The government is investigating whether veterans from the Afghan war may have lost their lives because they were distraught in the Taliban takeover, the defense minister said Monday.
In a series of broadcast interviews, military minister James Heappey told Sky News that at least one veteran, disappointed with the fall of Kabul, had recently died.
However, the minister later admitted that it was wrong to say that the former soldier committed suicide because of a US-led withdrawal, and said the government was still considering the possibility.
“There were many reports of what I was referring to. [on Sky News] It was inaccurate, “Hepee told the BBC Breakfast. “We are very careful to see if it is true that someone has killed us in the last few days.”
“But that should not undermine the fact that so many ministers have died in the last decade as a result of their service in Afghanistan.”
Heapey previously suggested to Sky News host Kay Burley that at least one British veteran in the Afghanistan war had killed himself “due to their feelings about the consequences of the withdrawal.”
However, the Defense Ministry (MoD) said Mr. Hepee’s remarks were false and that the recent withdrawal has not confirmed suicide cases among Afghan veterans.
Defense Minister, who served in Afghanistan while in the British Army, said he was “extremely worried” about the mental health of veterans since the fall of Kabul and called on the public to support military charities.
“I’m very worried about the mental health of my friends and ex-colleagues at the time,” he said. “That’s why governments and nations need to turn our arms around veterans and tell them how proud they are of what they have done.”
No 10 added by Boris Johnson on Monday to support military charities that provide veterans with mental health support to ensure that veterans’ requests for assistance are not unanswered. Said to announce £ 5 million.
Johnson also pledged to use “all economic, political and diplomatic means” to support Afghanistan left by Britain in defending critical legislators in dealing with the crisis. Repeat.
The prime minister will issue a statement to the House of Commons on Monday afternoon as Congress returns from summer vacation to confront the potential for humanitarian disasters.
Johnson also uses the Commons speech to thank the 150,000 British military personnel who have worked in Afghanistan over the last two decades.
Hepee, who reached a major position before entering politics, heard that the Taliban now dominates Afghanistan as a whole, but said the situation in Panjshir did not change the “big picture.”
The Taliban said on Monday that it dominated the province of Panjshir, north of Kabul. This is the country’s last anti-Taliban army holdout and the only state that the Taliban did not seize during the blitzkrieg in Afghanistan last month.