Sir Davey said “serious questions” must be addressed and called for an inquiry into evacuation efforts to determine if the Johnson government was “to blame”.
Deadly twin explosions were detonated just outside of Kabul’s international airport on Thursday in a violent terror attack perpetrated by ISIS-K with deadly outcomes for local Afghans and US military.
More than 100 people died in the incident including 13 American soldiers.
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Afghanistan’s capital Kabul fell to the Taliban on Sunday August 15 which was just 10 days after the first provincial capital Zaranj was taken by the militant group in the face of America’s retreat.
The rapid takeover was followed by panicked scenes where hordes of civilians stormed Afghanistan’s airport climbing onto US Air Force planes with at least seven people plunging to their death.
Viral videos emerged on social media showing hundreds of desperate Afghans running alongside jets and attempting to push their way onto planes to flee the Taliban-ruled country.
The evacuation effort is now in its final stages with both the United States and United Kingdom vowing to finish the mission by August 31 – the Taliban deadline for the removal of foreign troops.
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On Friday morning Defence Secretary Ben Wallace confirmed the British exit from Afghanistan had entered its final hours.
The announcement was followed by a scathing commentary launched by Liberal Democrat Leader Sir Ed Davey who described the evacuation as an “unmitigated disaster”.
“As the last UK flight leaves Kabul, it’s alarmingly clear that our withdrawal from Afghanistan will go down in history as one of the worst UK foreign policy disasters,” he said.
He claimed thousands of Afghans were now trapped under the Taliban regime prompting key questions about what could have been done differently.
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“Why did we wait so long to start evacuating interpreters?” he asked.
“Why did the foreign secretary go on holiday as the Taliban advance began?
“How did UK intelligence get the situation so badly wrong?”
Sir Davey said an inquiry was needed to answer the relevant questions and hold ministers accountable for decisions which resulted in thousands left “fearing for their lives”.
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“We also must hear from the Prime Minister about how the UK government plans to assist those stranded in Afghanistan going forward,” he said.
In the wake of the deadly terror attack US President Joe Biden has promised to hunt down the jihadists behind the explosion in Kabul.
Locals flocked to the edge of the airport in their thousands in the hopes of catching a flight out of the Taliban-controlled country despite warnings of a terror incident.
More than 100,000 people have been airlifted out of Afghanistan since the Taliban takeover earlier this month.

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