British Defence Secretary Ben Wallace says the government is planning to fly out 1,500 more people from Afghanistan over the next two days. The first flight carrying British nationals has landed in the UK, he said Monday, as countries scrambled to evacuate their diplomats, Afghan employees and their families from the chaotic airport in Kabul. Wallace expressed hope that the government will be able to evacuate around 1,000 people a day, including Afghan nationals who have helped British citizens.
He told the BBC that work is under way to remove any bureaucratic barriers to make sure people who pass screenings are able to be flown to the UK.
He said the British government sent more than 600 troops over the weekend to Kabul to help secure the airport and to effectively process, manage and escort people onto our flights to get them out of Afghanistan. Wallace said one of the biggest regrets with the speed of the collapse of the Afghan government is that the timetable to remove Afghans and British people from the nation by August 31 has had to be shortened.