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In pictures: British troops and the Taliban at Kabul airport

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The UK has been working with the Taliban to evacuate British citizens and Afghans in Kabul.

Pictures taken by Sky News show British troops at the capital city’s airport, which is now the only route out of Afghanistan.

Live updates on Afghanistan as Taliban enters Kabul

British troops at Kabul airport
British troops at Kabul airport

More than 18,000 people have left the country since the Taliban‘s takeover, but there are still large crowds of people trying to escape.

British troops at Kabul airport
British troops at Kabul airport

Families are becoming so desperate they are throwing babies over razor wires at the compound, asking British soldiers to take them.

The defence secretary said Britain is unable to evacuate children on their own.

Britons at Kabul airport
Britons at Kabul airport
Britons at Kabul airport

The Taliban swept into the capital city on Sunday and the government collapsed, signalling the end of a two-decade war led by the US.

Evacuees
British soldiers at the compound

At least 1,800 people have now left Kabul on flights for the UK.

British troops at Kabul airport
British troops at Kabul airport
British troops at Kabul airport

The government plans to welcome 5,000 Afghan refugees to Britain by the end of this year, and another 15,000 in the years ahead.

Evacuee holds up British passport
British soldiers and evacuees

The UK’s humanitarian and development aid to Afghanistan will double to £286m this year.

Members of the Taliban

Pictures:

Toby Nash, camera operator

Dominique Van Heerden, senior foreign producer

Stuart Ramsay, chief correspondent

 Sky News

© Sky News 2021

Written by: Rother Radio News


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