Britain says its final civilian flights will soon leave Afghanistan

The UK’s Afghanistan airlift operation has ended, with the last dedicated evacuation transport for refugees now having left Kabul.General Sir Nick Carter, the head of the armed forces, said earlier that the operation had “gone as well as it could do in the circumstances”. Further flights will take off carrying British troops and diplomatic staff back to base.

The US and UK both admit there are people left in Afghanistan they could not rescue, leaving them at the Taliban’s mercy. The country’s returning theocratic rulers have begun to tighten their grip on the airport.