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Newsline: Guards who protected British embassy from Taliban attacks still stranded in Afghanistan

More than 150 guards who protected the British embassy from Taliban attacks are still stranded in Afghanistan months after they were promised refuge in the UK. Several of the men who worked for a security contractor company said they had been beaten and intimidated by the Taliban because of their former job guarding British diplomats. More than 100 guards who worked for GardaWorld, a security company, remain in the country 10 months after the Taliban re-took power, the BBC reported. (https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/guards-who-protected-british-embassy-from-taliban-attacks-still-stranded-in-afghanistan/) The Government promised it would evacuate the guards last August, as UK troops tried to airlift thousands of former interpreters, local staff and their relatives out of the airport. The guards were left behind and some have accused the Government of betraying them. Earlier this week, the Government said the former guards would be able to apply to come to the UK from next week, as part of its Afghan citizens resettlement scheme (ACRS). The scheme is meant to give refuge to those who assisted UK efforts in Afghanistan.

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