Taliban LIVE: UK faces biggest hostage crisis ever as 1,000 left behind to brutal regime

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UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said up to 1,100 Afghans who’d helped British forces, and so qualified for evacuation, “didn’t make it through”. The UK’s final evacuation flight from Kabul Airport is due to leave within hours as the August 31 deadline approaches. The processing centre in Kabul airport for filing those who had the to leave closed at 4.30am UK time on Friday.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson then claimed that the “lion’s share” of people had got out.

People who helped British forces in Afghanistan were eligible for relocation to the UK under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP).

However, it has been estimated that many thousands will be left behind and could suffer at the hands of ISIS and the Taliban.

Speaking to Sky News MP Tom Tugendhat, who served in Afghanistan, said the UK was facing “the biggest hostage crisis it has ever seen”.

He said: “Over 3,000 entitled people were said to be in Afghanistan at the beginning of the process.

“I don’t know how many now, but we’ll be asking about that.

“And we’ll be looking to see what that means for getting British citizens out, what that means for getting entitled people out and protecting those people who are, quite rightly, literally in fear of their lives now.”

Mr Tugendhat added: “This is what defeat looks like.”

7.40am update: UK MPs with Afghan constituents have seen a huge amount of pleas from people who have family members trapped in Afghanistan

In a letter to the Foreign and Home Secretaries, Labour MP Lyn Brown said: “None have, to my knowledge, been helped to live by the government thus far.”

She added: “The degree of fear and concern my constituents are feeling is extreme.

“This group includes senior Afghan government and military officials and their relatives, judges and prosecutors, vulnerable women who don’t have male relatives with them and are therefore in danger just being on the streets.”

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