The final civilian flights from the United Kingdom will depart Afghanistan soon




The final civilian flights
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On Saturday, British troops will complete their evacuation of civilians from Afghanistan, and hundreds of Afghans eligible for resettlement in the United Kingdom are likely to be left behind, according to armed forces leader Gen. Nick Carter.

The British defence minister, Ben Wallace, said on Friday that the country was in the final hours of its withdrawal and that only those who were already inside Kabul airport would be processed.

“We have some civilian flights to take out,” Carter told, “but they are limited at the moment. We’re nearing the end of the evacuation, which is expected to last the entire day. Our guys will then have to be transferred out on the remaining planes “he declared.

In the two weeks since the Taliban gained control of Afghanistan, the British military ministry said it had evacuated more than 14,500 Afghan and British nationals.

On Friday, Wallace projected that between 800 and 1,100 Afghans who had worked with Britain and were entitled to leave the country would not make it, while Carter put the number in the “high hundreds.”

According to Carter, many Afghans who were unable to flee believed that traveling to Kabul airport was too hazardous.