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UK minister says he ‘cannot disprove’ claims Afghans were unlawfully killed

Johnny Mercer tells UK inquiry of reports SAS had killed civilians between 2010 and 2013The UK’s minister for veterans, Johnny Mercer, has effectively admitted in front of a public inquiry that he believed members of the SAS had engaged in dozens of un…

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SAS must be named in inquiry into alleged unlawful killings, says Afghan families’ lawyer

MoD acknowledged at preliminary hearing that ‘UK special forces’ were present in AfghanistanA partial admission by the defence secretary that UK special forces were present in Afghanistan risks discrediting a public inquiry investigating allegations of…

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UK accused of letting refugees make dangerous Indian Ocean boat journeys

MoD personnel escorted refugees away from Diego Garcia in boat with no record of having radio or lifesaving equipment, lawyers sayLawyers have accused the UK of facilitating dangerous onward boat journeys by Tamil refugees who had arrived at the Britis…

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RAF plane to fly up to 40 Afghans to UK as evacuations resume

Flight carrying translators and others who have escaped Taliban to land at RAF Brize Norton on FridayAn RAF flight of Afghan translators and others who have escaped the Taliban is due to land in the UK on Friday, the largest single evacuation by Britai…

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‘They left us to die’: UK’s Afghan aid staff in hiding from Taliban

Evacuation of employees, not contractors, ‘splitting hairs’, says HRW, warning of days left to save livesAfghan employees who worked as contractors on UK aid projects fear for their lives after not being granted resettlement in Britain.The Guardian has…

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Britain must rediscover the will to lead on global issues | Tobias Ellwood

The withdrawal from Afghanistan is folly and has highlighted glaring faults in Whitehall“The war in Afghanistan is over,” proclaimed Joe Biden. How wrong he will be proved to be.This was never a baseball game that simply folds when we all walk away, ye…

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Fresh hope for ex-marine’s efforts to rescue 200 cats and dogs from Kabul

UK defence secretary says Paul Farthing, his team and animals can leave on chartered planeA former Royal Marine who has been campaigning to have dozens of people and hundreds of animals at his sanctuary evacuated from Afghanistan has been offered a gli…

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