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Taliban stop ex Royal Marine’s rescue truck carrying 173 cats and dogs from reaching Kabul airport

Taliban stop ex Royal Marine Pen Farthing’s animal rescue truck from reaching Kabul airport: Vehicle carrying 173 cats and dogs has been held ten hours regardless of pleas to be let by

  • Charity boss Pen Farthing tried to flee Afghanistan with 94 dogs and 79 cats 
  • He has been blocked by guards for ten hours and warns the animals might die
  • Boris Johnson ‘personally intervened’ to safe the pets’ launch from Kabul 

By Jack Newman For Mailonline

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Taliban guards have blocked an ex Royal Marine’s convoy carrying 173 cats and dogs from getting into Kabul airport to flee Afghanistan.

Pen Farthing, the previous commando turned animal charity boss, warned the pets will die from the warmth of their journey crates if the ten-hour stand-off doesn’t finish.

The founding father of charity Nowzad, who beforehand served in Afghanistan, tried to flee the nation with 25 workers and their households together with the 94 dogs and 79 cats.

Taliban guards have blocked Pen Farthing’s (pictured) convoy carrying 173 cats and dogs from getting into Kabul airport to flee Afghanistan

Mr Farthing appealed on to the Taliban on Twitter in a determined bid to safe the discharge of the animals

Mr Farthing stated he has been in contact with British forces however they stated they’re powerless to intervene.

He appealed on to the Taliban on Twitter in a determined bid to safe the discharge of the animals.

Addressing Taliban spokesman Suhail (*173*), he wrote: ‘Dear Sir; my workforce and my animals are caught at airport circle. We have a flight ready. Can you please facilitate secure passage into the airport for our convoy?

‘We are an NGO who will come again to Afghanistan however proper now I need to get everybody out safely.

‘We have been right here for 10 hours after being assured that we might have secure passage. Truly wish to go house now. Let’s show the IEA are taking a unique path.’  

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace had been adamant that he would prioritise ‘individuals over pets’ for evacuations however Boris Johnson is believed to have overruled him after an intervention from his spouse Carrie to safe an emergency airlift for the animals. 

Mr Farthing had tried to make a midnight sprint to the airport, having loaded up two vehicles with meals and provides in case they had been caught on the airport.

They had been stopped at a Taliban checkpoint through the race throughout the town final night time the place weapons had been pointed on the charity employees.

Mr Farthing instructed The Sun: ‘About 15 guys jumped out and levelled their weapons at us. 

‘Then certainly one of them had an ND [a negligent discharge]. Luckily he was a s*** shot and it went over our heads.

‘I very hardly ever hear Afghans swear in English however I heard a number of phrases then.’

The Government continues to be scrambling to evacuate hundreds of British nationals trapped at Hamid Karzai International Airport

They had been held on the checkpoint for an hour earlier than they had been lastly allowed to drive throughout the town to the airport.

They arrived there at 2am however they nonetheless stay behind the blockade unable to enter the transport hub.

Staff have parked their vehicles within the shade in an effort to maintain the animals cool and have been spraying the crates with water.

The Government continues to be scrambling to evacuate hundreds of British nationals trapped at Hamid Karzai International Airport – which fell below Taliban management final week.  

Animal rights campaigner Dominic Dyer, a good friend of Mr Farthing, instructed MailPlus that the u-turn on animal evacuations adopted an intervention from the Prime Minister’s spouse Carrie Johnson – a eager supporter of animal welfare points.

But the declare was shortly dismissed by the Ministry of Defence, with a spokesperson reportedly telling Sky News that they had been a ‘lie’.  

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