Amid an avalanche of criticism over the botched Western pullout from Afghanistan, PM Boris Johnson nevertheless lauded UK airlift efforts to meet a “remorseless deadline in harrowing conditions”, while President Joe Biden hailed the “extraordinary success” of the massive evacuation of over 120,000 people per day.
The British politician, who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party from 1990 to 1997, said the Western allies were “wrong to leave Afghanistan”.
Major was weighing in on the lessons learnt from the Afghanistan crisis, as he spoke at the London event.
Over 15,000 people have been evacuated from Afghanistan’s, capital, Kabul, by the UK since 14 August, with more than 8,000 of them former Afghan staff and their family members.
However, it is feared thousands of vulnerable Afghans who aided British forces in the south-central Asian nation have been left stranded in a country now controlled by the Taliban*. The Islamist group is known to have previously showered “retribution” on those who, in their opinion, were “traitors”.
John Major told those gathered that it was “shameful we weren’t able to take out those who had worked for us in one capacity or another, or who had worked carrying out the…