A former Royal Marine commando has demanded Boris Johnson “get a grip” on the evacuation effort from Kabul as he warned: “Individuals are going to die.”
Paul “Pen” Farthing – who based an animal shelter in Afghanistan’s capital – described to Sky Information the “unimaginable horror present” as his spouse and a pregnant worker tried to get a flight out of the town.
He revealed he had nonetheless but to listen to from his spouse after she and one among his workers members have been caught in a “stampede” outdoors Kabul’s airport.
And he accused each the UK and US governments of “not telling the reality” concerning the chaos throughout the metropolis following its takeover by the Taliban.
“My spouse and my nation supervisor, who’s 34 weeks’ pregnant, they have been advised by the evacuation groups that they should get to Kabul airport throughout the subsequent hour to get their flights, their evacuation flights out,” Mr Farthing mentioned.
“There isn’t any safety on the surface of Kabul airport. They acquired caught in a crush, in a stampede.
“It is a 34-week pregnant girl and my spouse getting caught in a stampede. They have been on the gate of Kabul airport on the aspect they’d been advised to go.”
Mr Farthing, who served in Afghanistan’s Helmand province within the mid-2000s, mentioned he was “completely livid” with British and American troopers who “refused to exit of that camp to rescue these individuals to get them inside the protection of Kabul airfield”.
“Boris Johnson and all the senior workers of this authorities have to know what a whole cluster they’re making of this withdrawal from Afghanistan,” he added.
“Individuals are going to die. Exterior it’s not safe.
“And if the British navy are there and they won’t get outdoors and rescue a number of the people who they have been despatched to get out of Kabul safely, then what’s the level in them being right here?”
Mr Farthing described how “hundreds and hundreds of determined Afghans” are attempting to get into Kabul airport to “escape the mess we made” within the nation.
He mentioned he nonetheless didn’t know the whereabouts of his spouse, however that his pregnant nation supervisor and her younger son had managed to flee the crush and have been now trying to succeed in one other safe location close to to the airport.
“Any person must get a grip,” he added.
“If they’re injured or harm, I’ll personally maintain Boris Johnson and the entire of this authorities to account. This isn’t acceptable.”
Afghanistan swiftly fell to Taliban control following the withdrawal of Western troops earlier this 12 months, though US President Joe Biden has remained defiant over his choice to deliver dwelling American troopers after twenty years within the nation.
Mr Farthing mentioned the UK and US had displayed “an absolute masterclass in easy methods to do all the pieces mistaken in a withdrawal from a rustic that we’ve fully tousled”.
“We can’t get to Kabul airport. Exterior of that perimeter, the Taliban now management all the pieces,” he mentioned.
“I’m past livid. This authorities, together with Joe Biden, have created a fully unimaginable horror present of a withdrawal from Afghanistan.
“And any individual’s going to die, as a result of there isn’t any management outdoors of that airport.
“One thing must be executed.. they should now get individuals to truly management this case.”
“I really thought the federal government was going to get a deal with on this. They don’t seem to be. Individuals are not telling the reality about what’s going on in Kabul.”