Afghans Who Aided US Troops Are Set To Be Evacuated Later This Month
The Biden administration announced they will begin evacuating Afghan interpreters and translators who aided U.S. troops starting late July.
The Operation Allies Refuge flights out of Afghanistan will give priority to special immigrant visa applicants, who are already in the process of applying for U.S. residency.
The evacuation planning could potentially affect tens of thousands of Afghans. Several thousand Afghans who worked for the U.S. — plus their family members — are already in the application pipeline for special immigrant visas.
The Biden administration says they have been working on identifying a third country or U.S. territory that could host Afghans while their visa applications are processed.
U.S. officials said a possible relocation site could be to neighboring countries in Central Asia, where they could be protected from possible retaliation by the Taliban or other groups.
President Biden announced last week that the U.S. military operation in Afghanistan will end on August 31.