The British military chief said Britain had completed the evacuation of civilians from Afghanistan on Saturday, and the operation “did as much as possible depending on the situation,” he told the BBC.
Army chief General Nick Carter said in a BBC Radio 4 “Today” show that Britain would stop flying civilians from Kabul’s airport from Saturday as evacuation ended before Tuesday’s withdrawal deadline. rice field.
“Then, of course, we would have to take our troops to the rest of the aircraft,” he said, admitting that many who wanted to leave Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover could not. rice field.
“We couldn’t take everyone out, and it was heartbreaking,” said General Carter. “There were some very difficult decisions that had to be made in the field.”
Laurie Bristow, the ambassador to Afghanistan, who has supported Kabul’s efforts, said Britain has evacuated about 15,000 British citizens, Afghanistan and others since August 13.
“It’s time to close this stage of the operation,” he said in a video posted on Twitter.
“But we still haven’t forgotten the people who need to leave,” Bristow said. “We will continue to do everything we can to help them, and we have never forgotten the brave and decent people of Afghanistan. They deserve peace and security.”
General Carter also warned that there remains a risk of further terrorist attacks after a suicide bombing near Kabul’s airport on Thursday. Among the nearly 200 people killed in the bombing were three British citizens, including one child.
British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said he was “deeply saddened” by his death.
“These were innocent people, and it is a tragedy that they were killed by timid terrorists when they tried to safely take their loved ones in Britain.”