hey United Kingdom finished his campaign to end this saturday (28) Afghanistan After leaving a flight with his last troops in the country and said he regretted not being able to evacuate hundreds of Afghan allies.
The Defense Ministry tweeted that “one last flight carrying personnel of the British Armed Forces departs from Kabul”., message with a picture of tired soldiers on the plane.
Hours earlier, the UK sent its last plane to evacuate civilians from Afghanistan and dedicated its last effort to evacuate the remaining diplomatic and military personnel before the August 31 deadline for the departure of US troops.
British Prime Minister, boris johnson, thanked all those who participated in the operation and highlighted that 15,000 people were evacuated in at least two weeks.
“I want to thank everyone involved and the thousands of people who have served there over the past two decades,” he said in a message on social media.
General Nick Carter, the commander of the United Kingdom’s Armed Forces, said the withdrawal operation “went as best as possible” but that it was “disappointing” not to be able to “take them all out”. Carter estimated the number of eligible Afghans who were not evacuated to be “in the hundreds”.
Defense Secretary Ben Wallace had previously speculated that The UK “cannot leave” between 800 and 1,100 Afghans eligible for relocation under the scheme.
One of the last to leave Kabul was British director of animal charity Naujad, Paul or “Pen” Farthing, whose campaign to rescue 200 cats and dogs on private chartered aircraft has sparked controversy in the UK.
“We are relieved to confirm that Penn and Naujad’s animals left Afghanistan in the afternoon and are safe,” the organization said on Twitter.
Farthing’s insistence on taking out the animals, while many Afghans were left behind, including some Naujad workers, was widely criticized in Britain.
Tom Tugendhat, chairman of the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee, explained to LBC Radio that an Afghan translator working for the UK had asked him, “Why is my five-year-old son worth less than a dog?”