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Just six Afghans who worked with British have made it to UK since Kabul airlift ended

Many are nonetheless stranded in close by international locations Pakistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan whereas others have been left in Germany after scrambling aboard US evacuation flights

Just six courageous Afghans who risked their lives have made it to the UK since the evacuation ended

Only six Afghans who confronted dying for working with the British have made it to the UK since the emergency airlift from Kabul ended final month.

That is regardless of 900 of these fleeing the Taliban to different international locations being accepted for settlement in Britain.

The revelation by Armed Forces minister James Heappey angered shadow Defence Secretary John Healey.

He mentioned: “Ministers were utterly unprepared for the Afghan withdrawal and Taliban take-over. We’re failing those who risked their lives

“Ministers must strike agreements with nearby countries, so they can get safe haven then safe passage to the UK.”

The evacuation from Kabul often called Operation Pitting succeeded in getting 8,800 British helpers and their households out of Afghanistan below the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy or ARAP designed for them.

But many are nonetheless stranded in close by international locations Pakistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan whereas others have been left in Germany after scrambling aboard US evacuation flights.








Defence minister James Heappey
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Defence Secretary Ben Wallace mentioned some have even made it so far as Australia.

And Foreign Office groups have been despatched to Qatar and the United Arab Emirates to assist individuals caught there.

He added: “The scheme will continue to operate to bring people back to the UK for however many are eligible and however long it takes.”

But of the 68,000 Afghans who utilized for ARAP 52,350 have been rejected.





And 1,200 together with kin who have been granted the appropriate to reside in Britain have been left behind in Afghanistan when the airlift got here to an abrupt finish.

They have been put in peril final week when an MoD official accidently copied all of them into an electronic mail. The official has now been suspended and a probe into the cock-up launched.

Tory MP and Afghanistan veteran Johnny Mercer mentioned he can solely account for the whereabouts of 99 of the two,850 interpreters who worked for British forces between 2001-2014.

The MoD has now made 100 service married quarters accessible to rescued refugees and is now on the lookout for extra.

And native authorities are being given £20,500 for every Afghan they will home over the following three years.


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