Mr. Wallace, speaking to Sky News, was asked if NATO forces could regroup to take control of Kabul: “This is not on the maps that we are going to go back”, he said. he declared. “If you remember, at its peak more than 100,000 troops were deployed to Afghanistan to hold the line. ”
DDefense Secretary Ben Wallace warned that NATO forces would not return to Afghanistan after the Taliban said they were in control of the country after the fall of Kabul.
“It wasn’t just the initial intervention of 2001/2002, it was almost a decade later of heavy fighting, and I think the United States made it clear that they had no intention of to stay. And as a framework nation, that leaves us with difficult choices. “
Speaking of scenes of chaos at Kabul airport, where hundreds of Afghans were seen running on the tarmac, he said: “The images you see are from the south side, the civilian side. The military side of the airport is secure and controlled with military flights entering and exiting.
“They just brought in more British soldiers. The Border Force is joining us in making sure we speed up the process to get more Afghans out. “
“We will do everything we can to get as many people out as possible. Our soldiers are on the ground specifically and for one job which is treating British and Afghan citizens to bring them back. ”
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country for Tajikistan after the Taliban entered the capital Kabul.
Speaking after an emergency Cobra meeting on Sunday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson called the situation in the country “extremely difficult”.
He said “like-minded” powers must work together to ensure that a new Afghan government is not recognized without a deal.
Mr Johnson added that it was “very important for the West to work together to make the new government understand that no one wants Afghanistan to become a breeding ground for terrorism again.”
Parliament will be recalled on Wednesday to discuss the situation.
Mr Johnson said the British ambassador in Kabul “worked tirelessly” to ensure the safety of British nationals in Afghanistan.
He added: “Our priority is to make sure we live up to our obligations to British nationals, to all those who have helped the British effort in Afghanistan for 20 years and to get them out as quickly as possible.
“What we’re dealing with now is most likely the advent of a new regime. We do not yet know exactly what type of plan it will be ”.
Mr Johnson also admitted that the US decision to withdraw troops from the country had ‘sped things up’ in the region, but insisted the forces ‘had known for a long time that this was how it would be’ .
The government has said it will work with the UN Security Council and other NATO countries to prevent Afghanistan from “falling back into terror”.
The Foreign Office has reduced its diplomatic presence in Afghanistan, but government staff are still in the country providing assistance to British nationals.
“We are doing everything possible to allow the remaining British nationals, who wish to leave Afghanistan, to do so,” said a spokesperson.