KABUL: Dozens of Afghans working as spokesmen for the US military, often in deadly situations, expressed fears of being targeted by the Taliban after returning home on Friday, urging Washington. So that they do not leave them behind.
Translators gathered after noon prayers in a Kabul neighborhood to mark the start of Washington’s formal troop withdrawal – although forces have been revealed for months.
“One of the key spokesmen we want is to be taken to the United States. That was the promise that was made to us,” said Muhammad Shoaib Walizada, a U.S. spokesman who fought with U.S. forces between 2009 and 2013. Worked in operations.
Walizada, 31, said he was shot in the leg in 2011 when he was with the US military in Ghazni. President Joe Biden announced earlier this month that all US troops would leave Afghanistan by the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Towards America’s Longest War
Calling themselves “forgotten war heroes”, some spokesmen complained that many of their agreements with US and NATO forces had suddenly ended. Thousands of Afghan translators have left the country after obtaining visas from the United States and other NATO countries.
But licenses have dried up in recent years, with some US officials saying a jihadist could stand as a translator. A report released by Brown University earlier this month states that about 19,000 applications from Afghanistan were backed up in 2019 – more than the number of visa holders in the two-decade conflict. ۔
“Failure to implement this program, which is thought to be based in Afghanistan or elsewhere, poses a threat of attacks by the Taliban and criminal groups,” the report said.
The U.S. military and the embassy were not immediately available for comment. Spokesmen gathered Friday said 3,000 of them were living across the country in fear of the Taliban and other jihadists working with foreign forces.
“When the Taliban found out I had worked with US forces, they killed my brother,” a spokesman said, who declined to be named for fear of being targeted. “Even the CIA admitted that it was the Taliban who killed my brother. Now, I live in fear and loneliness.”
Behind it, some translators read a banner reading “President Biden, don’t turn your back on us.” Another poster showed a man pointing a gun at a spokesman who was calling for help as a group of U.S. soldiers boarded a helicopter.
“Please, your forgotten hero, don’t leave us behind,” said one protester, who gave his name as Jaffrey. “The success of your fight is due to the presence of these interpreters on the battlefield.”