play_arrow

keyboard_arrow_right

skip_previous play_arrow skip_next
00:00 00:00
chevron_left
volume_up
chevron_left
  • cover play_arrow

    Rother Radio (128k) Love Local, Love Music!

  • cover play_arrow

    Rother Radio (64K) Love Local, Love Music!

  • cover play_arrow

    Hit Music Radio (128K) More Music Variety!

  • cover play_arrow

    Hit Music Radio (64K) The Best Variety of Hits!

Local News

Dan Jarvis blasts Boris Johnson’s ‘catastrophic failure’ of leadership on Afghanistan

today18/08/2021

Background
share close

Boris Johnson’s lack of leadership on Afghanistan will have a “very long lasting impact on Britain’s reputation around the world”, South Yorkshire’s Dan Jarvis has said.

In an emotive Commons speech, the Barnsley Central MP said there had been a “catastrophic failure” of leadership in the planning of the West’s military exit from the region.

Mr Jarvis, who served on two tours of the Middle East, revealed that many Afghans who fought alongside British troops now feared for their lives.

READ MORE: Mum of Huddersfield soldier killed in Afghanistan says he would be ‘devastated’ about Taliban takeover

He said: “Many of us who served in Afghanistan have a deep bond of affection for the Afghan people. I had the honour of serving alongside them in Helmand.

“We trained together, fought together and in some cases we died together. They were all brothers in arms.

“But I shudder to think where those men are now, many will be dead, others I know consider themselves to be dead men walking.

“Where were we in their hour of need, we were nowhere and that is shameful and it will have I have a very long lasting impact on Britain’s reputation around the world.”

Mr Jarvis added: “These past 20 years have been a struggle for peace. We tried to break the cycle of war, to give hope to women and girls. We tried to give the Afghans a different life, one of hope, and one of opportunity.

“But the catastrophic failure of international political leadership and the brutality of the Taliban has snatched all of that away.

The comments came as MPs returned to Westminster for an emergency sitting of Parliament, following the fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban over the weekend.

The prime minister said it was an “illusion” to think Britain alone could have prevented the collapse of the nation’s government after the US withdrew its forces.

He told a packed Commons chamber the priority now is to evacuate remaining British nationals and their allies.

The Government has faced intense criticism – not least from Tories – following the rapid unravelling at the weekend of the Western-backed government of President Ashraf Ghani in the face of the Taliban advance.

Mr Johnson said when ministers came to consider the UK’s options after the US announced its intention to withdraw, they came up against the “hard reality” that there was no will among allies to continue without the Americans.

“The West could not continue this US-led mission, a mission conceived and executed in support of America,” he said.


Video Loading

“I really think that it is an illusion to believe that there is appetite amongst any of our partners for a continued military presence or for a military solution imposed by Nato in Afghanistan. That idea ended with the combat mission in 2014.

“I do not believe that today deploying tens of thousands of British troops to fight the Taliban is an option that, no matter how sincerely people may advocate it – and I appreciate their sincerity – but I do not believe that that is an option that would commend itself either to the British people or to this House.

“We must deal with the position as it is now, accepting what we have achieved and what we have not achieved.”



Taliban fighters pose for photograph in Kabul,
Taliban fighters pose for photograph in Kabul

There were cries of disbelief from MPs when Mr Johnson rejected claims that the events of the weekend had caught the Government unawares.

He said planning had been under way for a number of months and that a decision to commission an emergency handling centre at Kabul airport was taken two weeks ago.

“I think it would be fair to say that the events in Afghanistan have unfolded and the collapse has been faster than even the Taliban themselves predicted,” he said.

“What is not true is to say the UK Government was unprepared or did not foresee this.

“It was certainly part of our planning – the very difficult logistical operation for the withdrawal of UK nationals has been under preparation for many months.”

Mr Johnson said the priority was to evacuate as many of the remaining UK nationals and Afghans who had worked with the British in the country as quickly as possible.

To get the latest email updates from Yorkshire Live, click here

Written by: Rother Radio News


Previous post

UK News

‘They beat me up and stole my documents’: Afghan interpreter who helped UK troops tells of bid to escape the Taliban

A former Afghan interpreter for British troops was beaten up by the Taliban and had his documents taken away just metres from UK forces at Kabul airport.Faiz told Sky News about his situation from the back of the airport, where he has been with his wife, sister and four young children since Sunday night when the Taliban took Kabul.We have decided not to publish his full name for his safety.This […]

today18/08/2021