The Biden administration is reportedly scrambling to evacuate thousands of Afghan troops who assisted the U.S. as the military prepares to leave the nation 20 years after 9/11.
On Friday, CNN reported, “While the immediate focus will be on getting about 9,000 of the 18,000 applicants out of the country — people in the final stages of the visa process — the effort could extend to upwards of 50,000 people, as Afghans who applied for visas will be given the opportunity to bring family members, sources said.”
According to Breitbart News, “On Monday, the U.S. military announced it had completed over 90% of the entire troop withdrawal process, including handing over Bagram Air Base, their largest facility in Afghanistan, to the Afghans.”
The sensitive situation leaves many Aghans who supported American troops in a vulnerable position. If they are left in Afghanistan too long, they will be defenseless against those in their own country who view them as traitors.
Even when these Afghan troops do leave, they will have to be taken in by other nations, leaving a new life to develop in a different culture.
A Bloomberg report last Friday said, “U.S. officials are in discussions with Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan to take 9,000 of the estimated 18,000 Afghans who worked alongside the American military and government during the nearly two-decade-long war.”
However, this project will cover only half of those in need of relocation with a new destination.
The Biden administration is working against a ticking clock and difficult decisions to make in order to protect those who served Americans in Afghanistan. If not, any inaction could leave these individuals and their families in a difficult and dangerous situation.