‘Kabul today, London tomorrow’ Boris issued dire warning to work with Taliban against ISIS
Kabul: UK has 'no option' but to work with Taliban says expert
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Former Chief of Defence Staff Lord Richards has said that the UK has “no choice” but to work with the Taliban against ISIS-K. It came after ISIS-K, this regional affiliate of the Islamic State, targeted civilians hoping to gain access to Kabul Airport to be evacuated following the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan. Lord Richards told BBC Newsnight: “I and other pundits have been talking about the ungoverned space that will open up, inevitably, as a result of the Taliban success.
“And we’re now already seeing that.
He went on: “My view is that we have no option- not only in the short term, but with our eyes wide open as I’ve said before, a better deal with the Taliban.
“There’s a record of that game back a number of years.”
“Incentivise them– lots of carrots, which might be difficult, but some very big sticks too if they get this wrong.
“And I think there is a route through that.
“At least we have no option but to give it a go.”
On Thursday, ISIS-K struck at the heart of Kabul, setting off an explosion outside Kabul airport and another at the nearby Baron Hotel.
The attacks killed at least 13 U.S. service members and around 90 Afghan civilians.
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At least 150 people were also wounded in the attack.
The UK will continue its operation to evacuate people from Afghanistan but Defence Secretary Ben Wallace confirmed on Friday the British processing centre had been shut down and only those with the right papers will now be able to access the airport.
Speaking after an emergency meeting, the Prime Minister said the UK would be working “flat out” until “the last moment”.
The suicide bombings came just hours after the US, UK, Australia and New Zealand warned crowds trying to access Kabul airport to leave the area as they were alerted of such a threat.
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