1 Sep 2021

Afghanistan: UK government ‘caught out’ by speed of Taliban takeover

Political Editor

The decisions made by the British government as the Taliban took control of Afghanistan were scrutinised by the Commons foreign affairs committee this afternoon.

MPs asked the Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab why the government had been taken by surprise by the Taliban victory and whether more people could have been evacuated.

He was also asked why he didn’t return from his holiday more quickly.