The Ministry of Defence has confirmed that British soldiers conducted the evacuation of civilians after an attack on a hotel in the Afghan capital, Kabul, at the weekend.
2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (2 YORKS) are currently in the country as the British Army’s Quick Reaction Force and helped local soldiers end the 13-hour siege, which left 22 people dead.
Six Taliban militants who stormed Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel on Saturday in suicide vests were looking for foreigners and Afghan officials to kill.
The Catterick-based battalion is responsible for providing force protection to all NATO allies and mentors currently working to support the Afghan government and their security forces.
Whilst Afghan Special Forces were inside the hotel, 2 YORKS, assisted by the Australian Army and Oklahoma National Guard, ensured that 43 international civilians were rescued.
Formerly a pure infantry battalion, 2 YORKS are now a light mechanised force.
Soldiers from 2 YORKS assisted the Afghan military in the evacuation of 43 international civilians and casualties from the #InterContinentalHotel in #Kabul over the weekend. All civilians were successfully repatriated by their embassies @YORKS_REGT pic.twitter.com/CM07SuIoao
— British Army (@BritishArmy) January 24, 2018
In Afghanistan, they are using the Foxhound to taxi mentors between police stations, army bases and government buildings, and of course provide protection when required.
Multiple American citizens were killed and injured in the attack, the US State Department said Tuesday.
President Donald Trump has pursued a plan that involves sending thousands more US troops to Afghanistan and envisions shifting away from a “time-based” approach to one that more explicitly links US assistance to concrete results from the Afghan government.
Najib Danish, spokesman for the interior ministry, said on Tuesday that security forces also defused a vehicle full of explosives near the hotel after the siege ended.