Foreign Office report warned in July of rapid Taliban takeover of Afghanistan

Dominic Raab grilled by foreign affairs select committee over why he did not act on risk assessment

The UK Foreign Office’s own risk assessment warned that the Taliban could return rapidly to power, causing cities to collapse and triggering a humanitarian crisis, less than four weeks before the fall of Kabul.

Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary, told MPs on Wednesday that he believed the Afghan capital would remain safe until next year based on an assessment by the joint intelligence committee, a view he said was widely shared by Nato allies.

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