Afghanistan News Live: Latest Updates As UK “Urges US to Extend Evacuation Deadline”
Tobias Ellwood says the “special relationship” between the UK and the US “is not what it used to be”
Foreign Minister Dominic Raab is pushing US officials to extend the deadline for evacuating those trapped in Afghanistan beyond August, according to a young minister.
Armed Forces Minister James Heappey said on Sunday that Raab had made “representations” to his counterparts in the United States about giving people more time to leave the country after the Taliban takeover .
It came as a NATO official confirmed that at least 20 people were killed near Kabul airport following chaotic scenes as large crowds gathered to escape the country.
Meanwhile, a senior Conservative MP has warned that the crisis in Afghanistan shows there has been a “demise” of the so-called special relationship between the UK and the US.
Tobias Ellwood, chairman of the Commons Defense Committee, said on Sunday that the UK had “not been included in the conversations” around the withdrawal of US troops – which led to the takeover of the country by the United States. Taliban.
Johnson says G7 leaders will meet on Tuesday for “urgent talks” on Afghanistan
Boris Johnson said G7 leaders would meet on Tuesday for “urgent talks” on the crisis in Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover of the country.
Earlier this week, the Prime Minister spoke to Joe Biden about the situation in the country and agreed to hold a virtual meeting of world leaders to discuss a common strategy for the crisis.
“It is vital that the international community work together to ensure safe evacuations, prevent a humanitarian crisis and support the Afghan people to achieve the gains of the past 20 years,” Johnson said on Sunday.
Conrad Duncan22 Aug 2021 13:55
UK calls for extension of evacuation deadline in Afghanistan, minister says
Foreign Minister Dominic Raab has made “representations” to his American counterparts in an attempt to extend the deadline for evacuating Afghanistan beyond August, a young minister said.
Asked about the need for an extension, Armed Forces Minister James Heappey said: “You know that the Minister of Foreign Affairs has made representations to his counterpart and to the Minister of Defense and similarly.
“If the program is extended, then it is possible to continue the flights.
“But the Taliban get a vote on this too, it’s not just a decision made in Washington, so I think it’s important to stress another point, which is that people shouldn’t despair that every Once the airlift, the military airlift, ends, that’s the end of their chances of leaving Afghanistan.
Mr Heappey added: “The Home Secretary announced that there would be other routes to the resettlement program from across the region, perhaps through management centers in refugee camps, embassies, high commissions. “
Conrad Duncan22 Aug 2021 13:39
Blair insists UK involvement in Afghanistan is not a ‘hopeless endeavor’
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair insisted that the UK’s involvement in Afghanistan over the past 20 years has not been a ‘hopeless endeavor’, despite the rapid takeover of the country by the Taliban .
“Our troops have been fantastic in Afghanistan, and many of them have made the ultimate sacrifice, many of them have been injured,” Blair said.
“And it’s really important that they know that this wasn’t a hopeless endeavor, and it wasn’t a bad cause.
“It was a good cause, that we went there because we had a state of Afghanistan transformed into a state ruled by an extremist Islamist group that housed people carrying out attacks, like the 9/11 bombing, and who were providing support to terrorist groups around the world.
The former Labor leader added: ‘We have been there for very good reasons, and we have achieved a lot through these British and American armed forces and others over the past 20 years.
“What I would tell them is that the sacrifice was not in vain, that these 20 years count. What we achieved in Afghanistan counts today.
“I think it’s really important for people to realize this, the story of Afghanistan, the story of the Taliban takeover, it’s not over. It’s tragic what happened, I think it’s unnecessary, I think we made a big mistake in doing it this way, but it’s not over yet.
Conrad Duncan22 Aug 2021 13:30
Video: Scottish health service targets Raab during rally in Afghanistan
Humza Yousaf took aim at Dominic Raab and the UK government as he addressed the crowd at the Afghanistan rally in Glasgow.
The Scottish Health Secretary said Mr Raab was “more busy having Pina Coladas by the pool than helping the Afghan interpreters”.
The MSP also said that there was “not a single ounce of compassion from the British government” for the Afghan people after the Taliban overthrew their government.
Watch: Scottish Health Secretary targets Raab at Afghanistan rally in Glasgow
Scottish Health Secretary Humza Yousaf has targeted Dominic Raab and the UK government as he addresses the crowd at the Afghanistan rally in Glasgow. also said that there was “not a single ounce of compassion from the British government” for the Afghan people after the Taliban overthrew their government. the hundreds of thousands, not a single apology from the UK government. “
Sam hancock22 Aug 2021 13:20
Conservative MP says colleagues ‘stunned’ by lack of British leadership in Afghan crisis
Sam hancock22 Aug 2021 13:10
US airlines will be used to transport Afghan evacuees – Pentagon
Joe Biden’s administration said today that commercial planes will be used to help transport evacuees from Afghanistan.
A Pentagon spokesperson revealed on Sunday that the 18 planes, including flights from United, American Airlines and Delta, would not serve Kabul but would be used to transport people who have already left Afghanistan.
This is the third time that such a decision has been taken as part of the “civilian reserve air fleet”, according to a Reuters analysis.
Sam hancockAugust 22, 2021 1:00 PM
Video: BBC presenter goes down during Afghanistan’s history
BBC presenter breaks down in tears on live television during Afghanistan’s story
Sam hancockAugust 22, 2021 12:50
Afghan withdrawal was ‘not something we had to do’, says Blair
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair suggests that the “conditional” deal former US President Donald Trump made with the Taliban fell apart when the militant group failed to “change its behavior.”
“The agreement [Mr Trump] reached with the Taliban was contingent on behavioral changes on the part of the Taliban, ”he told Sky News,“ and they literally broke the terms of this agreement without any qualms. “
“So I think it’s important to realize that this is not something we have to do,” he added.
Sam hancockAugust 22, 2021 12:40
People walk away after Kabul airport gates closed – German general
A German general, who is currently stationed at Kabul airport, said people were moving away from the north and east gates of the airfield because they are now closed.
We will bring you updates on this as they develop.
Sam hancockAugust 22, 2021 12:27
Opinion: “The difficult choice of the Afghans over the Taliban”
Our international correspondent Borzou Daragahi asks to what extent the Afghan people are prepared to challenge the country’s new leadership.
The Afghan humanitarian aid official and his family tried to get to Kabul airport. They desperately wanted to leave the country. But they were intimidated by the massive and desperate crowd outside and the presence of unruly soldiers protecting the facility.
The 52-year-old has called relatives and members of his extended family who are in contact with “the other side,” as he described the Taliban. He pleaded with them to vouch for him and his family, and to be assured that the militant fundamentalists who now control Afghanistan will not harm him.
As the Taliban now dominate Afghanistan, thousands of such negotiations take place every day, with ordinary Afghans struggling to resist or welcome their new masters to pursue their own lives and ambitions.
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Sam hancockAugust 22, 2021 12:20