Just six Afghans who worked with British have made it to UK since Kabul airlift ended


Many are still stranded in nearby countries Pakistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan while others were left in Germany after scrambling aboard US evacuation flights

Just six brave Afghans who risked their lives have made it to the UK since the evacuation ended

Only six Afghans who faced death for working with the British have made it to the UK since the emergency airlift from Kabul ended last month.

That is despite 900 of those fleeing the Taliban to other countries being accepted for settlement in Britain.

The revelation by Armed Forces minister James Heappey angered shadow Defence Secretary John Healey.

He said: “Ministers were utterly unprepared for the Afghan withdrawal and Taliban take-over. We’re failing those who risked their lives

“Ministers must strike agreements with nearby countries, so they can get safe haven then safe passage to the UK.”

The evacuation from Kabul known as Operation Pitting succeeded in getting 8,800 British helpers and their families out of Afghanistan under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy or ARAP designed for them.

But many are still stranded in nearby countries Pakistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan while others were left in Germany after scrambling aboard US evacuation flights.








Defence minister James Heappey
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Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said some have even made it as far as Australia.

And Foreign Office teams have been sent to Qatar and the United Arab Emirates to help people stuck there.

He added: “The scheme will continue to operate to bring people back to the UK for however many are eligible and however long it takes.”

But of the 68,000 Afghans who applied for ARAP 52,350 were rejected.





And 1,200 including relatives who were granted the right to live in Britain were left behind in Afghanistan when the airlift came to an abrupt end.

They were put in danger last week when an MoD official accidently copied them all into an email. The official has now been suspended and a probe into the cock-up launched.

Tory MP and Afghanistan veteran Johnny Mercer said he can only account for the whereabouts of 99 of the 2,850 interpreters who worked for British forces between 2001-2014.

The MoD has now made 100 service married quarters available to rescued refugees and is now looking for more.

And local authorities are being given £20,500 for each Afghan they can house over the next three years.


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