to WireLord David Richards said he was “very certain” that logistics allowed only two more days for civilian rescue efforts to give the British forces time to evade themselves.

However, the former Chief of Defense Staff said he was sure he would “continue to dodge other people who are late with his men.”

The assessment comes after yesterday’s G7 meeting in which allies failed to persuade US President Joe Biden to keep US troops behind the deadline.

Before the G7 meeting, the Taliban warned again that they would not tolerate foreign troops beyond the deadline, adding that they were tightening their hold on the roads around the airport to allow Afghan civilians to enter the airport. to be prevented from leaving.

Kabul airport is the only way out of the country for people fleeing fearing retaliation by the Taliban for aiding foreign troops or helping Taliban opponents.

France’s European Affairs Minister Clement Beain told C News TV today that it is “very likely” that France’s campaign to evacuate its citizens and partners from Afghanistan will end on Thursday.

UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab says “almost all” single-nationality UK nationals who wanted to return are now outside Afghanistan.

He declined to say when the last evacuation flight would leave from Kabul.

Asked about that date, he said on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, “Military planners are working through a limited amount of time to reduce their personnel and equipment and so they will consolidate those details.”

“We’ll use every hour and day to maximize that throughput to take out as many of those residual cases.”

A total of 10,291 people have been evacuated from Afghanistan since August 13. final figures from Downing Street. Of these, more than 5,500 are Afghans and their families.

US President Joe Biden said US troops in Afghanistan face a growing threat as he pushed for the evacuation to be completed by the August 31 deadline, with aid agencies threatening a humanitarian crisis for a population left behind. warned.

Russia began evacuating more than 500 people from Afghanistan on 25 August with its first airlift since the start of the crisis.

America’s exit from Afghanistan is a security headache for Moscow, which sees Central Asia as its southernmost defense and fears the spread of radical Islamism in the region.

PA and Reuters contributed to this report.

Simon Weezy

freelance reporter

Simon Vezzy is a UK-based journalist who has reported for The Epoch Times since 2006 on a variety of beats, from in-depth coverage of British and European politics to web-based writing on breaking news.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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