The British operation to evacuate Kabul airport is expected to be completed within the day, said the commander of the British Armed Forces, General Sir Nick Carter.
As he said, there are now “very few” citizens left to leave and in fact the return of the British soldiers who are in the Afghan capital remains.
He also noted that this final phase of the operation is “the most difficult”, as the soldiers face the threat of terrorists, but there is also the risk of incidents by desperate citizens trying until the last minute to board an evacuation flight.
Sir Nick said not a day goes by that he does not weep for those left behind, noting that the soldiers have so far focused on their humanitarian mission, “holding a gun in one hand and babies in the other”.
The Prime Minister Boris Johnson also expressed his deep sorrow for the approximately 1,000 Afghan allies of the British and their families left behind, who pledged to move “earth and sky” to achieve their safe departure from Afghanistan after the 31st. August.