Afghan Special Forces commander faced race against time to flee

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There’s growing concern about the fate of hundreds of Afghan Special Forces who were trained by the British military and who’ve been left behind after the Kabul airlift ended last month.

Joya is one of the lucky soldiers who managed to escape in time.

He served in the Afghan Special Forces for almost twenty years, reaching the rank of Lieutenant colonel shortly before the Taliban gained control of Kabul.

Travelling on foot to the capital in a race against time, members of the Parachute Regiment he served alongside managed to coordinate his rescue.

Defence Correspondent: Jonathan Beale

Defence Producer: Eleanor Montague

Digital Producer: Lorna Acquah

Filming: Ross Miklaszewicz