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Britain has completed its expulsion operation in Afghanistan

Britain has completed its expulsion operation in Afghanistan

LONDON, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) – The last members of the British Armed Forces flew in from the Hamid Karzai airport in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Saturday.

“We thank everyone who bravely served under great pressure and in a terrible situation to ensure the evacuation of the most vulnerable civilians.” The British Ministry of Defense wrote on Twitter.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said more than 15,000 people had been evacuated in two weeks and thanked British troops for taking part in the evacuation.

The British daily The Guardian reports that more than 1,000 soldiers, diplomats and government officials were sent to Kabul from Britain to rescue British citizens and their Afghan allies from the Taliban as part of a so-called eviction operation.

According to General Nick Carter, Commander-in-Chief of the British Armed Forces, the expulsion operation “Successfully, As Conditionally As Possible”.

Earlier on Saturday, British Secretary of Defense Ben Wallace said an estimated 1,100 Afghans were eligible to leave Afghanistan.

Carter also said that if the Afghans were able to leave Afghanistan, they would be welcomed in Britain.

The United States has set Tuesday, August 31, as the deadline for leaving Afghanistan. Washington has announced that US forces will operate flights departing from Kabul at the last minute.

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