In Pictures: British troops in race against time to help Afghans escape Taliban

British service personnel assist in the evacuation of Afghans from Kabul airport (LPhot Ben Shread/MoD/Crown Copyright/PA) (PA Media)
British service personnel assist in the evacuation of Afghans from Kabul airport (LPhot Ben Shread/MoD/Crown Copyright/PA) (PA Media)

British personnel at Kabul airport are working round the clock to evacuate thousands of people desperate to escape the clutches of Taliban fighters following their march to power in Afghanistan.

A full flight of 265 people on board an evacuation flight out of Kabul airport on Saturday (LPhot Ben Shread/MoD/PA) (PA Media)
A full flight of 265 people on board an evacuation flight out of Kabul airport on Saturday (LPhot Ben Shread/MoD/PA) (PA Media)
British troops on the ground at Kabul airport are working to process Afghans hoping to be evacuated (LPhot Ben Shread/MoD/Crown Copyright/PA) (PA Media)
British troops on the ground at Kabul airport are working to process Afghans hoping to be evacuated (LPhot Ben Shread/MoD/Crown Copyright/PA) (PA Media)
Thousands of Afghans have massed at the airport and nearby, hoping to secure their freedom (LPhot Ben Shread/MoD/Crown Copyright/PA) (PA Media)
Thousands of Afghans have massed at the airport and nearby, hoping to secure their freedom (LPhot Ben Shread/MoD/Crown Copyright/PA) (PA Media)
Flights out of Kabul operated by the RAF and other air forces are continuing daily, but the US has set a deadline for all evacuations of August 31 (LPhot Ben Shread/MoD/Crown Copyright/PA) (PA Media)
Flights out of Kabul operated by the RAF and other air forces are continuing daily, but the US has set a deadline for all evacuations of August 31 (LPhot Ben Shread/MoD/Crown Copyright/PA) (PA Media)
UK armed forces minister James Heappey said on Sunday that eight RAF flights had left Kabul in the last 24 hours, carrying 1,721 people to safety (LPhot Ben Shread/MoD/Crown Copyright/PA) (PA Media)
UK armed forces minister James Heappey said on Sunday that eight RAF flights had left Kabul in the last 24 hours, carrying 1,721 people to safety (LPhot Ben Shread/MoD/Crown Copyright/PA) (PA Media)
British troops have been working round the clock to process Afghans hoping to secure a life-saving place on one of the flights out (LPhot Ben Shread/MoD/Crown Copyright/PA) (PA Media)
British troops have been working round the clock to process Afghans hoping to secure a life-saving place on one of the flights out (LPhot Ben Shread/MoD/Crown Copyright/PA) (PA Media)
The evacuations, dubbed Operation Pitting, began on August 13 as the Taliban marched on Kabul (MoD/PA) (PA Media)
The evacuations, dubbed Operation Pitting, began on August 13 as the Taliban marched on Kabul (MoD/PA) (PA Media)
More than 1,000 service personnel have been deployed to Kabul to assist the operation (MoD/PA) (PA Media)
More than 1,000 service personnel have been deployed to Kabul to assist the operation (MoD/PA) (PA Media)
British ambassador to Afghanistan Sir Laurie Bristow, second right, also remains on the ground at Kabul airport to help organise the evacuations (FCO/PA) (PA Media)
British ambassador to Afghanistan Sir Laurie Bristow, second right, also remains on the ground at Kabul airport to help organise the evacuations (FCO/PA) (PA Media)
This is the sight they are all working towards – Afghans evacuated from Kabul arriving to safety in Britain (SAC Samantha Holden RAF/PA) (PA Media)
This is the sight they are all working towards – Afghans evacuated from Kabul arriving to safety in Britain (SAC Samantha Holden RAF/PA) (PA Media)

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