Almost all single nationality UK citizens who want to leave Afghanistan have been brought home, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has confirmed.
Speaking to Sky News this morning (Wednesday) the Foreign Secretary said a further 2,000 people had been airlifted out of Kabul airport in the past 24 hours, taking the total number evacuated since the operation began in mid-August to more than 9,000.
Mr Raab said:
However, the pressure to save British allies such as interpreters and their families is intensifying by the hour afterUS President Joe Biden rejected calls to delay his Aug 31 exit date from Afghanistan.
Dominic Raab would not give a “precise timeline” for when Operation Pitting – the name given to the British military operation currently ongoing to evacuate British nationals and eligible Afghans from Afghanistan – would draw to an end. But reports suggest it could start winding up this week in order to give the military time to begin pulling out troops and equipment.
British Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has said it would not make sense to try to secure Kabul airport with British troops after the US pulls out.