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Eckout: Local staff have arrived in Copenhagen

The group with local employees numbered 17 and includes family members and other Afghan Swedes, according to Eckot. The information has not been confirmed by the Department of State (MFA) or Defense.

A Swedish Hercules transport plane also landed at Kabul International Airport. Soldiers of the special forces on board.

The aim is to support the Swedish Migration Agency and the Swedish Embassy in evacuating Swedish citizens and former local employees from Afghanistan.

Our staff is working hard to make this go as smoothly as possible, Chief Press Officer of the Armed Forces Philippe Simon tells TT.

Another Hercules plane is in place in the area, ready to fly to Kabul’s chaotic airport.

Several countries had previously sent military forces to facilitate evacuations, including the United States, Finland, Norway, Germany and France. On Sunday morning, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed the arrival of all local employees who worked at the Norwegian Embassy in Kabul to Norwegian territory.

The Danish Foreign Ministry also said that a plane carrying evacuees from Dubai had taken off and was due to land in Copenhagen on Sunday morning.

On Sunday morning, the government came under fire for acting late in removing Swedish citizens and local staff, including Liberal defense policy spokesman Alan Weidmann and Afghanistan veteran Calis Amed.

American soldiers at Kabul airport.  Photo gallery.

American soldiers at Kabul airport. Photo gallery. Photo: Lance Corporal. Nicholas Guevara / AP / TT

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