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US expands Afghan refugee program amid rising Taliban violence


The Biden administration is ramping up its initiatives to evacuate Afghans at hazard of reprisals from the Taliban amid an raise in violence, the Condition Office declared — as the war-torn nation’s leader blames the “sudden” US withdrawal for the escalation of battling.

The to start with team of about 2,500 Afghans and their households who labored as translators or other staff with the armed service all through the 20-12 months war commenced to be moved out of Afghanistan last week.

But the Condition Section mentioned Monday that it had broadened its refugee position to involve Afghans who operate or worked with US-centered support and developmental groups and other aid agencies obtaining US support, and previous workers of US-centered media businesses.

“The US objective remains a tranquil, safe Afghanistan. Having said that, in light of greater degrees of Taliban violence, the U.S. govt is performing to provide selected Afghans, such as individuals who labored with the United States, the possibility for refugee resettlement to the United States,” the assertion said, introducing that “many thousands” of Afghans and their instant people will be eligible to be settled in the US. 

Afghan municipality workers clean debris in front of the damaged buildings a day after an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani blamed the US’ “sudden” removing of its troops for the spike in violence from the Taliban.
AP/Rahmat Gul

The​ “Priority 2″​ designation produced as a result of the US Refugee Admissions Application is aimed at Afghans “who may possibly be at danger due to their US affiliation but who are not suitable for a Exclusive Immigrant Visa” due to the fact they did not work for the US government or didn’t maintain the careers lengthy enough. 

To qualify, Afghans must be referred to the software by a US authorities company, or by the most senior civilian US citizen of a US-primarily based media outlet or nongovernmental group. 

Amid the backdrop of the evacuations, the Taliban continues to press their navy operations, and on Monday their fighters moved further into the southern Afghan provincial capital of Lashkargah.

This July 2, 2009, photo shows Josh Habib, far left, a 53-year-old translator for the U.S. Marines, speaking with Afghan villagers and two Marines in the Nawa district of Afghanistan's Helmand province
The Point out Office has expanded its refugee standing for Afghans to include any one who is effective or labored with US-centered help, and former employees of US-primarily based media businesses.
AP/David Guttenfelder

Heavy fighting was described in the vicinity of the National Directorate of Protection, the jail and law enforcement headquarters.

An Afghan navy commander mentioned federal government forces managed to repel the Taliban. 

“In the afternoon the degree of intensity of the battling lessened as the Taliban endured large casualties next the air and ground functions,” Sayed Sami Sadat, the commander of the Maiwand army corps, informed Reuters.

Abdul Wahid Forozan, a former translator for the American military in Afghanistan, holds a sign that reads "Keep Our Promise Save Our Allies"
Virtually 20,000 Afghans have utilized for visas to reside in the United States.
AP/Carolyn Kaster

Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani blamed the US’ “sudden” conclusion to remove its troops for the spike in violence.

“We have experienced an unexpected predicament in the last 3 months,” he told the Afghan parliament.

Close to 750 Afghans have applied and completed the Unique Immigrant Visa system needed to be brought to the US, along with their instant family members, approximately amounting to 2,500 folks. 

Abdul Wahid Forozan, a former translator for the American military in Afghanistan, speaks near the White House in Lafayette Square Park.
Abdul Wahid Forozan, a previous translator for the American navy in Afghanistan, speaks near the White Dwelling in Lafayette Square Park.
AP/Carolyn Kaster

The team will keep in Virginia till they complete the software processing ahead of remaining relocated all through the US.

A next group of applicants, somewhere around 4,000 people and their family members customers, will be transferred overseas, perhaps to US armed service bases. 

Around 20,000 Afghans have applied for the visas, in accordance to the Point out Division, however it is unclear how quite a few will be evacuated. 

With Article wires



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