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UK troops and diplomats arrive home after 20-year Afghanistan campaign

Two decades of engagement in Afghanistan by British troops has come to an end as the final members of UK military and diplomatic personnel left Kabul airport. Ambassador to Afghanistan Sir Laurie Bristow, who had been processing people fleeing the country, was among those who landed at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire on August 29. It brought to a close Operation Pitting, believed to be the largest evacuation mission since the Second World War.

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