Second Spanish military plane departs to Dubai

Two military planes await in Dubai.

A Second Spanish military plane has departed from Zaragoza to Dubai to repatriate Spanish soldiers, nationals and embassy staff from Afghanistan.

So far, 50 Spanish soldiers have made it to Dubai, their evacuation is being complicated by chaotic scenes at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul.

The Spanish military were brought to the airport by US helicopters.

A further 25 personnel and 400 Afghan nationals are expected to be evacuated.

The first A400M military transport aircraft of the 31st Wing of the Air Force left Zaragoza late on August 16.

The second military plane left at 9am this morning, according to Spanish media reports.

“The operation is complex and requires great coordination with the allied countries. Especially after the shocking images of thousands of Afghans throwing themselves desperately into American planes. This was not part of the initial plans,” a military source told ABC on August 17.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is under fire for not ending his holiday while chaos engulfs Afghanistan.

Angela Merkel, Boris Johnson and Emmanuel Macron have suspended their August holidays to return to the business of government as an international crisis unfolds in Afghanistan.

Sanchez is continuing his holiday in the opulent Palacio de La Mareta in Lanzarote.


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Deirdre Tynan

Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.

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