The explosions in Kabul are a tragic reminder of how important it is to help the people of Afghanistan

Editorial: The bombing has rightly been labelled as ‘barbaric’ by the prime minister

Thursday 26 August 2021 19:16
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<p>About 15,000 people have been evacuated  by the UK military </p>

About 15,000 people have been evacuated by the UK military

Two deadly explosions at Kabul airport have intensified an already difficult situation. It is a tragic turn of events.

Boris Johnson has pledged that the evacuation operation will continue despite the “barbaric” attack, the victims of which include civilians and US military personnel. Mr Johnson said that around 15,000 people have already been evacuated by British troops, and that they account for the “overwhelming majority” of those eligible to be evacuated, with the operation winding down.

Even before the latest blow to the country’s fragile security situation, it was inevitable that some people who should have been flown out would be left behind. There will be people who should qualify for evacuation on a moral basis, but technically do not. The home secretary, Priti Patel, acknowledged this when she said that the government was “absolutely dedicated and committed” to making sure people who do not escape Afghanistan ahead of the withdrawal would be able to make safe journeys to resettle in the UK.

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