U.S. Army 1st Lt. Benjamin Riley (proper) and a Provincial Reconstruction Team Zabul interpreter (heart) meet a villager throughout a patrol to the Arghandab River, Afghanistan, on July 19, 2011.
Source: U.S. Army
WASHINGTON – The United States is working with allies on securing a number of abroad areas for roughly 4,000 Afghan nationals and their households as U.S. and coalition troops withdraw from the war-torn nation.
The interagency effort, dubbed Operation Allies Refuge, comes because the State Department works via a backlog of greater than 10,000 particular immigrant visas for eligible Afghans who helped coalition forces. Those who’ve accomplished the vast majority of their visa course of can be evacuated to a U.S. Army garrison in Virginia.
A senior State Department official, who requested anonymity in an effort to talk about particular particulars of the relocation plan, stated that Afghan nationals and their households will stay at Fort Lee for roughly seven to 10 days.
The official added that due to a restricted U.S. army presence in Afghanistan, these eligible for an evacuation flight should make the trek on their very own to Kabul.
“We don’t have the ability to provide transportation for them. If they’re let’ say in the north of the country and they don’t feel safe staying in Afghanistan they could go to a neighboring country and finish the rest SIV [special immigrant visa] application process there,” the official stated.
Last week, the White House announced it should start evacuation flights this month for Afghan nationals and their households who assisted U.S. and NATO coalition forces throughout America’s longest conflict.
As the Taliban makes speedy advances on the battlefield, there are considerations that Afghans who helped U.S. and NATO forces will face retribution.
In April, Biden ordered the complete withdrawal of roughly 3,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, successfully ending America’s longest conflict. Last week, Biden gave an up to date timeline and stated that the U.S. army mission in Afghanistan will finish by Aug. 31.
“We did not go to Afghanistan to nation-build,” Biden stated in remarks on the White House. “It’s up to the Afghans to make decisions about the future of their country.”
At the Pentagon on Wednesday, the nation’s highest army officer informed reporters that the U.S. has accomplished greater than 95% of the herculean job of withdrawing from Afghanistan.
“The sheer volume of movement involved in this operation has been extraordinary,” stated Chairman of the Joint Chiefs U.S. Army Gen. Mark Milley, including that the U.S. carried out greater than 980 airlifts of cargo in lower than three months.
“Furthermore, all the military operating bases, outside of Kabul, have been fully transferred to the Afghan Ministry of Defense and the Afghan security forces.”