Afghanistan

Escape from Kabul: The military race to evacuate Afghanistan

An in-depth look at what happened when the Taliban took the Afghan capital of Kabul one year ago.

A new Forces News special takes an in-depth look at what happened when the Taliban took the Afghan capital of Kabul one year ago.

Interpreters and other Afghans who worked with British forces during their 20-year mission in Afghanistan faced a deadly race to make RAF evacuation flights out of Kabul in August 2021.

More than 15,000 people were flown out of Afghanistan by the RAF in what was the biggest UK airlift since the Second World War.

'Escape from Kabul' looks at how the mission, named Op Pitting, was carried out and hears from some of those who were evacuated to safety by the UK military.

The 30-minute programme also hears the frustrations of those who feel action should have been taken sooner - approximately 2,000 Afghans who helped British forces remain stranded in Afghanistan which is still under Taliban control.