Taliban ask fearful Afghan interpreters to ‘show remorse’

Taliban ask fearful Afghan interpreters to ‘show remorse’

Taliban ask fearful Afghan interpreters to ‘show remorse’

There's now a congressionally mandated cap of 26,000 slots under the Special Immigrant Visa program, which lets Afghans apply for visas if they can show their lives may be in danger for having worked for the U.S. Blinken also didn't rule out that the U.S. might move thousands of Afghans to another location - the island of Guam has been raised as a possibility - while their applications are processed.

The Taliban have a long track record of threatening and killing Afghans who worked for the United States and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies or with Western-backed organizations.

The Taliban said on Saturday that they have "captured the district of Deh Yak" in the province of Ghazni, about 150 kilometres south of Kabul. "They are tracking us", Omid Mahmoodi, an interpreter who worked with United States forces between 2018 and 2020, told AFP last week.

"That means these people will have a bull's-eye and a target on their back from the moment we leave the country", McCaul said. There are fears that the absence of US military support in post-withdrawal Afghanistan may enable the Taliban to regain power, though Afghan leaders dismiss those concerns.

An estimated 18,000 Afghans are awaiting word on special immigrant visas (SIV) to the US amid concerns President Joe Biden's administration might not be able to process them all in time. If I stay in the country, there is no chance of survival for me.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken pledged to expedite immigration visas for Afghans who worked closely with US forces as a Republican warned they'll be targeted by the Taliban once remaining American troops depart.

"I regret working for the US. Now, I live in fear and isolation", said an interpreter interviewed by AFP in May.

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is under pressure to find new bases for its counterterrorism and surveillance operations in the wake of the USA troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, reported The New York Times on Sunday. The US, Britain and some other countries said they had accelerated relocation of these interpreters and other Afghan employees who worked with them, but the process has dragged on for years.

"There are plans being developed very, very rapidly here", Milley said. The Islamic Emirate [the name by which the Taliban refer to themselves] will not perturb them, but calls them to return to their normal lives and if they do have expertise in any field, to serve their country. Critics of the Biden administration's announcements anxious that the accelerating pace of US withdrawal could leave some Afghans who worked with the departing American military in peril.

But Blinken said it was not a given that the security situation in Afghanistan would quickly unravel after USA forces pull out. Over 3,000 Afghans are expected to relocate to the United Kingdom under the program.

Nervous Afghan staffers told AFP last week they are racing against time to get out of the country before the Taliban can kill them. They pointed out that the Afghan government dismissed some of them for false or minor charges of misbehavior, making them potentially ineligible for American or European expedited visa programs. American forces are planned to leave by September 11. We are scared of the insurgents.

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