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British Foreign Secretary has dismissed a report that a door at Kabul airport was left open to allow British forces to continue evacuating personnel despite warnings from intelligence services of an imminent attack by Islamic State .

Speaking to UK broadcasters, the BBC and Sky News on Tuesday, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the UK’s evacuation effort had taken mitigating action ahead of the terror attack in Thursday.

He said the UK had warned people to stay away from Kabul airport amid credible reports of an impending terrorist attack, and refuted claims that the UK evacuation effort was the reason Abbey Gate – which was targeted by the Islamic State (ISIS, formerly ISIS) – remained open.

“We brought our civilian staff out of the processing center through Abbey Gate, but it is simply not true to suggest that, other than securing our civilian staff inside the airport, we were pushing to leave the door open, “he added. Raab told Sky News.



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He then told the BBC that none of the measures taken would have forced the door to “to be left open.”

The foreign minister’s comments come after Politico reported on Monday that US commanders had detailed plans to close the door to the abbey last Thursday amid reports that the location, which was heavily guarded and surrounded by people desperate to flee, would be attacked.

The report claimed that the United States chose to keep the door open, despite the terrorist threat, to allow its British allies to continue their evacuation efforts. US troops were still processing arrivals at the airport around 6 p.m. local time when the suicide bomber detonated his explosive jacket.

Reports suggest nearly 200 people died in the blast, including 13 US servicemen and two Britons.

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