British Government Mulls Blacklisting Afghanistan

The British government proposed to blacklist Afghanistan, according to reports from the Telegraph newspaper on Monday, August 23, which permits authorities to arrest people up to 10 years once proven that they visited the barred territory.

“We’re looking at every option available at this stage about how we proceed in the future. This is one of the options,” a government source told The Telegraph. 

The source stressed that ministers and officials are focusing on evacuating all U.K. nationals and eligible Afghans out of Afghanistan as quickly as possible.

Lord Carlile of Berriew, a former independent reviewer of terrorism, said that blacklisting the nation will be more logical than simply barring specific terrorist networks and their splinter groups.

Authorities will discuss proposals to blacklist Afghanistan thoroughly in the Whitehall later this week, as attention shifts to long-term threats of the Taliban takeover.

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