Biden LIVE: As the US leave deadline approaches TODAY, an ex-UK soldier is obliged to intervene to save 400 Afghans.
After the Foreign Office failed to grant their visas, a FORMER British soldier left in Kabul is planning a daring escape for himself and 400 Afghans across the Taliban-controlled border.
After the UK government failed to process their visas in time for the foreign soldier departure deadline today, Ben Slater, chairman of the Nomad Concepts Group, was forced to take matters into his own hands. Mr Slater, a member of the Royal Military Police, had previously assisted in the evacuation of dozens of vulnerable people from Afghanistan as part of Operation Pitting, the UK’s airlift mission. However, when he requested that officials organize the departure of himself and his 50 employees — the majority of whom are women and are in grave danger from the Taliban – no visas were issued.
Women are thought to be the Taliban’s most vulnerable target.
During the Taliban’s rule in Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001, women faced major human rights violations and restrictions on their liberties.
Girls and women were not allowed to go to school or work, and they were not allowed to leave the house without being supervised by a man.
Since taking power on August 15, there have also been allegations of Taliban fighters seeking out and killing Afghans who supported the West during the previous 20-year war.
Mr Slater has begun his own operation to help 400 vulnerable Afghan nationals, including himself and his 50 workers, after being “massively let down” by the UK government.
For security concerns, the convoy’s location and final destination cannot be revealed.
“It’s going to be a long trip, and I’m hoping that the FCDO [Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office] has resolved our visas, or at the very least has spoken to the foreign affairs ministry in our destination country to provide access for our vulnerable staff,” Mr Slater said.
Following the withdrawal of UK forces, the government has advised any British nationals or Afghans who are eligible for resettlement in the UK to attempt to go to neighboring countries in order to be repatriated.
Many individuals are concerned, however, that Foreign Office officials did not adequately arrange with Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan to allow people to travel to the UK.
According to reports, Russia has advised its neighbors not to accept Western residents or anyone who claim to be from the West. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”