“We are nearing the end of the evacuation, and we hope to have that done during the day, at which point it will be necessary to bring our forces back on the remaining flights,” the general told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.
According to Carter, the operation that began on August 13 went well “under the circumstances”, but he admitted that London would not be able to evacuate all the people who wanted to leave Afghanistan after the Taliban seized power.
He pointed out that we receive very disturbing messages from Afghan friends. According to British government data, about 14,500 people have managed to escape, but it is estimated that between 800 and 1,000 Afghans are eligible for evacuation, and there are still between 100 and 150 British nationals in Kabul.
The Taliban, never completely defeated in the 20 years of foreign occupation of Afghanistan, began to regain strength after the start of the US-led coalition withdrawal last year, and on August 15 it entered Kabul without facing resistance from President Ashraf’s armed forces. Ghani who fled to the United Arab Emirates.
The return to power caused thousands of people, mostly collaborators with the occupation forces, to flock to the capital’s airport in the hope of being evacuated along with foreigners before the deadline for the exit of US forces on August 31 expires. .
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