Sunday, January 16, 2022

Latest news: The last British troops begin to arrive from Afghanistan

Associated Press Report

LONDON-After a two-week evacuation operation in the UK, military planes carrying British troops and diplomats from Kabul are landing at an air base in the UK.

Hours after the government announced that all British personnel had left Kabul, the British Ambassador to Afghanistan Laurie Bristow was one of the people who arrived at RAF Brize Norton in northwest London on Sunday. one.

The UK stated that more than 15,000 British citizens and vulnerable Afghans have been evacuated in the past two weeks, but as many as 1,100 Afghans who have the right to come to the UK are still left behind.

Lieutenant General Ben Kee, who was in charge of the British operation, said: “We did our best.”

In a video message, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson praised this “enormous” effort, calling it “a mission different from anything we have seen in our lifetime.”

But he faced strong criticism for failing to bring back to safety all the Afghans who helped the British army during the 20-year deployment in Afghanistan that began after 9/11.

Johnson admitted that the United Kingdom “would not want to leave in this way,” but he said “we must admit that we came in with the United States to defend and support the United States, and that the U.S. military fought most of the battle.”

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— Find more AP reports on https://apnews.com/hub/afghanistan

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Here is what is happening:

Tirana, Albania-Two more planes brought Afghans who were afraid of the Taliban to Albania, bringing the total number of evacuees to 457.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Sunday that the two planes landed at dawn, carrying 154 and 28 Afghans, respectively. Most of them will be temporarily placed on a student campus in the capital Tirana, while others will be taken directly to the hotel.

Albania’s goal is to place all evacuees in hotels rather than camps, so that they can feel normal.

Albania is one of the first countries to cooperate with Afghans who have worked with US and NATO forces and other Afghans who fear reprisals after the Taliban take over.

Afghans in Albania come from different backgrounds, including activists and university staff, as well as children.

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Madrid-The U.S. Embassy in Spain stated that the third plane sent by the U.S. military to Spain has arrived at the Rota military base.

The flight arrived early Sunday, carrying 220 people evacuated from Afghanistan.

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Kabul, Afghanistan-The US State Department is urging all Americans near the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan to leave the area immediately because this is a concrete and credible threat.

The early warning on Sunday morning stated that U.S. citizens should avoid going to the airport at this time and avoid all airport boarding gates. It specifically pointed out the South (Airport Circle) gate, the new Ministry of the Interior and the gate near the Panjshir gas station on the northwest side of the airport.

A suicide bombing at the airport on Thursday killed at least 169 Afghans and 13 American soldiers.

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