Afghanistan: Pen Farthing through Kabul airport security with animals

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image captionFormer Royal Marine Pen Farthing acceptable up the Nowzad carnal structure aft serving successful Afghanistan successful the mid-2000s

An carnal charity's laminitis has made it done Kabul airport's security, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said.

Paul "Pen" Farthing was trying to get his unit and rescue animals retired of Afghanistan erstwhile they became caught up successful Thursday's airdrome weaponry blasts.

On Friday evening the MoD said Mr Farthing and his animals were assisted by the UK Armed Forces.

It added: "They are presently being supported portion helium awaits transportation."

Mr Farthing, a erstwhile Royal Marine who is primitively from Dovercourt successful Essex, acceptable up the Nowzad carnal structure successful Kabul, rescuing dogs, cats and donkeys, aft serving successful Afghanistan successful the mid-2000s.

Pen Farthing and his pets were assisted done the strategy astatine Kabul airdrome by the UK Armed Forces. They are presently being supported portion helium awaits transportation.

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Since the illness of the Afghan government, Mr Farthing and his supporters person campaigned to person his staff, their families and 140 dogs and 60 cats evacuated from the state successful a program helium has named Operation Ark.

But Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has complained immoderate of Mr Farthing's supporters had "taken up excessively overmuch clip of my elder commanders dealing with this contented erstwhile they should beryllium focused connected dealing with the humanitarian crisis".

Confirming the quality Mr Farthing and his animals were done airdrome information connected Friday evening via societal media, the MoD said: "On the absorption of the Defence Secretary, clearance for their charter formation has been sponsored by the UK Government."

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

Mr Farthing had earlier said helium had been "turned away" portion trying to permission Kabul connected Thursday.

Mr Wallace said his advisors and officials had received abusive calls, which helium said were "based chiefly connected falsehoods, that somebody, determination had blocked a formation - no-one blocked a flight".

He continued: "Fundamentally, arsenic we person seen connected the media, determination are desperate, hopeless people, and I was not prepared to propulsion those radical retired of the mode for that.

"When people's clip is right, they were called forward, and that's the close happening to do.

"But I anticipation helium comes back, helium was advised to travel back, his woman came backmost past Friday, truthful I anticipation helium does arsenic well."

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