Boris Johnson told troops and veterans that Britain was “forever grateful” and that it was not “chance or good luck” that Britain was safe for 20 years after the attack from Afghanistan. rice field.
In an open letter, the Prime Minister said he was “lost in praise for the heroic efforts of all” involved in the pitching operation, an evacuation operation to eliminate British citizens and Afghan allies from Kabul Airport.
“Sure, there was nothing like this in speed and scale in my life,” Johnson wrote when the last military and diplomat left Kabul on Saturday and the operation was over.
And he realized that the collapse of Afghanistan into the Taliban 20 years later would be difficult to understand.
“In the last two decades, thousands of people have devoted years of life to service in Afghanistan, which is often the most difficult situation, especially the friends of the 457 servicemen who died. I think this will be a particularly difficult time for people and loved ones, “said Johnson.
But he reiterated his message that their sacrifice was not in vain, saying:
“In the last two decades, there have been no terrorist attacks on Afghanistan’s soil against the United Kingdom and other Western nations. I know this was not due to chance or good luck.
“Our country has been protected because you have joined our allies to fight al-Qaeda, destroy training camps, disband or eliminate leaders, and weaken their core. I don’t want to think about what would have happened if I hadn’t performed an important task.
“You have kept al-Qaeda away from our doors for 20 years, and as a result we are safer than everyone else.”
He also emphasized the impact on the people of Afghanistan, such as girls’ education, landmine clearance, or many homes that use electricity for the first time.
“I don’t think any of these benefits will be canceled quickly,” the Prime Minister said.
“Once given an education, it was never taken away, and this progress would never have happened without your efforts and sacrifices.
“Whether you are still serving, a veteran, a loved one, an official, or a friend, you are all doing your part and you should be very proud.”
He added, “Don’t lose sight of the essential fact that you fulfilled the first duty of the British Army-to protect our country-and we thank you forever for what you did. . “