Fearing Taliban revenge, ‘Operation Allies Refuge’ will airlift hundreds of Afghans awaiting visas to US bases.The US is launching Operation Allies Refuge to airlift hundreds of Afghan nationals who helped US and NATO forces in the course of the 20-year Western occupation of Afghanistan because the Taliban advances, White Home and US embassy officers in Kabul stated.
Flights for these already in a US visa software course of will start within the final week of July, in keeping with the US embassy.
“The US Embassy will coordinate with the State Division to assist Operation Allies Refuge,” stated Ambassador Ross Wilson, the US Chargé d’Affaires in Kabul.
“These relocation operations will enable the US to meet its dedication to those that have served our nation right here at nice private danger,” Wilson stated.
Fears of a Taliban takeover in Kabul have risen because the armed group makes battlefield positive aspects in opposition to Afghan authorities forces and police in provinces across the capital and has seized border crossings with neighbouring Iran, Pakistan and Turkmenistan.
The US power pullout, lowering 4,000 troops to 650 who will stay to guard the embassy and Kabul airport, is already 90 % full, in keeping with US army officers. The US has handed over management of Bagram airbase to the Afghan army, and the US commander since 2018, Normal Austin ‘Scott’ Miller, has been recalled to Washington.
The US’s “fast focus” is on relocation of “eligible Afghan nationals and their households who’ve supported the US and our companions Afghanistan”, White Home Press Secretary Jen Psaki informed reporters in Washington, DC, on Thursday.
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— Chargé d’Affaires Ross Wilson (@USAmbKabul) July 15, 2021
There are about 20,000 interpreters, clerks, drivers and others with their members of the family who’re in means of making use of for visas to enter the US below a particular programme for Afghans, Psaki stated. The US Congress is making ready laws to expedite these visas and assist the emergency relocation plan.
Psaki stated “a big portion of that group” can be “relocated on to a army base in the US” the place they might obtain “medical checkups”, housing and help.
Others “who haven’t but accomplished their background checks” would first be flown both to US army bases abroad or to 3rd nations “the place they are going to be safely housed till their visa processing is full”, Psaki stated.
She didn’t specify which US bases or third nations can be concerned, citing safety and security considerations for these being relocated.
The plan to relocate Afghans who helped the US had been within the works for weeks. President Joe Biden, who has approved the flights, has stated: “Those that helped us are usually not going to be left behind.”