Last UK military flight leaves Afghanistan

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Britain's last military flight left Kabul late on Saturday (August 28) after evacuating more than 15,000 people in the two weeks since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, ending nearly 20 years of British military presence in the country.

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.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a video released on Sunday (August 29) that "all remaining soldiers, diplomats and civil servants have now left".

Britain was at Washington's side from the start of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan that overthrew the then-ruling Taliban in punishment for harboring the al Qaeda militants behind the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

More than 450 British armed forces personnel died during two decades of deployment in the country.

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