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Photograph: Defence Forces

Photograph: Defence Forces

Just after 3.30pm on Thursday, a WhatsApp message went around Irish diplomatic and military circles: “In the air, all safe. Take a deep breath.”

It marked the end of a tense 40-hour period during which a joint diplomatic and special forces team managed to evacuate 26 Irish citizens from the most dangerous airport in the world.

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