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Military Trends, Technology, and International Developments => United States of America => Topic started by: adroth on May 07, 2021, 01:47:45 AM

Title: US pullout from Afghanistan could leave 17,000 interpreters' lives in danger
Post by: adroth on May 07, 2021, 01:47:45 AM
US pullout from Afghanistan could leave 17,000 interpreters' lives in danger
Jennifer Griffin
Wed, May 5, 2021, 5:50 PM·4 min read

https://www.yahoo.com/now/lost-translation-005028869.html

Nearly 17,000 Afghan interpreters who risked their lives working for the U.S. military are trying to leave the war-torn country ahead of President Biden’s Sept. 11 deadline to withdraw remaining U.S. forces from Afghanistan.

But some may get left behind.

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The congressman and Ryan Crocker, President Obama's ambassador to Afghanistan, addressed the issue in the New York Times.

"The Taliban view them as traitors," they wrote. "Since 2014, there have been at least 300 targeted killings of people who worked with us. Many more will die if the administration doesn’t take immediate steps to speed up the process to get them out safely."

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"They're being hunted down right now as we speak. They are reaching out to me, these interpreters, in a panic," said U.S. Rep. Mike Waltz, R-Fla., a former Green Beret, who served multiple tours in Afghanistan.

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