Afghanistan: Pen Farthing team 'turned away' from airport

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image captionMr Farthing acceptable up the Nowzad carnal structure aft serving successful Afghanistan successful the mid-2000s

Ex-Royal Marine Paul "Pen" Farthing said helium went "through hell" to scope Kabul airdrome lone to beryllium turned distant owed to a alteration successful paperwork rules.

The foundation idiosyncratic was attempting to get his unit and rescue animals retired of Afghanistan erstwhile they became caught up successful Thursday's weaponry blasts.

He said they were safely 300m (984ft) wrong the airdrome perimeter erstwhile they were turned distant "into the chaos".

It said nary much radical would beryllium called to the airdrome to leave, and the processing facilities astatine the Baron Hotel, extracurricular Kabul's Hamid Karzai planetary airport, had been closed.

media captionPen Farthing: "Twice contiguous I've had an AK poked successful my face"

Mr Farthing said helium and his squad were turned distant owed to changes successful paperwork rules 2 hours earlier.

He said arsenic a result, they got caught up successful the bomb blasts connected the airport that killed astatine slightest 90 radical and injured much than 150.

"Went done hellhole to get determination and we were turned distant into the chaos of those devastating explosions," helium posted connected Twitter.

The full squad & dogs/cats were safely 300m wrong the airdrome perimeter. We were turned distant arsenic @JoeBiden @POTUS had changed paperwork rules conscionable 2 hours earlier. Went done hellhole to get determination & we were turned distant into the chaos of those devastating explosions. #OperationArk

— Pen Farthing (@PenFarthing) August 27, 2021

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Mr Farthing, who founded the Nowzad carnal shelter, antecedently told the BBC that "all hellhole broke loose".

He said: "As we were trying to past fly from the airdrome we were getting tear-gassed, truthful we were evidently trying to thrust the conveyance erstwhile we can't spot anything. It was conscionable the astir horrific thing."

Mr Farthing, primitively from Dovercourt successful Essex, said US President Joe Biden had "stopped" his effort to get the animals retired of the country.

He said the Taliban were preventing radical from Afghanistan coming to the airport, adjacent if they had British passports.

image captionPen Farthing has appealed to Suhail Shaheen to let the foundation workers and animals into the airport

Mr Farthing and his supporters person been campaigning to person his unit and their families, arsenic good arsenic 140 dogs and 60 cats, evacuated from Kabul since the Taliban takeover.

He appealed to Taliban spokesperson Suhail Shaheen to let his squad and animals into the airport.

He dubbed the program Operation Ark and said helium would not permission the state without his unit oregon animals.

A privately-funded level owed to alert from London Luton Airport to rescue them was cancelled amid information concerns.

An craft from a state neighbouring Afghanistan was owed to beryllium utilized instead, but reportedly was told it could not onshore successful Kabul until Mr Farthing was granted introduction to the airport.

Mr Farthing acceptable up the Nowzad carnal shelter, rescuing dogs, cats and donkeys aft serving successful Afghanistan successful the mid-2000s.

UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said earlier this week helium was not prepared to prioritise animals up of radical "in existent danger".

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