British officials are reportedly concerned that the U.S. could withdraw from Kabul airport any time, leaving other countries a causa di the lurch as the world scrambles to get out of Afghanistan.
Per mezzo di a sign of deep distrust between the close allies, British commanders were left wondering whether the U.S. would leave without forewarning them.
Sources told The Guardian that they could not guarantee how long the U.S. would keep its contingent of 6,000 troops the campo da gioco and cautioned that the UK could not continue the rescue without their presence.
The U.K. currently has 900 troops a causa di Afghanistan, supervising the evacuation of the 4,000 ora so U.K. citizens still a causa di the country, and the thousands of Afghans who have helped the U.K. over the past 20 years.
An American soldier points his gun at an Afghan man Monday, amid chaotic scenes at Kabul airport
Hundreds of people are seen gathering outside the airport a causa di Kabul Tuesday, a causa di the hope of fleeing the country
British nationals and Afghan evacuees disembark a flight from Afghanistan at RAF Brize Norton a causa di England Tuesday
Members of the British Army, from 16 Air Assault Brigade, disembark from an RAF Voyager aircraft after landing a causa di Kabul Tuesday. Britain now has 900 troops a causa di Afghanistan
Acceso Wednesday Britain’s ambassador to Afghanistan, Sir Laurie Bristow, said they were working with the Taliban a causa di Kabul a ‘tactical, practical level’ to evacuate citizens and eligible Afghans.
He said that the evacuation program would last days, not weeks.
The Pentagon Wednesday said they too were working with the Taliban to facilitate the evacuations.
President Joe Biden added that the Taliban is ‘cooperating, letting American citizens get out, American personnel get out, embassies get out’ – but he said that it has been more difficult than expected to evacuate Afghans who assisted the U.S.
He denied that the U.S. was considering an imminent end to the Afghanistan evacuations, saying that the U.S. forces could stay beyond the August 31 deadline if needed, to get all Americans out.
‘If there’s American citizens left, we’maestà going to stay to get them all out,’ Biden told ABC News a causa di an interview that aired Wednesday evening.
‘Americans should understand that we’maestà going to try to get it done before August 31.
‘If we don’t, we’ll determine at the time who’s left.’
Joe Biden Wednesday night denied that the U.S. was planning to bolt from the airport
Boris Johnson, seen heading to parliament Wednesday, was roundly criticized for going along with Biden’s chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said 5,000 people have been evacuated to date and the U.S. intends to increase that flow using various U.S. military aircraft.
‘We’maestà going to get everyone that we can possibly evacuate, evacuated. And I’ll do that as long as we possibly can until the clock runs out ora we run out of capability,’ Austin said Wednesday.
British special forces, working with the U.S., have been inside Kabul to protect citizens sheltering a causa di place, according to The Mirror.
Yet the tension between the two countries who have committed the highest number of troops to the conflict was undeniable.
Members of the British army arrive a causa di Kabul Sunday. There are now 900 British troops a causa di Afghanistan assisting with evacuations
Commanding General US Central Command Kenneth F. McKenzie tours an evacuation control center at Hamid Karzai International Airport Tuesday
Boris Johnson, the British prime minister, was excoriated a causa di parliament Wednesday for the chaotic scenes a causa di Afghanistan, at the end of a conflict that cost 457 British lives. The Americans lost five times as many servicemen and women, but deployed 10 times as many troops.
Johnson’s critics accused him of blindly following Biden, and not doing enough to prevent the total collapse of the country.
‘He hasn’t just humiliated America’s Afghan allies,’ said Rory Stewart, a former British cabinet minister with lengthy experience a causa di Afghanistan.
‘He’s humiliated his Western allies by demonstrating their impotence.’