UK to send around 600 troops to Afghanistan to evacuate British nationals

The UK is to deploy around 600 troops to evacuate British nationals in Afghanistan as the security situation there rapidly deteriorates.

It comes after the Foreign Office changed travel advice to recommend that Brits leave Afghanistan as soon as possible, while commercial travel options remain available.

The Ministry of Defence said that the additional military personnel will arrive in Kabul over the coming days.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: ‘I have authorised the deployment of additional military personnel to support the diplomatic presence in Kabul, assist British nationals to leave the country and support the relocation of former Afghan staff who risked their lives serving alongside us.

‘The security of British nationals, British military personnel and former Afghan staff is our first priority. We must do everything we can to ensure their safety.’

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