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Dominic Raab bats away fury over Afghan shambles after whistleblower account

Added 12-07-21 11:36:02am EST - “Sir Philip Barton revealed that he did not return from a break until August 26, nearly two weeks after the government collapsed and handed the Taliban control.” - Dailymail.co.uk

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Dailymail.co.uk: “Raab bats away fury over Afghan shambles after whistleblower account”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The Foreign Office's top mandarin today told shocked MPs he stayed on holiday for 11 days after the dramatic fall of Kabul - as he admitted there are 'lessons to be learned' from the Afghanistan debacle.   

During an extraordinary committee hearing, Sir Philip Barton revealed that he did not return from a break until August 26, nearly two weeks after the government collapsed and handed the Taliban control. 

He refused to say where he was on holiday, but disclosed that it was partly in the UK and partly abroad - trying to play down the impact on the crisis response by saying he had put cover in place. 

The mandarin said the evacuation from Kabul following the collapse of the government was 'one of the most complex and challenging crises we've had to face'.

But he conceded there were ways it could have been handled better and he 'wished' the operation had been able to get more vulnerable people out. 

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