The US is “rapidly” developing plans to remove Afghan interpreters are removing by US who worked for the military ahead of the troop pullout in September.Taliban insurgents could target a “substantial” number of translators and other staff, according to Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen Mark Milley.
Approximately 18,000 Afghan people have filed for US visas under a special scheme to move to the United States.However, the program has been plagued by delays, with applicants having to wait years.
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“We recognize that there are a considerable number of Afghans interpreters who backed the US and the coalition and that they may be in jeopardy,” Gen Milley said in remarks issued by his office on Thursday.A critical duty is to guarantee that we remain loyal to them and that we do all possible to assure their safety and, if necessary, to get them out of the country if that is their desire.
Not only Afghan interpreters, but a wide range of other people who have worked with the US are developing plans at breakneck speed.He went on to say that the Department of State was looking into the matter, but he didn’t elaborate.
After 20 years of military participation in Afghanistan, President Joe Biden announced in April that American soldiers would withdraw by September 11th. Mr. Biden stated that it is past time to put an end to America’s longest war.
As part of the 9,600-strong Nato Afghan operation, at least 2,500 US troops are stationed in the nation. The Taliban, a militant Islamist movement, has so far failed to live up to agreements to minimize violence in Afghanistan, according to US and Nato officials.
The withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan has marked a critical moment
Announcing that the last US troops will leave Afghanistan by September 11, a US government official said:We have to close the book of a 20-year war.But two decades after the start of the war, what does this “book” say about a country about 10,000 US-led NATO troops are leaving soon?
Afghanistan today is different from a devastated country under the Taliban’s law-abiding regime, which was overthrown in the 2001 US-led invasion following the 9/11 attacks. But this window of opportunity for a withdrawal from Afghanistan is crucial because it can either accelerate the movement towards peace or pave the way for a fall into violence that could lead to the destruction of a more open society over the past two decades, albeit with many ups and downs. It is rooted in this country.
TamimAsi, executive director of the Institute for War and Peace Studies, warned that: The best possible outcome can be expected for this exit timetable to act as a catalyst and mechanism for putting pressure on Afghan interpreters to realize or have to work to reach a political agreement by September.Or be ready to fight in a bloody Syrian-style civil war.
Few parties expected the final chapter of the US military mission to end in this way, with the victorious Taliban ready to return to power.Either by winning the battlefield or by negotiating peace in which he has won most of the cards.
While the “achievements” of the post-Taliban years are being lost every day in a wave of targeted killings of educated people, civil rights activists and idealists of an emerging new society.
Many Afghans now fear entering a terrible phase of civil war following a conflict that has been described as one of the most violent in the world.
An Afghan interpreter regrets:My biggest concern is that the US military timetable announced by the US government only contains the time of withdrawal and it does not set any conditions for withdrawal, and as a result, it is enough for the Taliban to stay in power for a while and not even have to get into the main issues.And this is a concern that others share.