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Kids left behind at Kabul airport, as evacuees battle against time (Photos)



Asna and Sana Hashimi, both five, are now preparing for a new life in England after fleeing Afghanistan.

Their dad Nooragha Hashimi – who worked as a translator with the Royal Engineers – said he would’ve been killed if he hadn’t been on the RAF evacuation flight.

He told Sky News: “Everyone knows about me – ‘He’s an interpreter’ – so that’s why this was dangerous for me.

“Everybody was scared about what [the Taliban are] going to do, and the first time they’re saying ‘we’re gonna do nothing [to] anybody’, but nobody knows if it will be the same as 1996.”

However, some children have been separated from their parents and left behind at the airport.

Heartbreaking TV news footage showed a crying brother and sister after their parents were able to enter the airport without them after a mad scramble outside.

One man who had a British passport told ITV News he was “stuck” in Afghanistan with his kids.

He said: “‘I’m a British citizen, my kids are British, and they’re stuck here.

“They closed the door on us and they’re shooting back at us. My message for the Prime Minister is just to get us out of here.

“‘Otherwise our kids are struggling and we’re all in a big mess here. The British Army is right behind this fence, they’ve closed the gate and they’re not letting no one in.”

It comes as Taliban chiefs ordered British paratroopers out of Afghanistan in a week’s time — or risk slipping back into war.

The militants warned any delay would shatter the uneasy truce at Kabul Airport and added: “It’s our red line”.

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Up to 1,000 Afghans who helped British troops fight the Taliban face being left behind.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace admitted that the airlift of 7,000 Brits and Afghans was “down to hours now, not weeks”.

PM Boris Johnson will urge US President Joe Biden to extend the August 31 deadline so as many people as possible can be evacuated.

They spoke by phone and agreed that the West must take a “common approach” in dealing with the Taliban.

If Mr Biden refuses to extend the mission, some of the next seven days will be spent airlifting troops, not evacuees, out of Kabul.

Defence chiefs are racing against time to liberate all those who are desperate to flee.

Every available RAF transport plane has been diverted to support the airlift with three C-17s, three A400 Atlases and two C-130 Hercules flying in and out of Kabul a day.


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