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U.S. Expands Efforts to Relocate Afghans at Risk of Taliban Vengeance

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WASHINGTON—The U.S. navy is getting ready to home as many as 35,000 Afghan interpreters and relations at two American bases, in Kuwait and in Qatar, in an increasing effort to assist those that face Taliban retribution for serving to American forces, U.S. officers stated.

Plans are below means to construct non permanent housing and different amenities at Camp As Sayliyah in Qatar and Camp Buehring in Kuwait that may be designed to home the interpreters for at least 18 months. Thousands of welcome packages, containing well being and luxury objects and packaged navy meals that don’t comprise pork, to accommodate Muslim dietary necessities, are being positioned at the bases, officers stated.

The plans are to accommodate the interpreters and their households as they await processing for American visas to be completely resettled within the U.S. Construction and different preparations at the 2 bases are anticipated to price the U.S. authorities a number of hundred million {dollars}, officers stated.

The plans construct on comparable preparations elsewhere. A primary group of about 2,500 Afghan interpreters and their households are anticipated to arrive at Fort Lee, Va. in coming days, officers stated. Those folks, who embody 750 candidates and relations, will keep at Fort Lee for per week to 10 days earlier than being resettled within the U.S. completely, officers stated.

Thousands of different interpreters and their households aren’t as far alongside within the Special Immigrant Visa software course of, which might take a number of years to full. As Taliban fighters make good points throughout Afghanistan, officers cite a rising want to evacuate these interpreters and their households from the nation as quickly as attainable to defend them from potential retaliation.

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