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UK, France end Afghan evacuation efforts, but many who wish to flee left behind

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28.08.2021

France and the UK were ending their evacuations from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan over the weekend, officials said, after a suicide bombing left scenes of carnage outside Kabul airport.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and Defense Minister Florence Parly said their country’s airlift had to be stopped Friday night because “the security conditions [are] no longer being met at the airport.”

In a statement, the ministers blamed the lack of security on the “rapid disengagement of the American forces.” Parly tweeted that the French forces had managed to fly around 3,000 people out of Afghanistan before their airlift operation was halted.

Meanwhile, with Britain’s airlift from Kabul airport ending within hours, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson vowed Friday to “shift heaven and earth” to bring more Afghans to the UK.

Hundreds of people eligible for evacuation have been left behind.

Britain has evacuated almost 14,000 UK citizens and Afghans from Kabul in the two-week operation, but the final flights departed on Friday. Hundreds of UK troops at the airport are due to leave in the next few days.

UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace has said that about 1,000 Afghans authorized to come to Britain, and as many as 150 UK........

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