A media report had prompt the US stored Abbey Gate open longer than they needed to, to permit Britain to evacuate extra personnel.
Britain co-ordinated carefully with the US and didn’t push to maintain a gate open at Kabul airport the place a suicide bomber killed 13 US troops and an estimated 170 Afghan civilians, British Overseas Secretary Dominic Raab mentioned on Tuesday.
A Politico report on Monday concerning the August 26 assault mentioned American forces determined to maintain the Abbey Gate open longer than they needed to, to permit Britain to proceed evacuating personnel.
“We received our civilian workers out of the processing centre by Abbey Gate, nevertheless it’s simply not true to recommend that, apart from securing our civilian workers contained in the airport, that we had been pushing to go away the gate open,” Raab advised Sky Information.
He mentioned Britain had taken mitigating motion, together with warning folks to not come to the airport.
“We additionally shifted the civilian group that we had within the Baron Resort to the airport, as a result of (being) a stone’s throw away from the place the terrorist assault happened, it clearly wasn’t protected, however none of that will have required or necessitated Abbey Gate to be left open,” he advised BBC Information.
The Pentagon had complained to Politico over its report, saying the story was primarily based on “the illegal disclosure of labeled data and inside deliberations of a delicate nature”.
“We condemn the illegal disclosure of labeled data and oppose the publication of a narrative primarily based on it whereas a harmful operation is ongoing,” it mentioned.
In the meantime, Raab has defended his response to the Taliban taking management of Afghanistan, dismissing studies he did not do sufficient to organize.
Raab, who was on vacation because the Taliban swept via Afghanistan, didn’t name the Afghan or Pakistani overseas ministers within the six months earlier than the disaster, the Sunday Instances reported.
“Politics is a tough recreation,” he mentioned. “Anybody taking out time throughout a disaster to offer a completely inaccurate, skewed set of reporting, I’m afraid lacks any credibility and might be concerned in buck passing themselves.”
He mentioned Britain had secured protected passage for 17,000 folks, together with round 5,000 British nationals since April, with the numbers remaining in Afghanistan within the “low a whole bunch”.
In a separate improvement on Tuesday, a spokesman for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson mentioned it’s too early to determine if, and the way, the federal government will work with the Taliban on tackling the Islamic State (ISIL) in Afghanistan.
The spokesman mentioned it will partly depend upon whether or not Taliban upholds pledges on points reminiscent of respecting human rights.
“At this stage it’s too early to dictate if and the way we’d work with the Taliban going ahead,” the spokesman mentioned. “Loads will depend upon their actions from now. As we’ve got mentioned all through, we intend to place stress on them to uphold these requirements and claims.”