US President Joe Biden has approved $100 million in funding for “sudden pressing refugee and migration wants” in Afghanistan, amid reviews that no less than one former translator for US troops was already beheaded by the Taliban.
Biden overrode his personal June 11 resolution to commit an quantity “to not exceed $46 million” for the aim, based on a White Home announcement on Friday.
Whereas the wording displays the statutory necessities of the 1962 legislation beneath which the funding is supplied, Biden explicitly talked about “victims of battle, and different individuals in danger because of the scenario in Afghanistan, together with candidates for Particular Immigrant Visas,” making it clear the cash was supposed to assist Afghan translators and different native contractors who’ve labored for US and NATO forces within the nation since 2001, and their households.
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One other $200 million price of “companies and articles from the inventories of US authorities companies” will likely be directed to satisfy the identical wants, Reuters reported citing the White Home.
Friday’s announcement got here shortly after a number of company media shops reported the story of Sohail Pardis, a 32-year-old former interpreter for US forces in Afghanistan, who had been beheaded by the Taliban in Khost province.
Pardis was driving from Kabul to Khost on Could 12, when he ran right into a Taliban checkpoint. He was shot, dragged from his automotive, overwhelmed and beheaded, media reported citing native villagers who witnessed the occasion.
Sohail Pardis was one in every of hundreds of Afghan interpreters who labored for the US navy and now face persecution by the Taliban, because the group positive factors management of wider swaths of the nation. https://t.co/fJlJHQeHUi
— CNN (@CNN) July 23, 2021
Pardis had labored for the US navy for 16 months, earlier than he was dismissed in 2012 after failing a routine lie detector take a look at. His software to be evacuated to the US beneath the Particular Immigrant Visa program was denied on these grounds.
Final week, the Biden administration introduced ‘Operation Allied Refuge,’ an effort to evacuate hundreds of Afghans who had assisted the US forces through the years. The final US fight troops are anticipated to tug out of Afghanistan by the top of August, leaving the federal government in Kabul to the tender mercies of the advancing Taliban.
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