British Soldiers Conduct Evacuation After Hotel Attack 2 YORKS
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British Soldiers Conduct Evacuation After Afghan Hotel Attack

The Ministry of Defence has confirmed that British soldiers conducted the evacuation of civilians after an attack on a hotel in the Afghan...

British Soldiers Conduct Evacuation After Hotel Attack 2 YORKS

The Ministry of Defence has confirmed that British soldiers conducted the evacuation of civilians after an attack on a hotel in the Afghan capital, Kabul, at the weekend. 

2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (2 YORKS) are currently in the country as the British Army's Quick Reaction Force and helped local soldiers end the 13-hour siege, which left 22 people dead. 

Whilst Afghan Special Forces were inside the hotel, 2 YORKS, assisted by the Australian Army and Oklahoma National Guard, ensured that 43 international civilians were rescued.

British Soldiers Assist Afghan Forces In Hotel Attack 2 Yorks

The Catterick-based battalion is responsible for providing force protection to all NATO allies and mentors currently working to support the Afghan government and their security forces.

Formerly a pure infantry battalion, 2 YORKS are now a light mechanised force. 

In Afghanistan, they are using the Foxhound to taxi mentors between police stations, army bases and government buildings, and of course provide protection when required.

Multiple American citizens were killed and injured in the attack, the US State Department said Tuesday.

No exact figures were immediately available for either the US fatalities or injuries.

Eleven of the 14 foreigners had been previously identified as working for the private Afghan airline KamAir.

"We offer our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those who were killed and wish for the speedy recovery of those wounded," the US State Department said.

"Out of respect for the families of the deceased, we have no further comment."

British Soldiers Conduct Evacuation After Hotel Attack 2 YORKS

The American deaths were the latest reminder of the continuing toll paid by the United States in Afghanistan, where local forces have struggled to fight the Taliban since the US and NATO formally ended their combat mission in 2014.

President Donald Trump has pursued a plan that involves sending thousands more US troops to Afghanistan and envisions shifting away from a "time-based" approach to one that more explicitly links US assistance to concrete results from the Afghan government.

Mr Trump's UN envoy, Nikki Haley, said after a recent visit to Afghanistan that Mr Trump's policy was working and that peace talks between the government and the Taliban are closer than ever before.

The six Taliban militants who stormed Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel on Saturday in suicide vests were looking for foreigners and Afghan officials to kill. Afghan security forces have said the standoff ended on Sunday when they killed the last of the militants.

British Soldiers Conduct Evacuation After Hotel Attack 2 YORKS

More than 150 people were rescued or escaped during the siege, including 41 foreigners. Some hid in bathtubs or under mattresses as the attackers roamed the hotel's hallways killing people.

It was unclear how seriously the injured Americans were wounded. In addition to the Americans killed in the attack, six Ukrainians, two Venezuelan pilots for KamAir and a citizen of Kazakhstan and a citizen of Germany were also killed, officials have said.

Word of the American deaths came as Afghan's interior ministry said an investigation is underway to find out how the attackers got into the building so easily.

Najib Danish, spokesman for the interior ministry, said on Tuesday that security forces also defused a vehicle full of explosives near the hotel after the siege ended.

All pictures courtesy of 2 YORKS.

British Soldiers Conduct Evacuation After Hotel Attack 2 YORKS
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