UK scrambles to complete Kabul airlift as envoy flags risk of provoking Taliban

Warnings from senior diplomat that staying past deadline next week would cross ‘red line’

Britain has begun a last-ditch scramble to get people out of Kabul amid warnings from the senior diplomat on the ground that staying past the 31 August deadline may not be realistic and risks provoking the Taliban.

Speaking to MPs from Kabul, Sir Laurie Bristow, the British ambassador to Afghanistan, said trying to hold Kabul’s airport any longer would be fraught with risk.

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