29/8 wake up service: Verstappen starts from pole in Belgium โ€ข Afghanistan Veterans Meeting

Good morning! Today Max Verstappen starts from pole position in Belgium‘s grand prix. And the Dutch Veterans Institute is organizing a meeting for soldiers who served in Afghanistan.

We start with the weather: the day starts with lots of cloud cover. There’s a little rain in the eastern half, especially in the eastern half. In the course of the afternoon it gets dry more often with some sun. It will be a grade or 19, tomorrow there will be more room for the sun and it gets warmer.

Are you going on the road? Here you can find the overview of the work. Check the track timetable here.

What can you expect today?
What did you miss?

The last British military in Afghanistan left the country. This ended the British military presence in the country after twenty years.

Yesterday, the last British evacuation flight for civilians left. The British have evacuated around 15,000 people since mid-August, including over 2100 children. According to the British Army Commander, many hundreds of Afghans who were eligible for evacuation have been left behind in the country.

The United States is still operating at the airport in Kabul; they want to have equipment and men flown out by Tuesday.

Other news from the night:
And then this:

Again a baby was born on a flight of evacuees from Afghanistan. That happened somewhere in the sky above the Arabian Peninsula, on a plane headed to England. After the start in Dubai, where the parents were taken from Afghanistan, contractions began and not much later the Havva girl came into the world:

The plane made a precautionary landing in Kuwait, where mother and child were checked. The family then flew further to Birmingham.

Last week, a child was born in an airplane with evacuees from Kabul; that happened in the cargo hold of an American army aircraft.

Happy Sunday!