Kabul mission to be completed by August 31: UK


LONDON: Britain’s foreign minister says he cannot give an “exact timeline” about the end of Britain’s evacuation flights from Afghanistan, but the mission will end by August 31.

“It is clear that the troops will be withdrawn by the end of the month,” Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said.

US President Joe Biden has dismissed pressure from Britain and other allies to push the evacuation campaign, saying it will end on August 31.

There are about 6,000 US troops at the airport helping people flee the Taliban, as well as smaller troops from other countries.

Raab said the British army would need time before the deadline to withdraw its men and equipment, but “we will make the most of the time left.”

He said British forces have airlifted 9,000 British civilians and at-risk Afghans from Kabul airport since the Taliban captured the Afghan capital on August 15.

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