UK troops sent to get Britons out of Afghanistan
British Government has announced that it would deploy around 600 UK troops to Afghanistan to assist British nationals to leave.
It comes as the Taliban has seized the cities of Ghazni and Herat, taking control of 11provincial capitals in less than a week.
Military personnel will provide protection and logistics support for the relocation of UK nationals, as well as Afghan staff and interpreters.
Foreign Office has advised all British nationals to leave.
It is estimated that around 4,000 British citizens are still in the country.
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said the security of British nationals, military personnel and former Afghan staff was the government’s first priority and that it must do everything they can to ensure their safety.
“I have authorised the deployment of additional military personnel to support the diplomatic presence in Kabul, assist British nationals to leave the country and support the relocation of former Afghan staff who risked their lives serving alongside us,” he said.
The Ministry of Defence said the additional deployment was “in light of the increasing violence and rapidly deteriorating security environment in the country”.