The Prime Minister informs the families of Afghanistan’s fallen heroes, “Your suffering was not in vain.”
As the last of the troops who safeguarded us in the war on terror returned safely home, Britain’s 20-year commitment in Afghanistan came to an end.
The final RAF flights out of Kabul landed in the UK yesterday, bringing an end to a long battle that cost 457 gallant soldiers their lives. Boris Johnson stated in a video statement that their sacrifice had kept Britain safe. “Your suffering and your anguish were not in vain,” the Prime Minister told their families. It’s no coincidence that no terrorist assault has been conducted from Afghanistan against the United Kingdom or any other Western country in the last 20 years.” Mr Johnson’s touching sentiments came as the final British servicemen involved in the largest evacuation since WWII returned home.
Soldiers, diplomats, and officials arrived in the UK Wednesday, tired following a hectic two-week effort that airlifted 15,000 people to safety.
Over 100 RAF flights carried 5,000 Britons and their families, as well as over 8,000 Afghan former UK personnel and their families.
Around 2,200 children were rescued, the smallest of them was only one day old.
The arrivals coincided with increased security concerns in Kabul. Because of a “credible” threat from ISIS-K, the US ordered the evacuation of individuals near Kabul airport.
After the Taliban declined to extend the timetable for withdrawal, US forces will leave Afghanistan tomorrow.
In the UK’s rushed evacuation attempt, up to 150 Britons and up to 1,100 Afghans were left behind.
Mr Johnson acknowledged that he would not have preferred to leave Afghanistan in this manner, but vowed not to abandon those who remained.
As the operation came to a finish, the Prime Minister praised British troops for their “colossal efforts.”
Mr Johnson stated that the UK Armed Forces “had always achieved their best exploits” in the “darkest and most challenging circumstances.”
Military planes returned to RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire yesterday, and senior RAF sources suggested a small number of military personnel would return today on other aircraft.
As he exited a jet at the air station, Sir Laurie Bristow, the Ambassador to Afghanistan, was received by Sir Philip Barton, the Permanent Under-Secretary of the Foreign Office.
“It is the climax of a mission unlike anything we have seen in our lifetimes,” Mr Johnson added. “Brinkwire Summary News” and UK troops