Members of the British House of Representatives recently stated that the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from Afghanistan last year was a “disaster” and “betrayal” that will harm the country’s interests for years.
The findings of the inquiry, released on Monday (May 23rd), demonstrate that the British government’s withdrawal from Afghanistan was marred by “systematic leadership failure.”
Intelligence, diplomacy, and planning “systemic failures,” according to the Foreign Affairs Committee.
Meanwhile, a senior British military general who has also served in Afghanistan recently told the BBC that UK government officials and leaders should be ashamed of leaving their allies and colleagues alone in Afghanistan.
Many Afghans working with the British army in Afghanistan were left behind, according to a report by the House Foreign Affairs Committee, because the details of their application were left with the British Embassy.
According to the report, the lack of coordination was due to the unpredictability of Afghanistan’s downfall.
The British government’s biggest failure during the evacuation, according to the report, was not having a clear plan for evacuating Afghan colleagues.
The Foreign Affairs Committee of the British Parliament also called on the British government to build a comprehensive strategy for future engagement with Afghanistan in their report.
Despite the presence of UK personnel in Afghanistan, combat operations stopped in 2014, leaving hundreds of troops to help in the training of the Afghan government’s army.
The Taliban gained rapid conquests as the US withdrew troops following the US withdrawal agreement with the Taliban. Consequently, the Taliban assumed the control of Afghanistan in mid-August last year.