United Kingdom to Send 200 More Troops to Kabul

The United Kingdom will send a further 200 troops to Kabul to help with the evacuation efforts amid chaotic scenes in the Afghan capital seized by the Taliban.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) confirmed that the government will send the additional troops, bringing the U.K. armed forces personnel in the Afghan city to around 900, to assist in patrolling the Kabul international airport where a number of people have died.

Last week, the government sent 600 troops to assist the 100 personnel stationed in Kabul.

MoD also confirmed that further personnel are being prepared to be deployed in short notice in case they are needed.

The U.K. Foreign Office advised the 4,000 U.K. nationals and eligible Afghans thought to be in Kabul to leave evacuated in “the days that come” after 289 Afghans who worked with U.K. troops had arrived to the U.K. over the last week.

Another 150 U.K. nationals are due to arrive in the U.K. from Kabul on Aug. 17.

The U.K. Foreign Office advised the 4,000 U.K. nationals and eligible Afghans thought to be in Kabul to leave.

“What matters right now is focusing on getting British nationals out, getting out those who have so loyally served the U.K., and making sure that the gains that we’ve made over 20 years are not lost,” Raab said.

According to the Home Office on Aug. 16 evening, the U.K. had admitted over 3,300 Afghan interpreters, staff, and their families for resettlement.


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