The UK’s civilian evacuation in Kabul has effectively ended, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed.

A flight bound for the UK full of Afghan nationals left this afternoon, the last to be scheduled purely for evacuation purposes.

Any further flights which will now leave Kabul under the UK’s evacuation operation will have UK diplomatic and military personnel on board.

Evacuation operations are being wound down ahead of the August 31 deadline for troop withdrawals.

It is understood any further flights would be able to transport those still needing evacuation, but would now also include personnel travelling back to the UK.

Nearly 15,000 British nationals and eligible Afghans have been airlifted out of the country since Operation Pitting began two weeks ago.

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