Johnson to defend UK's Afghan withdrawal

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson will address MPs about Britain's withdrawal from Afghanistan amid criticism of the handling of the evacuation and failure to predict how quickly the Taliban would sweep through the country.

The US and the UK withdrew from Afghanistan last month, and Johnson's foreign minister Dominic Raab has admitted both countries misjudged the Taliban's capacity to seize control.

The Taliban took Kabul on August 15.

Johnson has faced stinging criticism from MPs for intelligence and leadership failures over the fall of Kabul, and he has admitted the decision by the US to withdraw left Britain with little choice but to pull its own forces.

Some who served in Afghanistan have spoken of their anger and grief about what has happened, and Johnson will say that, despite the Taliban's rapid return, the efforts of a 20-year campaign were not in vain.

"Thanks to their efforts, no terrorist attack against this country or any of our Western allies has been launched from Afghanistan for 20 years," Johnson will say in a speech to parliament on Monday when it returns from summer recess, according to his office.

"They fulfilled the first duty of the British armed forces - to keep our people safe."

Johnson's office said he would announce an additional Stg 5 million ($A9 million) in funding for charities that offer support to veterans.

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