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Demonstrators, including former interpreters for the British Army in Afghanistan, hold placards as they protest opposite the Houses of Parliament in London on August 18, 2021, following the withdrawal of troops and the resumption of power by the Taliban in Kabul. – Britain on August 17 announced a resettlement scheme for Afghans fleeing the Taliban after their return to power, offering an initial 5,000 places in the first year, rising to up to 20,000 in the long term. The announcement came on the eve of an extraordinary session of parliament on August 18, where MPs recalled from holiday will discuss the collapse of the Afghan government, so soon after the withdrawal of Western forces. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP)