Operation Pitting

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Operation Pitting
Part of the 2021 evacuation of Afghanistan, the 2021 Taliban offensive and the War in Afghanistan
Evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport; Image 4 of 16.jpg
British, American, and Turkish soldiers help an Afghan child near the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul
TypeNon-combatant evacuation operation (NEO)
ObjectiveEvacuation of British nationals, embassy staff and eligible Afghans
Date13 August 2021 – present
Executed by United Kingdom
  • 13,708 allowed Afghans and British nationals successfully evacuated
  • 800–1,100 allowed Afghans and 100–150 British nationals left behind[1]

Operation Pitting was a British military operation currently going on to move British nationals and allowed Afghans from Afghanistan to the United Kingdom. They did this after the 2021 Taliban offensive. The operation has more than 1,000 military workers.[2][3][4] This included soldiers from 16 Air Assault Brigade.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. Morton, Becky (27 August 2021). "Afghanistan: UK evacuation coming to an end". BBC News. Retrieved 27 August 2021.
  2. "Global Response Force evacuates over 5,700 people". British Army. 23 August 2021. Retrieved 24 August 2021.
  3. "In Pictures: the UK Armed Forces at Hamid Karzai International Airport". Medium. Ministry of Defence. 23 August 2021. Retrieved 24 August 2021.
  4. "Afghanistan: Why can't the UK hold Kabul airport without the US?". BBC News. 2021-08-23. Retrieved 2021-08-24. The UK has more than 1,000 at the airport, including the Army's 16 Air Assault Brigade.
  5. "Military operation established to support the drawdown of British nationals from Afghanistan". GOV.UK. 14 August 2021. Retrieved 14 August 2021.