Biden launches missile retailiation attack “on Isis airport atrocity planner”

America struck back against ISIS-K in Afghanistan in retaliation to Thursday’s attack on Kabul airport. Captain Bill Urban, spokesman for US Central Command, said: “US military forces conducted an over-the-horizon counterterrorism operation today against an ISIS-K planner. “The unmanned airstrike occurred in the Nangahar Province of Afghanistan. “Initial indications are that we killed the target. “We know of no civilian casualties.” The US drone hit a vehicle carrying an ISIS-K member believed to be “carrying out future attacks,” a US official told Fox News.” – Daily Express


  • America’s dead marines named – Daily Telegraph
  • Biden’s testy exchanges with reporters – Daily Mail
  • The Taliban v Isis-k – The Times
  • Civil war fears – i
  • U.S urged to destroy weapons before they fall into the hands of the Taliban – Daily Telegraph
  • Birmingham safeguarding chief refers mosque boss Taliban post to Charity Commission – Birmingham Mail
  • How M16 trained the Afghan resistance – Ben Macintyre, The Times
  • If Isis-k is the enemy, does that make the Taliban our friends? – Jason Burke, The Guardian


  • Biden has shamed the West”>Sun Editorial
  • He has blood on his hands – Paul Baldwin, Daily Express
  • He’s a lame duck – Trevor Kavanagh, The Sun
  • He’s a reckless, shambling danger to the world – Tom Leonard, Daily Mail
  • His mess is even worse than we thought – Iain Duncan Smith, Daily Telegraph
  • Britain can’t rely on America – Daily Telegraph Editorial
  • Time to end the Special Relationship – Antony Pacito, Daily Express
  • We can’t impose our values at the barrel of a gun? – John Humphrys, Daily Mail
  • The majority of Americans support withdrawal from Afghanistan and Biden’s poll ratings will recover – Ben Davis, The Guardian

> Yesterday: David Lidington on Comment – There’s no alternative to our American alliance. But we also need a new strategic relationship with our European allies.

The British victims of the Isis-k bomb: three dead, one a child. Young girl missing

“A young British girl is missing in Kabul after the ISIS-K suicide bomb blast as her dad was named tonight as one of the 170 victims. Two Brits and the child of a UK national were killed in the attack at the airport in the Afghan capital on Thursday – just hours before the evacuation deadline. The three dead are from three separate families, including one teenage boy and two adults, with two more Brits injured. One of the victims has been named by the BBC as Muhammad Niazi – a British Afghan who travelled to Kabul from London to help his family at the airport. His wife, youngest child and eldest daughter are still missing, according to the corporation.” – The Sun

Kabul’s airport gates are sealed. 150 Brits left behind: latest estimate

“Around 150 Brits will be left behind in Afghanistan after the airport gates were sealed this morning, the Defence Secretary has said. Ben Wallace confirmed that 1,000 Brits and Afghans already inside Kabul airport will be the last civilians to be evacuated today. It means desperate Afghans waiting at the gates – and any Brits who have fallen off the radar – will not be on an RAF flight out of Afghanistan. With a heavy heart Mr Wallace said: “The sad fact is not every single one will get out.” He said estimates suggest this includes 150 Brits, but admitted the figure is constantly changing. It also includes civilians who want to stay in the country such as journalists and aid workers. Between 800 and 1,100 Afghans eligible for UK settlement under the ARAP interpreter scheme will also be left stranded, Mr Wallace said.” – The Sun

  • Johnson speaks of “great regret” – Daily Telegraph
  • Britain may have to abandon 1000 Afghan support staff – The Times
  • Former translators left behind – Daily Mail
  • Brits complain of abandonment – The Guardian
  • Fear and terror as evacuation enters final phase – Financial Times
  • Women expecting the worst – i
  • Dan Jarvis says that there isn’t a moment to lose – Yorkshire Post

“The biggest airlift since the Berlin blockade of 1949”

“While the decision to leave the country has faced much criticism, the evacuation was remarkable in its scale and successes in extreme circumstances. In total 105,000 people were evacuated, with the UK alone responsible for getting more than 14,500 people out. This was more than double its target at the start of an operation that became the biggest airlift since the Berlin blockade in 1949. Speaking to those involved and terrified families in Kabul, The Times has pieced together an in-depth account of how it was achieved.” – The Times

  • 14,543 people have now been extracted from Kabul. Some 8000 of those were Afghans and their families – Daily Mail
  • Councils “ready to assist” Afghan refugees but lack housing – The Guardian
  • Home Office ordered to take “reasonable steps” to rescue family of man recruited by Number Ten – Daily Telegraph
  • Liverpool charity “overwhelmed by city’s generosity” to refugees – Liverpool Echo

> Today: ToryDiary – Red tape makes integrating refugees into our society harder and more expensive

Wallace criticises Foreign Office. Raab will face questions.

“Ben Wallace, the defence secretary, criticised the Foreign Office yesterday over the botched evacuation of diplomats from the embassy in Kabul after The Times revealed that the identities of Afghan staff were left behind. He said on Times Radio it was “not good enough” that the contact details of Afghans working for the embassy and the CVs of locals applying for jobs were abandoned as diplomats scrambled out. He said that Boris Johnson would examine the details of the evacuation. Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary, will face questions from MPs.” – The Times

Farthing’s 150 cats and dogs are out. Some of his staff member are left behind.

“She learned last night that Pen, having made it through Taliban checkpoints, had been finally allowed to board a flight with 150 rescue cats and dogs from his Nowzad charity – but he was forced to leave his staff members behind….Defence Secretary Ben Wallace initially dismissed Operation Ark, saying it would put ‘people before pets’ in the rush to flee Kabul.  He later agreed to ‘seek a slot’ for the plane carrying out the mercy mission, but insisted the convoy would not be able to jump the queue. There were suggestions by Mr Farthing’s supporters that his change of tone was prompted by an intervention from Boris Johnson’s animal-loving wife Carrie – but this was denied by Downing Street sources.” – Daily Mail

  • Wallace “complained to MPs that the controversy had diverted resources on the ground away from saving people more in need of rescue” – Daily Telegraph

Sajid Javid: Why we must be ready to vaccinate children against  Covid

“For months now, the Delta variant has been sweeping its way across the world. We’ve seen how mutations surface and thrive among unvaccinated people. We know that the more the population is protected by a vaccine, the more protection society as a whole will have from Covid-19. It is because of this simple principle, that offering all teenagers the jab would solidify our wall of protection and reduce the amount of infections, decreasing the risk of new variants emerging. If the expert clinicians recommend vaccinating 12 to 15-years-olds, I and the fantastic NHS and public health teams are doing everything to make sure we are ready with the same sense of urgency we have had at every point in this programme.’ – The Times

  • U.S intelligence couldn’t resolve debate over Covid origins – Guardian
  • Biden lashes out at China for withholding crucial data – Daily Telegraph
  • Sturgeon hints at school vaccinations – Scotsman
  • Claim that Prime Minister is prepared to accept 50,000 Covid deaths a year – Daily Mail
  • Labour complain of travel test “rip-offs” – The Guardian
  • We need to throw away the anti-Covid wipes – Matthew Parris, The Times

> Today: Sam Thurgood on Comment – Using health policy to level up

> Yesterday: Bella Wallersteiner on Comment – There’s no alternative to our American alliance. But we also need a new strategic relationship with our European allies.

Kwarteng tells business: tackle lorry driver shortage by hiring more Brits

“Ministers have told businesses to hire UK-based workers to address the country’s chronic shortage of lorry drivers, as hundreds of thousands of Britons prepare to leave the Covid-19 furlough scheme. Kwasi Kwarteng, business secretary, on Friday wrote to business leaders to bat away their call for looser post-Brexit immigration rules to remedy the shortage of hauliers, saying foreign labour only offered “a short-term, temporary solution”. With the furlough scheme ending on September 30, Kwarteng instead urged employers to help the “many UK-based workers [who] now face an uncertain future and need to find new employment opportunities”.” – Financial Times

Jack floats threshold and duration test for a second Scottish independence referendum

“The UK government could approve a second Scottish independence referendum if support for staging one stays above 60% for a sustained period, Alister Jack, the Scotland secretary, has said. Jack said consistent support for a fresh vote would confirm to the government that one was justified, as he signalled a further softening of the Conservatives’ previously rigid rejection of Scottish National party demands for a second referendum. “If you consistently saw 60% of the population wanting a referendum – not wanting independence but wanting a referendum – and that was sustained over a reasonably long period, then I would acknowledge that there was a desire for a referendum,” he told Politico.” – The Guardian

Williamson pledges less school disruption this year

“We want to see children back in the classroom; we don’t want to see the same level of disruption,” he said, seeking to draw a line under a year when his department was widely criticised for policy U-turns on school lockdowns. “My hope is that, combined with the mass testing we’re doing, children aren’t going to be in the situation of having to self-isolate.” However, Williamson’s optimistic outlook was tempered by warnings from educators and teaching unions that children will inevitably face some disruption as they recover from a year of heavily interrupted schooling.” – Financial Times

Other political news

  • Johnson ignored security advice over use of personal phone – The Times
  • The Queen will join other world leaders at COP26 – Daily Mail
  • Ministers plan eco-crackdown on plastic plates and cutlery – The Sun
  • Government must end uncertainty about future of HS2 eastern leg – Yorkshire Post
  • Clip of Rees-Mogg at age of 12 saying that he’d love to be Prime Minister – Daily Express