The MoD has apologised in a statement.
The email was sent to interpreters who remain in Afghanistan or have been able to get to other countries.Conservative MP and former defence minister Johnny Mercer told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “The reality is we’ve left the vast, vast majority of our interpreters behind so this is going to have a profound impact on people who are still in the country.”
He said he had spoken to the brother of one man, trained by the UK to serve in Afghan Special Forces, who had been executed after the evacuation by the US and UK and whose family is now on the run.
Failings by the Ministry of Defence and the Home Office had led to Afghan allies being “hunted ruthlessly by the Taliban”, he said.
The email was sent by the team in charge of the UK’s Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP), which has been in contact with them since the Taliban took control of the country last month.The team told the interpreters it was doing everything it could to help relocate them.
It also said they should not put themselves or their families at risk if it was not safe for them to leave their current location. (BBC)