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Former British Marine leaves Kabul with dogs and cats, but no local staff

London – A former Royal Marines, which campaigned to leave Afghanistan with about 200 rescued dogs and cats, flew safely with animals, but was left behind in Kabul. There was no staff in Afghanistan.

A privately funded charter plane carrying Paul “Pen” Farsing and his animals took off from Kabul late Saturday after a story of seizing and splitting Britain and placed in human and animal life relatives. Asked a difficult question about the value of the animal.

Animal welfare activist Dominique Dyer, a spokesman for Farthing based in the United Kingdom, said the plane was scheduled to land at London’s Heathrow Airport on Sunday.

Farming, who started the Nowzad charity after serving British troops in Afghanistan 15 years ago, was eligible to evacuate by air from the British troops with his staff and members of his dependents in Afghanistan. But he refused to leave without the animals.

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For days, Farsing used social media and media interviews to record an attempt to depart with a four-legged companion in a chaotic escape from Kabul Airport.

With the support of celebrities, including comedian Ricky Gervais, there have been many offers to adopt rescued animals. But he also elicited criticism from those who said the incident wasted time and energy from the task of rescuing Afghans at risk from the country’s new Taliban rulers.

The UK said it had evacuated more than 15,000 British citizens and vulnerable Afghans in a two-week airlift that ended Saturday. However, officials say that as many as 1,100 Afghans eligible to come to the UK have been left behind. Some British lawmakers trying to help the left-behind members and their families believe that the true sum is higher.

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“What if you sent an ambulance to save your dog instead of your mom?” Said Tom Tajendat, a conservative lawmaker who served British troops in Afghanistan.

“We have used a lot of troops to bring in 200 dogs, during which time my interpreter’s family is likely to be killed,” Tugendhat told radio station LBC on Saturday.

Farthing and his supporters say Operation Ark did not rob people of airplane seats or deplete resources from official evacuation operations. However, British government officials are increasingly speaking out of their frustration.

Secretary of Defense Ben Wallace said the military must prioritize people over pets, and some of Farthing’s more radical supporters “spent too much” on senior commanders to become military staff. He complained that he had sent abuse.

The Sunday Times recorded a taunting message last week that Farthing left for defense official Peter Quentin to “stop” the evacuation and threaten to “spend the rest of the time … destroy you on social media.” Released. .. “

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Farthing said Farthing was a “national hero” who was facing a “smear campaign” by government officials.

“Pen Farming, who was endangering his life in Kabul to take his people and animals to Britain, is perfectly justified by detaining Mr. Quentin to explain his actions. It has been transformed, “he said.

On Thursday, Farthing, the staff, and a convoy carrying animals were near Kabul Airport, where suicide bombers killed at least 169 Afghans and 13 US troops. On Friday, after days of unsuccessful attempts by the group to reach safety, British troops granted permission for charter flights, and British troops said they had “supported” fusing and animals at the airport.

Dier said Taliban guards would not allow Afghan staff to enter the country, even if they had documents permitting them to come to the United Kingdom. He said Nauzad would continue to work to take them safely to Britain.