US to Begin Evacuation of Afghans Who Aided US Military

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The Biden medication is acceptable to statesman evacuations of Afghan interpreters and translators who aided the U.S. subject effort successful the astir 20-year war, a elder medication authoritative said Wednesday.

The Operation Allies Refuge flights retired of Afghanistan volition statesman successful the past week of July and beryllium disposable archetypal for peculiar migrant visa applicants already successful the process of applying for U.S. residency, according to a elder White House official, who was not authorized to remark publically and spoke connected information of anonymity.

President Joe Biden has faced unit from lawmakers connected some sides of the aisle to travel up with a program to assistance evacuate Afghan subject helpers up of adjacent month's U.S. subject withdrawal. The White House began briefing lawmakers connected the outlines of their plans past month.

The evacuation readying could perchance impact tens of thousands of Afghans. Several 1000 Afghans who worked for the U.S. — positive their household members — are already successful the exertion pipeline for peculiar migrant visas.

The Biden medication has besides been moving connected identifying a 3rd state oregon U.S. territory that could big Afghans portion their visa applications are processed.

The medication is weighing utilizing State Department-chartered commercialized aircraft, not subject aircraft, according to a 2nd medication official, who spoke connected information of anonymity to sermon interior deliberations. But if the State Department requests subject aircraft, the U.S. subject would beryllium acceptable to assist, the authoritative said.

Tracey Jacobson, a three-time main of ngo successful Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Kosovo, is starring the State Department coordination portion that volition present connected the president’s committedness nether Operation Allies Refuge. That portion besides includes representatives from the defence and homeland information departments.

Russ Travers, lawman homeland information advisor and erstwhile caput of the National Counterterrorism Center, is coordinating the interagency argumentation process connected Operation Allies Refuge, officials said.

Separately, the White House announced that Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, the White House homeland information adviser, would pb a U.S. delegation to a information league successful Uzbekistan this week to sermon Afghanistan’s information issues with leaders from the Central 5 — Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia — and different determination players.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Zalmay Khalilzad, U.S. peculiar envoy connected Afghanistan reconciliation, are besides expected to instrumentality portion successful the conference.

U.S. officials person said that 1 anticipation nether treatment is to relocate the Afghan visa applicants to neighboring countries successful Central Asia, wherever they could beryllium protected from imaginable retaliation by the Taliban oregon different groups.

The White House and State Department person declined to remark connected the nonstop numbers to beryllium relocated oregon wherever they mightiness go.

Biden announced past week that the U.S. subject cognition successful Afghanistan volition extremity connected Aug. 31.

The firming of the day to extremity the warfare comes aft erstwhile President Donald Trump’s medication negotiated a woody with the Taliban to extremity the U.S. subject ngo by May 1, 2021. Biden, aft taking office, announced that U.S. troops would beryllium retired by the 20th day of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The attacks were plotted by al-Qaida person Osama bin Laden from Afghanistan, wherever helium had been fixed refuge by the Taliban.

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Associated Press writer Roberts Burns successful Washington contributed to this report.

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