Afghan intelligence analyst praised for ‘key role’ by RAF advisers dealing with Rwanda deportation

An Afghan intelligence analyst who performed a “key” position in serving to the British army in Kabul has been threatened with deportation to Rwanda after fleeing to the UK on a small boat.

The man, who gathered info to assist coalition forces plan operations towards the Taliban in Afghanistan, says he was pressured to make the harmful journey as a result of he couldn’t afford to attend for assist by means of official routes following the autumn of Kabul.

He utilized for sanctuary in Britain two years in the past below the Ministry of Defence’s Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (Arap) scheme however has heard nothing.

The scheme is open to individuals who labored with and for the UK authorities. One British adviser described his work as having “a meaningful and positive effect on the UK’s national security interests in Afghanistan”. Another RAF colleague mentioned his perception “undoubtedly furthered the UK’s military and national security objectives”.

The man has now referred to as on Rishi Sunak to offer him sanctuary in Britain. Speaking to The Independent from a authorities resort within the Midlands, he mentioned: “The government pledged that it would help those who have supported British interests in Afghanistan – and they haven’t.

“They did the initial evacuation but now we have no alternative but to take the Channel way.”

His Arap software has been supported by two of his RAF supervisors, who labored with him of their roles as advisers, and his case has been raised by his native MP with defence minister James Heappey 3 times.

But in May, the person – credited by his supervisors as being a “hardworking individual” – obtained a discover from the Home Office telling him he was being thought-about for removing to Rwanda.

The man labored within the presidential palace within the Office of the National Security Council (ONSC), a division that was initially funded by the UK and was a hub throughout the Afghan authorities for intelligence sharing.

Those working contained in the unit would supply the Afghan president and British and Nato forces with info wanted to plan missions towards terrorist threats inside Afghanistan.

Thousands of Afghans had been evacuated in August 2021 however many extra had been left behind

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The Afghan analyst labored on strategic communications operations for the Afghan authorities amongst different issues. One British adviser he labored intently with mentioned he “demonstrated personal integrity and professionalism to his Nato colleagues” and described him as a “talented and hardworking individual” who’s “a likely target for the Taliban”.

The analyst performed a “key supporting role” for the Afghan authorities, with the backing of Nato, he added. “His education, skills and expertise leave me in no doubt that he can contribute effectively to UK society.”

One of his Afghan colleagues on the ONSC, who has been accepted below Arap and is now dwelling in a rented flat within the UK together with his spouse, described their work, saying: “We supported the Afghan army but we also shared information with the British and Nato force.

“If they were planning an attack on the Taliban, or they needed to make a plan, they would need information from a local area. We would use our local sources and intelligence and share it with Britain and Nato.”

He described the ONSC as a “focal point” between Afghan and British forces the place info for Psyops and counterterror operations can be deliberate.

Sir Nicholas Kay, a former UK ambassador to Afghanistan, advised The Independent that the UK ought to “honour our past ties” to Afghans who labored within the Office for the National Security Council and may “welcome former partners who managed to get to the UK and not deport them”.

The Court of Appeal dominated in June that the UK authorities’s return settlement with Rwanda was unlawful, although Mr Sunak has vowed to problem the choice within the Supreme Court.

Sir Nicholas mentioned: “UK links to the ONSC were deep and far-reaching. We helped the ONSC to be an important tool for coordinating cross-government efforts to counter the Taliban.

The analyst said he was not able to come to the UK safely, like these refugees who were evacuated during Operation Pitting


“The UK had a close and strategic partnership with the Afghan Office of the National Security Council over the last two decades. HMG initially funded the entire office, salaries and a new building within the palace complex. We put considerable financial and human resources into the ONSC because it served our strategic interests.

“Over the years, many of its staff developed close professional and personal ties with the UK. Under the Taliban, I have no doubt that many of them will be at risk because of their previous work with the ONSC and the UK.

“UK-funded advisers based in the British embassy worked within the ONSC until at least 2019. UK military advisers seconded to Nato worked with the ONSC until 2021.”

The analyst advised The Independent that he had come to the UK as a result of he had household based mostly right here, may communicate fluent English, and due to his earlier work.

He mentioned: “In the UK I thought I would have a better chance because I already had a case here. I waited and waited to hear from the Arap unit but still heard nothing other than automatic replies. Out of desperation, I had to leave my wife behind in [a third-party country] and I tried to enter the UK through whatever means possible.

“My wife is not safe there and it is not a friendly country to immigrants. I am scared she will face deportation from there back to Afghanistan.”

A authorities spokesperson mentioned: “Those who fear persecution should claim asylum in the first safe country they reach and not put their lives at risk by making unnecessary and dangerous journeys to the UK.

“The number of people risking their lives by making illegal and dangerous Channel crossings is unacceptable. That is why we have introduced legislation which will ensure those arriving in the UK illegally may be detained and promptly removed to their country of origin or a safe third country.

“We do not routinely comment on individual cases.”

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