Fears grow for 3,000 female Afghan troops who could be hunted down and…

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Col Richard Kemp, an ex-commander in Afghanistan slammed the UK and US for abandoning and betraying female soldiers and police officers who could be hunted down by the Taliban

The Goverment said it would continue to work with international partners to get female soldiers a safe passage out

More than 3,000 female Afghan soldiers and police trained by the US and UK are at risk of torture, jail and death.

Fewer than 20 are believed to have been evacuated after the Taliban seized strength.

And now a British lieutenant colonel, who helped aim female police at the height of the conflict in 2010, fears hundreds could already have been murdered or jailed by the Taliban.

She told the Sunday People: “I was in touch with around 20 women – but within three days of the Taliban taking over, communication was lost. I’ve no idea what has happened to them. It is frightening. I feel ashamed because we effectively abandoned them. The Afghans trusted us.”



Brutal new rules have been drawn up by the Taliban since they took over strength in August
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Col Richard Kemp, an ex-commander in Afghanistan, said: “It is a betrayal. The US, Britain and NATO chose to abandon them despite being… aware of the consequences.”

Col Phil Ingram, formerly of Army Intelligence, said: “Many of the Taliban… are former Afghan Army, trained by the British and Americans.

“They will know who the women they worked with are. They will likely be sought out and tortured before execution.

“This threat to those brave women should have been obvious to military intelligence.”

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There are fears that 3,000 female Afghan soldiers and police are at risk of torture
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Lord Richards of Herstmonceux, a former Chief of the Defence Staff, additional: “Pressure must be kept up on the government to honour its commitments to the brave Afghans.”

The Government said it had evacuated 15,000 and additional of UK allies: “We will continue to work with international partners to ensure they have safe passage out.”

■ A girls’ football team that fled the Taliban are begging the UK government to give them asylum before their permanent visas to Pakistan run out next week.



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