About 700 Afghans interpreters and others who worked with the U.S. military, as well as their first-degree relatives, or a total of about 2,500 people, will be transferred to Fort Lee, a U.S. Army base about 200 miles south of Washington, the spokesman told the accredited authors yesterday. of the State Department, Ned Price.
“These are people who have already undergone security checks and their applications for special visas have gone further,” Mr Price explained.
The first relocations from Afghanistan to this base, in the state of Virginia, will take place in late July.
The Taliban are gaining ground
Although the Taliban have made huge territorial gains on the battlefield in recent weeks, US President Joe Biden has made it clear that the US military mission in Afghanistan will end on August 31, after nearly two decades of war. Only the guard of the American embassy in Kabul will remain in the country of Asia.
Many interpreters and others who have worked with Western powers fear that they and their families will retaliate against the Taliban.
A Pentagon spokesman, John Kerby, said the Afghans would stay in Fort Lee for “only a few days” until a home was found.
He added that other military bases may also contribute to the reception of people whose applications for visas are in the final stages of processing, he said.
Thousands more Afghans are expected to be transferred to US military bases abroad.
Some 20,000 Afghans who worked with the U.S. military, mostly as interpreters, have so far applied for asylum in the United States along with their family members. In total, the country is expected to issue visas to about 100,000 people.