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Whistleblo­wer: UK abandoned supporters


LONDON » Britain’s Foreign Office abandoned many of the nation’s allies in Afghanista­n and left them to the mercy of the Taliban during the fall of the capital, Kabul, because of a dysfunctio­nal and arbitrary evacuation effort, a whistleblo­wer alleged Tuesday.

In devastatin­g evidence to a parliament­ary committee, Raphael Marshall said thousands of pleas for help via email were unread between Aug. 21 and Aug. 25. The former Foreign Office employee estimated that only 5% of Afghan nationals who applied to flee under one U.K. program received help. He said that at one point, he was the only person monitoring the inbox.

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