Final UK troops left Afghanistan

Final UK troops leave Kabul
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Daily US Times: The final UK diplomats, officials and troops have left Kabul, the British government has confirmed.

The departure of the Royal Air Force (RAF) flight brings to an end the UK’s 20-year military involvement in Afghanistan.

Since 14 August, more than 15,000 people have been evacuated by the UK.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the moment was a chance to reflect on the achievements of recent weeks – and the last two decades, such as weakening al-Qaeda and girls’ education in Afghanistan.

In a letter to the armed forces community, the Prime Minister acknowledged the fall of the Afghan capital to the Taliban will have been hard for them to watch.

Mr Johnson added it would be “an especially difficult time for the friends and loved ones of the 457 service personnel who laid down their lives” during the war.

Boris Johnson said Britain’s involvement in Afghanistan “kept al-Qaeda from our door for two decades and we are all safer as a result”.

He said: “Whether you are still serving or a veteran, a loved-one, a relation or a friend, you all played your part and you should feel immense pride.”

Downing Street said around 2,200 children were among people evacuated form Afghanistan, with the youngest one just one day old.

Around 5,000 Britons and their families alongside more than 8,000 Afghan former UK staff and their families and those considered at risk from the Taliban were airlifted from Kabul.

No 10 said the evacuation effort from Kabul’s airport saw the RAF record its single biggest capacity flight ever when 436 people were carried on a C-17 aircraft.

While addressing returning troops, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: “Every one of you [has] displayed the highest levels of professionalism and bravery. You have helped thousands to get to a better future and safety.”

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