UK Says Forces Evacuated More Than 10,000 People From Afghanistan

The UK’s defense ministry said its forces have evacuated more than 10,000 people from Afghanistan, after a Taliban takeover prompted a wave of evacuations from the country ahead of the withdrawal of US troops.

Footage released by the UK Ministry of Defence on August 25 shows troops and civilians at Hamid Karzai International Airport on August 22.

By Thursday, the US, UK, and Australia had issued warnings that it was not safe for civilians to remain outside the gates of the airport.

The US Embassy in Kabul warned US citizens outside the airport’s gates to “leave immediately,” citing security threats.

“US citizens who are at the Abbey Gate, East Gate, or North Gate now should leave immediately,” a statement read.

The UK issued the same call for its citizens to leave the area, with the Foreign Office warning of a “high threat of terrorist attack.”

Australian officials said there was “an ongoing and very high threat of terrorist attack” at the airport and urged citizens to “move to a safe location and await further advice.” Credit: UK Ministry of Defence via Storyful

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