By Ron Howells •
Published: 29 Aug 2021 • 8:22
US warns of credible threat as last UK troops leave Afhganistan. image: Twitter
US warns of credible threat as last UK troops leave Afghanistan after 20-year military campaign.
Downing Street has now confirmed that the final UK troops, diplomats and officials have all left Kabul in Afghanistan.
The departure of the last RAF flight from Kaul airport brings to a close the UK’s 20-year military involvement in Afghanistan. According to military reports, more than 15,000 people have been evacuated by the UK since 14 August.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the moment was a chance to reflect on the achievements of recent weeks – and the last two decades, such as girls’ education and weakening al-Qaeda.
In a letter to the armed forces community, Mr Johnson acknowledged the fall of Kabul to the Taliban will have been hard for them to watch.
He added it would be “an especially difficult time for the friends and loved ones of the 457 service personnel who laid down their lives” during the war.
The US Embassy in Kabul issued a warning of a ‘specific, credible threat’.
Following its warning on Saturday, August 28, that US citizens should “immediately” leave areas outside the Kabul airport gates, the US Embassy in Kabul issued another warning on Sunday, August 29, saying:
“Due to a specific, credible threat, all US citizens in the vicinity of Kabul airport (HKIA), including the South (Airport Circle) gate, the new Ministry of the Interior, and the gate near the Panjshir Petrol station on the northwest side of the airport should leave the airport area immediately.”
The US has been running the airport in Afghanistan’s capital, where a suicide bomb attack on Thursday may have killed as many as 170 people – including two UK citizens and the child of a British national.
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Ron actually started his working career as an Ophthalmic Technician- things changed when, during a band rehearsal, his amplifier blew up and he couldn’t get it fixed so he took a course at Birmingham University and ended up doing a degree course. He built up a chain of electronics stores and sold them as a franchise over 35 years ago. After five years touring the world Ron decided to move to Spain with his wife and son, a place they had visited over the years, and only bought the villa they live in because it has a guitar-shaped swimming pool!.
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