Afghans Who Helped the US Now Fear Being Left Behind

20th May, 2021

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A former Afghan interpreter for the U.S. hold his medal during an interview to The Associated Press after a protest against the U.S. government and NATO in Kabul, Afghanistan. Credit: AP Photo/Mariam Zuhaib

He served as an interpreter alongside U.S. soldiers on hundreds of patrols and dozens of firefights in eastern Afghanistan, earning a glowing letter of recommendation from an American platoon commander and a medal of commendation. Still, Ayazudin Hilal was turned down when he applied for one of the scarce special visas that would allow him to relocate to the U.S. with his family. Now, as American and NATO forces prepare to leave the country, he and thousands of others who aided the war effort fear they will be left stranded, facing the prospect of Taliban reprisals.

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