Fearing revenge from the Taliban, “Operation Allied Refuge” will air thousands of Afghans waiting for visas at U.S. bases.
The United States launches Operation Allied Shelter to airlift thousands of Afghan nationals who aided U.S. and NATO forces during the Western occupation of Afghanistan for 20 years as the Taliban advances, they said officials from the White House and the U.S. embassy in Kabul.
Flights for those already in the visa application process in the United States will begin the last week of July, according to the U.S. Embassy.
“The U.S. embassy will coordinate with the State Department to support Operation Allied Refuge,” said Ambassador Ross Wilson, who is in charge of U.S. business in Kabul.
“These relocation operations will allow the United States to meet its commitment to those who have served our country here at great personal risk,” Wilson said.
Fears of the Taliban’s acquisition of Kabul have increased as the armed group gains ground on the battlefield against Afghan government forces and police in the capital’s provinces. kidnapped border crossings with neighboring Iran, Pakistan and Turkmenistan.
He Withdrawal of US force, reducing 4,000 troops to 650 that will remain to protect Kabul’s embassy and airport, is now 90 percent complete, according to U.S. military officials. The United States has handed over control of Bagram Air Base to the Afghan Army and the U.S. Commander since 2018, General Austin ‘Scott’ Miller, has been he remembered Washington.
The “immediate focus” of the U.S. is the relocation of “eligible Afghan citizens and their families who have supported the United States and our partners in Afghanistan,” Jen Psaki, the U.S. press secretary, told reporters on Thursday. White House, in Washington, DC.
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– Business Officer Ross Wilson (@USAmbKabul) July 15, 2021
There are about 20,000 performers, employees, drivers and other people with their relatives who are in the process of applying for visas to enter the United States under a special program for Afghans, Psaki said. The U.S. Congress is preparing legislation to expedite these visas and support the emergency relocation plan.
Psaki said “a large portion of this group” would be “relocated directly to a U.S. military base” where they will receive “medical checkups,” housing and assistance.
Others “who have not yet completed their background checks” would first be transferred to U.S. military bases abroad or to third countries “where they will be housed securely until visa processing is complete,” Psaki said. .
He did not specify which bases or third countries in the United States would be involved, alleging safety and security issues for people relocating.
The plan to relocate Afghans who helped the United States had been under construction for weeks. President Joe Biden, who has authorized the flights, said: “Those who helped us are it will not stay behind “.