Interpreters who helped Australian forces in Afghanistan plead for visas to escape ‘extreme threats’

Interpreters who helped Australian forces in Afghanistan plead for visas to escape ‘extreme threats’

The Guardian

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As targeted killings rise ‘exponentially’ across country, Afghans fear they will have no way out if they can’t leave alongside troops in September

Dozens of Afghan interpreters who have worked on the battlefield alongside Australian soldiers have made an urgent plea to the federal government for humanitarian visas, fearing they will be murdered by the Taliban when troops withdraw later this year.

The 41 interpreters wrote to the home affairs and immigration departments via the Australian embassy in Jordan in January, and again on 19 April after Scott Morrison announced that Australia would follow the US by withdrawing all remaining troops by September.

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