Fears grow for 3,000 female Afghan troops who could be hunted down and killed by Taliban

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Colonel Richard Kemp, a former commander in Afghanistan, has beaten the UK and the US for abandoning and betraying female soldiers and police officers who could be hunted down by the Taliban

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Torture, prison and death threatened more than 3,000 US and UK-trained Afghan soldiers.

After the Taliban came to power, fewer than 20 are said to have been evacuated.

And now a British lieutenant colonel, who trained women police officers at the height of the conflict in 2010, fears hundreds may have been murdered or imprisoned by the Taliban.

She told the Sunday People: “I had contact with about 20 women – but within three days of the Taliban seizure of power, communication was lost. I have no idea what happened to them. It’s scary. I am ashamed that we effectively left her. The Afghans trusted us. “

Since taking power in August, the Taliban have put brutal new rules in place
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Colonel Richard Kemp, a former commander in Afghanistan, said: “It is treason. The US, UK and NATO decided to give it up, even though they were aware of the consequences. “

Colonel Phil Ingram, formerly Army Intelligence Service, said: “Many of the Taliban … are former Afghan army trained by the British and Americans.

“You will know who the women you have worked with are. You will likely be searched and tortured before execution.

“This threat to these brave women should have been obvious to military intelligence.”

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There are fears that 3,000 Afghan soldiers and police officers are at risk of torture
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Lord Richards of Herstmonceux, a former Chief of Defense, added: “Pressure must be kept on the government to honor its commitments to the brave Afghans.”

The government said it had evacuated 15,000 and added British allies, “We will continue to work with international partners to ensure they have a safe exit.”

■ A girls’ soccer team that fled the Taliban is asking the UK government to grant them asylum before their temporary visa to Pakistan expires next week.

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