Operation Pitting: Defence questioned on Afghan evacuation process

Defence leaders who led the UK’s evacuation mission in Afghanistan have been pressed on the process behind the mission.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace rejected "some" reports that the Ministry of the Defence and the Foreign Office had clashed throughout Operation Pitting.

The rescue of 15,000 from Kabul would not have been possible if the departments were "at each other’s throats", Mr Wallace told the Foreign Affairs Committee.

Admiral Sir Ben Key, now the First Sea Lord, said failure to evacuate everybody the UK "would have liked to" was a matter of significant regret, but that the Taliban had played a role in this.