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Raab 'surprised' by speed of Taliban takeover

A further 200 UK troops are to be sent to Kabul to evacuate British citizens and local allies from Afghanistan, as the foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, admitted he was left "surprised" by the speed with which the Taliban took control of the country. It comes after Raab was criticised for spending the past week on holiday abroad while the situation in Afghanistan was unravelling. The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) said Mr Raab was returning to the UK on Sunday and was “personally overseeing” the department’s response to the crisis. However shadow foreign secretary Lisa Nandy said that his absence during a moment of major international upheaval was unacceptable.

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