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Around 640 Afghans are pictured onboard the Air Force C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft flying from the capital to Qatar. The Taliban took control of Kabul on Sunday after 20 years of US military intervention in Afghanistan.

Foreigners in the capital have been told to leave Afghanistan or register their presence with Taliban administrators.

On Saturday, President Biden announced he had authorised the deployment of 5,000 troops to Afghanistan to assist with evacuating US personnel and Afghans.

There are now only three embassies left in Kabul as India has departed. This means only the embassies of Russia, China and Pakistan remain.

According to the UN, more than 1,000 civilians have been killed during the past month.

UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace began to break down during an interview with LBC on Monday as he admitted “some people won’t get back” from Afghanistan.

He told host Nick Ferrari: “Our time scale plan is for August 31 to have all the people who we would have said passed or passing security checks.

“All the people who effectively have a ticket to ride and indeed get out of the three cohorts.

“The three being entitled personal, British passport holders, British officials and indeed then all of those Afghans.”

At least seven people have died trying to escape one day after the government’s quick collapse.

Biden has defended his decision to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan, as he vowed he would not pass the war onto a fifth president.

The Prime Minister Boris Johnson has decided to recall parliament from its summer break on Wednesday.

Flights were stopped on Monday after several deaths as Afghans escaping from the Taliban climbed onto the outside component of a plane.


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The jet took off whilst people were still holding on. US military officials have confirmed several casualties from the incident.

Civilians have accused international governments of “abandoning” Afghanistan.

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