UK ambassador to Afghanistan returns home

Laurie Bristow returned to the UK from Afghanistan is back on home soil, after returning on one of the final flights out of the country, which is now under the control of the Taliban.

He said on Saturday that the time had come to end an airlift which had evacuated almost 15,000 Afghan and British citizens over the past two weeks.

Britain on Friday (August 27) had said its evacuation mission would end within hours and that its military would be unable to fly out any Afghan citizens eligible for resettlement who had not already entered Kabul airport.

Chief of Joint Operations, Vice Admiral Sir Benjamin John Key, said on the tarmac at Brize Norton that the end of evacuations was not a "moment of celebration".

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