British Student ‘Lord Miles’ Evacuated from Afghanistan

According to Facebook posts, Miles Routledge, a student who traveled to Kabul on holiday and posted about it on 4chan, is safely in Dubai. 
August 17, 2021, 1:40pm
Screenshot via Facebook of Routledge in Dubai

Miles Routledge, the 21 year old university student who traveled to Kabul on Friday just before the Taliban overthrew Afghanistan's government, has been evacuated to Dubai, according to updates and video he posted to his Facebook page.

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"The happy ending: landed in Dubai thanks to the brilliant people at the British army. All safe!,” he posted on Facebook, along with a selfie video that appeared to show him in a crowded military aircraft.

Routledge had been planning the trip since May, and said he wanted to visit the "top 10 most dangerous" places in the world. He spent the weekend live-streaming about his experiences on Twitch, and posting to 4chan. 

He wrote in a Facebook post early Tuesday morning local time that he'd been evacuated from Kabul with around 100 other people: "The Taliban let us go through the airport and we met many of them, very long transition period but everyone was smiling and waving at one another, some took selfies with them." He landed in Dubai around 3 p.m. GST.

Routledge is a student at Loughborough University in England; a university spokesperson told Motherboard: “We are aware of reports that one of our students was, until recently, in Afghanistan. We are in contact with the student, have offered them our support and continue to monitor the situation closely.”

Thousands of local citizens of Afghanistan are still blocked from leaving the country, as many attempt to escape the incoming Taliban rule. Several people have died trying to board packed flights out of Kabul in the last few days, with some clinging to aircraft landing gear as they take off.