UK Minister Says Taliban Restoring Order at Chaotic Kabul Airport

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Seven Afghan civilians were killed in a crush at Kabul Airport on Saturday, despite efforts by British troops there to save them. This was in addition to two people shot dead by US troops last week and three killed when a US Air Force C-17 transport jet was cleared for take-off with desperate Afghan men clinging to the undercarriage.

The Taliban* is helping UK authorities straighten out the mayhem caused by the panicked US evacuation of Afghanistan, says a British government minister.

Armed Forces Minister James Heappey told reporters on Sunday that the insurgent movement was sorting evacuees and asylum-seekers into separate queues for the British and US airlift operations out of Kabul.

The minister said the Royal Air Force had flown 1,721 people out of the Afghan capital on Saturday, and a further 731 people had been processed and were ready to board flights on Sunday. 

In a tweet, Heappey praised the 600 British soldiers deployed in Kabul for their efforts to save Afghan civilians’ lives on Saturday in a crush at the gates of the fortress-like Hamid Karzai International Airport. Seven people lost their lives in the incident, adding to two shot dead by US troops last week and three killed when a US Air Force C-17 transport jet was cleared for take-off with desperate Afghan men clinging to the undercarriage.

Heappey also said he hoped British troops could stay after the US forces finally abandon…

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