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Hours left to save 250 animals trapped in Kabul as the deadline for troops looms:

Hours left to save 250 animals trapped in Kabul as the deadline for troops looms
Hours left to save 250 animals trapped in Kabul as the deadline for troops looms

Hours left to save 250 animals trapped in Kabul as the deadline for troops looms:

A fresh rescue attempt is underway in hopes of saving animals stranded in Kabul - with a deadline for foreign forces to leave the country just hours away.

But the 'Operation Hercules' campaign says it requires US military support to fly out from Kabul's airport safely with the canine cargo.

The latest animal rescue mission comes after British former Marine Pen Farthing returned to the UK safely on Sunday with a planeload of rescue animals.

Kabul Small Animal Rescue has launched an eleventh-hour 'Operation Hercules' to pluck stricken dogs to safety from Kabul as the August 31 deadline for US troops to withdraw looms.

Some people critics said all rescue operations should have put stricken people ahead of dogs and cats.

What Tommy Amenta said on Twitter:

US veteran and campaigner for KSAR, Tommy Amenta, tweeted a video on Sunday to update supporters, saying "this is our last shot."

The bid to pluck dogs from the Afghanistan capital is drumming up widespread support for its campaign on social media.

Tommy said the previous two aircrafts commissioned for the job had fallen through, and the third and final craft due to land Sunday night was the last option for getting the animals out of Kabul.

He said: "This plane is our last chance."

KSAR tweeted on Sunday: "Things continue to change and progress and change again by the minute. We have the attention of who we need at this time. Thanks so much for getting us to this point."

Hamid Karzai airport has been the scene of building tension as the date for US and UK troops and other foreign militaries to exit Afghanistan looms.

'Operation Hercules' is being spearheaded by an American in Kabul named Charlotte Maxwell-Jones who has been trying to evacuate around 250 animals and 40 workers, NBC reports.

Ms Maxwell-Jones claimed Taliban militants had asked her to leave without the workers and animals, but she told the broadcaster she won't fly without 125 people and as many as 250 animals.

She said in recent days: 

“I'm working on getting out with my staff, and so if it is all on one plane, I go with them.

"But I think I want to make sure that everybody's on the flight first.”

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