The Latest: Last UK troops begin arriving from Afghanistan

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By The Associated Press

LONDON — Military planes carrying British troops and diplomats from Kabul are landing astatine a U.K. aerial basal aft the U.K.’s two-week evacuation cognition ended.

The U.K. ambassador to Afghanistan, Laurie Bristow, was among those who arrived Sunday astatine RAF Brize Norton northwest of London, hours aft the authorities announced that each British unit had near Kabul.

Britain says it has evacuated much than 15,000 U.K. citizens and susceptible Afghans successful the past 2 weeks but that arsenic galore arsenic 1,100 Afghans who were entitled to travel to the U.K. person been near behind.

Vice Adm. Ben Key, who was successful complaint of the British operation, said: “We tried our best.”

In a video message, Prime Minister Boris Johnson praised the “colossal” effort, saying it was “a ngo dissimilar thing we’ve seen successful our lifetimes.”

But helium is facing beardown disapproval implicit the nonaccomplishment to bring to information each those Afghans who helped British forces during the 20-year deployment successful Afghanistan that began successful the aftermath of 9/11.

Johnson acknowledged that Britain “would not person wished to permission successful this way,” but said “we person to admit that we came successful with the United States, successful defence and enactment of the U.S. and the U.S. subject did the overwhelming bulk of the fighting.”

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— Find much AP sum astatine https://apnews.com/hub/afghanistan

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HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING:

TIRANA, Albania — Two much planes person brought Afghans fearing the Taliban to Albania, bringing the full fig of evacuees to 457.

The Foreign Ministry said successful a connection Sunday the 2 planes landed astatine dawn with 154 and 28 Afghans, respectively. Most of them volition beryllium temporarily housed astatine a pupil field successful the superior Tirana, portion others were sent straight to hotels.

Albania aims to structure each the evacuees successful hotels alternatively of camps to springiness them a consciousness of normalcy.

Albania was among the archetypal countries to connection lodging to Afghans who person worked with U.S. and NATO forces and others fearing revenge pursuing the Taliban takeover.

The Afghans successful Albania travel from antithetic backgrounds, including activists and assemblage staff, and see children.

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MADRID — The U.S. Embassy successful Spain says that a 3rd formation sent by American forces to Spain has arrived astatine the Rota subject base.

The formation arrived aboriginal Sunday with 220 evacuees from Afghanistan.

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KABUL, Afghanistan — The U.S. State Department is urging each Americans successful the vicinity of the Afghanistan’s Kabul airdrome to permission the country instantly due to the fact that of a specific, credible threat.

The informing aboriginal Sunday greeting says U.S. citizens should debar traveling to the airdrome and debar each airdrome gates astatine this time. It specifically noted the South (Airport Circle) gate, the caller Ministry of the Interior, and the gross adjacent the Panjshir Petrol presumption connected the northwest broadside of the airport.

A termination bombing astatine the airdrome connected Thursday killed astatine slightest 169 Afghans and 13 U.S. work members.

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