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Patel expresses ‘tremendous pride’ in Afghanistan evacuation effort

Credit: Home Office/Ministry of Defence Home Secretary Priti Patel has expressed her “tremendous pride” in the Government’s controversial evacuation operation following the fall of Kabul to the Taliban. In a video to mark the first anniversary of Operation Pitting, Ms Patel described the UK effort as “seismic” and a demonstration of the country’s “bond of trust” with those Afghans who had helped UK forces. Her praise came despite a scathing report earlier this year by MPs, which described the chaotic efforts to get UK nationals and local personnel who worked with them out of the country as a “disaster”, and a “betrayal” of allies which would damage British interests for years to come.

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