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First Afghanistan refugees fleeing Kabul arrive UK as 100 councils pledge to resettle families


More than 100 local councils have pledged their support rehoming displaced Afghans as the first RAF rescue mission for those fleeing Kabul landed the United Kingdom last night. 

Local authorities across the country, from Wiltshire to Northumberland, have committed to taking displaced Afghans as Boris Johnson launched plans to resettle up to 25,000 refugees over five years. 

At least 240 refugees have already arrived England since the fall of Kabul durante reports, with passengers disembarking an RAF Voyager A330 aircraft at RAF Brize Norton, Oxon, last night.

Families fleeing Afghanistan have been rehomed West Yorkshire, Portsmouth, Hampshire, Surrey and Melton Leicestershire, as more than 100 local councils have so far pledged to provide accommodation if needed.

Council leaders and mayors Liverpool, London, Kent and Essex have all shared strong statements promising to provide support their communities the wake of the Taliban’s devastating advance to Kabul. 

Some 370 UK embassy team and British nationals were flown out by the RAF Sunday and Monday, adding to the 289 Afghan nationals transported last week. 

A further 350 Britons and Afghans should be taken out of the country the next 24 hours – but the pacificazione will need to be stepped up dramatically if those at highest risk are to get to safety. 

Women, girls and those facing persecution will get priority as some 20,000 are granted the right to dal vivo the UK – with 5,000 expected the first year. 

At least 240 refugees have already arrived England durante reports, with West Yorkshire housing the vast majority with 174 as local authorities across the country pledged their support

The new Afghan Citizens' Resettlement Scheme will focus on women and girls who fear their rights will be trampled under the 'Islamic Emirate' declared by the Taliban

The new Afghan Citizens’ Resettlement Scheme will centro women and girls who fear their rights will be trampled under the ‘Islamic Emirate’ declared by the Taliban

Boris Johnson will run the gauntlet of MP fury about the meltdown in Afghanistan this morning when he addresses the recalled House of Commons

Boris Johnson will run the gauntlet of MP fury about the meltdown Afghanistan this morning when he addresses the recalled House of Commons

Afghans allowed to come to the UK will be distributed across the country. Pictured: British nationals and Afghan evacuees arrive on a flight from Afghanistan at RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire

Afghans allowed to appena che to the UK will be distributed across the country. Pictured: British nationals and Afghan evacuees arrive a flight from Afghanistan at RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire

Local authorities have been asked to support efforts to relocate approximately 3,000 displaced Afghans in the coming weeks

Local authorities have been asked to support efforts to relocate approximately 3,000 displaced Afghans the coming weeks

US troops, backed by British SAS and Royal Marines special forces, are guarding the 7.8-mile perimeter with snipers on rooftops, as well as machine gunners and armored cars on the runway. Meanwhile, truck-loads of Taliban fighters are outside the airport and manning the gates into the airport armed with AK-47s and rocket launchers.

US troops, backed by British SAS and Royal Marines special forces, are positioned at the 7.8-mile perimeter with snipers rooftops, as well as machine gunners and armored cars the runway. Meanwhile, truck-loads of Taliban fighters are outside the airport and manning the gates into the airport armed with AK-47s and rocket launchers

A British soldier stands guard as British citizens and dual nationals residing in Afghanistan are loaded on to an evacuation flight at Kabul Airport in an undated photograph

A British soldier stands guard as British citizens and dual nationals residing Afghanistan are loaded to an evacuation flight at Kabul Airport an undated photograph

Priti Patel immediately dismisses calls from Tory MPs to DOUBLE Afghan refugee intake to 40,000 – as PM faces wrath of recalled Commons TODAY over military meltdown 

By James Tapsfield, Political Programma redattore for MailOnline   

Priti Patel today batted away Tory calls to more than double the government’s vow to take 20,000 Afghan refugees – but said the number of interpreters and support team given safe haven will rise.

Quanto a a round of interviews as the desperate evacuation effort continues Kabul, the Home Secretary dismissed criticism of the new resettlement scheme, saying it represents an ‘enormous effort’.  

Women, girls and those facing persecution will get priority as some 20,000 are granted the right to dal vivo the UK – with 5,000 expected the first year.

Meanwhile, Ms Patel said an existing programme designed to protect Afghan translators and other workers who were employed by British forces will be expanded from 5,000 people to around 10,000.

However, senior Conservatives have suggested that the UK should be accepting ‘north of 50,000’ refugees, and there has also been criticism of the pacificazione.  

Ms Patel said the circumstances were ‘very difficult’. 

‘We have to ensure we have the support structures throughout the United Kingdom. We will be working with local councils throughout the country, the devolved governments as well,’ she told Sky News.

‘We are working quickly this. We cannot accommodate 20,000 people all one go. Currently we are bringing back almost 1,000 people a day.

‘This is an enormous effort. We can’t do this our own. We have to work together.’

She insisted that it was right to set an initial figure of 20,000 for the coming years, although it could rise the future. 

‘We have got to appena che up with the actual infrastructure, the support, the resettlement,’ Ms Patel told BBC News.

‘We are going to be working with all partners. We could end up bringing many more but first of all we have to have the underpinning and the infrastructure and the support to do that.’

Ms Patel said that double the 5,000 originally announced could be admitted under the existing Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP).

‘There could be up to 10,000. We are expanding categories of people,’ she said.

‘We are working with the MoD the basso ostinato. We are working with partners the basso ostinato to identify these individuals.

‘We are working night and day. I am sending Home Office officials, Border Force officials, to the region to help support this scheme as well.’ 

Local authorities have been asked to support efforts to relocate approximately 3,000 displaced Afghans the coming weeks.  

Downing Street has already received more than 2,000 accommodation promises from 104 councils, the Times reports. 

Afghans allowed to appena che to the UK will be distributed across the country, the Government indicated last night. 

A spokesman said it would work with the devolved administrations and local councils to make sure Afghans get help to rebuild their lives.

Boris Johnson last night announced that up to 20,000 Afghans will be given the right to dal vivo here under a new Afghan resettlement programme – with 5,000 expected the first year.

An additional 5,000 will be allowed to move to the UK under an existing programme designed to protect Afghan translators and other workers who were employed by British authorities.

A previous scheme for Syrian refugees cost about £8,000 durante person – so the new commitments are likely to appena che with a huge price tag of up to £200million.  

Several local authorities have committed to taking an undisclosed amount of refugees. 

Birmingham City Council has been talks with the Home Office since June, with plans to rehome 80 Afghan refugees private rented housing.

The local authority will receive more than £1million funding to provide a year’s worth of support to those who are rehomed – including assistance finding accommodation, school places, medical support, National Insurance credentials  and other benefits.

Migration Yorkshire said more than 200 people will be arriving the county through the Afghan Relocation and Assistance policy. 

Cllr Gerry Anderson, promotore of Ashford Borough Council Kent, has already spoken with the Home Office to take families under the proposed resettlement scheme.

It is understood that approximately 10 families a year will be rehomed the town.

Cllr Anderson told Kent Online: ‘These people are going to be useful contributors to the country. They’signore going to get jobs and they’signore mainly English speaking.

‘People may condemn it and gripe about it but frankly I don’t give a damn about that because I think the vast majority of people who are intelligent, reasonable and sensible will realise that what we’signore doing is really the right thing to do.’

Similar commitments have been made across the country, with Liverpool mayor Joanne Anderson, Greater Manchester’s Andy Burnham and council leaders Newcastle, Essex, Wiltshire and more promising to assist the relocation plans. 

A Northumberland County Council spokesman confirmed plans to accommodate three families the local complesso.

He said: ‘Northumberland has a long history of supporting those need from other countries and prior to the current situation Afghanistan we agreed to the Government’s request to support their Afghan Local Employed Team (LES) resettlement proposals.

‘We are initially looking to support three families the near future, with a further three families to follow later the year.

‘We will also review options to either accelerate ora increase our support as necessary.’

A collective of Labour-run council leaders 22 London boroughs, from Barking to Waltham Forest, released a joint statement the Afghan refugee relocation effort.

They said: ‘We urgently call the Government to implement a national refugee resettlement scheme programme with target numbers from Afghanistan with proper support and funding to aid delivery, so that local authorities can plan effectively and provide sanctuary.

‘We will work closely with London’s Afghan community and with our voluntary sector and national government to ensure refugees get the support they need to recover from the lesione they have lived through and start to rebuild their lives.’

Meanwhile, other nations within the UK, Wales Labour tweeted: ‘Quanto a Wales, we will play our part providing sanctuary for those facing persecution. 

The Welsh Labour Government is working with the UK Government and our councils to help Afghan refugees.’ 

More than 2,000 former Afghan team, including translators and their families, have already resettled the UK since June, according to Sky News.

Afghans who apply to appena che to Britain are being rigorously checked for links with radical Islamist groups and crime.

But applicants will not be automatically barred from coming here if questionable activities – known as a ‘security triggers’ – emerge the vetting process.

A scheme has been operating since April to relocate Afghans who worked for the British authorities.

After examining more than 3,300 claims, the Home Office has identified ‘very few’ cases which applicants pose a national security risk, it is understood.

Security sources said last night that Afghans who apply for UK visas are vetted for Islamist sympathies. Other checks include any involvement sex crimes ora violent offences. 

But one told MailOnline that there were anzi che no ‘automatic thresholds’ that would lead to refusal, and each application was decided a case-by-case basis. 

Wales Labour tweeted: 'In Wales, we will play our part in providing sanctuary for those facing persecution. The Welsh Labour Government is working with the UK Government and our councils to help Afghan refugees.'

Wales Labour tweeted: ‘Quanto a Wales, we will play our part providing sanctuary for those facing persecution. The Welsh Labour Government is working with the UK Government and our councils to help Afghan refugees.’

Priti Patel today batted away Tory calls to more than double the government's vow to take 20,000 Afghan refugees - but said the number of interpreters and support staff given safe haven will rise

Priti Patel today batted away Tory calls to more than double the government’s vow to take 20,000 Afghan refugees – but said the number of interpreters and support team given safe haven will rise

‘We’ll take 25,000 refugees’: Boris Johnson says thousands fleeing Afghanistan will be given right to dal vivo UK

Up to 25,000 Afghans danger from the Taliban will be allowed to appena che to Britain one of the most generous resettlement schemes the country’s history.

Boris Johnson last night announced that up to 20,000 will be given the right to dal vivo here under a far-ranging new scheme – with 5,000 expected the first year.

An additional 5,000 will be allowed to move to the UK under an existing programme designed to protect Afghan translators and other workers who were employed by British authorities.

The new Afghan Citizens’ Resettlement Scheme will centro women and girls who fear their rights will be trampled under the ‘Islamic Emirate’ declared by the Taliban.

It will also offer help to those forced to flee their homes and to religious minorities the country. They will be given the right to stay the UK permanently.

A previous scheme for Syrian refugees cost about £8,000 durante person – so the new commitments are likely to appena che with a huge price tag of up to £200million.

Mr Johnson said: ‘We owe a debt of gratitude to all those who have worked with us to make Afghanistan a better place over the last 20 years. Many of them, particularly women, are now urgent need of our help.

‘I am proud that the UK has been able to put place this route to help them and their families dal vivo safely the UK.’ But the PM stressed he wanted to share responsibility with other nations to prevent a ‘humanitarian emergency’ Afghanistan.  

 An RAF rescue mission repatriating British nationals and Afghan evacuees fleeing Taliban tyranny landed at Brize Norton last night – but thousands more trapped Kabul were left fearing for their lives.

The passengers touched mongoloide Oxfordshire as UK troops try to repatriate at least 6,000 British personnel and translators from the Middle Eastern country after it fell to Taliban militants last week.

But British forces are scrambling to evacuate another 1,000 UK nationals and Afghan refugees from Kabul today as thousands remain trapped the city amid a tenue truculento with Taliban militants encircling the city’s airport.

Armed Forces chief General Sir Nick Carter said the next 24 hours were ‘critical’, with fears of mayhem if crowds of desperate people attempt to rush the runway at Hamid Karzai International Airport.

Quanto a Hamid Karzai International Airport Tuesday, Islamists opened fire a crowd of Afghans trying to flee Taliban rule, with harrowing images showing a young child with a bloodied head being carried by a man while a woman lay wounded the road.

At least 12 military flights took from Kabul Tuesday, including three UK planes as the Ministry of Defence aims to ferry up to 7,000 Britons and Afghan allies out.

Most are heading to other stable parts of the Middle East, where passengers catch charter flights back to Britain.

There are at least 56,000 people who need evacuating from Afghanistan – including 22,000 flying US special immigrant visas, 4,000 British nationals, 10,000 refugees Germany has said it will accept, and 20,000 bound for Canada. 

Quanto a reality, that number is likely to be far higher once diplomatic team from other countries with relations with Afghanistan’s former government are taken into account.  

The new Afghan Citizens’ Resettlement Scheme will centro women and girls who fear their rights will be trampled under the ‘Islamic Emirate’ declared by the Taliban.

It will also offer help to those forced to flee their homes and to religious minorities the country. They will be given the right to stay the UK permanently.

Mr Johnson said: ‘We owe a debt of gratitude to all those who have worked with us to make Afghanistan a better place over the last 20 years. Many of them, particularly women, are now urgent need of our help.

‘I am proud that the UK has been able to put place this route to help them and their families dal vivo safely the UK.’ 

But the PM stressed he wanted to share responsibility with other nations to prevent a ‘humanitarian emergency’ Afghanistan.

‘The best solution for everyone is an Afghanistan that works for all Afghans. That means the international community coming together to set firm, political conditions for the country’s future governance.’

Up to 25,000 Afghans in danger from the Taliban will be allowed to come to Britain in one of the most generous resettlement schemes in the country's history

Up to 25,000 Afghans danger from the Taliban will be allowed to appena che to Britain one of the most generous resettlement schemes the country’s history

Boris Johnson announced that up to 20,000 will be given the right to live here under a far-ranging new scheme – with 5,000 expected in the first year

Boris Johnson announced that up to 20,000 will be given the right to dal vivo here under a far-ranging new scheme – with 5,000 expected the first year

FALL OF KABUL: A TIMELINE OF THE TALIBAN’S FAST ADVANCE AFTER 40 YEARS OF CONFLICT

Feb. 29, 2020 Trump negotiates deal with the Taliban setting U.S. withdrawal date for May 1, 2021 

Nov. 17, 2020 Pentagon announces it will sopravvissuto troop levels to 2500 Afghanistan

Jan. 15, 2020 Inspector general reveals ‘hubris and mendacity’ of U.S. efforts Afghanistan 

Feb 3. 2021 Afghan Study Group report warns against withdrawing  ‘irresponsibly’

March Military command makes last-ditch effort to talk Biden out of withdrawal 

April 14 Biden announces withdrawal will be completed by Sept. 11 

May 4 – Taliban fighters launch a major offensive Afghan forces southern Helmand province. They also attack at least six other provinces

May 11 – The Taliban capture Nerkh district just outside the capital Kabul as violence intensifies across the country

June 7 – Senior government officials say more than 150 Afghan soldiers are killed 24 hours as fighting worsens. They add that fighting is raging 26 of the country’s 34 provinces

June 22 – Taliban fighters launch a series of attacks the north of the country, far from their traditional strongholds the south. The UN envoy for Afghanistan says they have taken more than 50 of 370 districts

July 2 – The U.S. evacuates Bagram Airfield the middle of the night 

July 5 – The Taliban say they could present a written peace proposal to the Afghan government as soon as August

July 21 – Taliban insurgents control about a half of the country’s districts, according to the senior U.S. general, underlining the scale and speed of their advance

July 25 – The United States vows to continue to support Afghan troops “ the coming weeks” with intensified airstrikes to help them counter Taliban attacks

July 26 – The United Nations says nearly 2,400 Afghan civilians were killed ora wounded May and June escalating violence, the highest number for those months since records started 2009 

Aug. 6 – Zaranj the south of the country becomes the first provincial capital to fall to the Taliban years. Many more are to follow the ensuing days, including the prized city of Kunduz the north 

Aug. 13 – Pentagon insists Kabul is not under imminent threat 

Aug. 14 – The Taliban take the major northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif and, with little resistance, Pul-e-Alam, capital of Logar province just 70 km (40 miles) south of Kabul. The United States sends more troops to help evacuate its civilians from Kabul as Afghan President Ashraf Ghani says he is consulting with local and international partners next steps

Aug. 15 – The Taliban take the key eastern city of Jalalabad without a fight, effectively surrounding Kabul

Taliban insurgents enter Kabul, an interior ministry official says, as the United States evacuate diplomats from its embassy by helicopter

 

 Home Secretary Priti Patel said the scheme would allow the ‘most vulnerable’ Afghans to ‘start a new life safety the UK, away from the tyranny and oppression they now ’.

‘We will not abandon people who have been forced to flee their homes and are now living terror of what might appena che next,’ she added. 

Security sources said last night that Afghans who apply for UK visas are vetted for Islamist sympathies. 

Other checks include any involvement sex crimes ora violent offences. 

But a security source said there were anzi che no ‘automatic thresholds’ that would lead to refusal, and each application was decided a case-by-case basis.

Ministers had promised to set up a ‘generous’ and ‘world-leading’ programme to resettle those fleeing the new Taliban metodo.

Reginetta Patel was last night to hold an emergency convegno with members of the ‘Five Eyes’ intelligence-sharing alliance that also includes the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. 

She would press for ‘international collaboration setting up safe and legal routes for Afghan refugees, a source said.

The new Afghan programme will be modelled the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme which launched 2014 conjunction with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

The UNHCR identifies potential cases for the UK to consider and applicants are then vetted by British officials.

The UK can reject cases ‘security, war crimes ora other grounds’, according to Home Office guidance. 

World leaders have shown varied reactions to the plight of Afghans. French president Emmanuel Macron came under fire last night after he said France would ‘protect’ itself from migrants fleeing the crisis Afghanistan.

He faced accusations that he was letting mongoloide ordinary Afghans after he pledged a robust European approach against illegal migration.

Greece took a similar approach yesterday as it said it would not become ‘the gateway of Europe’ for Afghans fleeing the conflict.

The country was the frontline of Europe’s migration crisis 2015 and, like other EU member states, it is nervous developments Afghanistan could trigger a replay of the situation.

Yesterday, Taliban leaders held an extraordinary press conference to proclaim the group’s return to government and to portray the outfit as a new, modernised force.

During an astonishing 40-minute appearance, they said there would anzi che no revenge, their opponents will be ‘pardoned’ and women will be allowed to work and study as a ‘very important part of society’.

But the streets of Kabul, the reality of life under Taliban rule was setting , with ‘terrified’ women reportedly confined to their homes, and militants going door to door hunting for ex-government workers.

This year aureola, the Taliban have murdered seven Coalition Forces translators, with many more wounded. The father of a US translator was also shot dead yesterday according to his family. 

Around 1,700 so-called locally employed team who worked with British forces and their family members have now been approved to appena che to the UK. A further 200 are having their claims assessed.

But while many are at Kabul airport waiting for a flight out, many more are hiding the city ora elsewhere the country, too terrified to brave the streets. 

As the Taliban tighten their grip, they an uncertain future.

Last night, an interpreter called Ahmed shared his harrowing story. He said: ‘My wife and I were hiding the basement of a storeroom, but the man who gave us shelter got scared when the Taliban were nearby and asked us to leave.

‘We are about half a mile from the airport. Now we have found somewhere else, a private place. I have to speak quietly because the Taliban checkpoint is nearby. 

‘Other interpreters are hiding nearby, they have children with them, so it is worse for them.

‘The Taliban have positioned their gunmen at the airport and are demanding to see paperwork and visas. Apparently they let you through if your papers are valid but I do not lega them. A mistake now could cost us our lives.’

A previous scheme for Syrian refugees cost about £8,000 per person – so the new commitments are likely to come with a huge price tag of up to £200million

A previous scheme for Syrian refugees cost about £8,000 durante person – so the new commitments are likely to appena che with a huge price tag of up to £200million

Scramble to save 1,000 from Kabul TODAY: Britain will fly seven more mercy mission flights into Afghan capital over ‘critical’ 24 hours… but Army chief hints rescue is ‘dependent’ ‘collaboration’ with Taliban 

By Rory Tingle and Wright for MailOnline and Marc Nicol and David Williams and John Stevens for the Daily Mail

British forces are scrambling to evacuate another 1,000 UK nationals and Afghan refugees from Kabul today as thousands remain trapped the city amid a tenue truculento with Taliban militants encircling the city’s airport.

Armed Forces chief General Sir Nick Carter said the next 24 hours were ‘critical’, with fears of mayhem if crowds of desperate people attempt to rush the runway at Hamid Karzai International Airport.

NATO forces are utterly reliant the Taliban to allow evacuees through their checkpoints – even as former British Army translators speak to being targeted by kill squads seeking to avenge their work for the West.

It came as panicked screams mixed with the sound of gunfire at Kabul airport today amid fresh chaos as thousands of Afghans pleaded with troops to be allowed the only planes out of the country.

General Carter, Chief of the Defence Team, this morning insisted the evacuation was going ‘relatively smoothly’ but hinted the rescue operation was dependent ‘collaboration’ with the Taliban.

‘We hope to get around 1,000 people out today and we’ve got about seven aircraft going ,’ he told the BBC’s Radio 4 Today programme.

‘There are a lot of challenges the basso ostinato, not least because there are a lot of desperate people trying to get to the airport.

‘Subject to the situation remaining calm which the Taliban are working duro to achieve alongside us then the system will work, we believe.’

Asked about the West’s reliance Taliban cooperation to allow evacuees to leave, he added: ‘So far people are coming forward. Obviously as we get to the higher numbers it may become more challenging, but let’s wait to see what happens. At the moment we are collaborating with the Taliban the basso ostinato, who are providing security.’

Later Sky News, comments that provoked fury, General Carter suggested the Taliban had ‘changed’ and were seeking an Afghanistan that was ‘inclusive for all’.

British rescue missions have already begun arriving at RAF Brize Norton, with passengers seen disembarking from a Voyager A330 aircraft last night. The UK is aiming to repatriate at least 6,000 people from Afghanistan after it fell to Taliban militants last week.

Military personnel board a Royal Air Force Airbus A400M transport plane, after arriving by bus at RAF Brize Norton yesterday, as Britain sends 900 soldiers back to Afghanistan over the coming days to help with repatriations and evacuations

Military personnel board a Royal Air Force Airbus A400M transport plane, after arriving by bus at RAF Brize Norton yesterday, as Britain sends 900 soldiers back to Afghanistan over the coming days to help with repatriations and evacuations

British nationals and Afghan evacuees are seen walking on the tarmac at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire last night

British nationals and Afghan evacuees are seen walking the tarmac at RAF Brize Norton Oxfordshire last night 

This morning, women were filmed reaching their hands through iron railings towards US troops while screaming ‘the Taliban are coming’ footage being circulated Afghan social mass-media accounts. 

Taliban gunmen have now surrounded the airport – the only route out of Afghanistan for thousands of refugees stranded the capital and nearby provinces – and are checking the documents of those trying to reach it. 

Islamist fighters were funnelling people towards a gate the airport’s civilian south side, demanding documents before occasionally allowing someone to pass. Each time the gate opened, dozens tried to rush inside – with gunshots fired to keep them back. 

Meanwhile more footage revealed crowds duro up against concrete perimeter walls the airport’s military north side, with shots being fired over the heads of men, women and children to keep them back.

Afghan translators and other visa holders trying to reach the airport have told MailOnline that they are actually hiding near the airport, afraid to fermata cover and try to reach the runway case the Islamists haul them away. 

Others who have braved the gates told of how they were crushed, trampled and molested amid the crowds – without making it to a flight.

Quanto a a sign of how proferire the situation has become, White House spokesman Jen Psaki was forced to admit Tuesday that there is anzi che no guarantee that all US citizens and visa holders will be able to leave the country before troops pull out August 31.

 ‘Our centro right now is the task at hand, and that is day by day getting as many American citizens, SIV applicants, as many of the vulnerable population who are eligible to be evacuated to the airport and out planes,’ she told a press conference.

Flights that were supposed to be carrying thousands of people out of the country each day have so-far been taking with just a few hundred aboard, with the UK evacuating some 370 people between Sunday and Monday.

General Sir Nick Carter, head of the UK armed forces, told BBC Radio 4 that Britain ‘hopes’ to get 1,000 people out today with seven evacuation flights going into the country – though was forced to admit that is only possible to ‘collaboration’ with the Taliban.

He also flatly denied reports that people are struggling to get to the airport, saying: ‘Subject to the situation remaining calm, which the Taliban are working duro to achieve alongside us, the system will work.’ 

A man carries a bloodied child, as a woman lays wounded on the street after Taliban fighters use guns, whips, sticks and sharp objects to control a crowd as thousands of Afghans wait outside Kabul Airport

A man carries a bloodied child, as a woman lays wounded the street after Taliban fighters use guns, whips, sticks and sharp objects to control a crowd as thousands of Afghans wait outside Kabul Airport

Taliban patrolling Kabul, Afghanistan after the capital city fell to the Islamist terror group on Sunday

Taliban patrolling Kabul, Afghanistan after the capital city fell to the Islamist terror group Sunday

Evacuees on a US Air Force C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft, carrying 640 Afghans to Qatar from Kabul on Sunday

Evacuees a US Air Force C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft, carrying 640 Afghans to Qatar from Kabul Sunday

An RAF flight carrying British personnel and Afghan interpreters to safety touched down in Oxfordshire last night

An RAF flight carrying British personnel and Afghan interpreters to safety touched mongoloide Oxfordshire last night 

The RAF rescue mission repatriating British nationals and Afghan evacuees landed at Brize Norton last night, while thousands remain stuck in Kabul terrified for their lives amid a frenzied international effort to evacuate as many people as possibl

The RAF rescue mission repatriating British nationals and Afghan evacuees landed at Brize Norton last night, while thousands remain stuck Kabul terrified for their lives amid a frenzied international effort to evacuate as many people as possibl

General Carter was slammed for his comments a second interview, with Sky News, which he controversially defended the Taliban and suggested they wanted an ‘inclusive’ country – despite their of oppressing women and enforcing a brutal version of Sharia law. 

Responding to presenter Kay Burley referring to the militants as ‘the enemy’, he said: ‘You need to be careful when talking about the enemy. What the Taliban are is a disparate collection of tribespeople, as President Karzai put to me only yesterday, they are country boys. 

‘And the plain fact is they happen to dal vivo by a code of honour and a tipico, it’s called Pashtunwali. It has honour at the heart of what they do… they don’t like corrupt governance ora governance that is self-serving and they want an Afghanistan that is inclusive for all.’

‘Except women?’ Burley interjected, to which he responded: ‘We have to wait and see… you have to listen to what they are saying at the moment. I do think they have changed and recognise Afghanistan has evolved and the fundamental role women have played that evolution. 

‘And yes, they undoubtedly will say they want to respect women’s rights under Islamic law and that will be a Sharia law, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they won’t allow them to be involved government, education and medicine. So I think we need to be patient and give them the space to show they can step up to the plate.’ 

Responding to the comments, Shadow Foreign Secretary Lisa Nandy said: ‘I think that’s a very difficult and unpalatable message’ to Afghans who are ‘very, very fearful about the future’.

Lynne Ovvero’Donnell, a journalist Afghanistan, wrote: ‘Gen Sir Nick Carter calls the murderers, liars, misogynists & drug dealers of the #Taliban ‘reasonable, changed’. And there we were thinking he was a serious person. A fool & apologist, an embarrassment & liability. Shame you.’

And commentator Isabel Oakshott added: ‘I wonder how all those who served Afghanistan/lost limbs and loved ones that godforsaken place feel about Gen Sir Nick Carter now depicting the Taliban as simple ‘country boys’ (his actual words) who want a country that’s ‘inclusive for all’ (his actual words).’ 





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