Hundreds of people who have been able to escape the Taliban and head past the borders of the country are being collected and flown to safety. Although the exact locations have not been revealed, many Afghans have fled to neighbouring countries such as Pakistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.
There are fears that the Taliban, since taking over the country, have been able to gain access to information and data of civilians and individuals that had previously worked for foreign forces.
This has sparked concerns that the estimated 300 interpreters left behind following the US and allied retreat from the country could be in danger, with many of them now in hiding, or having fled the country.
The RAF aircraft will also secure the safe passage of stranded foreign nationals of allied states, and will land in the border regions of the neighbouring countries, avoiding Taliban ruled airspace.
Due to the complexity of the landing sites, adaptable aircraft are being used, capable of landing on rougher terrain, including roads, deserts and scrubland.
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A government source speaking to The Telegraph said: “More RAF aircraft are going to pick people up from friendly nations. We’ll be picking up a variety of foreign nationals, ARAP, anyone left behind.”
Another source stated that the government had committed to “get as many people out as possible, and they will do what they can to make that happen.”
Speaking from the Ministry of Defence, a spokesman also said: “During Operation Pitting, we worked tirelessly to safely evacuate as many people out of Afghanistan as possible, airlifting more than 15,000 people from Kabul including thousands of ARAP applicants and their dependants.”
ARAP is the acronym for Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy, coined by the US forces and their allies.
Some former Taliban members have joined the Takfiri terrorist group, Islamic State – Khorasan, or IS-K following the takeover, and the group have claimed responsibility for the attack.
A US airstrike in response to the incident missed the intended target, killing a family of 13 in the process, many of whom were children.
With more people still to be evacuated, the challenges still remain for British forces involved in the operation.
The Ministry of Defence spokesperson said: “We will continue to do all we can to support those who have supported us, and our commitment to those who are eligible for relocation is not time-limited and will endure.”
Britain is believed to have agreed to re-housing up to 20,000 Afghan civilians.
“The ARAP scheme remains open to applications, and we will continue to support those who are eligible,” concluded the spokesperson.