Sky News reporter accuses British army of covering up chaos in Kabul as he is ejected on ‘MoD orders’

Sky News’ Stuart Ramsay has told of his team being “ejected” from Kabul, claiming the move was made “by order of Defense of Whitehall” to prevent filming of the withdrawal from Afghanistan.

The newspaper’s chief correspondent had reported on the desperate efforts of thousands to flee the country after the Taliban took over the capital on August 15.

In an article for Sky News, written before two explosions hit the evacuation area on Thursday, Ramsay recalled being “kicked” out of a British evacuation base.

“The operational commanders wanted us to stay until the end and leave with them, but the orders to remove us came from Defense or Whitehall, or both,” Ramsay wrote.

“We had fought for days to stay, but in the end we found ourselves on a military base and were expelled from the country – there is nothing you can do.

“It was all very cordial, but we WERE kicked out.

Sky News' Stuart Ramsay has told how his team was 'ejected' from Kabul, claiming the move was made 'by order of Defense of Whitehall' to prevent filming of the withdrawal from Afghanistan

Sky News’ Stuart Ramsay has told how his team was ‘ejected’ from Kabul, claiming the move was made ‘by order of Defense of Whitehall’ to prevent filming of the withdrawal from Afghanistan

“I suspect the prospect of the withdrawal being filmed in heartbreaking detail was a risk the government was unwilling to take as this will end badly for thousands I guarantee,” the veteran reporter said.

Ramsay was among the journalists who documented the struggle to evacuate foreigners and Afghans from Kabul ahead of the August 31 deadline for the withdrawal of US and NATO forces from the country.

Even before Thursday’s deadly explosions, the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul had seen days of chaotic scenes as thousands tried desperately for safe passage out of the country.

Stuart Ramsay was one of the journalists who documented the international withdrawal from Afghanistan

Stuart Ramsay was one of the journalists who documented the international withdrawal from Afghanistan

Stuart Ramsay was one of the journalists who documented the international withdrawal from Afghanistan

As the deadline approaches, Western powers have raised concerns about the ability to evacuate all foreigners, and concerns are mounting over reports that the Taliban are putting Afghan civilians, some of whom have supported international efforts in the country, at risk. , from travel to the airport area.

In his article, Ramsay expressed his guilt at the ease with which he was able to leave compared to those who still struggled for safety.

“We felt guilty leaving – myself, my producer Dominique, Sky colleague Martin and Toby. An easy exit for a group of journalists who ensured the safety of our soldiers and our governments.’

But, he wrote, the team’s presence had allowed the desperation of the situation to be broadcast to the world.

“The end of the press conferences and ministerial interviews hides the fact that some fundamental truths were hidden in the discussions about the August 31 deadlines or extensions:

“The Taliban are in control, the Western powers have little influence and the tens, even hundreds of thousands, who had legitimate rights and expectations of being protected and removed by their former employers are being abandoned,” he wrote.

“…Had we not been there, no one would have seen the scenes of horror and despair that have engulfed this entire operation, none of the incredible work of the British Army and the staff of the Foreign and Home Office. ‘

Ramsay described his team’s journey to the airport, where the convoy he was traveling in “passed the hundreds knee-deep in the sewers, begging to make their case with soldiers from around the world, gazing at the stinking water six feet below.” ‘

According to Pentagon figures, 10,000 people are waiting at the airport, but outside the airport, the number struggling to get in is much greater.

“Everywhere you looked, people were sleeping rough, hiding under sheets, waiting their turn,” Ramsay wrote.

The Sky News team traveled aboard an American plane full of Afghan refugees to Doha, Qatar.

‘[The other passengers] will go to countries, communities and cultures that are completely foreign. But they will survive,” Ramsay wrote.

According to Pentagon figures, 10,000 people are waiting at the airport, but outside it, the numbers struggling to get in are much greater

According to Pentagon figures, 10,000 people are waiting at the airport, but outside it, the number who struggle to get in is much greater

According to Pentagon figures, 10,000 people are waiting at the airport, but outside it, the numbers struggling to get in are much greater

“I can’t get the faces of the stragglers out of my mind, who stand in the sewers, begging for help. I will never.’

Ramsay wrote that he spoke to an officer at the camp in Kabul where his team had been expelled before sitting down to write his article.

‘I asked him how it was. He told me it was grim and that between 15 and 30 hardcore Taliban had taken over the entrance and beat people.

‘I asked if it would end badly.

‘100% Stuart. 100%.’

On Thursday, two bombings were carried out at Kabul airport, killing at least 13 people, according to the Taliban.

The BBC later reported that at least 60 were killed and 140 others injured, citing a senior Afghan health official.

The explosions struck outside Abbey Gate, where US and British troops are stationed, and at a nearby hotel.

US servicemen are among the dead, according to the Pentagon and US media.

The attack followed warnings that the large crowds of people gathered to evacuate could become targets for an attack by militants.

On Thursday, two bombings were carried out at Kabul airport, killing at least 13 people, according to the Taliban.

On Thursday, two bombings were carried out at Kabul airport, killing at least 13 people, according to the Taliban.

On Thursday, two bombings were carried out at Kabul airport, killing at least 13 people, according to the Taliban.

The BBC later reported that at least 60 were killed and 140 others injured, citing a senior Afghan health official

The BBC later reported that at least 60 were killed and 140 others injured, citing a senior Afghan health official

The BBC later reported that at least 60 were killed and 140 others injured, citing a senior Afghan health official

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