Around 600 British troops have been deployed to help up to 4,000 British embassy personnel, translators and “other personnel that might be at risk,” including security guards, for a safe return to Britain later this month.
Those leaving Afghanistan will be using commercial airliners but there are plans in place to use military aircraft should services be suspended or local airports come under attack.
The Taliban have since confirmed that they have reached Kabul following the news that Afghan troops have surrendered Bagram airbase to the Taliban; the base is home to a prison housing 5,000 inmates.
Meanwhile, Dominic Rabb will jet back to the UK following his summer holiday in a bid to spearhead the UK’s response.
Boris Johnson has announced that parliament, who are on summer recess, will be recalled on Wednesday, August 18.