September 18, 2021

British officials discussed with the Taliban the expulsion of British citizens and allies from Afghanistan.

British officials and the Taliban are discussing how to secure a “safe passage” from Afghanistan for British citizens and Afghan allies.

The move comes as British spies have reportedly held talks with the Taliban to reassure them that Afghanistan will not be used for terrorist attacks.

Senior members of the Taliban leadership in Doha.

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Senior members of the Taliban leadership in Doha.Credit: AFP
Sir Simon Gass is scheduled to meet with Taliban leaders.

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Sir Simon Gass is scheduled to meet with Taliban leaders.Credit: Gov.co.uk

The last flight from Kabul arrived in Britain on Sunday, ending the largest military withdrawal in 80 years.

About 15,000 Afghans and British nationals have been evacuated so far, but it is feared that 9,000 are at risk.

Downing Street has confirmed that Sir Simon Gass, the prime minister’s special envoy for the Afghan transition, has traveled to Qatar and is meeting with “senior Taliban representatives”.

Authorities are expected to arrive within the next 48 hours and focus on helping British citizens, interpreters and other Afghans who were employed in the UK.

Efforts will also be made to evacuate the most at-risk Afghans.

A spokesman for No. 10 said Mr Gass had traveled to Doha and was meeting with senior Taliban representatives.

He will “highlight the importance of a safe passage out of Afghanistan for British citizens and Afghans who have worked with us over the past 20 years.”

Talks between MI6 officials are believed to have taken place in the last fortnight in the capital Kabul and Doha, the capital of Qatar, when the government was defeated by the Taliban.

Doha is where the Taliban leadership lived in exile, after being ousted from power in 2001 following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

“That’s what we’re always worried about. It’s a red line to deal with them – no sign of an attack plan.” Sources told the Telegraph.

The move comes after the head of the US Central Intelligence Agency met with Taliban leader Abdul Ghani Baradar.

MI6 chief Richard Moore also left for the region last weekend for immediate talks with Pakistan’s army chief.

In an unprecedented move, Islamabad officials unveiled details of a trip.

The Taliban hosted al-Qaeda terrorists and allowed them to set up training camps in Afghanistan, from where they launched terrorist attacks.

After 9/11, the United States demanded that Osama bin Laden be handed over to the leader of the jihadist terrorist group, but he refused to signal to the United States and its allies to attack the Taliban and overthrow them.

Talks with the Taliban.

Since his return to power, there have been fears that Afghanistan could once again become a breeding ground for terrorism.

The country is a branch of ISIS, which claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at Kabul airport that killed 170 Afghans and 13 US Marines.

Al-Qaeda could begin to re-establish itself, and a former close ally of Osama bin Laden returned to Afghanistan this week just hours before the final withdrawal of US troops.

Aminul Haq, who was responsible for protecting the terrorist leader and arming the group, was filmed returning to his hometown in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province.

An Afghan child is being evacuated.
An Afghan child is being evacuated.
The video shows the graveyard of military tanks seized by the Taliban.

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