Taliban demand 'remorse' from fearful Afghan interpreters

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The Taliban asserted in the statement that Afghans who worked for the foreign "occupation" forces were "misled" and they "should show remorse" for their past actions, saying they amounted to "treason" against Islam and Afghanistan.

"Those who have worked with the foreign military forces as interpreters or security guards, they do not need to flee the country, if they have any profession, they must serve their country and continue a normal life".

A Taliban spokesman on Monday said Afghans who were "misled" and made a decision to work for the US and coalition forces should remain in the country, vowing that they "shall not be in any danger". "They shall not be in any danger on our part". There are fears that the absence of USA military support in post-withdrawal Afghanistan may enable the Taliban to regain power, though Afghan leaders dismiss those concerns. "They will kill us and they will behead us".

The pullout comes over a year after the United States and the Taliban signed the first-ever peace agreement in Doha. "They are tracking us", Omid Mahmoodi, an interpreter who worked with USA forces between 2018 and 2020, said last week. "They are targeting journalists and media workers, why would they spare us?" If I stay in the country, there is no chance of survival for me.

"We also believe it is important to jointly strengthen the Kyrgyz-Tajik border in the direction of Afghanistan, as this is the second barrier to the global terrorist organizations' possible crossing into the Central Asian region, which is a CSTO area of responsibility", Samat said.

On the same day, Taliban fighters stormed the Qaisar district of northern Faryab province, killing and wounding dozens of Afghan security forces, a police official said.

AFP noted in May that a "backlog of about 19,000 applications from Afghanistan" had developed by the end of 2019, which is larger than the number of visas issued to Afghans during the preceding two decades of conflict. The final phase of ending USA military involvement in Afghanistan began May 1, 2021.

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley said on May 27 that Afghan nationals who assisted the USA military will be given relocation assistance before the US completes its withdrawal in September. Up to 18,000 Afghan staffers, plus their families, could be affected by the evacuation plan.

The report claims that in discussions "between American and Pakistani officials, the Pakistanis have demanded a variety of restrictions in exchange for the use of a base in the country, and they have effectively required that they sign off on any targets that either the Central Intelligence Agency or the military would want to hit inside Afghanistan, according to three Americans familiar with the discussions".

Mohammad Amiri said that more USA facilities and equipment, including aircraft to strengthen the Afghan air force, will be among the main topics of bilateral talks in coming days.

President Biden had announced a day earlier that all US troops would leave Afghanistan by September 11.

In recent weeks many interpreters have demonstrated in Kabul, demanding foreign forces and embassies that they worked with help them relocate.

There are about 18,000 Afghans who are trying to obtain an American visa under a program set up in 2009 by Congress for former employees of the USA government in Afghanistan. They pointed out that the Afghan government dismissed some of them for false or minor charges of misbehavior, making them potentially ineligible for American or European expedited visa programs.



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