In Pictures: British troops in race against time to help Afghans escape Taliban

British personnel at Kabul airport are working round the clock to evacuate thousands of people desperate to escape the clutches of Taliban fighters following their march to power in Afghanistan.

Afghans on RAF plane
A full flight of 265 people on board an evacuation flight out of Kabul airport on Saturday (LPhot Ben Shread/MoD/PA)
Troops assited Afghans
British troops on the ground at Kabul airport are working to process Afghans hoping to be evacuated (LPhot Ben Shread/MoD/Crown Copyright/PA)
UK troops assist Afghans
Thousands of Afghans have massed at the airport and nearby, hoping to secure their freedom (LPhot Ben Shread/MoD/Crown Copyright/PA)
UK troops assist Afghans
Flights out of Kabul operated by the RAF and other air forces are continuing daily, but the US has set a deadline for all evacuations of August 31 (LPhot Ben Shread/MoD/Crown Copyright/PA)
Troops assist Afghans
UK armed forces minister James Heappey said on Sunday that eight RAF flights had left Kabul in the last 24 hours, carrying 1,721 people to safety (LPhot Ben Shread/MoD/Crown Copyright/PA)
Troops help Afghans
British troops have been working round the clock to process Afghans hoping to secure a life-saving place on one of the flights out (LPhot Ben Shread/MoD/Crown Copyright/PA)
Troops at rest
The evacuations, dubbed Operation Pitting, began on August 13 as the Taliban marched on Kabul (MoD/PA)
Troops assist Afghans
More than 1,000 service personnel have been deployed to Kabul to assist the operation (MoD/PA)
Sir Laurie Bristow
British ambassador to Afghanistan Sir Laurie Bristow, second right, also remains on the ground at Kabul airport to help organise the evacuations (FCO/PA)
Afghans arrive in UK
This is the sight they are all working towards – Afghans evacuated from Kabul arriving to safety in Britain (SAC Samantha Holden RAF/PA)