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BORIS JOHNSON VOWS TO “SHIFT HEAVEN AND EARTH” TO HELP AFGHANS LEFT BEHIND AS UK AIRLIFT ENDS
Prime Minister Boris Johnson vowed Friday to “shift heaven and earth” to bring more Afghans to the U.K. once Britain’s airlift from Kabul airport ends in the coming hours, with hundreds of people eligible for evacuation left behind.
Britain has evacuated almost 14,000 UK citizens and Afghans from Kabul in the two-week operation, but the final flights are departing on Friday. Hundreds of UK troops at the airport are due to leave in the next few days.
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has said that about 1,000 Afghans authorized to come to Britain, and as many as 150 UK citizens, have not made it to the airport and will likely be left behind.
Johnson said Britain will try to get more people out of Afghanistan after 31 August, when the U.S.-led mission ends.
“There will sadly be people who haven’t got through, people who might qualify,” Johnson told reporters. “What I would say to them is that we will shift heaven and earth to help them get out, we will do whatever we can in the second phase.”